The Executive Yuan passed the Citation Act for Taiwan's Outstanding Playwright - Kung Min (貢敏) on June 30, recognizing posthumously Kung's dedication to the traditional and contemporary theater of Taiwan.
Kung (1931-2016) was an award-winning Taiwanese playwright and director who had devoted his life to the production of Taiwanese plays, including stage plays, TV dramas, films, and traditional dramas.
Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) noted that Kung was a versatile artist who was equally successful as a director, playwright, scholar, and critic. He served as the first artistic director for the GuoGuang Opera Company (國光劇團) upon its establishment, and advocated the creation of original Taiwanese operas that incorporated local culture and figures.
His Taiwanese opera trilogy - "Mazu (媽祖),” "Zheng Cheng-gong and Taiwan (鄭成功與臺灣)” and "Liao Tianding (廖添丁)” - left a great impact on Taiwan's theater scene and is still being performed today.
Moreover, well-known TV drama productions such as "New Legend of Madame White Snake (新白娘子傳奇)” and "Justice Pao (包青天)” were based on scripts written by Kung.
The decorated screenwriter passed away on June 14, 2016. He was 85.
His accolades include the Golden Horse Award for the Best Documentary, the National Award for Arts, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Art & Creative Awards, and the National Armed Forces Golden Award for Arts.