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Society of Children’s Literature awarded for dedication to kids’ books

By Yali Chen
 
The Society of Children’s Literature, R. O. C. (SCLROC) received an award from Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) in 2016 for its long-time dedication to research and promotion of children’s books.
 
On November 1, 2018, the DOCA gave them another award in recognition of their work and launched a recently published book. The ceremony kicked off with a series of performances by a choir of the Taipei Municipal Dongmen Elementary School and FunSpace Experimental Education Group, led by Hsieh Hung-wen – a writer who has been working on children’s literature for many years.

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Chung Yung-feng, Commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, gives
a speech at an awards ceremony and a book launch in Taipei on November 1, 2018.


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Yu Pei-yun (right), Chairwoman of the Society of Children’s Literature, R. O. C.,
receives an award from DOCA Chairman Chung.


In his speech, the DOCA Commissioner Chung Yung-feng said that since its inception in Taipei in 1984, the SCLROC has always been committed to research and promotion of children’s books. “I’d like to thank you for your contributions and long-term efforts,” he said.
 
The commissioner also expressed his appreciation for Wen-Hsun Magazine Chairwoman Feng De-bing’s help to compile a wealth of data for three new books on children’s literature during the period of Japanese rule from 1895 to 1945.
 
“We all know that it’s hard to pull together information from the 1920s,” Chung said. “Thanks to Ms. Feng’s extensive database and network of contacts, this difficult task was accomplished.”

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Taipei Municipal Dongmen Elementary School Choir sings a couple of nursery rhymes
at an awards ceremony in Taipei on November 1, 2018.


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The Society of Children’s Literature, R. O. C. is located at No.44, Jiuquan St.,
Datong Dist., Taipei City.


In 1983, Lin Huan-chang, a children’s book author born in Yilan County, was one of the initiators of the preparatory meeting for the society. Chairwoman Yu Pei-yun said that they first sought the support of other writers and one year later, they founded the SCLROC.
 
One of the most active societies that promote children’s literature in Taiwan, SCLROC holds seminars and reading clubs, runs advanced courses, and publishes a quarterly magazine. It is the 14th arts organization to receive this honor. Others include the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Artist Magazine, Echo Magazine, Lion Art Monthly, Ping-Fong Acting Troupe, and the Contemporary Legend Theatre.

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The front cover of a new book on Taiwan’s nursery rhymes during the period
of Japanese rule from 1895 to 1945.