SGI-Taiwan Changhua Culture Center Opens; Changhua County Commends SGI President
On November 18, SGI-Taiwan Changhua Culture Center opened in Changhua County, Taiwan, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding. Some 600 SGI-Taiwan members attended the opening from throughout the country. Changhua, located in central Taiwan, is known as "the grain store of Taiwan." In 2002, Changhua Province conferred an honorary citizenship on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, for his contributions to global society through the promotion of peace, human rights and nonviolence.
On the following day, Changhua Province presented a culture award to Mr. Ikeda, in recognition of local SGI-Taiwan members' contributions to their communities. The conferral took place during the opening of a private exhibit of the works of Yuan Chin-taa, one of Taiwan's renowned contemporary ink-wash painters, at an art and culture hall in the Changhua Culture Center. Changhua Province Magistrate Wong Chin-chu presented a trophy to SGI-Taiwan General Director Lin Chao, who received it on behalf of Mr. Ikeda. Ms. Wong expressed her hopes to work with SGI-Taiwan on cultural and educational enrichment projects that benefit Changhua residents.