Hello, dear reader! It is Victoria. If you are a NDHU student or a staff member, you must have seen these four digits around campus. Do you know what these four numbers stands for? The year 2067? That’s not exactly it. The number 20 indicates NDHU’s 20th anniversary. National Dong Hwa University was founded in July 1994, exactly twenty years ago. So what does 67 stand for? In 2008, National Dong Hwa University integrated with what was then known as National Hualien University of Education. This year, National Hualien University of Education is also celebrating its 67th anniversary. For this occasion, NDHU has organized many events. A part of this big celebration is “International Culture Week”.
Regardless of the busy days of midterms, everyone on campus was very excited about this whole week of celebration. The festive week started with the “International Cuisine Competition” night at the Lakeside restaurant of NDHU.
Busy correspondent and judge 😛
It was wonderful and very exciting to see all the different cuisines from various countries in one place. Anyone could clearly observe two common things on the guests’ faces. One was curiosity; the other was hunger.
Imagine yourself standing in front of brightly-coloured, mouth-watering, and unique dishes from Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, and you will understand what I’m trying to describe. People were making new friends, listening to urban music and learning how to make Taiwanese rice cakes (Mochi) while inhaling everything in sight. In other words, everyone was extremely busy having fun.
The next event was a “Fun Fair” and it was located along the road next to the sports field. There were at least fifty or more tents and hundreds of local and international students. All those big red tents were full of participants who were cooking dishes, selling snacks, or playing games. People were giving and receiving free hugs and kisses, and students, who looked like they came straight out of anime, were dancing on the stage. The majority of the students were participating in athletic competitions, and the rest were cheering on their classmates and friends. One glance at the fair would definitely remind you of the busy life of a bee. It ran the whole morning and afternoon, but 5pm didn’t mark the end of the fun. Most of the students went back to their rooms and prepared for the “International Culture Night”, which was held in the student activity center.
International culture night was extraordinarily wonderful. If you haven’t seen Mongolian or Indonesian traditional dance, or if you have never heard a Taiwanese bamboo orchestra before, this event was the perfect opportunity. The traditional clothes and dances of each country were very unique and entertaining to witness. The traditional Mongolian dance, with the dancers’ sharp and fast movements, was quite an exquisite sight to see. The Indonesian ceremonial wedding dance was sublimely elegant and their clothes were richly coloured. From the traditional to the urban, students performed their numbers with joy and enthusiasm. But don’t think for a moment that the audience was just sitting there and watching passively. They were playing games during the “exercise break” and the ones who lost the game went up on the stage and did their own impromptu performance. They know how to have fun, and luckily know how to study too.
It was one very memorable and fun week. Fortunately, the school is going to have this celebration next year, too. The most important thing we can observe from these activities is how we unite together as a NDHU student body, regardless of our race, gender and sexuality. The purpose of these events is not only to celebrate the school’s anniversary, but to let people bond. Students made new friends, learned from one another, and gave each other joy. They had an amazing time sharing their cultures. This way, they grow together as people and form meaningful bonds, which can lead to future companionship and international success.
Wish you all happy weekend!