'Tool box' series in the works to promote culture overseas
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Culture said Thursday it plans to launch a series of cultural “tool boxes” next year to promote Taiwanese culture overseas.
September 1, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The “tool boxes,” or multi language online resources, will help overseas groups, communities and schools organize events that feature Taiwanese literature, film, music, performing arts and other aspects of culture, according to the ministry.
The online resources will be available first in English and Chinese and then in other languages, Chou Pei-chi, director of the ministry's Department of Humanities and Publications, said at a press briefing.
A “tool box” on Taiwanese literature, for example, will feature at least 100 Taiwanese literature pieces and their authors, and will include information about any adapted films, documentaries, plays or television shows, Chou said.
An online website for the “tool boxes” is scheduled to be launched in February 2014, starting with information on Taiwanese literature and film, the ministry said.
Chou also introduced an NT$18 million (US$601,263) subsidy plan launched by her ministry this month to assist local publishers with the editing, planning and marketing of their publications.
Publishers with creative book projects can apply for NT$300,000 to NT$500,000 in subsidies for each project, Chou said.
The ministry's goal is to encourage innovative publishing ideas and give incentives to editors and publishing agents to play a bigger role in the creative process, which is usually the realm of authors, she said.