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Young Taiwanese unable to name leading local artists, survey reports

Posted by artradar on May 19, 2010


As reported in a recent article by Radio Taiwan International, a survey conducted by the King Car Education Foundation has revealed that a large majority of Taiwanese high school and university students are unable to name even one prominent Taiwanese artist.

Renowned Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming

Renowned Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming

The article goes on to say:

The purpose of the poll was to measure an awareness of, and interest in the arts, and to look at how much young people participate in arts-related activities.

When asked to name “three well-known Taiwanese artists”, 70.85 percent of respondents could not think of even one name. Of those who were able to name an artist, the most popular responses included Cloud Gate Dance Theatre founder Lin Hwai-min, sculptor Ju Ming and painter Shiy De-jinn.

The article also notes that the survey reported a low participation rate in local art events and activities for Taiwanese students.

Read the full story here.

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