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Date:2018-08-23
Bracket:2018 NCYU News
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 The students of the NCYU Department of Foreign Languages learned how to play Beiguan instruments from Mr. Chen Chao-Jiang, a master from “Wu-Feng Xuan Beiguan Theatre” in Shin-Kang Township. Beiguan Music and Taiwanese Cuisines Promoted to the World
  Led by Associate Prof. Min-Tun Chuang and Prof. Zhang Shu-Yi, students of the English Teaching Group, Department of Foreign Languages, National Chiayi University, joined “Two-track Education Enhancement Program: Internship at Bilingual Elementary and Secondary Schools in the U.S.,” initiated by the Ministry of Education. The two-month overseas internship program at Reid Temple Christian Academy, Maryland, United States, started from this August. The objective is to prepare the prospective teachers for their next stage of life – teaching internship, expand their teaching perspectives and world view, as well as to carry out a cultural exchange between Taiwan and the U.S. A total of seven prospective teachers and two apprentice students from NCYU were selected for the internship program in the U.S. By participating in “Back to School Night,” a grand event for schools in the U.S., and “Community Fair,” a community-based event in Maryland, they are expected to introduce Taiwan and its rich traditional culture to the world.

  The students wish to bring the beauty and essence of traditional music in Taiwan, known for its diverse music culture, to all corners of the U.S. To pass on and promote the traditional Beiguan music in Taiwan during the internship in the U.S., the students had learned the skills from Mr. Chen Chao-Jiang, a master from “Wu-Feng Xuan Beiguan Theatre” of Hsinkang Feng Tian Temple in Chiayi County. Each of them occupies a different role in the band, playing instruments such as bangu, tenor drum, big and small cymbals, bass gong and small gong. They read the same drum poem: “kuang-da, kuang-dang-cu-dang, ba-da-la-kuang...,” accompanied by varying tones produced by different musical instruments. From “Man Jiang Hong,” or “The River All Red,” to “Sanbuhe,” or Three Fights,” every song is a whole new learning experience and challenge to them. They combine the desolate and masculine tones of ancient Beiguan with the booming vigor of the younger generation. By telling the folklore behind the songs, which brim with a lively ambience characteristic of Beiguan music, they hope to promote the traditional songs of Taiwan to the world, and pass on the culture and life stories of the predecessors to the next generations.

  The grand cultural event, with “traditional toys” as the subject, was actually inspired by the “coldness of technology.” During their brainstorming, the students decided to entitle it “Childhood” since they were aware of the fact that people nowadays direct their attention solely to the smartphones or tablet computers, and have long forgotten the fun of making things, and the playfulness and intimacy of human interaction. They designed checkpoint games reminiscent of one’s childhood for the local residents of Maryland to try different traditional toys of Taiwan, from spinning tops to bamboo dragonflies. The venue will be decorated with the national flag of Taiwan and colorful lanterns, so that the participants, whether adults or children, can experience how it feels like to be in Taiwan. To make possible the activities, the prospective teachers went to the Fish and Vegetable Happy Farm in Shanhua District, Tainan City, to learn how to make traditional toys. They also learned how to play with spinning tops and kick shuttlecocks from Huang Xiao-Wen, Chairman of Chiayi County ShiKo Junior High School, and Mr. Kai from Chiayi County Hakka Cultural Center.

  As the old saying goes, “Food is the first necessity of the people.” The food culture and traditional snack treats of Taiwan are also integral to their cultural exchange mission in the U.S. To know more about how to prepare and cook the foods, the students headed to the Organic Kitchen in Huwei Township, Yunlin County, for tips of preparing traditional Taiwanese foods. To make scallion pancakes, they knead dough and spread it with finely-chopped green onion; the dough then sizzles on the frying pan, releasing a delicious scent. To prepare fried rice noodles, also a classic Taiwanese cuisine, mushrooms, dried shrimps and shredded radish are definitely required. The handmade sesame steamed buns should be fully stuffed with sesame to make it both healthy and delicious. By learning the Taiwanese home-style cooking, the students hope to share the Taiwanese cuisines with their new foreign friends.

  According to the prospective teachers, you need to learn by doing, and there is no shortcut to acquiring knowledge other than taking actions. By means of the wide variety of cultural activities and exchanges, they hope to allow the local people of Maryland to gain further knowledge and understanding of the richly diverse culture of Taiwan, as well as pass on the cultural heritage of the Taiwanese tradition.
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The students of the NCYU Department of Foreign Languages learned how to play with spinning tops from Mr. Kai from Chiayi County Hakka Cultural Center, so as to enable the locals of Maryland, U.S., to experience the fun of playing the Taiwanese traditional toy. The students of the NCYU Department of Foreign Languages practiced making the traditional toy – bamboo dragonflies. Photo 5. The students of the NCYU Department of Foreign Languages learned the tips to prepare the traditional Taiwanese delicacy – scallion pancakes
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