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The Ministry of Culture has organized an exhibition to display the results of the National Memories Database Project, which was initiated a year ago to collect the stories of the Taiwanese people. The exhibition slated for Nov. 28 to Dec. 25 at the Qidong Poetry Salon in Taipei showcases 30 stories and items that moved the project volunteers as they helped record stories around Taiwan.
The Ministry also invited more public figures to serve as cultural ambassadors for the nationwide program, including writer Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政), entertainer Fang Fang (方芳), Cloud Gate Dance Theatre founder Lin Hwai-min (林懷民), Peking opera diva Wang Fu-rong (王復蓉), musician Ara Kimbo (胡德夫), diplomats Frederick Chien (錢復) and Lu Yi-cheng (陸以正), Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), and entrepreneur Luo Yi-chun (駱怡君).
The project has trained over 1,000 volunteers to help preserve memories at 68 recording studios, and deployed a fleet of mobile stations to serve 49 remote areas. "This is a humanity project that races against time,” said Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai.
The National Memories Database is unlike previous programs that promote national history, history of the great, or history of villages, said Lung. It is "personal oral history that focuses on the ordinary people,” she added.
"The project has let our society realize that people actually know very little about those around them,” Lung said. The memory database is like a treasure box of Taiwan's personal history that "allows many small narrations that were once suppressed to be heard and revealed so that Taiwanese people can know more about each other and for the society to truly come together,” said the Minister.