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US scholar praises Tang prize for promoting culture

TAIPEI -- The Taiwan-based Tang Prize will demonstrate what Taiwanese people value and think, and will let the world know more about the country through its culture, according to a visiting U.S. scholar.

The Tang Prize is “among the most unusual” in that it recognizes domains that are not widely noted, but “it basically reflects what Taiwan's culture and beliefs are in terms of things like rule of law and sinology,” Clayton Mote Jr., president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, told CNA in a recent interview.

The two categories are very important in sociological terms, Mote said.

The prize also covers sustainability, which is a complex multi-disciplinary activity that includes policy, health, engineering, construction and finance, he added.

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