As the curtains closed on the inaugural Tang Prize ceremony on September 18, 2014, a new page in Taiwanese history was begun. The technical and ceremonial aspects of the awards have become a new precedent for future generations to look back on, while the experiences of each laureate have opened the eyes and touched the hearts of viewers worldwide.
Of course, not everyone had the chance to be there, and some may have missed the broadcast later that night. For those who missed it, be sure to turn to Cti TV (Channel 36 in Taiwan) this Sunday (12/14) at 11:00 a.m. to catch the Tang Prize Award Ceremony in all its grandeur, from the Tang Prize Fanfare to the moving stories of the inaugural laureates in Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, and Rule of Law.
There are reasons for watching for first-time viewers and second-comers alike. One very poignant moment is when the winner in Rule of Law, Albie Sachs, prepares his acceptance speech. Having lost an arm and sight in one eye from an assassination attempt, he uses his mouth to unfold his speech; even before he reads the words on the page, the significance of his sacrifice is there before our eyes, we can already see the triumph of a freedom fighter who chose rule of law rather than revenge.
The Tang Prize Award Ceremony plays this Sunday, December 14, at 11 a.m. Be sure to mark it in your calendars.