Friday, December 12, 2014

Lion dances, bubble tea and calligraphy

Hospitality students, community gather to celebrate Taiwanese culture

This article originally appeared on Humber Today on December 3, 2014.


Thirty-two exchange students from the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) were joined by a special guest this year during their annual celebration of Taiwanese culture. NKUHT’s president, Yung Chi-Yeh, was visiting Canada late last month and stopped by to join in with the festivities.

“The weather in Toronto is cold today, but here at Humber, I feel warm,” said Yung during a speech to Humber staff and students gathered in the North Campus’s Concourse. “This partnership between NKUHT and Humber allows our students to further develop their English skills and gain international work experience. I am so proud of all they’ve accomplished.”
Snacks served to Exchange students
Snacks served to Exchange students
The students from NKUHT, who spend the third year of their studies at Humber, were also joined by Ambassador Rong-Chuan Wu, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, who congratulated the students on their accomplishments.

The event, which was organized by the students as a project for one of their courses, highlights various aspects of Taiwanese culture such as dance, food and Aboriginal traditions. 


“We miss things about Taiwan, so we want to share them with Canadians,” explains Wu Che-Yu. “Every year we want to show more and more people about our culture, and how proud we are of our country.” 

Four Humber graduates – all wearing NKUHT’s signature green blazer – were special guests at the event, as the first students from Humber to have studied at NKUHT.
Kelly-Ann McFarlane, who graduated from Humber’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program, says that studying in Taiwan for a semester opened her eyes to an unfamiliar culture, and also taught her some valuable lessons about herself.

“In one word, my time in Taiwan was amazing,” she says. “It was a complete immersion in the culture – I learned how to adapt to the expectations of another culture and express myself effectively. Everyone should have this kind of experience.” 

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