A Civil Society in the Making
Minister of Culture, Taiwan
Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Lady Mitchell Hall [map]
University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Site
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There is no charge to attend.
Following the talk there will be a question and answer session.
Before 1982, Taiwanese citizens were not allowed to travel abroad freely. As late as 1992, a Taiwanese citizen by law could face a life sentence when he or she attempted to "overthrow the government." Today the 23 million Taiwanese seem to take it for granted that democracy is a way of life. But when democracy is translated into the language of a lifestyle, punctuated by traditional Chinese culture, what does that exactly mean?
Lung Ying-tai became the first Director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taipei in September 1999, increasing the visibility of the arts in Taipei during her four-year term. In July 2005, she established the Lung Ying-tai Cultural Foundation and used the foundation as a platform to sponsor literary and artistic endeavours as well as academic lectures. Since 2008, Lung Ying-tai has undertaken the position of Hung Leung Hao Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Chair professor of the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, from which she received the K.T.Li Chair professor Award in 2009. Lung Ying-tai was appointed the first Minister of Culture for Taiwan in May 2012.