The Ministry of Culture has officially launched a bilingual website on Taiwan's literature for readers at home and abroad on June 15. Offering 16 thematic categories, the "Taiwan Literature Toolkit” platform is designed to introduce readers to Taiwan's rich and diverse literary heritage.
Led by National Taiwan University Professor Huang Me-e (黃美娥), the project is part of the "Taiwan Cultural Toolkit” series initiated by the Ministry in 2014. In preparation for this project, the Ministry has recruited professional translators and invited more than 50 scholars and experts to plan, review content, and draft reading guides since 2013.
Readers can read summaries of more than 160 outstanding works of Taiwanese literature through the platform's bilingual interface, and learn about the backgrounds of more than 150 Taiwanese writers through the featured biographies.
In addition, the website is user-friendly; readers may freely select extended readings from research papers, original Chinese texts, bibliographies of translations, and related information of film and drama adaptations — all of which provide clear historical contexts and outlines demonstrating the vast depth of Taiwanese literature.
Among the planned 16 categories of the literature toolbox, eight parts are now available online:
The next 8 topics will encompass Diaspora Literature, Modernist Literature, Food in Literature, Landscape in Literature, Science Fiction and Mystery, Young Adult, Vernacular Poetry: Holo and Hakka, and Historical Narrative. These sections will be available online later this year.
The website is expected to boost international awareness of and appreciation for Taiwanese literature, and serve as an important channel for the world to appreciate Taiwanese literature.
Visit the website athttp://toolkit-tl.culture.tw/.