Saturday, February 15, 2014

To preserve and propagate a culture, it take committed individuals

We need more men like Mr. Wang

A manager at a technology company uses his weekends to teach schoolchildren of all ages Atayal ceremonies, dances and language.
Over the past 12 years, Wang Yung-hsiung (王永雄) — an Atayal from Tatung Township’s (大同) Sungluo community in Yilan County — has taught hundreds of students in northern Taiwan.
Having grown up in an Atayal community, Wang is fluent in that Aboriginal language. He moved to Taipei to find work after finishing junior-high school.
When he turned 40, Wang learned the Wade-Giles system for writing romanized Chinese and used the system to help him pass the Atayal language proficiency certification test. He became a registered teacher of the language after taking additional training courses.
“It is very embarrassing to hear others wondering why an Aboriginal cannot speak their own language,” Wang said.
Recognizing that Aboriginal children growing up in the cities lack the environment in which to learn their native language, Wang, who lives in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Xindian District (新店), started driving around Taipei and New Taipei City on weekends to teach Aboriginal children the language.
Wang teaches using games, or by visiting the children’s families to introduce them to Atayal traditions and dances.
He also helped form basketball teams for girls in an effort to bring the people together, he said.
Wang said he had considered tatooing his face — as was customary for an adult Atayal — but his wife talked him out of it.
Wang said his wife initially had also been against his running around so much, complaining that he spent too little time with his family.
“She did not understand at the time,” Wang said.
However, as a compromise, he brought her along to classes on the weekends, he said.
Wang said he encourages his own children to use the Atayal language.
He said that upon his retirement in two years time, he would like to focus all his work on preserving Atayal traditions.
Source: Taipei Times 2014.2.14

1 comment:

ShinyHeaven said...


I passed here accidenlty, I find it good blog, counter the Chinese harsh propaganda on Taiwan

any way, I have some wondering thing I am intrested in, I will be glad, if a Taiwanese can answer for me, sorry, I might go out of the subject here.

I just start feel that China try adopting a new strategy in order to Occupy Taiwan, like the suddenly, booming Buddhist concerts in China!!!!!

like this one

and many, the weird thing, is almost all of the singers are from Taiwan!!!! so OK, isn't its better to do it in Taiwan!!! if all of them!!! what is the point of doing it in China??? even a communist country!!! that known anti-religion, and very known anti-Buddhism in Tibet!!!???? Ironically, one of the singer here, specialize in Tibetan Buddhist mantras!!! I wonder though, why doesn't Taiwan try to do the same, to fill the void, because like these concerts not much as China

any way, do you think so, there is a political motive behind it???

Thanks..sorry if I go long