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Taiwan-France Cultural Awards presented

2019/07/02 19:51:55

Paris, July 1 (CNA) The 23rd Taiwan-France Cultural Awards were presented in Paris Monday to a scholar, director and radio presenter who have enhanced cultural exchanges between Taiwan and France.

The three winners this year are French anthropologist Josiane Cauquelin, Taiwanese radio presenter Miao Yung-hua (繆詠華), who hosts a French program at Radio Taiwan International, and German director of plays and operas Lukas Hemleb.

The award was jointly set up by Taiwan's Council for Cultural Affairs and the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences under the Institut de France in 1996.

It recognizes institutions and individuals who have contributed to the research and promotion of Taiwanese culture.

Cauquelin, currently a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, said at the award ceremony that she would like to share the award with her long-term research interest into the Puyuma -- one of Taiwan's indigenous groups.

In addition, the researcher expressed her gratitude to Taiwan for "accepting her and allowing her to freely conduct research."

Calling Taiwan "her second home," Cauquelin has been studying Puyuma language, rites and society since 1983. She is the author of numerous Puyuma-themed articles and books, including the first Puyuma language study and Puyuma-French dictionary.

Through close contact with the Puyuma people, Cauquelin was granted access to observe the indigenous groups' annual sacrifice and the great hunting festival, previously strictly forbidden for women.

Miao, the presenter of Radio Taiwan International's French program L'Heure des Musées, has been promoting cultural exchanges between Taiwan and France for more than a decade.

She said at the ceremony that she will continue to translate French contemporary novels and classics into Chinese, and help French-speaking listeners to better understand and thereby appreciate the beauty of Chinese art.

In his speech, Hemleb, who has adapted the work by French playwright Marivaux "The Game of Love and Chance" and blended it with Taiwanese opera, said he would like to pay tribute to the deceased Taiwanese dancer Hsiao Ho-Wen (蕭賀文), a former member of renowned Taiwanese dance group Cloud Gate Theatre.

Hsiao is one of the few people who let him realize that adhering to tradition does not necessarily conflict with pursuing innovation, Hemleb said.

He said Taiwanese novelist Wu Ming-yi (吳明益) has agreed to let him adapt his novel "The Man with the Compound Eyes" into a play.

The play, Hemleb said, is expected to debut in Taichung in March 2021 and in France around fall that same year.

(By Tzeng Yi-shiuan and Chung Yu-chen)
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