Food and Poetry Crossover activity: a celebration of Mother’s Day and Dragon Boat Festival
【NIA Global News】／translated by Amy Hsieh
To celebrate Mother’s Day with new immigrant mothers in advance, the Department of Marketing and Tourism Management of National Chiayi University and the Department of Tea Culture, and Business Management of Tatung Institute of Technology and Orange Hotel together conducted a “Food and Poetry Crossover” (食與詩的交會) activity.
New immigrant mothers from Japan, Colombia, South Africa, Vietnam, and Indonesia participated in the activity. The activity aims to celebrated Mother’s Day in advance and helps new immigrants in Taiwan learn about many Taiwanese Dragon Boat Festival customs in the activity.
The activity introduced the most representative customs of the Dragon Boat Festival, which are dragon boat racing, egg balancing, and eating Zongzi.
In the activity, the students of National Chiayi University presented a dragon boat made out of sweet pepper students planted themselves. The students also made “egg baskets” with eggs from chickens they raised on their own.
Rachel West, a Taiwanese new immigrant from South Africa, says, has lived in Taiwan for over seven years after marriage. Through this activity, he learned a lot about Taiwan’s tradition. And he also mentioned, there is no zongzi in South Africa, he is blessed to taste zongzi in Taiwan. West also took a photo of the carnation to his mother in South Africa.
Du Ruo Lei, a new immigrant from Colombia, mentions, she came to Taiwan in hope of letting her children learn Chinese. At the same time, she thinks that the angles of zongzi are very special. Du thanks the organizers of the activity for the carnation, and she feels happy to celebrate Mother’s Day with other new immigrants.