Monday marks the 95th anniversary of Taiwan Cultural Association (TCA), an important organization that helped bring democracy to the stage of Taiwan’s history.
Taiwan Cultural Association was founded by Dr. Chiang Wei-shui on October 17, 1921, during the Japanese occupation.
Co-hosted by Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation and I-Mei Cultural Foundation, hundreds of people including the Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun, I-Mei Foods Co. Chairman Henry Kao, General Manager Luis Ko, the descendants of the pioneers of Taiwan’s democracy, and students from the historic Blessed Imelda's School in Taipei attended the anniversary commemoration event on Monday.
The event kicked off with two students reading congratulatory messages from President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice-president Chen Chien-jen, who were unable to attend the event but both expressed in the messages their appreciation for the contribution of Taiwan Cultural Association to the development of the nation's culture and democracy.
In her speech, Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun said that exactly 95 years ago, the pioneers of Taiwan’s democracy movement including Chiang Wei-shui, Lin Hsien-tang, and Lai Ho, shaped the defining moments in the history of Taiwan’s burgeoning democracy, and opened a new chapter in the nation’s political and cultural history.
The role of Taiwan Cultural Association in contributing to cultural and education building in Taiwan was just as crucial as that of today’s Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Science and Technology combined, she said, highlighting the importance of culture in Taiwan’s contemporary society.
I-Mei Foods Co. General Manager, Luis Ko, also said in his speech that I-Mei is pleased and honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of the building of Taiwan’s cultural awareness, adding that the company is more than willing to take the responsibility of passing on the spirit of the TCA and further increase the visibility of Taiwanese culture.