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Cultivator of the Arts, Spreading Love Across All Nations
       Dr. Chiu the first scholar in the world ever to have achieved a national literary status in the research of phonetic rhyme in both Japan and Taiwan, has always had a photographic memory and been fluent in the classical writings in Chinese literary history. Today, his study of artistic philosophy is imbued by both Chinese and Western intellectual history and thought, and he has furthermore always been truly dedicated to humanitarian and moral causes. He has made light of his outstanding academic achievements, which include having been placed at the top of all his classes at Tainan First Senior High School, the Department of Chinese Literature and Department of Fine Arts at National Taiwan Normal University, the PhD program of the Institute of Chinese Literature at Chinese Cultural University and at the University of Hiroshima in Japan, the latter of which he received a full scholarship for, and at the Sun Yat-Sen Institute of Policy Research and Development. He even excused himself from joining the first group draft of “Taiwan Youth Leaders” appointed by former President Chiang Ching-kuo and refrained from engaging in politics. Instead, his moved to the United States and established the “Institute of Chinese Fine Arts,” and has for forty years taught hundred and thousands of students from all over the world the wonders of Chinese cultures. He holds charity sales for his art works every year, and the proceeds have helped 16375 African children to gain access to education. He is a true doctor and missionary of love.

Personal hardships
      Dr. Chiu was born in 1936, his father was an artistic genius who formed his own musical band, established a private school, and put great effort into the education and cultivation of his son, Dr. Chiu. But as fate would have it, Dr. Chiu lost his loving father when he was in his first year of middle school, thereafter living an impoverished life with his widowed mother, during which he worked odd jobs to put himself through school. After he graduated from Tainan First Senior High School, he took the college entrance exams and obtained first place admission to the Law School at Chung-shing University and the Department of Chinese Literature at National Taiwan Normal University. In order to fulfill his father’s expectations and hopes, he chose to attend National Taiwan Normal University.

A Brilliant Education
      At that time, an impressive array of masters in Chinese literature made up the faculty list at National Taiwan Normal University, such as Lin Yi, Pan Pan Zhong-gui, Kao Ming etc., and Dr. Chiu had the good fortune to study the theoretical, moral and literary classics with these masters. During his four years in university, he also diligently pursued the study of fine arts, and acquired over a dozen credits from the Department of Fine Arts.
 
      In 1964, he was admitted into the graduate program of the Institute of Chinese Literature at Chinese Cultural University, and graduated with top honors two years later. In 1969, he received first place admission to the PhD program at the same, and completed his studies as well as passed his qualification exams a mere two years later. Six months before he graduated from his PhD program, he had already won, at first place, a full scholarship in Literary Studies from the Ministry of Education. In autumn of 1971, he set off for Japan, passed the entrance exam at the University of Hiroshima, and proceeded to live his life as a foreign student.

      During his three and a half years in Japan, he studied every minute and every second of the day. He was invited on many occasions to gives talks, attended over 10 Conferences for Han Studies in Japan, read six papers. In the meanwhile, he also broadly made known the cultural and political advances that were being made in Taiwan, and was elected as the chief student representative of students from twenty-two countries studying at the University of Hiroshima.

A Broad Perspective
      Dr. Chiu’s solid training in the study of Chinese literature, his meticulous research attitude and approach, as well as his perseverance and continual pursuit of truth, have altered but little over the sixty years. His scholarship in phonology, exegesis, and textual criticism is well respected, and his personal publication, “Study of Phonetic Rhyme” has undergone several prints both domestically and abroad. ‘Study” has since 1970 been recorded under the category of “China, Japan and Korea, Doctoral Dissertations” and Asian Published Papers by American scholar Goseph Sheelman. His contributions toward the study of Chinese phonology are greatly appreciated by scholars throughout the U.S., Japan and Korea.

An Enduring Taste for Painting
      Dr. Chiu inherited his father’s love of art, and began to demonstrate his talents early on in middle school. During his freshman year in University, he became even more enthralled by art. Each day, after his regular classes, he would slip into the classrooms where students in the Fine Arts Department received instruction from renowned masters. After a year of sit-ins, this student from outside the department finally caught the attention of the teaching assistant, prompting an offer to Dr. Chiu to transfer from the Department of Chinese Literature. However, Professor Pan Zhong-gui urged him against this, because his academic performance in the Department of Chinese Literature was just as brilliant.

      When the teaching assistant in the Department of Fine Arts reported this situation to the director Huang Jun-bi, Director Huang immediately offered to mentor Dr. Chiu, and also procured additional mentorship for him from Chinese painting masters Jin Qin-bo, Wu Yong-Xiang and Sun Chia-chin. Before Dr. Chiu even graduated from university, he had already participated in several national exhibitions, and received several awards of excellence.

      Early in his painting careet, he excelled in landscape painting, ink painting, female portraits, and floral painting. After he went abroad in 1971 to Japan, his focus shifted to freehand brush work, and created pieces in spread ink painting and color ink painting. Dr. Maynard of St. Johns University in the U.S. once saw over a dozen abstract paintings by Dr. Chiu, complimented his artwork as “true Chinese abstract art,” and furthermore suggested that Dr. Chiu hold a personal exhibition at the Hwa Kang Museum, and that was the birth of the first and successful ‘Professor Chiu Chi-yang Chinese Painting Exhibition” to be held at the Hwa Kang Museum.

      After his paintings gained recognition, the Museum at Konkuk University, Korea, invited him to showcase his collection and give a talk on the subject “Chinese Literature and Painting—On Chinese Literary Art.” On the day of the opening, up to a hundred honored guest and major press enthusiastically attended, and the exhibition itself drew over 3000 admiring spectators. The Korean newspapers praised him as a scholarly painter, and the prestigious “Representations” art journal commended his artistic style as well as his contributions toward the cultural exchange between Chinese and Koreans.

Unbounded Generosity
      What is most praiseworthy was perhaps Dr. Chiu’s refusal to join the first group of “Taiwan Youth Leaders” drafted by former President Chiang Ching-kuo to enter the political arena, and his move to the United States and consequent establishment of the “Institute for Chinese Fine Arts.” For over forty years, he has reached out to hundreds and thousands of students, and, to the respect of all, his also charity auctions his art works each year in order to provide long-term educational subsidies to 16375 African children in need to assistance.