Chinese Taiwan announces plan for preservation of local culture
The Chinese Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs Chair, Tchen Yu-chiou, has called for an examination of past and present cultural policies, so as to better understand the impact of globalisation on culture. According to Tchen Yu-chiou’s statement, the Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) is currently working to establish a more vibrant and localised cultural environment in Chinese Taiwan. ‘It is our responsibility to utlilise the new trends and to redefine the integrity of [this] culture,’ he said. The council plans to achieve this by advocating for long-term projects to create and sustain local community cultural centres, and by encouraging the transformation of traditional regional materials and products into the creative industries. In an effort to encourage diversity within Chinese Taiwan’s creative community, the council is working also to promote domestic artists of all ages, while simultaneously working to expand the scope of arts education, exhibitions and performances. The council also hopes to improve regulations governing the preservation of cultural assets, enlist more sites under the protection of the World Heritage and establish a ‘national cultural database’ through which the public can actively participate in the preservation, interpretation and creation of Chinese Taiwan’s cultural resources. For more information, visit the Chinese Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs HERE.