To enhance the professional skills of teachers and talented people in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to allow them to teach and promote Taiwanese diverse culture, the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) held the training program 2017 Taiwanese Culture and Folk Art Teacher Training Program from July 22 to August 7, organized by the 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 genuine and in-depth instruction on various aspects of Taiwanese culture, and he affirmed the efforts of all the instructors, participants, and the NTCPA.
The main theme of the program was traditional Taiwanese culture, including 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), temple fair parades etc. The participants also learned how to make red rice cakes and sweet rice pudding. All of the courses were video recorded and uploaded to the cloud, so that the participants can review what they have learned in this program even in 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 the overseas Taiwanese community but also spread Taiwan's diverse culture around the world.
2017 Taiwanese Culture and Folk Art Teacher Training Program's Closing Ceremony