238 x TW ÷ 105 = 100

by on Thursday, 29 September 2011 Comments
In order to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of its foundation, the government of the R.O.C planned a broad array of activities and festivals. One program in particular caught our attention due to its extravagance and ambition: last February, the Council for Cultural Affairs decided to invite more than 200 young individuals from all over the world for a cultural exchange in Taiwan. After going through an elaborated selection process involving, for example, the posting of a video of motivation, 238 delighted candidates coming from 105 different countries, earned a plane ticket and the experience to be hosted by a family in Taiwan over twelve days. In exchange, they had to report about their stay on the island on blogs and other social media. Renlai had the chance to meet with seven of the ‘home-stayers’ coming from Latin America, Africa and Northern Europe. One can question the depth of such an exchange because of its short time span and its ‘touristic’ aspect, but one can also measure the benefit that the two parties drew from this experience. On the one hand, most of the visitors compensated the brevity of their stay with an intensity in the diversity and originality of their encounters and discoveries; and on the other hand, they brought a fresh and original look at Taiwan’s communal spaces and sites. So let us succumb to the impromptu and see Taiwan through the eyes of the newcomer...

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Cerise Phiv (張俐紫)

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