DYING ARTS?The award winners — all in their 70s and 80s — are concerned about passing on their traditional arts to a new generation in a new legal environment
Date: May 16, 2015
By: Yang Yuan-ting and Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Six “living national treasures” — people who embody important intangible
cultural properties — are being honored with the Ministry of Culture’s National Cultural Heritage Conservation Award: architects Hsu Han-jen (許漢珍) and Liao Chih-te (廖枝德), who specialize in traditional Chinese architecture; master carpenter Yeh Ching-yi (葉經義); Luantan (亂彈) Opera actress Pan Yu-chiao (潘玉嬌); Beiguan musician Chiu Huo-jung (邱火榮) and late paper-cutting master Lee Huan-chang (李煥章).
While grateful for the ministry’s recognition, the laureates said at a pre-ceremony press conference earlier this week that modern technology and new legislation have presented challenges to their fields, as a younger generation of artists — which are virtually nonexistent in certain fields — can hardly make a living in the modern world. [FULL STORY]