Taiwan’s first library taking the form of a Mongolian yurt was inaugurated on Saturday on the 11th floor of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) building in Taipei, allowing second-generation Mongolian children to enjoy the experience of reading Mongolian books in a yurt.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, NIA director general Ho Jung-chun (何榮村) said that the Mongolian yurt library was the brainchild of Lin Tsai-lin, an immigrant from Mongolia who married a Taiwanese man, in the hopes of helping Mongolian children in Taiwan learn more about Mongolian culture by reading Mongolian publications in a yurt and also allowing people in Taiwan to better understand Mongolia.
Over the past three months, Lin has successfully collected around 300 Mongolian-language children’s publications, all donated by Mongolian families, friends, bookstores and international organizations. To celebrate the inauguration, Mongolian dancing, contortionist performances, and a “catwalk show” of children wearing traditional Mongolian costumes took place at the ceremony.
Among VIPs present at the ceremony were Hai Chung-hsiung, director of the Mongolian Affairs Department under the Mongolian & Tibetan Affairs Commission, and representatives from Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar Trade Representative Office in Taipei and Taipei City Library.