Today specialists at the Chinese Academy of Arts and related organizations hope to prevent further loss through documenting every aspect of the art form. One result will be a comprehensive online library of traditional Chinese opera.
Here in Taiwan the art form has enjoyed an unbroken history, thanks in large part to programs like that at the National Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy. The Academy schools students in all aspects of traditional Chinese opera. The Academy's museum of traditional masks and costumes regularly attract international visitors.
A more indigenous art form, Taiwanese opera, shares some conventions with its traditional Chinese cousin as well as with Japanese theater, but it uses the Taiwanese language and relies on Taiwanese folk elements in music and story. The shows are more likely than Chinese opera to be performed outdoors. Visitors are more likely to encounter this theatrical form during summer months, particularly around the time of the Dragon Boat Festival. The styles of Taiwanese opera exist, a 'northern' and 'southern' style. The repertory for both continues to grow and expand.