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Presidential citation to honor late radio presenter

2015/09/10 14:06:23

From the Ministry of Culture website

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A presidential citation will be awarded posthumously to late Taiwanese radio presenter and renowned essayist Luo Lan (羅蘭) in recognition of her contributions in the field of radio broadcasting and her literary achievements.

The citation, proposed by the Ministry of Culture, was approved Thursday by the Executive Yuan.

During her three decades as a radio presenter, Luo Lan, whose real name is Chin Pei-fen (靳佩芬), comforted the hearts of many who traveled far from home, with her soft voice and heart-to-heart talks on air, Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟) said.

Luo Lan died of cardiopulmonary failure Aug. 29 at the age of 96 in a hospital in Taipei.

She was one of the most popular radio presenters in Taiwan in the 1950s and 1960s, when radio was a main source of entertainment.

She published her first book in 1963, and over the subsequent 30 years, her works in print, including essays, short stories and travelogues, appeared in books, magazines and newspapers.

Among her most popular books are the "Luo Lan Xiao Yu" (羅蘭小語) series, a compilation of essays based on the content of her radio broadcasts.

Luo Lan won her first literary prize in 1969 and in 1974, she was awarded the Golden Bell Prize for best radio program. She received a citation for social education from the Ministry of Education in 1979.

(By Christie Chen)