Hakka region of Liudui celebrates 300th anniversary in southern Taiwan

The year of 2021 marks the 300-year history of Liudui’s Hakka settlements in southern Taiwan. To raise Liudui’s ethnic consciousness with the cultural integration of 12 townships/districts, the Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) organized a series of activities for the whole year to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Liudui region in partnership with the governments of Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County.

HAC Deputy Minister Chung Kung-chao (鍾孔炤) attended a press conference in Kaohsiung on March 26 with Deputy Kaohsiung Mayor Shih Che (史哲), unveiling the Hakka-themed light rail vehicle and announcing the news of the upcoming Liudui Games.

Deputy Minister Chung said that it has been 300 years since the Liudui militia was set up in 1721 when Zhu Yi-gui Rebellion (朱一貴事件) occurred. The uprising against the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) led by Zhu Yi-gui prompted Hakka people to form six army troops to protect the homeland of local residents. The name Liudui, which literally means “six mounds,” comes from the six garrison troops.

Chung said that the 300-year-old Liudui reflects the region’s peace, local people’s gratitude, hard efforts made by Hakka ancestors, and the spirit of unity of the Hakka community. Painted with Liudui Hakka elements, including traditional crafts as well as cultural landscapes, the Kaohsiung Tram conveys Liudui’s vitality across the city, added the Deputy Minister, noting that Liudui’s distinctive features will appear on the vehicles of Taiwan Railways and Taiwan High Speed Rail in the future.

The 56th Liudui Games will kick off in Meinong District on April 10. Prior to the sports event, the torch relay will take place on April 7.

Noting that the Liudui Games, also known as the "Mini-Olympics of the Dawu Mountain", are truly important for the extension of Liudui’s long-established tradition, Deputy Minister Chung expects the public can come to participate in this event to experience the unique culture in southern Taiwan.