Foundation for public communications launched for Hakka media

The Hakka Public Communications Foundation (HPCF) was officially established on Dec. 27 with a plaque-unveiling ceremony presided by Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yung-de, HPCF President Chern Ban (陳板, also known Chen Bang-jen 陳邦畛), lawmaker Chiang Chieh-an (蔣絜安), Taoyuan City Government Secretary-general Huang Zhi-feng (黃治峯), and Ho Ming-guang (何明光), director-general of the Department of Hakka Affairs of Taoyuan City Government.

Numerous efforts have been made to enforce the right of access to mass media and launch this foundation for the Hakka community since the Return Our Mother Tongue Movement (
還我母語運動) that took place on Dec. 28, 1988. The foundation’s establishment marks a new milestone in the development of Hakka mass communications.

Minister Lee said with delight that it is very meaningful to unveil the foundation on the eve before the 31st anniversary of the Return Our Mother Tongue Movement, as the 1988 historical event was a watershed moment that raised public awareness of the Hakka identity.

Based on areas of responsibilities outlined by the Act for the Establishmentof the Hakka Public Communications Foundation (客家公共傳播基金會設置條例) passed by the Legislative Yuan last year, as well as the Hakka Basic Act (客家基本法), the Hakka Affairs Council channeled all its resources to helping HPCF with preparatory work before its launch, Lee explained.

HPCF President Chern stated that the establishment of the foundation helps Hakka media outlets move forward and join the ranks of Taiwanese mainstream media. He revealed that he was most excited to see so many young people join the foundation and apply their boundless creativity and energy to the field of Hakka communications.

With its primary mission encompassing the national administration of Hakka public communications, talent cultivation, and digital media and online broadcasting, the foundation itself signifies the positive outcome of the implementation of Hakka policies.

To usher in a new era of Hakka mass media, the foundation aims to produce and broadcast radio programs, help fundraise for Hakka films, cultivate new media professionals, partake in Hakka community events, and supervise the operations of the National Hakka Children's Choir (國立客家兒童合唱團).

Regardless of ethnicity, all those who are interested in Hakka affairs are welcomed to join the HPCF team to promote the beauty of Hakka culture.