Lishan Literature Camp kicks off in Kaohsiung

The Lishan Literature Camp returns for its 22nd edition under the theme “Dialogue between Ballad and Literature” at the Kaohsiung-based Chung Li-he Museum on July 8.

Organized by Chung Li-he Culture and Education Foundation, the Lishan Literature Camp was launched in 1995 to promote literary works by Hakka novelist Chung Li-he (鍾理和) as well as Taiwan literature. Every summer, the literature camp is held in the Chung Li-he Museum to offer activities for high school students and adults who are interested in literary creation.

Born in 1915 in Pingtung, Chung was one of the most representative Hakka writers in Taiwan’s literature scene. Dubbed the “Father of Nativist Literature,” Chung’s literary works offer insights into lives of farmers in his era from a humanitarian perspective and expressed concerns for people and the land of Taiwan.

In 1979, several writers including Lin Hai-yin (林海音), Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政), Yeh Shih-tao (葉石濤), and Li Qiao (李喬) initiated to establish a museum to commemorate Chung. The museum is the first cultural venue of its kind to be established by private funds in Taiwan.   

Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yung-de (
李永得) attended the opening ceremony to show his respect for the giant of nativist literature as well as the Council’s support to Lishan Literature Camp.

Minister Lee noted that Chung Li-he was a representative of the first generation writers in the Japanese colonial era in southern Taiwan. He and other writers’ dedication to literature is respectful and such spirit should be passed onto the next generation.

In addition to literature, the Hakka are also significant in composing music. Teng Yu-hsien (鄧雨賢), for example, was a prominent composer who created numerous folk music. Lin Sheng-xiang (林生祥), a Golden Melody Award-winning singer-songwriter, also composed outstanding Hakka-themed music, added Minister Lee.

Minister Lee further noted that the combination of literature and music will allow participants to learn more about Hakka culture. He hopes that participants could gain a deeper understanding of Hakka folk music and literature through engaging in the camp.


“Lishan Literature Camp”

Date: July 8 – 10, 2018
Venue: Chung Li-he Museum
Address: No.95, Chaoyuan, Meinong Dist., Kaohsiung City 843, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Website: Chung Li-he Museum