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Jun 16, 2017

Taiwan Offers Art Culture Exchange

The Taiwanese Government, through the Primary and Secondary Art Skills Training Centre, launched the Taiwan Cultural Exchange Program in Belize. This is the first of its kind program that aims to educate locals about Taiwanese culture, with a focus on language, food, music and education. Andrea Polanco was at today’s launch and has more about this initiative.

 

Charles Liu

Charles Liu, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“Taiwan and Belize maintain a very close relationship since 1985. And we try to cooperate with Belize with everything that we are able to. And actually, Taiwan and Belize are brother and sister in one family.”

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

And to continue to strengthen that bond, Taiwan is introducing its first ever Taiwan Cultural Exchange Programme in Belize. Approximately one hundred and fifty youth will take part in the Exchange. The first cohort will see participation from St John’s College, Pallotti High School and University of Belize as well as other participants the aim is to expose young Belizeans to Taiwan’s culture.

 

Christine Huang

Christine Huang, Administrator, Taiwan Cultural Exchange Programme in Belize

“We have found there is no Taiwanese day, right, but we find there are great numbers of Taiwanese in Belize. And also the scholarship that Taiwan offers for Belizeans, we feel it is very important opportunity for us to help those people to adapt the Taiwanese culture.”

 

Reporter

“When the programme comes to a close, what would you want the participants to take away from the programme?”

 

Christine Huang

“We want mutual understanding from both cultures. Even though we are different and very far away geo graphically but we do have many similarities in our traditions and culture and even beliefs.”

 

The free program which will run from July to November of this year, will include symposiums and a summer camp which will see the participants learn Mandarin, Chinese calligraphy and other skills.

 

Christine Huang

“They will learn to speak Mandarin. They will learn more in depth about the Zhongyuan festival and they will have film – animated film appreciation and they will do calligraphy, making water lantern and we also have invited artists who come and share their or to express what this exchange means to them.”

 

For Taiwan scholar hopefuls, this programme will help to prepare and sensitize them to Taiwanese culture, which will make for a smooth transition when they pursue studies in Taiwan.

 

Tristan Coleman

Tristan Coleman, Student Council President, St John’s College

“We’re going to learn calligraphy, the Taiwan culture,We are going to also learn about their music, their movies, their lifestyle. And I as a student aspiring to go Taiwan. I would like to learn more about their culture, so I am looking forward to those things, especially. I think it is a very interesting language; very interesting culture – moving over there like you said, they have a very different lifestyle and different food. I think it is a very interesting thing as individuals, as youths, we should try to diversify our culture and be interested in learning new things.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you think the Mandarin is going to be a bit challenging?”

 

Tristan Coleman

“I think so. Sometimes I try to learn on my own independently but definitely I would like to have confirmation when I am getting my words right, getting my pronunciations right, so yeah, definitely.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

If you’re interested to be a part of the program, you can apply online at amazing Taiwan dash Belize dot com. The program hopes to attract people ages fifteen and older. The activities will be held in the city. 

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