The Push for Cultural Fundamental Act
Carry out cultural policy planning, cultural regulation studies and amendments, seminars, and feasible implementations in coping with the cultural policies; meanwhile encourage public participation in cultural affairs, and improve cultural administration by increasing the attachment of people in cultural policy-making.1. Foreword
We aim to demonstrate the diversity and tolerance of Taiwan culture and value, and protect the rights of people to enjoy the freedom, creation and expression of culture and art through their lives; and to carry out civil cultural rights by enriching the cultural literacy and connotation of the overall society.2. Goal
Push the legislation of Cultural Fundamental Act, and set up the fundamental policies and principles of national culture development.3. Strategy
This Act was planned and has been implemented by the Ministry of Culture since December 2016; the ministry referred to relevant legislative cases of various countries and collected wide opinions, continuingly communicating with civilians, cultural groups and governments at all levels through all kinds of citizen engagement mechanisms. After the consultation with experts and scholars, 7 regional public hearings, 15 national cultural conference and regional forums, and the discussions at the 2017 National Cultural Congress Conference, the draft of the Cultural Fundamental Act was completed in January 2018, and was read the third time and passed by the Legislative Yuan on May 10, 2019, and was promulgated and implemented later on June 5 by Hua-Zong-(1)-Yi No.10800055641.
The Cultural Convention of Executive Yuan
Cultural affairs are all-embracing, with the aim to coordinate and integrate cultural resources, undertake cross-ministerial cultural policies, introduce cultural thinking into the governance, the Ministry of Culture set up this Cultural Convention in demonstrating the achievements of all stages.1. Foreword
In order to promote cultural development, embody cultural thinking in governance, integrate and interface cultural resources, and promote cross-ministerial cultural policies, the Ministry of Culture suggested the Executive Yuan to establish a cultural report based on the enforcement issued by the Executive Yuan on July 5, 2016.2. Goal
Coordinate national cultural development policies, integrate the resources, interface cross-ministerial cultural development affairs, and promote non-governmental participation in national cultural policies.3. Strategy
In addition to formal conferences, the task forces will be set up for specific issues, and can participate in the forums to take opinions from civilians to discuss on policy issues. When a conference is held, representatives of relevant agencies (institutions) and local governments, experts, scholars, non-governmental agencies, organizations, and children and adolescents shall be invited. It is expected to further root the cultural citizenship, and carry out major inter-ministerial cultural policies.4. Implementation summary
(1) One convener of the conference shall be held concurrently by the President of the Executive Yuan; two deputy conveners shall be appointed by the President of the Executive Yuan on minsters of states; and one executive secretary shall be concurrently held by the Minister of Culture. The Cultural Convention shall hold 19 to 25 members, except for the convener, deputy conveners and executive secretary as ex-officio members; the other members shall be appointed (recruited) by the President of the Executive Yuan on the heads of relevant agencies, experts and scholars or private representatives which account for four to six seats. The term of the members is two years.
(2) The principle is to convene a conference every 6 months, and temporary conferences may be convened when necessary
National Cultural Award
National Cultural Award: The highest national cultural honor that awards those who have made distinctive contributions to the maintenance and promotion of Taiwan culture; it is a lifetime cultural achievement award for individuals.1. Foreword
The National Cultural Award is to be implemented in accordance with Regulations on the Conferment of the National Cultural Award by the Executive Yuan, R.O.C.2. Goal
Regardless of the nationality, commend one to five honorees per annum. 3. Strategy
Those who have been assessed to be awarded will be publicly commended by the Executive Yuan; each honoree receives prize money of NT$1 million (US$34,485) and a medallion, and shall proceed relevant promotional activities. 4. Implementation summary
(1) Invite the relevant industry, government and academia to nominate for the Executive Yuan National Cultural Award.
(2) Conduct the preliminary review, secondary review and final review of nominees for the Executive Yuan National Cultural Award.
(3) The result of the final review of the Executive Yuan National Cultural Award shall be reported to the Executive Yuan for approval.
(4) Carry out the Executive Yuan National Cultural Award ceremony and relevant promotional activities.
(Official website: http://cultural-award.moc.gov.tw/)5. Results
(1) National Cultural Award has been held for 39 years since the establishments in 1980, a total of 85 honorees have received the award to date.
(2) List of Winners:6. Future development
Through selection, commending, and promotional activities, the award recognizes the honorees’ contribution to Taiwan’s culture meanwhile increases the influence to the society, and presents the cultures of Taiwan for a better sustainable development.
Enjoying a life rich in cultures is the fundamental right of people, the government must guarantee the cultural accessibility regardless of one’s identity, age, gender, region, ethnicity, or disability. Society of Taiwan is multicultured, encompasses and acknowledges the diversity and dissimilarity of various ethnic groups, embraces and appreciates the differences to eliminate the discrimination and prejudice. In deallocating the cultural resources, we aim for effectivity and equity to ensure the accessibility of each person and to minimize duplication of resources.1. Foreword
In adapting to the development of diversified societies and ethnic groups, the ministry has been committed to the promotion of cultural rights policies for years, and dedicated to eliminating the cultural gaps through projects in achieving a better equity..2. Goal
The promotion of cultural rights mainly aims to foster equal access to cultural rights of all ethnic groups and different objects, cultivate an artistic and cultural population, and encourage equal participation in cultural activities as the goal in bridging the cultural gap.3. Strategy
In order to acclimate to the development of diversified societies and ethnic groups, the ministry has been dedicated to the support, promotion and research of performance arts, and guiding local governments to select and reward performance arts teams to showcase the cultural diversity in Taiwan.4. Implementation summary
(1) Conduct the projects of granted private agencies and local governments, encourage engagement in cultural rights and multi-culture activities from all walks of life.
(2) Promote a friendly and equal rights plan in the ministry and all institutions and agencies for better vision.
(3) Research on multiple cultures and provide advices on cultural rights policies and development.5. Implementation task
(1) Establish "Convention on Cultural Rights Promotions"
For better integration of resources, the ministry established "Convention on Cultural Rights Promotions" in 2017. The convention aims at resources integration, policies promotion, supervision and implementation for the ministry and subordinate agencies to promote cultural rights and equity. There are 6 ad hoc groups under the convention, including cultural facilities, art exhibition, publishing and reading promotion, film and television promotion, information service and regulatory review; the convention will carry out the projects through the above divisions in order to accomplish all governance goals.
(2) Carry out plans on "cultural accessibility and characterization"
Deploy the characteristics of the museums and institutions for different objects and groups (such as physical and mental disabilities, genders, juveniles, immigrants and aboriginals, etc.), plan related activities or measures to bridge the gap in cultural engagement for better cultural accessibility.
(3) Grant private agencies, guide local governments to conduct cultural activities on cultural rights.
The Enforcement on Subsidies for Cultural rights is revised to enlarge the subsidized targets (which includes women, physical and mental disabilities, disadvantaged, elder and young people, immigrants, aboriginals, and Hakka, etc.), and introduce multicultural concepts for the implementation. It is expected to encourage more private agencies and local governments to promote cultural rights with the subsidies, and demonstrates the multicultural characteristics for local governments to emulate in delivering the cultural rights.
(4) Continue optimizing "friendly service in cultural venues"
The ministry and subordinate cultural museums continue to optimize current software and hardware facilities for better friendly services in accordance with cultural rights related regulations; we aim to deliver holistic friendly services for different audiences during all cultural activities.6. Future development
Cultural diversity is the most precious intangible asset of Taiwanese society, the focus of future development will be on the shared prosperity of multiple ethnic groups, cultural engagement and sharability in establishing the indicators of cultural equity and bridging the gaps; ultimately to achieve a balanced cultural diversity.