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Hakka youths head for Central America

By Eric Huang--For the first time in the Republic of China's 100-year history, the Cabinet-level Hakka Council has assembled a group of Taiwanese Hakka youth in order to promote Hakka culture overseas. The 21 members of "The Hakka Youth Cultural Promotional Delegation" (客家青年文化訪問團) will leave Taiwan on Oct. 21 to visit the Central America nations Panama, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina for sixteen days.

During a press conference yesterday, the Minister of Council for Hakka Affairs, Huang Yu-cheng (黃玉振) presented the Hakka flag to Deputy Minister Chung Wan-mei (鐘萬梅), the head of the delegation, to wish all participants the best of luck.

Huang said ethnic cultural development is a "forever endeavor" and the effort to retain Hakka culture is made possible only if more Hakka youths are involved.

The fifteen performers of the delegation were chosen among 150 contestants. The youngest delegate is just 16 years old, and the average age of the performers is 20.

Each performer has a specialty in either Hakka dancing, singing, drama, cultural performance or other related talents. After a month of training, the performers are even more ready and have learned other talents besides their specialties. The group has prepared ten representative Hakka performances to best illustrate the diversity of Taiwan Hakka culture and the vibrancy of the future Hakka generation.

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