The announcement of nominations for Hakka Contribution Award, which is deemed to be the highest honor in the global Hakka community, was officially issued on Dec. 25, 2020. Considering the possible delivery delay of overseas applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission deadline, originally slated for Feb. 26, 2021, has been extended until March 31, 2021. There are three categories of the 9th Hakka Contribution Award— Lifetime Achievement Award, Special Achievement Award, and Outstanding Achievement Award. The last category is classified into three types, including Research and Development, Art and Culture, and Public Promotion. A new classification “Youth Contribution” is added this year to recognize remarkable contributions made by Hakka youths who are aged 18 to 40 years old (born between Feb. 26, 1981 and Feb. 26, 2003). The Special Achievement Award is targeted at those who have been given an honorary award for their significant accomplishment in the country or international society, acknowledging Hakka awardees’ success to promote the overall prestige of the Hakka community and bring Hakka language and culture to the public’s attention. The Lifetime Achievement Award may be given to two recipients at most who shall be nominated by recommendation. The winners will each be awarded a trophy, a certificate, and prize money of NT$1 million. No more than three awardees will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in each classification, but the judging committee may increase the number of candidates (recommended persons or groups) based on their contribution. Each awardee will receive a trophy, a certificate, and NT$200,000 in cash prize. The Special Achievement Award is an honorary accolade given to a maximum of three winners who will be awarded a trophy and a certificate. The nomination process for the award includes the self-recommendation and recommendations by eligible entities, such as “public sector or registered private organizations or institutions.” Overseas offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Hakka organizations can also recommend nominees and submit an agreement letter with the candidate’s signature. The Council welcomes applications from exceptional candidates (individuals or organizations) in various fields including language, history, literature, academia, arts, cultural creative industry, public affairs, and overseas promotion.