Taiwan Academy – a brainchild of President Ma Ying-jeou aimed at spreading Chinese culture with unique Taiwanese characteristics throughout the world — is scheduled to open in the U.S. cities of Los Angeles, New York and Houston in unison on Oct. 14.
First lady Chow Mei-ching will be in New York to attend the opening of the academy branch there – at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York – on behalf of the president.
Chow will be accompanied by Emile Sheng, minister of the Council for Cultural Affairs, during her visit to New York.
The Taiwan Academy will not operate any fee-based classes but will offer regular exhibitions and lectures, endowed chairs or professorships on Taiwanese culture, according to the TECO.
The TECO’s New York office has also set up a digital information platform to provide free e-learning to facilitate the spread of Mandarin and Taiwanese culture, TECO said.
Immediately after the opening of the Taiwan Academy in New York, Lin Hwai-min, founder of Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater, will give a lecture there as the academy’s the first chair professor.
Leaf Chiang and Deborah Kuo