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Tsai Tsung-hsiung appointed new Commissioner of Taipei’s Cultural Affairs Department

By Yali Chen

Tsai Tsung-hsiung (蔡宗雄), the newly-appointed Commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA), took his oath of office during an official ceremony on December 25 in the Taipei City Hall.
 
In an interview with the media, the new DOCA commissioner said that in the future he will lead his colleagues according to these four principles: inclusion of diverse values; embracing the digital vision; building the Taipei City Culture brand; and maintaining a good relationship with the world.

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Tsai Tsung-hsiung (second from right in the third row) is sworn in as the new Commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) during an official ceremony on December 25 in the Taipei City Hall.

Tsai said that his first mission would be to listen to minority voices. He said that before the implementation of any policy in the future, the DOCA should take into account the opinions of the opposing parties, and that both sides should understand and respect each other.
 
Second, the new commissioner hopes to introduce digital technology, new media, and artificial intelligence. He also plans to rely on visual design, comprehensive education, internship, industry and entrepreneurs. He will use the Internet or social networks to minimize the communication cost caused by information inequality.

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The new DOCA Commissioner Tsai Tsung-hsiung signs the first government document
after taking office on December 25.

 
“We may try to live-stream our meetings and allocate resources with the private sector with the objective of achieving better communication,” Tsai said.
 
Third, the commissioner hopes to establish the cultural brand of Taipei. Lastly, he will set up good communication channels with the central government, cooperate with other county and city governments around the island, and exchange ideas with international art performance groups.
 
In the first and second terms of Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, Tsai is the fourth commissioner. Ni Chung-hwa, Peini Beatrice Hsieh, and Chung Yung-feng held the office before him.
 
Faced with the DOCA’s huge workload, the 48-year-old commissioner said that he will adopt a prudent attitude in fulfilling his new responsibilities. “I will cherish my new job and expect to play a mediating role in the DOCA,” he said.
 
Tsai was the former director of Taipei City Office of Commerce. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in interior design from Chung Yuan Christian University. The new DOCA commissioner never ceases to devote himself to cultural affairs. He previously held the following positions: Director of Tamsui Historical Museum, Director of Gold Museum, and Chief Secretary of Cultural Affairs Department, New Taipei City.