The first-ever outpost of the Ministry of Culture’s Taiwan Academy program opened with a photography exhibition depicting the land and culture of Taiwan on Oct. 2. The Los Angeles venue’s first show featuring Taiwanese photographer (邱德雲) is one of the many cultural events to come.
The Taiwan Academy program was established by President Ma Ying-jeou as a platform for the international community to learn more about traditional Chinese characters and literature, Taiwan and Sinology studies, and Taiwan’s artistic and creative sector.
The successful search and procurement of a new, permanent location in the Westwood community of California strikes a major milestone for the program, as it will not only serve as a prototype for other international outposts to follow, but also stand as testament to the friendship and solidarity shared between Taiwan and its cultural allies in California.
Chi Tung-yang, Taiwan Academy LA director:
"As the second-largest American city, Los Angeles has a strong embracement of art and a large number of art consumers. That’s why we chose this city."
Designed to be eco-friendly and multi-functional, the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles will serve as a compact cultural salon promoting the different facets of Taiwan’s diverse cultural wealth. It is also accompanied by a bilingual website (TaiwanAcademy.tw) that provides resources on studying Chinese in Taiwan, feature articles that introduce Taiwan’s culture, and the latest information on events and festivals around the island.