Culture is the foundation of a nation, and it is the people that create it.
The culture of Taiwan is not only the embodiment of the sentiments of her people, it is also a conduit for helping the world understand Taiwan. Given this, the core of the Ministry of Culture's governing philosophy is focused on protecting freedom of artistic and cultural creation and providing a sound support system, combining cultural innovation and heritage preservation, and promoting the national brand of Taiwan through international exchanges.
1. Forging a supportive ecosystem and championing cultural diversity
The Ministry of Culture stands firmly alongside Taiwan's arts and cultural workers. In addition to protecting their creative freedom and realizing cultural citizenship, the Ministry will continue to better the support system, build platforms for cultural exchange and presentation, and create an environment conducive to the development of creative industries, so as to foster emerging artists and provide substantive assistance to creators.
Strongly committed to bottom-up cultural governance, the Ministry is also working to strengthen inter-ministerial dialogue and collaboration among governmental bodies and seeking out public-private partnerships. Throughout the course of this, the Ministry will continue to promote gender equality, the mainstreaming of minority groups, and other such policies that encourage cultural diversity.
2. Empowering communities and embracing both modernity and traditions
Rooted in regional hubs and communities, local cultures give rise to distinct local identities. To preserve such knowledge and strengthen grassroots vitality, the Ministry will continue to promote policies focused on community building and the preservation of cultural heritage, as reconstructing historical sites and safeguarding intangible assets will spur the accumulation of cultural capital for regional development.
By encouraging the joint engagement of communities, the government, and businesses in regional revitalization, industrial innovation, and market operations, the nation as a whole will be better able to pass on that local knowledge and ensure that our cultural heritage can keep pace and thrive with the times.
3. Promoting the Taiwan brand and expanding international cooperation
Culture bridges differences and paves the way for friendships. The Ministry will continue to foster the internationalization of Taiwan’s arts and cultural output through the creation of "national teams" to promote the "Taiwanese brand" on the world stage and seek out cross-sector alliances by pairing arts and cultural businesses with those from different industries.
Through such efforts, the Ministry will continue to elevate the overall design power of the cultural and creative industries, along with their abilities to compete and tell their stories, further strengthening Taiwan's soft power and cultural influence. In addition to boosting the overall profile and visibility of Taiwan in the international community through culture, such endeavors also expand the scope of the nation's international exchanges and global partnerships.