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Culture ministry seeks to distinguish Taiwan Academies from Confucius Institutes
文化部想區隔「台灣書院」和「孔子學院」

Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai, right, talks to foreign dignitaries at a tea party held by the ministry in Taipei on May 28.
文化部長龍應台(右)於五月二十八日文化部在台北市舉行的茶會上,與駐華使節代表對談。

Photo: Wang Wen-lin, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者王文麟

Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai invited a number of foreign dignitaries to a tea party on May 28 for the first time since taking office to share their views on matters concerning cultural exchanges. Lung said that although China’s rise has caught the world’s eye, Taiwan still plays a critical role in the area of international cultural exchanges, and she hopes Taiwan’s cultural centers overseas, which are to be called Taiwan Academies, can encapsulate all of Taiwan’s cultures, art, exhibitions and performances. She said they would be different in nature from China’s Confucius Institutes, but the exact way in which plans will be carried out is still unclear.

Talking to her heart’s content about the ministry’s ideas for cultural exchanges, Lung said that Taiwan has traditionally focused on cultural exchanges with the US and Europe, so she used her time with the dignitaries at the event to express her hopes of strengthening exchanges with Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Representatives from Nigeria, Finland, Israel, and Canada all expressed their wishes for enhancing cultural exchanges with Taiwan based on the special characteristics of their own national cultures as well.

Regarding issues that Taiwan and China might have to deal with in their international cultural exchanges, Lung said that because Taiwan is a free society and its liberal values as a civil society are undeniable, Taiwan should make proper use of its democracy and liberal values to fulfill its crucial role in the international arena instead of belittling itself.

However, when asked about specific ways in which the plans are to be carried out, Lung became more cautious and said that bilateral discussions must be held to decide whether the controversial name “Taiwan Academy” will indeed be accepted, as there are plans to increase the number of academies around the world from three to 11. She also said that Taiwan Academy is currently made up of approximately a dozen different government agencies working together, and she is currently holding discussions with the Cabinet so that it will fall under the control of one governing body.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. dignitary n.

使節 (shi3 jie2)

例: The foreign dignitaries held a closed-door meeting for nearly five hours.

(外國使節開了將近五小時的閉門會議。)

2. rise n.

崛起 (jue2 qi3)

例: The rise of Apple Inc hit other computer companies quite hard.

(蘋果電腦的崛起嚴重打擊其他的電腦公司。)

3. strategy n.

策略 (ce4 lue4)

例: What sorts of strategies did the company use in this ad?

(這家公司在這則廣告裡採用了什麼策略?)


Before the full meaning of “Taiwan Academy” can actually be realized, Lung proposed that first Taiwanese guest lecturers travel to universities around the globe to disseminate Taiwanese culture, which would include speeches given by Taiwanese artists, writers, humanities scholars, and filmmakers.

Lung also says she would like to add a Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) station to the Public Television Service (PTS), saying that, “China does not really encourage the use of local dialects, and Taiwan’s works in Hoklo are excellent.” There are currently 50 million Hoklo users throughout the world, and Taiwan has the greatest advantage when it comes to Hoklo literature, music and television dramas, but she also admits that without proper funding the only thing that can currently be done is formulating strategies.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoa)

文化部長龍應台五月二十八日首度邀請駐華使節及代表茶敘,對文化交流事務交換意見,龍應台表示,在國際文化交流場域裡,中國的崛起受到全球注目,但台灣處於關鍵的角色,她期望日後台灣在海外的文化中心,都可以涵容各類台灣文化藝術展演的「台灣書院」為名,與中國的「孔子學院」有性質上的區隔,但具體可行的作法,目前還不明確。

暢談文化部的文化交流理念,龍應台表示,過去台灣的文化交流多偏重美、歐等地,透過茶會她想向各國外交使節傳達的訊息是,希望強化與拉丁美洲、中東及非洲等地的交流。而包括奈及利亞、芬蘭、以色列、加拿大各國的使節代表,也分別就其國家文化特質表達了日後可加強交流的內容。

至於台灣與中國在國際文化交流場域上可能面對的問題,龍應台說,台灣是個開放的社會,對於一個公民社會的價值無須辯論,台灣要善用民主、開放社會的價值,扮演關鍵的角色,不要妄自菲薄。

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