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A palimpsest of indigenous, Japanese, and mainland-Chinese influences, contemporary Taiwan is a little tiger with a big heritage. This three-day fest will outline the island’s legacy with music, art, film, and lectures by Taiwan-born, New York-based artist Chi-Ho Wu, whose work (pictured) is featured this week at American University’s Watkins Art Gallery (with an artist’s discussion March 22 at 6:30 p.m.), and film scholar Leo Chanjen Chen, who will discuss the relationship between contemporary Taiwanese cinema and traditional Chinese aesthetics (March 23 at 5 p.m.). Two concerts (March 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m.) will present 20th-century Taiwanese music, and five films will be screened. Among the latter are Dust in the Wind, a tale of teen love and betrayal that’s a lesser film by Taiwan’s most acclaimed director, Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Mar 22 at 11 a.m.) and the delirious action comedy Dragon Inn, which may have Taiwanese money in it but is all Hong Kong in sensibility (March 22 at 3 p.m.). At American University’s Kreeger Building & Mary Graydon Center Wechsler Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Events: FREE. Concerts: $10. (202) 885-1670. (Mark Jenkins)