The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) began actively promoting the Taiwanese Culture and Folk Art Teacher Training Program in 2017 with the aim of nurturing talent for the promotion of Taiwanese culture overseas and it is now in its third year. This year, the program's 17 days of in-depth training will commence at the Tianmu Campus of the University of Taipei on July 8, with 50 people with cultural talent from around the world coming to Taiwan for training.
The courses of the training program have been planned by the University of Taipei together with the Chinese Taipei Acrobatics Association and have the theme of traditional Taiwanese culture. According to their own skills, trainees will choose one elective course from folk sport, folk dance and folk art. Trainees will take technical courses such as martial arts, diabolo, Techno Prince Nezha, calligraphy, lantern making, budai glove puppetry, making dough figurines, Hakka dance, festival dance and also take general courses such as Cultural Troup Organization and Operation, Overseas Community Festival and Cultural Event Planning and Execution, and Overseas Local Training Activity Planning. As well as various courses, trainees will also visit the National Center of Traditional Arts in Yilan; the dynamic and static and academic and technical nature of the program's course design will allow them to learn the essence of Taiwanese culture. Also, all the courses will be digitized so that trainees can view them online and practice over and over after they return home.
In the past two years, the OCAC's efforts have resulted in almost 100 trainees completing the program and also in the past two years, cultural services have been provided on more than 300 occasions, being a big help in overseas cultural education, planning of large scale arts and cultural events by overseas communities and promoting Taiwan's distinctive culture. The OCAC also hopes that the 50 trainees on this year's program will serve as disseminators of culture when they return home with the mission of passing on and promoting Taiwanese culture overseas, using what they learn in Taiwan in various overseas community events to allow Taiwan's excellent and diverse cultural image to shine brightly internationally.