Forging closer ties through cultural exchange

The Diabolo Dance Theatre troupe ending their performance with a drum roll.

MIRI: The Sarawak Tourism Ministry is keen on establishing a performance troupe showcasing the state’s native culture to Taiwan.

Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said this after watching a performance by the Taiwan Diabolo Dance Theatre at Miri Dewan Suarah.

“As the Diabolo Dance Theatre has brought the Taiwanese culture to us, we should also bring our culture to them, only then it is considered an exchange of culture,” said Lee.

Lee also emphasised on the need for further study into the similarities between the native Alishan people of Taiwan and the Lun Bawang and other native peoples of Sarawak.

“I have been told that there are many similarities in terms of culture and language between the Taiwanese and Sarawakian natives.

“Our Chinese community here still follows the traditional Chinese culture closely, so you will notice the close resemblance between the Chinese culture here and in Taiwan,” he added.

The dance troupe led by Taiwan National Policy Advisor to the President Chang Fu Mei was brought in by the Sarawak Taiwan Graduate’s Association (STGA) Miri branch.

Chang expressed her joy for being able to bring in the troupe to perform in Miri.

“The Taiwan government has always kept the overseas community close to heart,” she said.

“Our Overseas Community Affairs Council’s Lunar Goodwill Mission Asian Delegation has invited Diabolo Dance Theatre to perform in South-East Asian countries this year in order to forge closer ties and carry out cultural exchange.

“The dance troupe is well-known globally and explores the newest performance technology and art form in their performances,” she said.

Chang also remarked that Taiwan received a large number of Malaysian students furthering their studies in Taiwan.

“I have met some of these outstanding students personally.

“Parents can rest assure that we will take good care of their children,” said Chang.

STGA raised RM80,000 from the event for Riam Road Secondary School, Pei Min Secondary School and Chung Hua Secondary School.

The funds raised would also go to less fortunate students who need loans to further their studies in Taiwan.

Also present at the event were Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, mayor Adam Yii and Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon.

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