In response to Legislator Chiu Chih-wei's queries concerning the Ministry of Culture's expansion project on overseas cultural centers, the following statement of clarification was issued on May 29, 2013:
Since the Ministry's establishment in May 2012, formal plans for launching new offices in key overseas cultural hotspots have been drafted, reviewed and implemented.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant governmental agencies, the Ministry has since successfully established its presence in 6 new cities - namely Houston, Los Angeles, London, Moscow, Madrid and Berlin.
This brings the total number of overseas cultural centers supervised by the Ministry to 11.
These cultural centers do not only offer traditional static functions such as library rooms and exhibition spaces, they are also fully equipped with multi-functional performance venues to showcase Taiwanese creations such as films, music, performing arts and literary works.
The Ministry has allocated NT$120 million (US$4 million) for the overseas cultural centers project in 2013. This budget takes into account office rental fees, administrative expenses and the costof hosting art and cultural events, which range from film screenings, literary readings and art lectures to theatrical performances.
These are necessary expenses, as these cultural branches play an important role in promoting our nation's soft powers and helping Taiwan forge closer ties with the international community.