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01/04/2018.Wenzao Promotes an Innovative Model of Glocalization: Foreign Students from 12 Countries Experience it for the First Time in Meinong -copy145505

發布日期 2018-01-08 11:42:00

 


 

The faculty and students of Wenzao visited a B&B in Meinong. The B&B owner’s wife is a painter, and an alumnus of Wenzao. She wrote Spring Festival couplets and gave these couplets to them as a gift. To implement the project on the Practice of Co-creating and Co-learning Level 6 Industrialization of Agriculture in Rural Communities, it is hoped that Wenzao’s strength in languages can play a role in the Hakka culture of Meinong and improves the industrialization of agriculture in said communities. Therefore, Assistant Professor Janet I-Jane Wang (front) led foreign students to visit Meinong, in order to obtain an understanding of foreign tourists’ needs and preferences for Meinong tourism.

 

January 4, 2018

【Press release provided by the Office of Public Relations】

Wenzao Promotes an Innovative Model of Glocalization: Foreign Students from 12 Countries Experience it for the First Time in Meinong

 

      Earlier Assistant Professor Janet I-Jane Wang in the Department of English, Lecturer Johanne Murray in the Center for English Language Teaching, English speaking tour guide Ming-Hung Lin from Meinong, and ICRI Southern Taiwan Correspondent Eryk Smith, who put down roots in Taiwan 25 years ago, co-led 85 foreign students of Wenzao from 12 countries to visit Meinong District in Kaohsiung City for an in-depth cultural experience. Nearly 100 foreign students rode bikes through beautiful fields, attracting much attention during the harvest season in Meinong.

  

  This visit to Meinong for an in-depth cultural experience was conducted as part of one of the subprojects of Wenzao’s 2017 MOE University Social Responsibility (USR) Project on the Practice of Co-creating and Co-learning Level 6 Industrialization of Agriculture in Rural Communities: Wenzao x Meinong x Co-creating and Co-learning Glocalization. It is hoped that Wenzao’s strength in languages can play a role in the Hakka culture of Meinong in the “post-tobacco era”, and improve the industrialization of agriculture in agricultural communities. Also, Wenzao will cooperate with local youth who returned from cities, non-profit organizations, tourism service providers, and cultural workers for the possibility of co-creating the glocalization of Meinong’s tourism industry and developing new markets and products.

  

 

  Lead teacher Janet I-Jane Wang says that Wenzao’s USR project on the Meinong Community focuses mainly on foreign tourists’ needs and preferences for Meinong tourism at its initial stage, especially feelings and perceptions of backpackers from different countries and concerning local tourism resources. Foreign backpackers from 12 countries: the United States, Germany, Canada, France, Belgium, the Republic of Kiribati, Finland, China, Japan, Vietnam, India, and Mongolia, were invited to experience Meinong’s Hakka culture, arts, ecology, and farming, as well as to interact with the locals. Local English speaking tour guide Ming-Hung Lin introduced the development of Meinong’s Hakka culture, waterway, huofang (traditional Hakka house), Jingzi (respecting words) pavilion, tobacco building, and Bo Gong culture to them.

 

  The second-generation oil-paper umbrella maker and cultural worker, Jung-Chun Lin, taught foreign students how to paint oil-paper umbrellas in person while introducing the cultural connotations of oil-paper umbrella to them. They also learned how to make Hakka vegetable buns from an 80-year-old grandma, and experienced how to make Hakka Lei Cha (pounded tea) by themselves. Meinong artist Wen-Chung Tseng, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 2017 Arts Education Contribution Award from the Ministry of Education, showed them around Wen-Chung Tseng Museum; he introduced how he painted the beauty of Meinong to them. They also visited the Hakka Cultural Museum and the Meinong Cultural and Creative Center.

 

  The diversified activities included experiencing the development of level 6 industrialization of agriculture. The Meinong Farmers’ Association arranged for the farmer, Ms. White Water Snowflake, to give an in-depth explanation on the growth, washing, and packing of white water snowflakes. Foreign students wore overalls and entered the pond to wash the white water snowflakes, which was novel and interesting to them. Some teachers and students further stayed in a local B&B, and had a chat with its owner.

 

  In the experience-sharing session, the faculty and students of Wenzao reported what they had learned during the 2-day visit and offered suggestions. ICRT Southern Taiwan Correspondent Eryk Smith, who has visited Meinong more than 30 times, proposed that access to relevant travel information should be made easier via Apps in Chinese and English, YouTube videos, and the Internet. Farmer Chia-Jung Tsai, who engages in level 6 industrialization of natural farming, suggested in fluent English that an information-sharing platform on Meinong should be built in order to integrate internal resources and convey messages to areas outside Meinong. CEO Ying-Chu Tsai-Chung, who has been married to a resident of Meinong for over 30 years, said that the Love Hope Foundation rented the Japanese-style building in the Meinong Cultural and Creative Center to revitalize the architectural space of the Meinong Community and create new opportunities for the refinement of Hakka culture. Senior tour guide Shu-Kui Lin suggested that bilingual travel guides should be published to introduce various cultures of Meinong, and the Meinong Tourist Information Center should be established to provide domestic and international tourists with customized travel planning services.
 

  Through the project on the Practice of Co-creating and Co-learning Level 6 Industrialization of Agriculture in Rural Communities, subsidized by the Ministry of Education, the faculty and students of Wenzao visited 4 agricultural communities: ShihAn Community in Tainan City, Meinong Community in Kaohsiung City, Gaoshu Township in Pingtung County, and Zhushan Township in Nantou County. They adopted the concept of an agricultural community serving as a classroom, and a classroom serving as an agricultural community to encourage old farmers, the youth who returned from cities, and themselves to achieve the goal of developing level 6 industrialization of agriculture, whereby agricultural communities and the University can co-learn and co-create to gradually improve the economic capacity of the communities and quality in social care. The first/pilot phase of the project will last 8 months, and the next 2 years will constitute the official implementation phase of the project. The three major goals of the project are to build an innovative operating model of agricultural communities in Taiwan, establish healthy and happy agricultural communities, and maintain cooperation between the University and agricultural communities on co-learning and co-creation.

    
   

  

 

The faculty and students of Wenzao visited Meinong and stayed in a B&B. The B&B owner’s wife is a painter, and an alumnus of Wenzao. She wrote Spring Festival couplets and gave these couplets to them as a gift.

The faculty and students of Wenzao made Hakka vegetable buns at Shuichun Hakka Flat Noodles, and took a photo together happily.

The faculty and students of Wenzao learned how to make Hakka Lei Cha (pounded tea).

Foreign students experienced Meinong’s unique culture.

The faculty and students of Wenzao visited a monument in Meinong.

The Meinong Farmers’ Association arranged for the faculty and students of Wenzao to visit the white water snowflake pond in Meinong, with the beautiful farmer, Ms. White Water Snowflake (middle), as the narrator and the English speaking tour guide, Ming-Hung Lin (left), as the interpreter.

In the experience-sharing session, a discussion on the opinions of the vision of the glocalization of level 6 industrialization of agriculture in the Meinong Community was held.

Foreign students gave a poster presentation of what they had learned during the 2-day visit, and their suggestions.