On June 16, 2011, we signed a memorandum of agreement with the French Office in Taipei to establish Taiwan's first French Corner. The French Corner located in the multicultural area on the third floor in the new location is a representative French cultural plaza, occupying an area of 145 square meters. It is unparalleled in all of Asia. A comfortable reading space was designed with French minimalism in mind, furbished with exquisite collections, and new software/hardware equipment. Occasional multicultural events will be arranged to enable the public an understanding of the French culture.
The National Library of Public Information is committed to promote multicultural services, as well as information from different viewpoints in response with the current trend of globalization. With this goal in mind, the French Corner is a collaborative indicator project between France and Taiwan. Bureau français de Taipei - Centre de coopération et d’action culturelle provides its publications and digital collection resources from the National Library of France.
Currently, we host over 1200 imported French books and Chinese translated versions in 16 categories of: arts, culture, fashion, design, cinema, tourism, and cuisine. Even people not educated in the French language can still enjoy all sorts of published works and have a good read. To commemorate Ms. Hu Pinching for her contributions in the promotion of works from French writers, and her Chinese-translated versions, a special "Les bourses de séjour aux traducteurs" area was set up to exhibit relevant works.
Based on considerations for multiculturalism, the French Corner also provides audio-visual and computer equipment, including a large-screen digital TV, authorized by TV5 Monde, the largest French entertainment channel, to regularly play its French programs and films. The French Corner also has a touch-screen computer, connected to the LA FRANCE A TAIWAN Centre de coopération et d’action culturelle's website "Voilà Taiwan." It contains the latest France-Taiwan joint-events, updating the audience with the latest information at any place, any time.
In order to enliven the role of the French Corner, we will periodically hold orientations for people wishing to study abroad in France, as well as series events, including: writer lectures, illustrator seminars, French movie shows, French lessons, and art exhibitions. Through promoting these events, we aim to provide a rich cultural discipline and information while interacting with the public to deepen the understanding of the long French culture!