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Taiwan combines Chinese culture, western openness: culture minister

Taiwan combines Chinese culture, western openness: culture minister

Washington D.C., Aug. 26 (CNA) Taiwanese Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said Sunday in Washington, D.C. that Taiwan combines what she described as the humbleness of Chinese culture and the openness of Western civil society. The strength of Taiwan's soft power lies in the country's ability to combine both these aspects, Lung said during a live interview on Voice of America (VOA), part of the itinerary of a two-week tour of the United States, her first visit to the U.S. since assuming the post in February. Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, for example, is well-received by the international community because it combines the depth and the aesthetics of Chinese culture with modern Western aspects, Lung said.
She said that many Chinese visitors to Taiwan have told her that the country brings out the best in Chinese culture. On the complicated issue of Taiwan's national identity, Lung said it makes sense that there is serious debate on the issue because Taiwan is an open society.
Lung, who arrived in the U.S. Aug. 21, also gave a speech Aug. 22 at the Asia Society in New York titled "Border Crossing: Writing, Politics and the Taiwan Strait." She was scheduled to deliver another speech Monday, titled "Soft Power in a Hard Time -- A Cultural Perspective on Cross-Strait Relations" at George Washington University. On Aug. 29, she will speak on Taiwan's soft power and on Taiwan-China relations at the National Press Club. Her visit will also include visits to the Smithsonian Institution, the TV station WETA and the Kennedy Center. She will also have a closed-door meeting with academics from the Brookings Institution. Lung is scheduled to travel to Canada before wrapping up her trip Sept. 4. In addition to her public service, Lung is a renowned essayist and cultural critic. She is the author of "Big River, Big Sea -- Untold Stories of 1949," which chronicles the turmoil at the end of the Chinese Civil War. (By Lin Shu-yuan and Ann Chen)


Updated : 2021-03-06 17:27 GMT+08:00