Asia Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between the East and West, has signed on to become the Ministry of Culture's latest partner in the Spotlight Taiwan global initiative.
Founded by John D. Rockefeller III in 1956, the Asia Society has grown to become a global institution with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Manila, and Mumbai. It also has branches in Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
Under the Spotlight Taiwan program, the Asia Society hopes to bring Taiwan's cultural wealth to central U.S., specifically the longhorn state of Texas. The yearlong cooperation will focus on three main areas — Taiwan's food culture, music, and performing arts. Established Texan musicians will also be called upon to collaborate with visiting Taiwanese performers.
The partnership was sealed in a memorandum of understanding signed on July 30 by Bonna Kol, executive director of the Asia Society Texas Center, and Keti Liang (梁克悌), head of the Taiwan Academy in Houston.