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01/12/2017.International Students at Wenzao Celebrate Winter Solstice with Tangyuan and Postcards

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International students at Wenzao get a taste of Taiwanese winter solstice festivities by preparing tangyuan.
(Image courtesy of: Section of Overseas Student Affairs, Office of International and Cross-Strait Cooperation)

 

          

 

 

 

 

 








 
 

 

 
January 12, 2017
 

 

 
 【News release: Public Relations Office】
 
    The 21st of December sees Taiwanese people celebrating their traditional winter solstice festival. To allow the over 300 international students at Wenzao to better understand this traditional custom, the University held a special "Winter Solstice Tangyuan Event." Organized by the University"s Section of Overseas Student Affairs and the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd., the event provided free postcards and postage to allow the students to pass on their greetings to friends and relatives back home. The event also allowed loved ones who are far away to get a taste of how Taiwanese people celebrate the winter solstice.
 
     For many of the international students in attendance, the event was a novel celebration as it was the first time they had ever prepared tangyuan. All of the students tried their best to create a tangyuan that was like no other, with some who were not so careful preparing massively oversized tangyuan, while others put their creative hat on and created a Mickey Mouse-shaped creation. A tangyuan competition was also held with students from France, Belgium, Spain, mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India all entering. Each of the contestants gave it everything they had to compete on both speed and skill, and the final winners were the teams from Belgium and France.
 
     At the end of the event, each of the students was able to try their tangyuan. Even though all of the tangyuan presented were different in shape and size, they nevertheless contained the heart and soul of the students who had tried their best to make them. During the event, a student from mainland China noted how Taiwanese tangyuan are smaller than those found in China and are also cooked in a different way. This student also said that trying Taiwanese tangyuan for the first time had been an unforgettable experience for them. Another student from South Korea commented that Korean people usually eat porridge made from red beans during their own winter solstice celebrations, although they sometimes mix in something which is similar to tangyuan. This Korean student stated that getting the opportunity to try authentic Taiwanese-style tangyuan was an incredibly new experience for them.
 
     The winter solstice also signifies a time for reunion, with the eating of tangyuan signifying becoming one year older. To enable the international students to take advantage of this opportunity to ask after their family members, the University"s Section of Overseas Student Affairs invited the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd. to sponsor the event by providing an unlimited supply of postcards and covering all international postage costs. This opportunity to write and send messages to their loved ones means that these students will have a lasting positive impression of the winter solstice celebrations.         

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of: Section of Overseas Student Affairs, Office of International and Cross-Strait Cooperation

 

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The Section of Overseas Student Affairs at Wenzao holding a tangyuan activity for the University"s international students.

 

The event was also sponsored by the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd. who provided postcards and covered all postage costs to allow students to send messages home to their family and friends. International students getting their first go at preparing tangyuan.   

 

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For many of the international students in attendance, the event was a novel celebration as it was the first time they had ever prepared tangyuan. 

Dean of the Office of International & Cross-Strait Cooperation Lucia Jin-Yun Yang (left) presenting a souvenir to Deputy Postmaster of the Kaohsiung Branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd. Liang-Chiang Huang (right).
 

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The international students, teachers, and personnel from the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd.

 

who participated in the winter solstice tangyuan event posing for a group photo to remember the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 
 

 

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International students at Wenzao get a taste of Taiwanese winter solstice festivities by preparing tangyuan.(Image courtesy of: Section of Overseas Student Affairs, Office of International and Cross-Strait Cooperation)
          








 


January 12, 2017







 【News release: Public Relations Office】
    The 21st of December sees Taiwanese people celebrating their traditional winter solstice festival. To allow the over 300 international students at Wenzao to better understand this traditional custom, the University held a special "Winter Solstice Tangyuan Event." Organized by the University"s Section of Overseas Student Affairs and the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd., the event provided free postcards and postage to allow the students to pass on their greetings to friends and relatives back home. The event also allowed loved ones who are far away to get a taste of how Taiwanese people celebrate the winter solstice.
     For many of the international students in attendance, the event was a novel celebration as it was the first time they had ever prepared tangyuan. All of the students tried their best to create a tangyuan that was like no other, with some who were not so careful preparing massively oversized tangyuan, while others put their creative hat on and created a Mickey Mouse-shaped creation. A tangyuan competition was also held with students from France, Belgium, Spain, mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India all entering. Each of the contestants gave it everything they had to compete on both speed and skill, and the final winners were the teams from Belgium and France.
     At the end of the event, each of the students was able to try their tangyuan. Even though all of the tangyuan presented were different in shape and size, they nevertheless contained the heart and soul of the students who had tried their best to make them. During the event, a student from mainland China noted how Taiwanese tangyuan are smaller than those found in China and are also cooked in a different way. This student also said that trying Taiwanese tangyuan for the first time had been an unforgettable experience for them. Another student from South Korea commented that Korean people usually eat porridge made from red beans during their own winter solstice celebrations, although they sometimes mix in something which is similar to tangyuan. This Korean student stated that getting the opportunity to try authentic Taiwanese-style tangyuan was an incredibly new experience for them.
     The winter solstice also signifies a time for reunion, with the eating of tangyuan signifying becoming one year older. To enable the international students to take advantage of this opportunity to ask after their family members, the University"s Section of Overseas Student Affairs invited the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd. to sponsor the event by providing an unlimited supply of postcards and covering all international postage costs. This opportunity to write and send messages to their loved ones means that these students will have a lasting positive impression of the winter solstice celebrations.         
 
  




Image courtesy of: Section of Overseas Student Affairs, Office of International and Cross-Strait Cooperation




 







The Section of Overseas Student Affairs at Wenzao holding a tangyuan activity for the University"s international students.


The event was also sponsored by the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd. who provided postcards and covered all postage costs to allow students to send messages home to their family and friends. International students getting their first go at preparing tangyuan.   












For many of the international students in attendance, the event was a novel celebration as it was the first time they had ever prepared tangyuan. 

Dean of the Office of International & Cross-Strait Cooperation Lucia Jin-Yun Yang (left) presenting a souvenir to Deputy Postmaster of the Kaohsiung Branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd. Liang-Chiang Huang (right).








The international students, teachers, and personnel from the Kaohsiung branch of Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd.
who participated in the winter solstice tangyuan event posing for a group photo to remember the event.