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Book Title: The Dream-eating Animal: The Story of Yeh Shyr Tau
Yeh Shyr Tau (1925.11.01-2008.12.11) was a true to the spirit a Tainan native. He was also praised as the pilotage in the sea of Taiwan literature.
Yeh Shyr Tau was an important literature critic in the postwar Taiwan Literature. His book, entitled Outlines of the History of Literature in Taiwan, was the first book on the history of Taiwan Literature after the War. It was the book on the history of Taiwan literature by a true Taiwanese. Because of this contribution, he was considered the founder of the study of Taiwan literature. Other than literature critic reviews, he was also a write on novels and prose. His novel, Spring Dreams in HuLu (a kind of gourd) Alley was made into a movie.
He often used the saying, "To be a writer is punishment from Heaven" to describe himself. However, during his career in writing, he wrote more than 8 million words. He said writers are a kind of animals which sustain their lives by eating dreams. Actually, this dream eating animal is a true representation of the literature created by Yeh Shyr Tau and his writing dreams, or even his "literature soul", or himself.
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Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Tainan City of Government History: The Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, was formed on Dec. 25, 2010; this was the day that Tainan county and city merged, making Tainan a municipality, and the Bureau was therefore reconstituted and renamed by merging the former Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan County Government, and Department of Culture and Tourism, Tainan City Government. The first director-general was Yeh, Tse-shan. In May 2011, he was officially promoted as the director-general of the Bureau. Organization & Responsibilities: Since the Bureau was established, and the Tourism Bureau was set up under the Tainan City Government, the affairs in regard to tourism originally under the governance of the Tainan County Government Cultural Affairs Bureau have been put under the charge of the Tourism Bureau. For further development of the cultural administration in the greater Tainan area and in response to the reconstitution of the Council for Cultural Affairs into the Ministry of Culture in 2012, the following units will be set up in 2013: Arts Development Division, Cultural Resources Division, Cultural Facilities Division, Cultural Research Division, Historic Sites Operation Divison, Cultural and Creative Development Division, Cultural Parks Management Division, Yonghua Cultural Center Management Division and Minjhih Cultural Center Management Division, in addition to the original Secretariat, Personnel Office, Accounting Office and Civil Service Ethics Office, etc. In addition, affiliated institutions, including the Tainan Public Libraries and Cultural Heritage Administration Center, were founded for various affairs related to Tainan’s cultural policies, as well as exhibitions and performances.
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