Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) will depart for a nine-day visit to Germany and France on Nov. 23. The trip is aimed at establishing substantial and bilaterally beneficial international cooperation programs and understanding the implementation of transitional justice, heritage preservation, and cultural applications of technology in Europe.
Transitional justice sites include the Stasi Museum in Berlin, which houses the archives of the Minister of State Security of East Germany; heritage preservation institutes include the DB Museum in Halle, Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin, and Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris; tech destinations include the Babelsberg Film Studio in Potsdam-Babelsberg and the incubation center Le Cargo in Paris.
Noting that history is what "sheds light on the future,” the Minister said she hopes to learn from the major cultural policies implemented by Germany and France and apply the experience to her plans for reconstructing historic sites and landscapes and establishing museums on the nation's railway legacy and human rights history.
During the visit, the Minister will also confer the 20th Taiwan-France Cultural Award in Paris. This year's winners are Samia Ferhat (傅敏雅), lecturer at Universite Paris Ouest-Nanterre, and the European Union Center of National Sun Yat-sen University. The university will be represented by its president Cheng Ying-yao (鄭英耀) at the ceremony.
The Minister will also attend the European debut of "52 Hz, I Love You (52Hz我愛你),” the latest movie directed by Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖), at the historic brewery of Kulturbrauerei on Nov. 24. The titular 52Hz refers to the unusual frequency sung by the loneliest whale in the world.
Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun visits the Stasi Museum in Berlin on Nov. 25, 2016. Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records Roland Jahn (right) explains how torn documents were reconstructed by using both human patience and computer technology.