Establishment of a Taiwanese resource center in Czech

  • By Lin Chia-nan / Staff Reporter

The 39th Taiwanese Resource Center for Chinese Studies has been established at a university in the Czech Republic, with more to be opened in Europe, the National Central Library (NCL) announced yesterday.

NCL Director General Tseng Shu-hsien (曾淑賢) and Masaryk University Rector Martin Bares on Monday last week signed an agreement to establish the Taiwan Center as part of the Asian Studies Center from the university, the library said in a press release.

Since 2012, the library has set up such centers in other countries to share its resources with academic partners and promote Taiwanese academic resources on Taiwanese and Chinese studies.

There are 22 Taiwanese resource centers in Europe, including the new one; five in the United States; 11 in Asia (including Russia); and one in Australia, the library’s website showed.

Last year, four centers were established at universities in Lithuania, France, Switzerland and Estonia.

The library is in talks to establish more centers in Europe this year, NCL International Cooperation Coordinator Leo Lin (林能山) said yesterday.

Typically, the library compiles a list of recommended books on Chinese or Taiwanese studies that a partner university can choose from. universities can also offer a list of relevant publications they need, he said.

The library would donate the necessary books within its budget, Lin said, adding that centers with a long history would need fewer books each year.

The library respects the “academic freedom” of its contributors, rather than entrusting them with publications, Lin said.

Its partners can also send their publications on China or Taiwanese studies to the library for preservation, he added.

The library regularly holds academic events and encourages mutual visits by librarians, but that will depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic develops, he said.

Representative in the Czech Republic Ke Liang-ruey (柯良叡) and Head of Science and Technology Division of Taipei in the Czech Republic Yen Hong-wei (顏宏偉) also participated in the negotiation of the new center of Masaryk University . .

Most foreigners learn Chinese using simplified characters, but Taiwanese centers would allow them to access publications using traditional characters and other Taiwanese cultural assets, Yen said.

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