Launch of the Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies and Book Exhibition “Erudition: An Exhibition on Reading the Ancient Aesthetics of Living 博雅--閲讀古人生活美學古籍文獻展” 11/5/2012
The National Central Library in Taiwan (NCL) is Known for its collection of more than 12,000 volumes of rare books from the pre-modern period of Chinese history. NCL is making its collection available to readers around the world. Through a collaborative initiative between the University of Texas Libraries and the National Central Library, three-dozen prime examples from the rare book collection of NCL, represented in high-quality replicas, were included in an exhibition that accompanied the opening of the TCSRC and became the permanent foundation for the resources provided to the Libraries.
The initial collection encompasses four major areas: Literati leisure, dramatic literature, health and medicine, and nature. The volumes, which are rich in text and illustrations, serve as windows into the life and mind of an ancient world surprisingly similar to our own.
The opening included a lecture by Dr. Fang-Mei Chen Professor, Graduate Institute of Art History at National Taiwan University for a Taiwanese Chinese Studies Lecture on how the cultural significance of Temples in Taiwan have, in recent years, become a research focus for scholars, especially those in the social anthropology and architectural history fields.
Dignitaries from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston who helped facilitate the agreement that brought the resources to the Libraries were in attendance to celebrate the opening.