Inspired by the multi-cultural aspects of Canada, the programming of 2008 TELUS TaiwanFest : World in an Island explored Taiwan’s ever-evolving identity through its many influences in history, such as the Dutch, Japanese, Canadian and Aboriginal, and how these influences have contributed to the development of the island. The festival showcased multifaceted and vibrant culture with the debut of King of Rock Wu Bai from Taiwan. Cultural exchanges were made between the legendary artists in water-Colours of Doris McCarthy (Canada) and K.J. Shen (Taiwan). For 2008, attendance met a new milestone of 140,000 across both Vancouver and Toronto.