The US government is showcasing a total of 3,500 pieces of art created by US citizens and loaned on exhibition at about 200 US embassies worldwide via the Internet, the American Institute in Taipei (AIT) said yesterday.
Though the event is nominally for all embassies, the inclusion of the AIT in the list of exhibition locations also shows that though the AIT is claimed under Section 6 of the Taiwan Relations Act to be “a non-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia,” its actual function is as the “de facto” US embassy in Taiwan.
The AIT’s funding is provided by the US Department of State and adheres to the guiding principles set forth by the Department of State. The functions and actions of the institute are also overseen by the US Congress.
The Republic of China (ROC) has had no formal diplomatic ties with the US since 1979, after the US severed ties with the ROC and established ties with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in observation of the “one China” principle.
The AIT Web site strongly promotes the event and encourages people to view the various artworks online. Former AIT director William Stanton had also written an article as an introduction to the event’s Web site.
By presenting such an event, the US government hopes that the many visitors to its embassies throughout the world would come to understand US history, culture, values and ideals through the medium of art.