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Ministry lacks central theme to bring culture to the people

Another issue to be tackled for related industries to thrive is to find a market that is large enough — the most daunting challenge faced by most industries in Taiwan. The minister acknowledges this and has made enhancing international recognition one of the ministry's goals. What the ministry should do is put more emphasis on the mainland. Past experience indicates that some movies, talk shows and soap operas produced in Taiwan can receive positive reviews from the mainland, where Taiwanese culture is more easily accepted and understood.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs is responsible for promoting the economy and it has maintained close relations with industries and companies. The Ministry of Culture should therefore keep close ties with artists and find ways for the government to assist them. Lung should lead the ministry to provide services that the private sector has not or cannot provide on its own.

The minister said that culture should not be a privilege for the middle class. Therefore, reducing cultural differences between urban and rural areas should be another goal for the minister. Lung wants to provide the same access to cultural displays for citizens in the countryside and big cities alike.

The minister could achieve this goal by providing incentives for artists to perform in the countryside, while still offering space for movie companies or performers to set the prices of their shows and stage performances in places they think they can turn a profit.

The minister has outlined many thoughts, but lacks a central theme to put all of these different thoughts together. Given a limited amount of time and money, it is impossible for her to accomplish everything to which she aspires.

Even if only some of her ideas can be implemented, there will be a great improvement in the conditions local artists work in. Thus, it might be more important for the ministry to quickly provide actual policies instead of contemplating them.

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