Taipei, A book titled "Anthology of Short Stories: Malaysia-Taiwan Vol. 2" was launched Friday in Kuala Lumpur, signifying a new milestone for cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Malaysia.
The book is a collection of eight short stories from both sides, including "The Boat Sacrifice" by Dong Nian "Fish" by Huang Chun-ming "The Flying Fish Festival" by Syaman Rapongan and "The Daughter Well" by Chen Shu.
The project was completed under the supervision of Taiwan's Ministry of Culture and co-published by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, the Malaysia Institute of Language and Literature (DBP), and the Han Culture Centre Malaysia (HAN).
Launched amid the designation of Kuala Lumpur as World Book Capital for the year 2020 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the book is also the first non-textbook Chinese publication published by the DBP over the past 62 years since it was founded.
Taiwanese writer Syaman Rapongan from the ethnic Tao tribe and Malaysian author Mohamed Zakir recited their works in the book launching event held at the DBP, while DBP Chairman Mohamed Hatta Shaharom, HAN Chairman Goh Hin San and Taiwan's representative to Malaysia Anne Hungeach made their endorsements of the new book.
The book was launched under the Ministry of Culture's "Spotlight Taiwan" project in cooperation with the DBP and the HAN, Hung said in her speech, adding that she believed it will foster Malaysian readers' understanding of and appreciation for Taiwanese culture.
Hung said she was also seeking more long-term partnerships with local literature and academic institutions for culture-themed activities.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel