A Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) has been established at the East Asia Library of University of Washington Libraries through collaboration between UW Libraries and the National Central Library, Taiwan.
On October 2nd, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the University
of Washington (UW) Libraries and the National Central Library (NCL) of
Taiwan was signed in establishment of the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese
Studies at the East Asia Library of UW Libraries. This new center is the
second established in the United States, and the eighth worldwide. At the UW
signing ceremony, NCL Director-general Tseng Shu-hsien presented also the
University of Washington with a gift of the reproduction of a Taiwanese
national treasure—the Annotated Poems of Su Dongpo – dating from the twelfth
Following the signing ceremony, guest speaker, Professor Shih-hui Chen from
the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University, spoke on “Messages from
Taiwan: Recreating Tradition through Musical Composition”. A scholar and
composer, Dr. Chen is world renowned in her field.
A third component of the dedication on OCT 2nd was the official opening of
an exhibition entitled “Traditional and Modern Music of Taiwan,” on display
in the UW East Asia Library through December 12. Included in the exhibit are
79 volumes and 92 audiovisual files of modern, traditional, pop, aboriginal,
and Hakka musical selections and musicians.
At the signing ceremony, Vice-Provost and Dean of UW Libraries Betsy Wilson
said, “The center is another milestone in the long tradition and friendship
between UW Libraries and National Central Library and other Libraries in
Taiwan.” Through the center, this collaboration brings to the University
of Washington valuable scholarly publications of Chinese and Taiwanese
studies and an annual series of lectures about Taiwan. The establishment of
the center will further expand scholarly resources in Taiwan Chinese studies
at the UW, enlarge the scope of exchange between the University of
Washington and Taiwan, and promote cultural understanding.