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Vox Nativa Children’s Choir visits the Bay Area

On July 6, Bay Area audiences had the rare privilege of hearing the Vox Nativa Children’s Choir at Jubilee Christian Center. Made up of Taiwan’s aboriginals who are known for having great rhythm, strong vocals and unique harmonies, their singing is well appreciated in any culture. Their visit was sponsored by the Wisdom Culture Education Organization (WCEO) in the Bay Area.

Founded in 2008, Vox Nativa is a nonprofit special weekend music school in Hsing-yi Village of Nan-tao County (central Taiwan) with the goal of achieving social reform in the aboriginal community through nurturing gifted aboriginal children. At the same time, they hope to preserve and promote aboriginal culture, and instill a sense of cultural pride and identity. The singers are made up of aboriginal children aged 9 to 13 years old selected from the poverty stricken villages in the foothills of Jade Mountain, the highest peak in East Asia.

The pictures were taken by Ben Hwang during the performance at the Jubilee Christian Center.

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Why Taiwan Matters

Come explore Taiwan’s way of life and the country’s unique influences around the world through a series of photo-essays at the Salt Lake City and County Building (451 Washington Square, Salt Lake City). Sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, the free photo exhibition entitled Why Taiwan Matters will be on display from July 27 to August 29, 2012.

The 34 photos explore Taiwan’s vitality and creativity with snapshots of life on the island. Why Taiwan Matters introduces Taiwan’s success stories and its unique journey as a trendsetter, from its ubiquitous convenience stores to its medical health sector, and from preserving traditional Chinese culture to developing a greener lifestyle. The exhibition shares Taiwan’s experience of “honing the people’s skills, which turns out to be the most valuable … resource in the world today.” (Thomas Friedman in the New York Times, March 10, 2012).

Here are some samples from the exhibition below. Please click on the pictures to enlarge.