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Nov 28, 2012

How cool is it to be a friend of Taiwan?

Taiwan is not yet waiving visas to Belizeans but this morning it stepped up with a donation that will make events at the House of Culture and group visits to the Museum of Belize much more comfortable. Both locations are significant to Belize’s history and are used for art exhibits and cultural events. What they also had in common, was a lack of proper ventilation; a problem that made visitors uncomfortable and was unaffordable for the National Institute of Culture and History. That’s now about to change as the Taiwanese Ambassador officially handed over fifteen air conditioning units which are being installed at the House of Culture and the Museum. Ambassador David Wu says the donation came about after the visit of the Vice President of Taiwan earlier this year.


David Wu, Ambassador, Republic of China (Taiwan)

David Wu

“It all started when our vice president came here in August and he was very impressed by the beauty and the significance of these two institutes of culture and arts. We were very honored that the Honorable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister, he hosted a dinner here and everything was wonderful, but that night was very, very warm and we thought we might as well collaborate worth the House of Culture. And the next day when he went to the Museum of Belize and we found that perhaps we could have further cooperation with these two institutes of arts and culture about how to improve the ventilation in these two places to attract more tourists, to make them more comfortable and to make them more willing to visit the House of Culture and also the Museum. So we talked with the House of Culture President, Diane Haylock and also the Director of the Museum and finally we decided we can install fifteen air conditioning units; four for the House of Culture in their grand hall and eleven for the Museum of Belize for the ground floor and also the second floor.”


Diane Haylock

Diane Haylock, President, NICH

“You could imagine my amazement and delight when Ambassador contacted me shortly after that visit to indicate to us that they were going to donate some AC units to the National Institute of Culture and History for this room as well as the Museum of Belize. And the same thing happens at the Museum of Belize; we have the upstairs area which again gets really, very hot when visitors in large numbers go through that place. So we really, really appreciate this donation because of course we have continuously asked ourselves, where can we find the money to do this? And you can understand, I have not been able to solve that problem because I think it has actually taken approximately one hundred thousand dollars to actually put units in these two facilities.”


The AC units were installed by Dave’s AC World.

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10 Responses for “How cool is it to be a friend of Taiwan?”

  1. Genotu Rembiuos says:


  2. Storm says:

    I think Taiwan was badly treated by the US and UN 40 years ago, when it was kicked out of the UN and replaced with Communist China. I like Taiwan, and hope the Jewel remains its friend for a long, long time. And thanks for this further donation that meets a real, specific need.

  3. Rod says:

    Now you have to figure out how you gonna pay for the electricity.

  4. BEENDER says:


  5. Hi5 says:

    Dean’s a sell out. Wake up Belizeans. Soon you guys nationality will be Taiwanese.

  6. Bad says:


    Hi5 i hope you high pan 5lbs of the leafy substance or 5quart a rum

    Cause nobody deserve fi be that silly sober one!

  7. Seletar says:

    @Hi5 — better Taiwanese than Guatemalan.

    The Chinese/Taiwanese do own a lot of shops, but they pay their own way, they work hard, they sell what we want at low prices — where is the problem? Natural born Belizeans could do well to learn from them how to do business and raise up their children to stay out of trouble.

    We all bleed red, so I have no problem with all races melting together here.

  8. Belize bwai says:

    uno who de talk bad bout people out deh who really try help belize need to use dem head.
    good thing they de try help belizean, sad thing da even we belizean no de try help out each other.
    ahh uno do da complain bout it and hala ” oh they wa take ova belize, oh this and dat.” guess what , enda the day uno same one who de enjoy the benefit. and stop live unda de rock like wa cave man.
    if u no like other country come da belize and help out de really needed da belize, u do some some thing for this community then u come back and talk bout it. if not keep ur hand off dat dutty keyboard and use it fe help who really need help. like many said, BUCKET DA CRABS!!

  9. Hi5 says:

    @bad, give me a break. I can say what I want. Freedom of speech. I payed my own Internet bill. Not you nor friends &company.

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