TAINAN, Taiwan--()--A book release ceremony held by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, took place in the NCKU College of Medicine (NCKUCM), Feb. 23, to commemorate the humanistic spirit of founder and former Dean of NCKUCM, Dr. Kun-yen Huang who passed away on Feb. 20, 2012.
“He is undeniably the model of the highest humanistic accomplishment. He loves to read and in the process of reading he has collected many bookmarks”
The new book entitled "The Renaissance Man" is Dr. Huang’s collection archives mainly divided into 2 sections, bookmarks and calligraphy. It is 289 pages with over 250 photos of bookmarks and calligraphy telling the stories behind the collection in Dr. Huang’s life.
Dr. Huang’s friends and colleagues gathered in the ceremony reminisced about his life and outstanding achievements. NCKU Executive Vice President Huey-Jen Jenny Su on behalf of President Hwung-Hweng Hwung welcomed the guests and recognized Dr. Huang’s distinguished contribution to the university.
Chyi-her Lin, the incumbent Dean of NCKUCM, praised Dr. Huang’s far-reaching impact on Taiwan’s medical education and commemorated him as a “Renaissance Man” for his knowledgeable, unquenchable curiosity and broad scope of interests revealing humanist ideal.
“He is undeniably the model of the highest humanistic accomplishment. He loves to read and in the process of reading he has collected many bookmarks,” Lin added.
An exhibition of Dr. Huang’s bookmarks that he collected over a 20-year period was held at NCKU in 2010 and now the collection is printed out in the new book.
Also collected in the book is Dr. Huang’s calligraphy work in which his distinct values or philosophy of life are revealed in the carefully written words and poems.
Dr. Amy Hwei-mei Hsieh, Huang’s wife, expressed her gratitude to all the participants of the ceremony, “Kun-yen was successful and lucky to have this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to work at NCKUCM with all the best colleagues and friends around and adequate resources that he needed.”
It is a blessing that Dr. Huang dedicate the prime time of his life to NCKU achieving what he believed, according to Dr. Hsieh. She also expressed her appreciation to the people who dedicated their time and thoughts in creating the book.