The 2017 Hakka Youth International Affairs Mission recently visited the US. After about four weeks of learning and cultural exchange, the Mission held a presentation and exchange forum on August 29, 2017, where they shared what they have learned and achieved. The Mission invited members of the evaluation committee, orientation instructors, and parents to take part. During the event, Minister Lee presented certificates to all members of the group. He also encouraged the Hakka youth to be creative and active in promoting and innovating Hakka culture, so that the torch of Hakka culture can be passed down, generation to generation, both in Taiwan and in the world as a whole.
This first Hakka Youth International Affairs Mission was organized to encourage youth to take part in international affairs, promote Hakka cultural exchange in Taiwan and abroad, and display the diversity of Taiwanese Hakka culture. 11 Hakka youths were selected out of 136 applicants. The chosen candidates averaged only 17 years of age, are fluent in Hakkanese and English, and identify strongly with the mission of passing down Hakka culture. They underwent two weeks of orientation, before visiting four major US cities (Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Houston, and New York) to perform goodwill visits and observe international affairs.
Minister Lee first thanked all members of the group, as well as their parents, for the hard work they have put into promoting Hakka language and culture. He stated that the group's excellent work has not only received praise from Hakka people abroad, but has also given hope to Hakka people in Taiwan, and that he is certain they will play major roles in passing Hakka culture on in the future. He also encouraged the next generation of Hakka youth to be creative and active in promoting and innovating Hakka culture, so that the torch of Hakka culture can be passed down, generation to generation, both in Taiwan and in the world as a whole.