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12/25/2018.Wenzao’s Southeast Asian Culture Corner Officially Opens!

發布日期 2019-01-09 15:42:00

 


 

Upon the completion of Wenzao’s Asian cultural space: the Southeast Asian Corner, Indonesian students played Angklung, a musical instrument of their national treasures.

Photo courtesy of the Center for Southeast Asian Languages Teaching

 

 

 

December 25, 2018

Article by the Center for Southeast Asian Languages

     

 In the Asian cultural space established by Wenzao on campus, the Southeast Asian Culture Corner is the first to have been completed. It is designed by the faculty of the Center for Southeast Asian Languages Teaching; they have brought relevant objects and clothes from overseas. When the corner is finished with decoration, students feel like they’re in Southeast Asia and say, “this just feels so real!”

 

Funded by the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Sprout Project, the College of European and Asian Languages at Wenzao sets up the space with Asian features; it allows students to experience the unique cultural atmospheres of Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia without leaving the country. After six months of planning and construction, the Center for Southeast Asian Languages Teaching first established the Southeast Asian Culture Corner with rich featured atmosphere.

 

At the opening ceremony, students from the Wenzao Indonesian Culture Club put on colorful dancewear to perform the Indonesian traditional peacock dance in the Indonesian music’s brisk rhythm. Indonesian student Pricillia Iskandar said that in the peacock dance, dancers imitate the different moves of the peacock to greet guests with a joyful atmosphere. Therefore, they particularly put on expensive dancewear to perform the dance, in order to greet everyone who came to visit the Southeast Asian Culture Corner.

 

After the peacock dance, students brought out their precious musical instrument, Ankglung, to play a Taiwanese pop song Friends and an Indonesian folk song Bengawan Solo to greet the audience. They gently shook Ankglungs of various sizes in their hands and magically composed a lovely song with different notes. prepared handmade pizzas, Cambodian dried mangoes, coffee beans and cement coin purses. Everybody worked in the cold winter day to practice kindness, and donated the profits to charity groups after deducting the costs.

 

Director Wen-Pin Lin of the Center for Southeast Asian Languages Teaching said that teachers of the Center, Nguyen Thanh Liem from Vietnam, Fita Ng from Indonesia, and Anthika Manowong from Thailand went back to their own countries during the summer vacation and brought clothes, fabric and accessories with local features back to Taiwan. Big pieces like wooden cupboards, rattan chairs, and swing chairs were shipped directly from Southeast Asia.

 

In 2019, Wenzao’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies will start enrolling students, and the Southeast Asian Culture Corner will be used for language and culture teaching. In addition to opening to Wenzao’s faculty and students for borrowing, it will also hold Southeast Asian cultural activities on an irregular basis.

  

Photos courtesy of the Center for Southeast Asian Languages Teaching

 

Upon the completion of Wenzao’s Asian Cultural Space:

the Southeast Asian Corner, 

students performed the Indonesian peacock dance to greet guests.

 

With the instructor’s help, a student at Wenzao tried on the traditional

Thai dancewear.