Guam – In partnership with the United Chinese Association of Guam (UCAG), the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) welcomed a troupe of native Taiwan dancers to Guam for the island’s Liberation Day festivities in an effort to promote a cultural exchange.
The 16-member Taiwan Tajen University Aboriginal Youths Service Dance Troupe, who were joined on Guam by Kuo China Huang, chairman of the Taiwan Tajen University Board of Directors, administrative staff, and instructors, performed at Chamorro Village, and joined the UCAG on the Liberation Day parade route.
During their stay from July 20-23, the delegation also performed at a special dinner show with the Chamoritta dancers at Jimmy Dee Beach Resort, and met with students from University of Guam.
“We were so excited to welcome these performers to our annual celebration of Guam’s history and culture,” said GVB General Manager Joann Camacho. “This group, which represents four of Taiwan’s distinct aboriginal groups, really helped bridge the gap between Chamorros and our neighbors to the north. Understanding our two cultures and fostering a sense of friendship is a great value to both of our destinations.”
During the troupe’s stay, GVB provided ground transportation and City Hill Corp. provided complimentary lunch and passes for the 25-member delegation to Tarza Water Park in Tumon.
According to UCAG, Taiwan Tajen University decided to visit Guam in an effort to understand the Chamorro culture during their yearlong centennial anniversary celebration of the founding of the Republic of China.
The Tajen University Aboriginal Youths Service Association is a service nature-aimed association, whose purpose is to inherit and expand the traditional aboriginal culture, and assist aboriginal students in building self-confidence.