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Culture minister's speech in Washington to draw overflowing crowd

Culture minister's speech in Washington to draw overflowing crowd

Washington D.C., Aug. 27 (CNA) Seats for Taiwanese Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai's speech at George Washington University Tuesday are overbooked, the organizer said. Up to 330 reservations were made for the event at Jack Morton Auditorium, which only has a seating capacity of 260, the university said, and it will set up an outdoor screen for those unable to sit inside the venue. Lung will speak on "Soft Power in a Hard Time: A Cultural Perspective on Cross-Strait Relations." Since Lung arrived in Washington Saturday from New York, she has been interviewed by local media and shared views on cultural exchanges between Taiwan and China with U.S think tank members and academics. During the first leg of her two-week tour of North America, Lung gave a speech titled "Border Crossing: Writing, Politics and the Taiwan Strait." It was later blocked by the online network in China. A celebrated writer, literary critic and intellectual, Lung has written 30 books. She has a large number of devoted readers in her native Taiwan, and her works also have considerable influence in the Chinese-language world in Hong Kong, China, and North America, according to the university's website. On Aug. 29, she will speak on Taiwan's soft power and on Taiwan-China relations at the National Press Club. Her visit, which was also her first trip to the U.S. since becoming culture minister in February, will also include visits to the Smithsonian Institution, the TV station WETA and the Kennedy Center. She was also scheduled to 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. (By Lin Shu-yuan and Maia Haung)


Updated : 2021-04-17 05:34 GMT+08:00