About "Not Just Love Stories"

 "Not Just Love Stories" is an artistic co-creation project that explores the concepts of affectivity and mobility, a work that is initiated and curated by artistic and literary composers with the participation of the community of Southeast Asian immigrants in Taiwan. The plan has rolled into motion since 2020 and is still in progress. 

Based on the themes of feelings and emotions,  the Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan are the main subjects of the participatory project “Not Just Love Stories” as well as the co-creation partners. It intends to explore the collaboration and skill exchanges between the different communities and to ponder further development with more creative interactions and alternative knowledge production modes in the existing migrant worker issues in Taiwan. Since 2020, having research and co-creations as the cores, the journey of“Not Just Love Stories” departed from the study of documentation and interviews, followed by field and participatory research of the migrant communities and living fields in 2021; then, cross-field migrant workers and Taiwanese creators from the literary and visual art fields joined in, and the project was further developed as a co-created experiment. In 2022 which was the third year of the project, it was developed into more comprehensive creations, research, and activities.

In 2022, the project was developed into three dimensions: 

 - Artist-in-residency: The team stationed in Jinwanwan Department Store located in Zhongshan N. Rd, Taipei, where it began its field research and artistic activity planning as well as interaction and story collection from the Philippine community based on the theme of "love".

 - Literary co-writing: As a continuation of the co-writing in 2021, Taiwanese and Indonesian writers were invited to continue the stories with the theme of love. The Indonesian migrant photographer community was invited to conduct an experimental interpretation of the work.

 - Artistic creation studies:  Visual artists Cheng Jen-pei and Wei Ze were invited to conduct creation studies based on the themes of intercultural marriage and unregistered babies. 

The theme of mobility is still the focus of this project in 2022 and refers to the care and comprehension derived from the migrant communities, which are the subject matter; inspirations are also extracted from the literary genre “romance” so that the common “formula” of feelings and emotions are used as the exploration path for the project layout. In terms of the website content, it is a creative enlightenment derived and refracted from the inspirations of the literature which lead to the website construction concepts of "editing" and "writing"; the entire course of changes and creations are accumulated and turned into interfaces of texts and images, which shall be the foundation of dynamic archives, records and creative development showcased in the physical exhibition in 2023.

Written by different creators, Not Just Love Stories keeps evolving. You are welcome to be our readers as well as co-creators. 



The SEA plateaus is an international program organized by The Cultural Taiwan Foundation aiming to build networks across geographical, political, and cultural boundaries. SEA, an acronym of Southeast Asia, also refers to the ocean while plateaus are highlands widely distributed over the ocean floor. Each plateau has its own characteristics yet still constantly being reshaped and redefined by its surroundings. SEA plateaus spotlights the connection between international networks and takes decentralized approaches to insert Taiwan into the intergroup relations of Southeast Asia. By employing culture as a fluid media, SEA plateaus collaborates with artists from Taiwan and beyond to explore, ideate, expand, and facilitate various art programs for diverse ways of exchanging art and culture.

Special Thanks

  • Flower Fairies in Won Won BuildingRichard、鄒子欣、譚勻捷、Elsa, YU Hui-Shuang、Chih-hua CHIU、Rikey Tēnn Bun-ki、Ali Y、Yuji de Torres

  • SEA plateausPing Sun、Emma Yuan-Yu Liao

  • Who welcomed our visitTaoyuan Serve the People Association、蘇格澳底海洋書苑的貓哥

  • Friendly Neighbors美髮店、Evergreen Flowers Shop、美甲店、小吃店




Evi Agustika



Tari Sasha


LIU Chun-liang

WU Mei-chi

Lin Hsin-hui

Yang Shuang-zi

Jen Pei Cheng

Xiao Jun-yi

LAI Wei-yu

Wei Ze