The University of British Columbia (UBC) will help promote Taiwanese arts and culture by taking part in a four-year project launched by the Ministry of Culture in late January.
On behalf of the Ministry, the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles signed a memorandum of understanding with UBC on Nov. 18. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) signed an MOU with the Ministry earlier this year;in July and August, respectively.
During the four-year period, UBC plans to organize a series of events titled "Tradition and Cosmopolitanism in Taiwan” to present hand puppetry shows, traditional folk culture and aboriginal art. In the first year, the UBC is scheduled to sponsor a Taiwanese puppet festival and an artist residency program, as well as several film festivals and academic conferences.
Dr. Anthony Shelton, director of the UBC Museum of Anthropology, said he was pleased that the Canadian university will be collaborating with Taiwan, and that he hopes the cooperation will lead to more cultural and artistic exchanges between the two countries.
Under the Ministry's 'Spotlight Taiwan' program, US$4 million will be provided over four years for selected universities and institutes to sponsor lectures, forums, workshops, exhibitions and festivals on Taiwanese arts, literature, history, popular culture and films.
The funds were donated by Chairman Samuel Yin of Ruentex Group. So far, 19 top universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore have become partners under the program. Read more about 'Spotlight Taiwan' here.
Dr. Anthony Shelton (center), director of the UBC Museum of Anthropology, praised Taiwan for its cultural diversity, saying that he looks forward to learn more about the unique hand puppetry, aboriginal culture, and the beauty of temple architectures and sculptures derived from traditional folk religion.