President Tsai Visits Taoyuan's Xinwu District in Show of Support for Transforming Yongan Fishing Port into 'Hakka Fishing Port'


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On May 8, 2017, President Tsai Ing-wen paid a visit to Xinwu District, Taoyuan City, where she was accompanied by Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Minister Lee Yung-te and Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan to tour the Yongan Fishing Port and discuss future construction improvements. President Tsai, who believes that Xinwu possesses a unique "Hakka seafaring culture", expressed anticipation for the upcoming redevelopment of Yongan Fishing Port into the most important Hakka Fishing Port in Taiwan.

During her speech, President Tsai emphasized that the seafaring aspect of traditional Hakka culture seldom receives the attention it deserves. Xinwu District is bordered by the sea, and over 85% of its residents are of Hakka descent. Over time, Hakkas living in this area have developed a Hakka seafaring culture which is quite different from the inland culture of Hakka groups living in mountainous and forested regions. The area's traditional fishing industry relies on a method of catching fish called seining, which entails the use of a type of cast net. After casting out the nets, fishermen blow a conch shell to signal their fellow Hakka villagers to gather together and pull in the nets. This not only represents a valuable heritage of the area's traditional fishing industry, but also epitomizes the collective spirit of mutual assistance in Hakka culture. It is hoped that the government's Forward-Looking Infrastructure Development Plan will provide support to revitalize Yongan Fishing Port, allowing it to be transformed into Taiwan's most important Hakka Fishing Port.

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HAC Minister Lee Yung-te also praised the Taoyuan City Government's team for its dedication in promoting the Hakka-oriented construction project, citing their effort as "utilizing traditional elements of Hakka culture to make Hakka more fashionable". Lee indicated that Yongan Fishing Port is the only Hakka Fishing Port in Taiwan, and he looks forward to seeing the city government's team continue its work on the redevelopment plan, which will allow more people to experience the charm of Hakka seafaring culture.