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Former culture official takes over as PEN Taipei Center head

2014/12/18 22:55:35

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) Huang Pi-twan, former minister of cultural affairs and deputy minister of education, took over as president of Taipei Chinese Center of the International PEN on Wednesday.

Following a hand-over ceremony presided over by the center's auditor Hu Yao-heng, Huang said she will continue the tradition upheld by her predecessor Perng Ching-hsi and others to promote literary exhanges between Taiwan and other countries.

Perng is leaving after finishing a four-year term.

The Chinese P.E.N. was established in 1924 in mainland China, and was at the time headed by well-known educator Tsai Yuan-pei. In 1958, it was moved to Taiwan and called the Chinese PEN Center. In 1975, it was renamed Taipei Chinese PEN Center.

The center's active members and leaders have included Lin Yu-tang and Yu Kwang-chung.

It publishes a quarterly of English translations of poems, novels, essays and other literary works of local authors.

(By S.C. Chang)