Taiwan's Minister of Culture Leaves Questions as to What Country She is Minister of?

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Thursday August 30, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

Speaking in Washington DC, Taiwan's Minister of Culture, Lung Ying-tai confused listeners as to what country she was actually the minister of. Lung was so overly apologetic and sympathetic (sometimes a bit condescendingly) on China, one wondered who had really given her, her credentials.

For example, "China is so big, so ancient, so grand and resilient... and we dare to hope that China some day will become a (more) civilized as well as a civil society." How does one take this? Apologetic in that somehow great China is not civilized and does not have a good civil society?

China also had a lot of "catching up" to do. Fine, but is that Taiwan's problem? Should not Lung be more concerned in touting Taiwan's unique culture? Taiwan's unique identity? Look for more on this.