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Taiwanese Culture and Folk Art Teacher Training Program
2017 Taiwanese Culture and Folk Art Teacher Training Program Completed
Publish Date: 2017/08/25
Update Date: 2017/08/29
Press Release

To enhance the professional skills of teachers and talents in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to teach and promote Taiwanese diverse culture, the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) held a training program “2017 Taiwanese Culture and Folk Art Teacher Training Program” from July 22 to August 7, organized by National Taiwan College of Performing Arts (NTCPA). The program’s closing ceremony was held on Aug 4 and hosted by the OCAC’s Chief Secretary Chang Liang-min.

A total of 44 participants were recommended by the Culture Centers of TECO to attend the program. Mr. Chang, the Chief Secretary of the OCAC, proclaimed this program was the first of its kind to offer overseas Taiwanese the genuine and profound instruction of Taiwanese culture, and he gave recognition to all the instructors, participants, and NTCPA.

The main theme of the program was traditional Taiwanese culture, which included both theoretical and practical aspects. The participants were divided into three groups, Folk Sports, Folk Dance, and Folk Arts, according to their specialties. 

A variety of courses were provided, including martial arts, lion dance, diabolo, facial painting, knot art, paper crafts, Taiwanese opera, glove puppetry, Hakka dance, Taiwanese aboriginal dance, electric-techno neon gods (San Tai Zi), art array etc. The participants also learned how to make red rice cakes and sweet rice pudding. All of the courses were recorded and uploaded to the cloud system, so that the participants could review what they learned in this program even at their overseas homes.

Most importantly, all the participants are going to apply what they have learned to their local activities. The OCAC expects the program to achieve its purpose of enhancing the participants’ skills in teaching, planning and performing, and hopes that through their endeavors they will not only unite Taiwanese community but also spread Taiwan’s diverse culture around the world.  

2017 Taiwanese Culture and Folk Art Teacher Training Program's Closing ceremony
Lion Dance
Hakka Dance
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