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Another Taiwanese TV drama to be aired in Latin America soon

Another Taiwanese TV drama to be aired in Latin America soon

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) After idol drama "The Fierce Wife" proved popular among Latin American audiences last year, another Taiwanese TV drama will soon debut in the region to further promote Taiwan's pop culture there, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

Beginning later this month, the award-winning idol drama "The Way We Were" (16) will be broadcast on a total of 13 TV channels in Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic -- seven of Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies -- and in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, the ministry said.

The airing of "The Way We Were" follows the showing of "The Fierce Wife" in Latin America last year, which marked the first time a Taiwanese drama was aired in the region.

"The Fierce Wife" was a hit among Latin American audiences, and many viewers were eager to see other Taiwanese TV dramas, said Jeremy Liang, acting director-general of the ministry's Department of International Information Services, at a news conference.

The ministry then joined with the Ministry of Culture in selecting "The Way We Were" among several Taiwanese TV dramas as the next to be broadcast in Latin America, he said.

In an effort to promote Taiwan's pop culture, the two ministries provided funding for the TV channel that broadcast "The Way We Were" to translate the drama and have it voiced in Spanish, a process that took about half a year. Also, TV channels in Latin America will not have to pay rights fees to broadcast the TV series, the Foreign Ministry said.

The TV drama focuses on friendship and love, Liang said, adding that he believed it will touch the hearts of Latin American audiences. The Way We Were," which made its debut in Taiwan in 2014, stars Taiwanese actresses Ruby Lin and Ann Hsu, Taiwanese actors Weber Yang and Jason Tsou, and Malaysian- Chinese actor Melvin Sia.

The romance series follows a love and friendship story that spans 16 years, from the summer of 1998 to 2014. It is set against major events that occurred in Taiwan during the 16 summers, such as a massive earthquake on Sept. 21, 1999, the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.

It won three awards at Taiwan's Golden Bell Awards last year, including for best TV series and best director for a TV series. Ruby Lin was also nominated for best lead actress at Singapore's Asian TV Awards in 2015.

Taiwan is not the first Asian country to export its TV dramas to Latin America, as South Korea, which has a vibrant entertainment industry, has been broadcasting its TV series in the region for years. (By Elaine Hou and Tai Ya-chen)

Updated : 2021-07-27 13:23 GMT+08:00