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MOC reveals winners of 27th Taiwan-France Cultural Award

Gwennael Gaffric and Elizabeth Zeitoun, both from France, and Chen Yi-fen from Taiwan are the winners of the 27th Taiwan-France Cultural Award, the Ministry of Culture recently announced in Taipei City.
 
An associate professor of Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, Gaffric is a fan of Taiwanese literature and has engaged in research, teaching, publication and translation projects. He pioneered the development of research and publication of Taiwanese literature in France and French-speaking countries through translation and academic papers, according to the MOC.
 
Since joining Taiwan’s foremost research institution, Academia Sinica, in 1992 as a linguistic researcher, Zeitoun has been dedicated to promoting study of Taiwan’s Austronesian languages. With decades-long contribution to the collection, dissemination, documentation, preservation and teaching of the country’s Indigenous languages, she was awarded the Cultural Association Medal by the MOC last month in Taipei.
 
Chen received a comprehensive education in classical music and holds a diploma from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. She founded the Formosa Baroque Orchestra, which regularly invites renowned international musicians to Taiwan to hold concerts and organize educational activities, thus serving as a bridge between Taiwan and Europe in the field of classical music, the ministry said.
 
Established in 1996 by the MOC and the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, the annual award is presented to distinguished individuals or groups that have helped raise awareness of Taiwan in Europe or facilitated cultural exchanges. Starting 2006, submissions for the award have been broadened to include all European countries. (SFC-E)
 
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