Participate in Taiwan Academy
The government of the Republic of China has established the Taiwan Academy（http://taiwanacademy.tw） in order to promote worldwide interest in Taiwan’s Chinese culture. Showcasing the essence of Taiwanese culture and its ‘soft power,’ the Taiwan Academy activates as an important medium for increasing Taiwan’s presence on the international stage, and serve as a platform for facilitating global understanding of Taiwan through her culture.
Building on Taiwan’s particular characteristics and strengths, and employing Taiwan’s advanced information and digital technologies, the Virtual Taiwan Academy is a platform which combines the aims of promoting Mandarin Chinese teaching and traditional Chinese characters, encouraging Taiwan studies and Sinology research, and showcasing Taiwan’s diversity of cultures. It serves as an important medium for cultural interaction between Taiwan and the international community, as well as a platform via which the international community can learn more about Taiwan’s overall development.
“Taiwan studies and Sinology research” has been regarded as one of the major collections by National Central Library (NCL). The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) under the NCL was established in 1981. It offers diverse service, such as material collection, event reports, publication, research grant and academic activities. These services are highly appreciated by domestic and international Sinology experts. Its goal is right in harmony with which of Taiwan Academy, therefore, the CCS and NCL was assigned by Ministry of Education to promote the program of Taiwan Academy.
To coordinate the government’s policy, the National Central Library (NCL) started to devote to the establishment of Taiwan Academy since 2011. To showcase Taiwan’s achievements in Taiwan Studies and Sinology research, the NCL had set up Resource Points in New York, Los Angeles and Houston that provide important access to Taiwan’s academic research, and introduces top humanity and social science books published in Taiwan. Meanwhile, the NCL established “Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies” abroad and held “Taiwan Lectures on Chinese Studies” and exhibitions to promote an interest in Chinese culture with Taiwanese characteristics around the world.