The 41st National Cultural Award ceremony was held on May 12 at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei. Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) conferred the award on lacquer artist Wang Ching-shuang (王清霜), poet Li Min-yong (李敏勇) and conductor Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉), and thanked the recipients for their efforts in the field of craft, literature and music, as well as their contributions to the preservation and promotion of Taiwanese culture by actively supporting the younger generations.
In remarks, Premier Su said that the three winners have made monumental contributions in their fields. Wang dedicated his life to craftwork, and also passed on his skills and the beauty of Taiwan’s crafts from one generation to another; Li is a prolific writer of poems and comments on Taiwan’s social, political and literary topics; while Lu shares the beautiful sounds of Taiwan to the world through his profession as a conductor.
Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te said that “accumulation” is the most important factor in winning the National Cultural Award. The recipients have devoted their lives to their respective professions and have notable and recognized achievements as well as a significant influence on society. “In recent years, with the support of Premier Su, MOC has launched numerous cultural policies, such as the cultural development fund,” Minister Lee added.
The award was first presented to Wang Ching-shuang, who was accompanied by his grandson, Wang Jun-wei (王峻偉), to the stage to receive the award and deliver a speech on his behalf. Wang Jun-wei said this award is not only an honor for his grandfather but also a recognition of the craft industry. Wang Ching-shuang personally thanked everyone and said this is the happiest moment of his life.
Li Min-yong said in his speech that if he could live up to 100 years old, he still has 25 years left to promote the transformation and the construction of Taiwan’s identity through cultural movements, and he is willing to do so.
Lu Shao-chia mentioned that symphony orchestras have matured in recent years and he sincerely hopes that each orchestra can build its own identity. He also expressed his wish for Taiwanese orchestras to have their own characteristics and be recognized by the world.
Since the National Cultural Award was established by the Executive Yuan in 1981, a total of 90 artists have been honored in different fields.