HAC Deputy Minister visits Miaoli, Taoyuan to promote Hakka culture

Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Deputy Minister Chung Kung-chao (鍾孔炤) visited Miaoli County and Taoyuan City to promote Hakka culture on Sept. 22.

On behalf of HAC Minister Yiong Con-ziin, Chung announced at a press conference that the 2020 Sanyi International Wood Carving Art Festival (三義木雕藝術節) will kick off on Oct. 1 and run through Oct. 4.

Chung stated that Miaolis Sanyi Township is well-known for wood carving crafts, which is featured in the 1979 Taiwanese film The Story of A Small Town (小城故事) with the theme song sung by the late iconic singer Teresa Teng (鄧麗君), adding that the hospitable Hakka town will heartily welcome people to visit the festival during mid-autumn holidays.

Chung also recommended Miaoli to those who are big fans of historic trails like Raknus Selu Trail (樟之細路) that runs through the county.

Wood carving is emblematic of Sanyi’s traditional arts. The annual festival organized by the Miaoli County Government presents the small town’s uniqueness with carving crafts and performing arts. A series of activities will be held, including carving shows, creative markets, and hands-on courses as well as exhibitions of installation arts and wood carving work.

Later on, Chung headed to Taoyuans Xinwu District to officiate at the beam raising ceremony of Yongan Conch Cultural Park (永安海螺文化體驗園區) with Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦).

Noting that Xinwu is the only Hakka settlement by the sea in Taiwan, Chung said that, under the collaboration between HAC and the local government, the park will be Taoyuan’s fascinating new tourist attraction.

Accentuating Yong’an Fishing Port and its surrounding environment, Yong’an Conch Cultural Park aims to link local communities with the West Coast Expressway and Provincial Highway 15. On the basis of marine Hakka culture in this region, the whole project also focuses on enhancing the collective identity of local residents, promoting the seaside Hakka heritage and customs, and stimulating tourism and economic development.