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Chiang Shao-Ying

In his book Good to Great the noted American business consultant Jim Collins discusses how to face change, meet challenges, and make the most of chance. These ideas can also be utilized by the MWR as it continues to develop, while staying true to its core values. In addition to maintaining and displaying its collection, the MWR also hosts performances, conducts research and education, and provides information and even recreation opportunities. The MWR doesn't serve as a place of worship; what it does do is to take the ideal of love and peace and place it at the heart of its long-term development plan. The style of the Museum's leadership is to remain low-key and in the background while ensuring that operations remain streamlined and highly professional, as well as helping to find just the right mix of traditional and modern elements.

Our recently completed three-month assessment of the future cultural environment confirms the soundness of this management strategy. Further, we've also recently completed two years of research and preparation for holding four special exhibitions over the next year. All of this can be seen as an expression of our continuing commitment to promoting life education and the appropriate application of modern technology. Now that the MWR is in its second decade, we are putting increasing emphasis on thinking globally while acting locally; applying humanistic approaches to management; and using staff meetings to share ideas, air grievances, do some brainstorming, and distribute more authority to volunteer groups. Some of the main topics on the agenda have been reducing taxes; increasing government support; establishing a life education center; promoting respect between people of different religions, cultures, and ethnicities; local cultural awareness; joint exhibitions; and developing cultural resources.

Now that my time to step down is approaching, I want to encourage everybody at the MWR to continue striving to upgrade your professional skills, improve the collection and facilities, and establish a specialized fundraising system. Doing so will ensure that MWR will enjoy a bright future.

Introduction

Mr. Shao-Ying Chiang has been a Dean, Graduate Institute of Traditional Arts, National Taipei University of the Arts, the chief of Traditional Art research center, the host of Taiwan Art Research and Taiwan Museum Studies Research Plans. He is also a famous scholar of museum planning, Traditional art research, Intangible Heritage, Cultural Policy assessment.

Mr. Chiang also has been involved in Arts Education law, Cultural Assets Preservation Law, the drafting and amending commissioner of Museum laws, the General Governor and Committee Member, ICH Section, Administration Headquarters of Cultural Heritage, CCA. He is known for planning many museums of Taiwan, around 40 museums, like Museum of World Religions, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum and so on.

Han Pao-Teh

The mission and the management direction of the Museum is for the general public to gradually understand the founding concept of the Museum of World Religions, to accept the summon of love and peace allowing the secular world, under the guidance of supreme spirits, to be permeated with joy, serenity and bliss.

In this day and age, the aforementioned concept entails a conscientious sense of duty. Founded and rooted locally, the Museum of World Religions is responsible for such a task. Today we are in a state of spiritual turmoil with uncertainty hanging for the imminent future. To restore the state of equilibrium in society and resume the sense of serenity in the mind are the objectives that educationists are striving for. The Museum of World Religions may be limited in its capability, and finite in its contribution, yet we would like to act as the pioneer in such respect.

New-age museums share a common inclination: to serve our children. We hope that all the children in education can sense the significance of life through the exhibitions in the Museum of World Religions; any slightest brush against an awakening towards cherishing the life will leave with them a life-long profound impact.

The Museum of World Religions is not a religious organization, not a shrine, nor a temple, but an edifice in which to see the value of life as it is. We relentlessly call out to the world, hoping to wake up those wallowing in restless worry and sorrow to explore life, to respect life and ultimately to be a human being with dignity, compassion and humanity.

Introduction

Born in Shandong Province in 1934, educated in National Cheng Kung University (BA in Architecture), Harvard University (MA in Architecture) and Princeton University (MFA in arts), Mr. Han was once Head of the Architecture Department in Tunghai University, Dean of College of Engineering in Chung Hsing University, Director-General for National Museum of Natural Science, Principal of Tainan National University of the Arts, Chairman of Board for Chinese Association of Museums, Chairman for National Culture and Arts Foundation and Director for Museum of World Religions. Currently, he is the honorary director for the Museum of World Religions, overseer for HanGuang Architectural Firm, senior advisor in the Office of the President, advisor to the Council for Cultural Affairs, and member of the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education.

Mr. Han was awarded the National Top 10 Outstanding Youth Award for Architecture (1968), Ministry of Education Class-One Cultural Award (1994), Architectural Institute of Taiwan's Architectural Award (2000), first architectural award of National Arts Award (2006), honorary doctorate of Tainan National University of the Arts (2007), honorary doctorate of National Taiwan University (2008), Golden Vessel Award for Best Magazine Column (2009), China Architecture Media Awards—outstanding achievement award (2010).

Mr. Han's written works include "Spiritual Dimension of Architecture", "Architecture, Society and Culture", "Constructing a Life—Memoirs of Han Pao-Teh", "Chinese Architecture and Culture", "Han Pao-Teh, a Stroll Amongst European architectures", "Han Pao-Teh, a Conversation on Beauty", "The Delightful Pleasure of Collecting", "How to Cultivate a Sense of Beauty", "Han Pao-Teh Traces the Walks of Humanity" and so on.

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