On Thursday, July 12, faculty and leadership of the Center for the Study of Asia and the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History and members of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston gathered to celebrate the renewal of a remarkable partnership between Boston University and the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
Provost Jean Morrison and Cynthia Huang, Director of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, took part in the signing ceremony. In her remarks, the Provost thanked Director Huang and her staff for their vision and generous support over the last five years:
Thanks to this dynamic partnership, our permanent curriculum features more courses than ever on Taiwanese culture, literature, and history. Our teaching of Mandarin Chinese has been dramatically enhanced, and our standing as a leader in East Asian archaeology strengthened through the availability of some of the world’s premier Taiwanese scholarship.
The gift allows Boston University to continue to enhance and make more broadly available knowledge of the history, society, language and culture of greater China in general and Taiwan in particular, through the establishment of a “Taiwan Forum Lecture Series.” It also allows for the development of the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History’s collections, and finally, through the ARC/Base Project, a comprehensive, multilingual bibliographic database that will provide an invaluable research resource for scholars and students in East and Southeast Asian archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, and related fields.
We are very grateful to the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for its support of our programs.