Wed, Dec 20, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Organization promoting culture adopts new name

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) announced yesterday that the Organization of the Chinese Cultural Renaissance Movement (中華文化復興運動總會) will be renamed the National Cultural Association (國家文化總會).

The association, of which Chen serves as chairman, yesterday unanimously approved the proposal made by its advisory committee during the association's annual meeting in June.

The association will start using the new name next year.

The association changed its structure to become a non-government organization (NGO) back in 1991. Chen was elected chairman in September 2000 and re-elected in November 2004, while Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) serves as the vice chairperson.

Lu, who was scheduled to attend the association's annual meeting, made a last-minute decision not to show up.

During his opening speech, Chen said the new association will have a new purpose and four new objectives.

Among other things, the new mandate of the organization will include the promotion of culture and regard for the values of humanity, assisting companies operating in the cultural sector, fashioning a national image, developing a culture of pluralism and strengthening international exchanges.

Chen said he hoped the association would continue to provide cultural services domestically and promote Taiwanese culture in international forums.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) created the Chinese Cultural Renaissance Movement in November 1966 in response to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The main objective of the organization was to protect Chinese culture.

The Promotional Commission of the Chinese Cultural Renaissance Movement was established in July 1967. Its purpose was to carry forward traditional Chinese culture and codes of ethics.

The commission changed its name to the Organization of the Chinese Cultural Renaissance Movement in March 1991, when it changed its structure to that of an NGO and elected former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) as its chairman.

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