Dr. Lung Yingtai, Former Minister of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), Lectures at Taiwan Forum at Boston University
Dr. Lung Yingtai, former Minister of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), was invited to give a speech at “Taiwan Forum” on April 9, 2016. The “Taiwan Forum” is one of the “Taiwan Studies” events in which Boston University has cooperated with the Ministry of Education over the past 10 years.
The lecture topic was “Leadership and Policy Making.” Dr. Lung shared her experience while serving as the first Minister of Culture. Prior to this, Dr. Lung was a celebrated writer and literary critic. After speech, she introduced the situation several current cultural industries such as film making and publishing in Taiwan. She noted that the cultural industries in Taiwan are currently facing talent drain and marketing challenges from other countries. She said that distrust is the biggest challenge in current public policy making because people do not have faith in institutions including the government, media and parliament. She added that government officials must make every effort to explain in detail and assure people that their government is here to serve them.
Dr. Lung shared her opinions on “Women Leadership” in which she talked about women’s career development in Taiwan, and encouraged them to prepare for their own profession. She is a mother of two sons, and advised parents to educate their children to respect the different genders and work to better understand the equality of genders.
The event attracted around 200 people. Many in the audience raised questions and discussed different social and cultural views during the Q&A session that followed.