President Tsai Ing-wen attended a Hakka-themed tea party at Taipei Guest House (臺北賓館) on Oct. 24, joining former Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Minister Yiong Con-ziin, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te (李永得), Vice President Antonio Chiang (江春男) of the General Association of Chinese Culture (中華文化總會, GACC) and others in appreciating Hakka culture. (Photo: CNA) Organized by GACC, the tea party was held as a social gathering for members of the cultural community. Featuring the theme of Hakka and the island, the party presented the country’s cultural diversity through the Hakka imagery such as persimmons usually harvested at Hakka villages in northern Taiwan in autumn. In her speech, President Tsai stated that because Taiwanese people work together to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, cultural events can still be taking place as usual in the country at a time when the world was still being severely impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. Highlighting the Hakka elements in the party, Tsai said Hakka culture amazes people in many aspects. Also, to promote the Matsu International Art Festival that will kick off next year, Tsai commended the charm of Matsu and encouraged people to visit the outlying island. Accompanied by HAC Minister Yiong, President Tsai tasted many Hakka dishes at the party, including radish cakes, meatballs with preserved vegetables, tube rice pudding, and dried persimmon chicken soup as well as coffee from Nantou’s Hakka settlement—Guoxing Township. She even made a Hakka radish bun by hand. (Photo: CNA) Through this gathering featuring the Hakka spirit that symbolizes Taiwanese people’s diligence and resilience, it is expected to draw more art groups on this island to engage in creating works of art and perpetuating artistic heritage.