Premier Lin pledges to make “Hakka Romantic Avenue” a reality

  • Date: 2016-10-16
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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The  government  is  set  to  launch  its  plan  to  develop  16  Hakka  towns  along  Provincial  Highway  No.  3  next  year,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  today  at  Taipei’s  Hakka  Yimin  Festival,  adding  that  the  development  of  Hakka  culture  and  communities  is  very  important  to  President  Tsai  Ing-wen  and  the  Executive  Yuan  team.

Under  the  project  plan,  measures  will  be  taken  to  promote  the  industrial  economy  and  improve  the  natural  environment  and  cultural  landscape  of  these  Hakka  communities  to  create  a  “Hakka  Romantic  Avenue”  along  the  north-south  provincial  highway.

Citizens  of  Hakka  ancestry  make  up  about  one-fifth  of  the  Han  population  in  Taiwan,  and  Premier  Lin  said  that  their  spirit  of  diligence  and  frugality  is  an  important  feature  of  Taiwan  society,  and  their  age-old  culture  is  an  essential  element  of  nation’s  cultural  wealth.

The  premier  said  he  was  happy  to  see  many  Hakka  citizens,  members  of  other  ethnic  groups  and  even  foreign  friends  gathering  together  to  take  part  in  the  festival  activities.  Such  unity  and  cohesion  are  the  essence  of  the  Hakka  spirit,  as  well  as  the  Taiwan  spirit.

This  will  be  the  29th  consecutive  year  that  the  Taipei  Hakka  Yimin  Festival  has  been  held.  Originally  initiated  by  the  private  sector,  the  event  was  later  taken  over  by  the  Taipei  City  Government.  It  has  subsequently  grown  larger  and  attracted  more  and  more  participants  each  year,  and  Premier  Lin  expressed  gratitude  to  the  Taipei  City  Government  for  its  efforts  in  preserving  and  promoting  Hakka  culture.