The University of Scranton was recently awarded a competitive international grant through Taiwan's Ministry of Culture "Spotlight Taiwan Project," which will invest $4 million during the next four years to collaborate with 40 major institutions around the world to deepen Taiwan's interaction with the global community through culture.
The project in Scranton is supported through a $50,000 grant for the first year, which is renewable up to four years and hopes to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of Taiwanese culture and society through diverse programs offered at multiple venues that also benefit the greater Scranton and Northeast Pennsylvania communities.
The grant will support programs that express this year's theme "Tradition in Transition" and begin in this month with two performances of "A Sea of Puppets" by the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company, along with a workshop on learning traditional Taiwanese puppetry skills and creating your own puppet, "The World is a Stage" lecture and an exhibition of 20 to 30 classic puppets. A lecture entitled "Dharma's Democracy," which is related to Taiwan's religious renaissance and political development, will take place in November or December. Another lecture on Chinese yinyang cosmology and its impact on gender relations, is planned for early March. In May, in conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the university will host Taiwan Week, featuring an outdoor Asian-fusion concert performance entitled "Eastern Legend" as well as a workshop by Chai Found Music Workshop, a film screening and a lecture with a sampling of Taiwanese cuisine.
Since 2011, the Taipei Cultural Center has collaborated with the University on numerous programs organized by South Abington Twp. resident Ann A. Pang-White, Ph.D., director of Asian Studies at the University of Scranton. Dr. Pang-White will execute Scranton's "Spotlight Taiwan Project" under the guidance of Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the University, who recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project with Ambassador Andrew J.C. Kao of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, N.Y.
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