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Mayor Experiences Lifelong Learning for Indigenous People as One-day Student

Mayor Chiang learning indigenous dance with fellow students at the academyOn April 24, Mayor Chiang Wan-an attended the orientation for the new semester at the Indigenous People’s Lifelong Learning Academy and experienced indigenous dance and traditional weaving lessons with fellow students.


During his address, the mayor said he is happy to attend the lessons as a one-day student. As he learned the steps of indigenous dance from the instructor, Chiang commented that he will likely teach the steps to his kids as well, believing that they will enjoy dancing. Regarding the weaving lesson, the mayor remarked that the cross-stitching technique of indigenous people is fascinating and utilized in accessories such as bracelets and earrings.  


He also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the Indigenous People’s Commission for the planning of the lifelong learning facility. Last year, the city government merged the Senior Citizens’ LOHAS Center and Indigenous Elders’ Service Center to optimize the use of resources. He welcomes elders of indigenous heritage to take advantage of the learning facility to enjoy lifelong learning.


Chiang pointed out that the academy also plays a role in training seed instructors for promoting indigenous culture at other facilities. They engage in activities such as storytelling for kids and recounting histories of the respective tribes to event participants.


At the end of his speech, the mayor stressed that the city government continues to work on expanding resources to support senior citizens’ day-to-day life. These include long-term care beds and staff members for care-giving services.