At Lam Research, we are committed to improving lives in the communities where we live and work around the globe. In Taiwan, one of our areas of focus is supporting activities that help improve literacy and education, so getting involved with the Four Season Talk Program was an easy decision. Organized by Taiwan’s National Central Library (NCL), the program hosts presentations on topics ranging from literature and art to science and business – as well as other areas of interest to the local community. By bringing people to the library, the speaker events encourage reading and the use of library resources in addition to being an engaging approach to education themselves.
We’re often encouraged in our own lives when we learn about the extraordinary lives of other people, and that’s the idea behind the Four Seasons Talk program. For the NCL presentations, influential Taiwanese leaders who have a variety of interests and expertise are invited to share their experiences and what they’ve learned along the way. Since its inception in 2012, the program has continued to grow and has become quite popular. The NCL plans about 24 sessions (roughly six per season) for the year-round program and every season focuses on a new theme, with most of the talks held in Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei.
We began supporting the NCL program this past summer, when the season’s topic was “Famous Emperors of China Dynasties.” Next up, the fall season covered travel, including an interesting presentation that explored the relationship between travel and reading and another on a trip to the Amazon Forest. The Amazon presentation was co-hosted by Lam Research at Hsinchu Science Park. Daniel Liao, one of Lam’s top executives in the Asia Pacific region, introduced the evening’s guest speaker, Mr. Jen Shiu Hsu, Chairman of Wilderness Foundation Formosa. Not surprisingly, Mr. Hsu’s “travel” talk was as much an edge-of-your-seat adventure story as it was an educational opportunity. More than 500 people attended the event, some coming from other cities just to listen to the presentation. The winter session on business management closed out the 2016 program, which attracted more than 6,000 people all together.
So far, the 2017 program is a big hit in the community: the spring session on the “Nature and Ecology of Taiwan” attracted an audience of nearly 1,000 people. The summer talks, scheduled to run from May 6 through July 22, will feature successful women writers in Taiwan. One of these talks will again be held at the Hsinchu Science Park, co-hosted by Lam Research Taiwan and the NCL, and will cover a topic we can all relate to – the “Challenges and Dilemmas of Life.” Meanwhile, the fall and winter session topics are still being planned, but are expected to be equally as engaging and educational.
For Lam’s support of the Four Season Talk program, our Taiwan offices received the Social Service Award from the Library Association of The Republic of China (Taiwan). We are greatly honored by this recognition. Knowing that our collaboration is enriching the community is the best reward of all!