Premier encourages greater cultural awareness

  • Date: 2017-10-12
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Premier Lai Ching-te today received a briefing from the Ministry of Culture (MOC) summarizing the principles, process and results of the 2017 National Cultural Congress. He noted that in his recent policy report to the Legislative Yuan, the very first of his five nation-building objectives was a “cultural Taiwan.” The premier encouraged the heads of the Executive Yuan’s various ministries and agencies to incorporate a high degree of cultural thinking in their promotion of public policy. Only by allowing culture to take root in society can the nation provide fertile ground for the growth of national cultural power and the development of a Taiwanese consciousness.

The 2017 National Cultural Congress, convened at the beginning of September, embodied the cultural rights of all citizens, said the premier, and epitomized a bottom-up approach to cultural governance that will help form cultural policy. Such groundwork and the promotion of cultural affairs deserve public affirmation and approval.

The MOC indicated that the issues considered at this year’s National Cultural Congress revolved around building up all aspects of Taiwan’s culture for the 21st century. The congress was held on September 2 and 3, during which discussion of six broad topics yielded 50 concrete conclusions. The MOC referenced these conclusions to issue reports on 54 assorted topics, including building a regulatory framework for cultural governance, promoting institutional reconstruction and the establishment of intermediary organizations, researching the creation of a mechanism for cultural reflection and assessment, and raising cultural consciousness among young people through experience and education.

The MOC also covered topics such as establishing governance guidelines for cultural technology, cultivating interdisciplinary and intermediary talent, improving the effectiveness of laws and regulations governing cultural resources, systematically preserving the public cultural heritage, and fostering an ecosystem for producers of cultural content. Establishing a financial system for culture, securing budgets for cultural activities, realizing cultural equality, and hosting a standing forum for cultural discussion to enable greater opportunity for public participation and input were also addressed.

The concrete conclusions reached at the 2017 National Cultural Congress will be incorporated into the ministry’s cultural white paper and a draft culture basic law. The MOC will work with central executive agencies, local governments and the private sector to build a public support system for cultural governance. Drawing on historical, educational and local roots, the ministry will facilitate cultural development and promote an ecosystem suited to the culture industry. The MOC will also open links between Taiwan’s culture and the global community in order to secure a position for local culture in the wider world and realize the objective of a cultural Taiwan.