Literature | International Exchanges
The Ministry helps local writers particpate in three different categories of literary exchange programs.
Language Exchange Programs
• Chinese-language Literature Exchange Program
The program plans to introduce outstanding Taiwanese literary writers and their works to Malaysia and Singapore through international book exhibitions, literary groups and academic institutions.
The exchange program is aimed at increasing readers of Taiwan’s Chinese-language literature, deepening cultural ties with Southeast Asia and its understanding of Taiwanese literature, and fostering exchanges between Chinese-language writers in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
• Taiwan-Germany Literature Exchange Program
The Ministry of Culture and the Literary Colloquium Berlin signed a cooperation memorandum of understanding after carrying out a three-year exchange program between 2010 and 2012. Through this interaction between Taiwanese writers and German translators, the program has increased the opportunity for Taiwanese literary works to be translated into German.
While implementing the program, nine Taiwanese writers and nine German translators were sent to visit each other’s country for one month. Two books published by Taiwanese writers Syaman Rapongan and Wu Ming-yi — “Black Wings” and “The Man With Compound Eyes” — were translated into German through the program. Several Taiwanese writers and German translators are also working on the translation of a collection of short stories by Taiwanese novelists.
• Taiwan-Japan Literature Exchange Program
Since 2009, the Ministry has co-organized several cultural events with Japan’s Nagoya University, Hitotsubashi University and Kwansei Gakuin University, including the “Taiwan Culture Lecture Tour,” the workshop on “Contemporary Taiwan Culture: Literature, Film and Documentary,” an international conference on Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien and another one on war and women focusing on Taiwanese writer Chi Pang-yuan’s autobiography “Ju Liu He.” These events have helped Taiwan build connection with Japanese academia in terms of research on Taiwanese literature, history and culture.
International Writing Programs
• International Writing Program (Iowa)
The Ministry subsidizes the participation of Taiwanese writers in a literary exchange program based in Iowa, which was launched by U.S.-based Chinese writer Nie Hua-ling and her husband Paul Engle, an American poet, in 1967.
Since the program allows writers from different countries to write, read and do research while experiencing the American way of life and culture, Taiwanese writers are given the opportunity to interact and communicate with literary professionals from around the world. In return, the program helps to boost foreign participants’ understanding of Taiwanese culture.
• Granada Poetry Festival
Since 2006, the Ministry has invited two Taiwanese poets each year to attend this major annual literary event held in Nicaragua every February. The poets have not only fostered cultural exchanges but also helped other countries understand Taiwanese poetry and Taiwan by interacting with renowned poets from other countries as well as reading and promoting their works at the festival.
• International Conference on the Short Story in English
Taiwanese writers have been given subsidies by the Ministry to attend the International Conference on the Short Story in English, which is held annually in different countries, since 2000.
The Literary ‘Toolbox’
Using translated Chinese-language works and films adapted from literature, the Literary Toolbox program will establish a database containing literary resources that will provide the necessary resources for all groups and schools at all levels to promote Taiwanese literature, making the database a major portal for readers, researchers and humanities groups. It will also become an important source of data for curators who are interested in organizing exhibitions on Taiwanese literature.