Young Taiwanese English students visit campus to share their culture

Written by: 
Rebecca Sabalones~Multimedia Journalist

BYU-Hawaii was one of the few universities chosen in the United States to be visited by students from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sponsored the students to share some of the country’s culture and promote friendship. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, BYUH hosted their musical performance and presentation.

The logo for the group read “Be Young, Beyond!” When asked what this meant, Lin Guo-Yuan (Addison), one of the performing students, said, “Be young, to keep the creativity and vitality of Taiwan’s youth, and beyond, to promote the courage of the youth who dare to pursue their dreams.”

Their performance started off with an introduction of the six students and a couple of U.S. folk songs. The students then presented some of their country’s values and features, including environmental awareness, good economy, and diverse landscapes. The presentation finished off with a couple of Taiwanese songs and an aboriginal dance, which included audience participation.

“The program is sponsored by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said David Chen, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan representative, “We want to show Taiwan’s country, culture, and friendship. More than 200 teams were competing, and only 35 get to go abroad. Out of the 35, only six teams go to America. They got to meet council members and congressmen and go to TV stations. The purpose is to make a cultural exchange and allow the young people of Taiwan to travel and enlarge their vision because Taiwan is a small island compared to the U.S.”

Chuo Tun-Wei (Isabel) is a professor at the English Department at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and is a teacher of the team of students. She said she studied English for a long time and attending a university in California, and is a mentor of this performing group of English majors.

Chuo told of their experience while here in the United States. “We got to perform at a Chinese school for kids here and we were on the news,” she said. “The next day someone saw us and said that we were on the news. It was special.”