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Taiwan to launch cultural 'tool boxes’: minister

2012/05/24 20:28:52

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Taiwan is planning to launch a series of cultural “tool boxes” to help overseas groups and communitiespromote Taiwanese culture abroad, Culture Minister Lung Ying-taisaid Thursday.

The tool boxes,” or multi-language online resources, will be an "important measure”to promote Taiwanese culture to the world, Lung said at a press conference to announce the new ministry’s blueprint for cultural policy.

These online resources will help overseas groups, schools, government agencies and communities organize events to feature, for example, Taiwanese literature, film, popular music, Lung said.

A “tool box” on Taiwanese film, for example, will include information ranging from film forum topics to recommendations for guest speakers and copyright information, she said.

Lung further outlined the focus of her ministry’s policies on promoting Taiwanese culture in the world and in rural areas at home, transforming cultural values into economic value and digitalizing cultural resources.

To promote Taiwanese culture abroad, the ministry plans to set up 11 more culture centers overseas that will help Taiwan engage in more international events such as book fairs and film festivals, Lung said.

She declined to name the exact locations of the centers, saying they are still being negotiated.

At home, the ministry will select leading communities and groups in Taiwan’s 7,835 villages and districts to help with the task ofintegrating cultural resources in rural areas, Lung said.

The ministry also plans to develop cultural industries in rural areas to convince youth to stay or return to their villages to work, she said.

To encourage the transformation of ideas from the cultural and creative sector into economic value, Lung said, the ministry plans to launch an online matching platform inspired by KickStarter, a crowdfunding website for creative projects in the United States.

It will also establish a mechanism to make multiple use of cultural and creative work, for example, to turn literature into animation, comic books or TV mini-series, Lung said.

In addition, the ministry will introduce an incentive program to encourage the film and television industries to collaborate with the literature and performing arts sectors, she said.

The ministry will also digitalize cultural resources and provide mobile phone users with information on cultural facilities and arts and cultural events.

(By Christie Chen)