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Taiwanese Soap Opera Coming to St. Lucia on Calabash

Image: Taiwan Ambassador Douglas Chen (left) and Calabash TV MD Bernard Faris signed the contract

MOVE aside Young and the Restless — St. Lucia will soon be home to a Taiwanese Soap Opera named: ‘A Good Wife’. The show will air on Calabash TV from next month, at three different times on Mondays and Fridays.

Taiwanese Ambassador to St. Lucia Douglas Cheng-Tsung Shen and the Managing Director of Calabash TV Bernard Fanis signed a contract authorizing Calabash TV to broadcast ‘A Good Wife’, a show akin to a soap opera, but is properly called ‘an idol drama’.

Image: Taiwan Ambassador Douglas Chen (left) and Calabash TV MD Bernard Faris signed the contract
Taiwan Ambassador Douglas Chen (left) and Calabash TV MD Bernard Faris signed the contract

‘A Good Wife’, also called ‘Honey I’m In Love With Someone Else’, is a “famous idol drama” from Taiwan, which was originally broadcast in Taiwan in 2013.

Speaking at the press launch, which was hosted at the Taiwanese Embassy on Tuesday March 27, the Taiwan Ambassador spoke about the “long and cordial relationship with St. Lucia’s Government that the Government of the Republic of China and Taiwan has’, after stating that this soon-to-be-aired drama series contains 26 episodes and Calabash TV will broadcast one new episode three times a week.

The Ambassador, while highlighting the many areas in which the two countries have worked together such as agriculture, information and communication technology, healthcare, education, was keen to point out that a “cultural exchange is equally important.”

Mr Fanis, echoed the Ambassador’s words on “cultural exchange” between the two countries, stating “Basically, it’s the start of a cultural exchange.”

Fanis pointed out that in St. Lucia “We don’t see much in terms of Taiwanese culture, in terms of the music, the arts and so on” and that the airing of this program will be an opportunity for St. Lucians to do so.

He described the airing of the Taiwanese drama series as “just the start of an exchange which will be (very) beneficial to both sides, in our case in terms of promoting our creative industry and in the case of Taiwan, giving us a better appreciation of their culture.”

Asked about the potential commercial benefits for Calabash TV in signing this deal, he replied; “Definitely! The whole point is to, of course, increase viewership, but also to give people a diverse range of viewing options.

“So now, you can get to see American soap operas, now you can get to see a Taiwanese soap opera to give viewers better range, it makes our offering a lot more appealing to more people. So, people who like soap operas can tune in to see a Taiwanese soap opera as well.”

He also promised that the station will start promoting the drama series in time for its airing next month.

“Immediately from this week, we’ll start to do a public relations campaign to get the word out. We’ll start with a press release and then we’ll start to do multimedia advertising and so get the word out as much as possible.

“I guess once it’s a good season, once it’s a good story, I’m sure people will be tuning in to see what is developing in the Taiwanese soap opera.”

Fanis said that the episodes will be dubbed in English.

He explained, “It’s almost seamless. You can’t tell that they’re not speaking English, but it’s seamless in terms of the overdubs and (they are) very engaging stories.

“It’s like (a) typical soap opera. They have all the drama, their peaks and their troughs. I mean, it’s pretty exciting.”

Dean Nestor is from Choiseul but from young adulthood, his years were spent in Castries. He studied at St. Mary’s College from 1999 to 2004 and later pursued a college education in English Literature, History and Sociology at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College from 2004 to 2006.

After graduating from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, he began working as a teacher from 2009 until 2016...Read full bio...


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