A delegation led by Yu Qun, vice-chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), visited Xi'an, Shaanxi province and Dunhuang, Gansu province from May 5 to 8 and met with representatives from Chinese mainland and Taiwanese institutes to discuss a proposal to exhibit murals dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in Taiwan.
The CSCLF delegation listened to a brief report from the Hanwei Association for the Promotion of Chinese Culture and the Shen Chun-Chi Cultural & Educational Foundation in Taiwan on the previous Dunhuang mural exhibition program carried out at Taiwanese universities. The delegation also listened to their views on showcasing Tang Dynasty murals at Taiwanese universities.
Discussion on the specifics of the new exhibition program took place at the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau on the morning of May 6. At the meeting, Qian Jikui, deputy director of the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau, Chen Chunlin, president of the Taiwan Hanwei Association for the Promotion of Chinese Culture, and Liu Peng, assistant director of the Shaanxi Association for the Exchange of Cultural Relics, delivered reports on cultural relic exchanges between Shaanxi and Taiwan, experiences related to displaying cultural items in Taiwan, and plans to display Tang Dynasty murals in Taiwan.
Yu said that one of CSCLF's missions is to carry out exchanges between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Since the founding of the organization in 1982, CSCLF has been dedicated in promoting cross-Strait exchanges, Yu added.
"CSCLF made pioneering efforts to promote the exhibition of Dunhuang murals in Taiwanese universities. Shaanxi is a historical province with a profound culture and abundant cultural relics. The partnership between CSCLF and the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau will be beneficial to cultural exchanges between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan," Yu stated.
During the meeting, CSCLF reached a preliminary agreement with the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau on strategic cooperation.
Representatives from CSCLF, the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau, and some Taiwanese foundations discuss a new exhibition program in Taiwan at a meeting. [Photo/CSCLF]
Yu Qun, vice-chairman of CSCLF, speaks at the meeting on May 6. [Photo/CSCLF]
On May 6 and 7, the CSCLF delegation visited Dunhuang Academy China to learn about the academy's work in preserving, researching, and promoting Dunhuang culture. On the morning of May 8, a meeting was held between CSCLF, Dunhuang Academy China, and the Taiwan Shen Chun-Chi Cultural & Educational Foundation.
The three parties discussed plans for future cooperation related to exhibitions and education. Zhang Xiantang, vice-dean of Dunhuang Academy China, said that the exhibition in Taiwan was of great significance to cross-Strait exchanges, adding that he was impressed by Taiwanese college students' enthusiasm for the exhibition.
"Dunhuang Academy China will offer its full support to the exhibition," Zhang pledged.
A meeting between representatives from CSCLF, Dunhuang Academy China, and the Taiwan Shen Chun-Chi Cultural & Educational Foundation is held on the morning of May 8. [Photo/CSCLF]
Chen Aimin, director of CSCLF's Department of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Affairs, Li Xiaofeng, deputy director of the aforementioned department, Zhang Zeming, director of the Shaanxi Association for the Exchange of Cultural Relics, Qiang Yue, curator of the Shaanxi History Museum, Yang Xiuqing, president of the China Dunhuang Grottoes Conservation Research Foundation, and Yao Zhesheng, chair and secretary general of the Taiwan Shen Chun-Chi Cultural & Educational Foundation, attended the meetings.
(Source: Department in charge of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of CSCLF)