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Jul 28, 2016

Rowan’s Story Will Be Told in Taiwan

Recently, the Image Factory in collaboration with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired, BCVI, published a book about the adventures of Rowan Garel. But tonight, with assistance from Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho, “Walk Climb Dive; the Adventures of Rowan Garel” will be published and distributed within the school system in Taiwan. It will be part of that country’s Ministry of Heroes program. Yasser Musa of the Image Factory says that the story of our own hero will be translated into Mandarin.

 

Yasser Musa

Yasser Musa, Image Factory Art Foundation

“We are happy to say that Taiwan has like a department, a Ministry of Heroes, where they utilize stories from around their own country about great people, living people and they create documentaries, books, publications and they disseminate the story of their nation through the story of their people. And it so happens that that organization has agreed to publish the Adventures of Rowan Garel Book that we published and they are going to print it in Taiwan, in Mandarin, in Chinese, for distribution to their education system, their school children. And that is really to me an important step. Yes they are going to collect monies from the sales of the book and give it to the BCVI which is much needed, but I think bigger than that, what it says is that if we as Belizeans were to look more deeply into our own narrative, our own stories like we have done with the Rowan Garel story. I think that that is a way for us to uplift and inspire our own population—not just the adults, but the young people who are in need of more hopeful narratives for them to look forward and look to their own lives. How they can contribute; how they can be better. So this is a great step and I think when it is published—of course I would not be able to read it—but I would love to have copies because that will be such an important symbol of how far we’ve come, how far the BCVI has come and how far Rowan has brought the story of BCVI—not just to Belize now, but in a way to the world.”

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