The "Fu Cheng Arts & Culture Forum,” a series of speeches launched by the Tainan-based National Museum of Taiwan Literature, will again invite artists and scholars in the humanities field to speak about arts and culture this year.
Well-known illustrator Jimmy Liao (幾米), whose graphic works are frequent bestsellers, is scheduled to open the speech series on Jan. 25 and talk about his art creations. Liao's illustrated novels have been published in many languages and circulated worldwide; there are also stage plays, movies, TV drama programs, and animations adapted from his works.
Writer Ai Ya (愛亞), a writer of prose and novels, will speak on Feb. 22 about her career, which has for lasted more than three decades. Ai Ya is best known for her short stories, but she had also worked as a news editor, a radio program producer and host, as well as a literary magazine editor.
On March 15, prolific essayist Liang Xuan (亮軒) will unveil the mystery of how to master public speaking. Known as an eloquent speaker, Liang Xuan was previously a radio program producer and a television show host, and now teaches at a university.
Art history professor Hsiao Chong-ray (蕭瓊瑞) of the National Cheng Kung University will analyze the poetry and paintings of legendary China-born artist Chu Ko (楚戈) in his speech on April 19. In addition to his academic career, Hsiao is also a senior cultural official, having served as the director-general of the Tainan Cultural Affairs Bureau, and also as a committee member of several foundations and public fine art museums.
Poet-critic Hsiao Hsiao (蕭蕭), who writes modern poetry and poetry critiques, will speak about the inspiration of Chinese characters and imagination in literature on May 10. Hsiao has been devoted to poetry promotion from the early stages of his career; in the past decade he has worked to establish a theoretical system of Taiwanese poetic aesthetics.
Maestro percussionist Ju Tzong-ching (朱宗慶), founder and artistic director of the Ju Percussion Group, will wrap up the series by giving a speech on artistic practices in life on June 7. The Vienna Academy of Music graduate is a keen promoter and educator of percussion music, who also initiated the Taiwan International Percussion Convention and the Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp. He was awarded the Lifetime Education Achievement Award by the Percussive Arts Society and has won many awards honoring his achievements and contributions to percussion music.
Editor's Note: "Fu Cheng” is the historic name used for the region now known as Tainan City. Meaning "The City of the Walls,” the title was given by the imperial Qing Dynasty during the 1700s.