2020 is coming. In the face of the new year, what do the people of Taiwan expect and expect? The Xinhua News Agency's correspondent in Taiwan conducted an interview on this. Four interviewees came from different fields such as agriculture, community, art, and education. From their wishes, we can get a glimpse of the pulse of Taiwanese society and perceive the people's thoughts and thoughts.
Yang Hongwen, an employee of the peasant association, hopes for a good agricultural harvest and good sales
Yang Hongwen, director of the Extension Department of the Changhua County Farmers' Association, has been engaged in agricultural related work for nearly 30 years. Like many farmers, he looks forward to a good harvest of agricultural products next year and good sales in the market.
Due to oligarchization and urbanization, rural Taiwan is also facing aging. Together with relevant units, the Changhua County Farmers' Association has introduced mentoring measures to attract young people to return to farming and provide technical training and financial subsidies. As a major agricultural county, more than 1,300 young people have returned to farming in Changhua, which is among the best in Taiwan. Products such as rice, cantaloupe, and cabbage have their own brands.
Yang Hongwen was very relieved to see some people following the success of rural agriculture. He hopes that the two sides of the Taiwan Straits will strengthen exchanges in agriculture, and looks forward to the expansion of Taiwan's agricultural products into the mainland market in the new year. He said that Taiwan ’s agriculture is exquisite, with high technical content, but affected by various factors, price fluctuations are volatile.
"Changhua's agricultural products have diverse appearances and unique characteristics. If they can increase their marketing efforts on the mainland market, I believe they will establish a reputation among mainland consumers." Yang Hongwen said.
Community worker Liu Guanxiong: I hope more grassroots exchanges across the Taiwan Strait
For Liu Guanxiong, president of the Taiwan Community Development Association Federation, cross-strait exchanges in 2019 impressed him. This year, he led nearly 20 grassroots people exchange groups in central and southern Taiwan to visit Fujian , Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Hunan, Shandong and other places to inspect the governance of grassroots communities on the mainland.
"Many members of the regiment visited the mainland for the first time and walked north and south. They were surprised at the rapid development of the mainland and admired the achievements of grassroots community governance in the mainland." Liu Guanxiong said.
In 2019, the Taiwan Community Development Association Federation also invited more than a dozen grassroots community groups from all over the mainland to visit Taipei, Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua, Chiayi and other places. Liu Guanxiong said that these exchanges have shortened the distance between community workers on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and increased their mutual feelings. Everyone has their own strengths and learn from each other's strengths, working together to create a warm and convenient community life.
Looking forward to the new year, Liu Guanxiong hopes that the grassroots people on both sides of the strait will have more in-depth exchanges and learn from each other in community management, elderly care, and volunteer organizations to promote new progress.
"I hope that Taiwan can return to the right track in the coming year. The ruling party should stop doing things that hinder the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and eliminate tensions between the two sides as soon as possible." Liu Guanxiong said, like many people in Taiwan, he hopes to use his own efforts to build cross-strait peace Home, realize the spiritual harmony of compatriots on both sides of the strait.
Artist Ye Yijun: I hope that Chinese Quyi will be new in Taiwan
On December 28, a performance called "2019 Rap Season" was held in Taipei. Taipei Performing Arts young actors performed allegro, short sketches and cross talks, cross talks such as "spit lotus", "going through the godfather", "talk to the west" and other easy and witty, loved by young audiences.
Behind the show was Ye Yijun, head of the Taipei Performing Arts Troupe. She is one of Taiwan's leading female rap artists. Her storytelling and comic dialogues are all good programs. Joining the art of rap for more than 30 years, 2019 is a year worth recording. This year, she led the Taipei Performing Arts Troupe to perform dozens of performances, and was invited to set up language and rap art courses in primary and secondary schools in northern, central, and southern Taiwan. In summer vacation, she also brought more than 10 Taiwanese teenagers to Tianjin Opera Academy to study skills with young friends from the mainland.
"Crosstalk is a common language art across the Taiwan Strait. We hope that through our work, crosstalk originating from traditional Chinese culture will create more new possibilities in Taiwan." Ye Yijun said, this is her biggest New Year's wish.
Cross talk is relatively "niche" in Taiwan, and Ye Yi did not deny that this art may face the danger of "fault". Beginning in 2005, she launched a cross talk "Long Gong Workshop", which taught students and trained young people. In more than ten years, more than 200 students.
She said that sowing the seeds of art is her dedication. I look forward to more people listening to cross talk, talking cross talk, caring and irrigating this art together.
Scholar Luo Shaokang: Expecting Colleges to Expand Student Sources
Luo Shaokang, director of the Marketing Research Institute of the Business School of the Chinese Culture University of Taiwan, in addition to being busy with teaching, scientific research, and participating in academic conferences, he also serves as consultants and directors in some companies.
Speaking of the new year, Luo Shaokang said that he was most worried about the deterioration of the higher education environment brought about by the declining birthrate. According to statistics, the number of undergraduates enrolled in Taiwan in 2020 will be 25,000 fewer than in 2019, and it is likely that it will continue to decline year after year. "Public universities may be better, and private universities will struggle to survive," he said.
Luo Shaokang said that declining birthrate brought a series of chain reactions. Schools are afraid to close a batch and teachers have to face unemployment. In order to expand the source of students, teachers in private schools must focus their efforts on enrollment, which will definitely affect teaching and research, and academics will also retrogress.
What to do? He said that from a marketing perspective, the key is that colleges and universities can get more assistance in expanding the student source market. Taiwan can expand the source of students for many parties. The most convenient is the mainland market. I hope that 2020 will have a new situation.
In 2020, Luo Shaokang was also looking forward to one thing. He said that the development of mobile payment in Taiwan is not very good, and the people hope for a more convenient life and hope for a good breakthrough in the coming year.