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Taiwan Academy opens near UCLA

Staff writer, with CNA, Los Angeles

Taiwan opened its first brick-and-mortar Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles on Thursday after launching an online platform bearing the same name to promote Taiwanese culture abroad in 2011.

The building is in the Westside area of Los Angeles, near the University of California (UCLA), the Getty Center, the Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Academy director Chi Tung-yang (紀東陽) said the second-largest US city was selected as the location for the first academy because it has a strong acceptance of art and a large number of art patrons.

UCLA dean of humanities David Schaberg said he hopes the Taiwan Academy would help attract attention to excellent work from Taiwan, whether in literature, fine art, photography or film.

UCLA interim vice provost for international studies Cindy Fan (范芝芬) said she hopes the Taiwan Academy would advance relations and activities between the nation and the university toward an even more fruitful future.

The Taiwan Academy is a brainchild of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and is aimed at spreading Chinese culture with unique Taiwanese characteristics globally.

It mainly offers regular exhibitions and lectures, and supports endowed chairs or professorships on Taiwanese culture.

The Taiwan Academy Web site allows users to access Taiwan studies and Chinese learning resources, as well as images and descriptions of the nation’s paintings, calligraphy and antiquities.

It also showcases the nation’s diverse plants and animals.

In addition, the Web site provides links to e-books and online magazines that introduce the nation, and allows users to browse for information on cultural events and festivals taking place in Taiwan.

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