UCLA joins culture ministry to promote Taiwanese culture

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Jul 06, 2013 - Page 3

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will help promote Taiwanese arts and culture by taking part in a four-year project the government launched in late January, Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) said yesterday.

UCLA is the second school, after the University of London, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the ministry, Lung told a press conference.

“It will be a great opportunity for people around the world to get to know more about Taiwan,” Lung said.

UCLA chancellor Gene Block described the cooperation as a “natural partnership,” since there are about 900 students at UCLA who either come from Taiwan or have a Taiwanese background.

“This is an opportunity to better understand Taiwanese culture,” he said, adding that the school will hold annual film and arts festivals focused on Taiwan, in which Taiwanese academics, experts and others will be invited to give lectures or attend symposiums over the four-year period.

The program, titled “Spotlight Taiwan,” offers US$4 million over four years to selected institutions for lectures, forums, workshops, exhibitions and festivals on Taiwanese art, literature, history, popular culture and film, the ministry said.

The funds have been provided by Ruentex Group chairman Samuel Yin (尹衍樑).

The ministry would like to cooperate with 40 institutes, and has found 12 schools that are interested so far, Lung said.