Zheng Xinmaio Speaks on‘One Palace, Two Palace Museums’

April 18th , 2016

Source: Office of Culture and Education

JNU invited Zheng Xinmiao, former director of the Palace Museum, to the Lecture Hall of Cultural Education on April 13 to lecture on“One Palace, Two Palace Museums.” Speaking from his personal experience, Zheng introduced the bitter history of the two Palace Museums in Beijing and Taipeiand the stories behind somerelics. Professor Wang Yintian of the School of Humanities hosted the lecture.

The lecture started with an introduction to the Forbidden City, the two museum’s common origin. Zheng then told stories and talked about the current situation of the two museums in detail, stressing their common history, mutual communications and each museum’s basic situation.

(Zheng introducing the history of the Forbidden City)

In the two-hour lecture, drawing on his experience as well as his knowledge ofhistory and cultural heritage, Zheng uncovered the mysteries of the Forbidden City and explained its profound meaning to the Chinese nation in academic, political and cultural areas. He encouraged his audience to participate in the protection and research of the Imperial Palace and, more important, take responsibility for protecting and inherit the cultural treasures in China and beyond.

Zheng was previously vice minister of culture, deputy director of State Administration of Cultural Heritage and deputy secretary of its Party Committee . Now, as director of Research Institute of National Palace Museum, he is a famous scholar and an expert on the Forbidden City.