MOC approves Beigang Mazu pilgrimage as important folk custom
The Beigang Mazu pilgrimage has been approved as an important folk custom after being evaluated by the Ministry of Culture’s (MOC) Folklore Review Committee on Feb. 17. This marks the 23rd national-level folk custom that is recognized by the ministry. Culture Minister Shih Che emphasized that the Beigang Chao-Tian Temple (朝天宮), established in the 18th century in Yunlin County, stands out as one of the most representative temples in Taiwan. He highlighted its significant role in shaping local culture and beliefs, as well as its contribution to fostering the arts, crafts, and tourism industry. The MOC mentioned that the Chao-Tian Temple receives more than 3,000 pilgrimage groups each year, which are made up of more than millions of worshippers. The MOC has confirmed that an official announcement and presentation will commemorate this cultural milestone. Collaborating with the temple, the MOC will develop plans to preserve and promote this unique cultural asset, thereby showcasing Taiwan’s multiculturalism.

MOC approves Beigang Mazu pilgrimage as important folk custom

2024-02-23
The Beigang Mazu pilgrimage has been approved as an important folk custom after being evaluated by the Ministry of Culture’s (MOC) Folklore Review Committee on Feb. 17. This marks the 23rd national-level folk custom that is recognized by the ministry. Culture Minister Shih Che emphasized that the Beigang Chao-Tian Temple (朝天宮), established in the 18th century in Yunlin County, stands out as one of the most representative temples in Taiwan. He highlighted its significant role in shaping local culture and beliefs, as well as its contribution to fostering the arts, crafts, and tourism industry. The MOC mentioned that the Chao-Tian Temple receives more than 3,000 pilgrimage groups each year, which are made up of more than millions of worshippers. The MOC has confirmed that an official announcement and presentation will commemorate this cultural milestone. Collaborating with the temple, the MOC will develop plans to preserve and promote this unique cultural asset, thereby showcasing Taiwan’s multiculturalism.
President Tsai attends opening ceremony of Taipei book fair
The 2024 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE) commenced on Feb. 20 with an opening ceremony graced by the presence of President Tsai Ing-wen, Deputy Culture Minister Lee Ching-hwi (李靜慧), Taipei Book Fair Foundation chairperson Isabella Wu Yun-yi (吳韻儀), Representative Guido Tielman of the Netherlands Office Taipei, and other distinguished guests. During the ceremony, President Tsai underlined the importance of reading, emphasizing its power to transport people to different worlds and explore the vast sea of knowledge. She described TiBE as a platform for the exchange of various cultures. Additionally, she highlighted the Ministry of Culture’s (MOC) recent policies concerning the publishing industry, including efforts toward digital transformation, improvements in library book acquisitions, the 1 plus 4 – T-content plan (文化黑潮計畫) for international engagements, and the integration of the Culture Points incentive aimed at encouraging youths to visit the exhibition. The MOC mentioned that the TiBE is joined by 509 publishing houses and companies from Taiwan and 34 countries this year. Furthermore, the exhibition will stage more than 400 sessions of promotional events to encourage to develop reading culture. The TiBE opens from Feb. 20 to 25 at the Taipei World Trade Center. For more information, please visit the TiBE’s website.

President Tsai attends opening ceremony of Taipei book fair

2024-02-21
The 2024 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE) commenced on Feb. 20 with an opening ceremony graced by the presence of President Tsai Ing-wen, Deputy Culture Minister Lee Ching-hwi (李靜慧), Taipei Book Fair Foundation chairperson Isabella Wu Yun-yi (吳韻儀), Representative Guido Tielman of the Netherlands Office Taipei, and other distinguished guests. During the ceremony, President Tsai underlined the importance of reading, emphasizing its power to transport people to different worlds and explore the vast sea of knowledge. She described TiBE as a platform for the exchange of various cultures. Additionally, she highlighted the Ministry of Culture’s (MOC) recent policies concerning the publishing industry, including efforts toward digital transformation, improvements in library book acquisitions, the 1 plus 4 – T-content plan (文化黑潮計畫) for international engagements, and the integration of the Culture Points incentive aimed at encouraging youths to visit the exhibition. The MOC mentioned that the TiBE is joined by 509 publishing houses and companies from Taiwan and 34 countries this year. Furthermore, the exhibition will stage more than 400 sessions of promotional events to encourage to develop reading culture. The TiBE opens from Feb. 20 to 25 at the Taipei World Trade Center. For more information, please visit the TiBE’s website.
National Museum of History to reopen on Feb. 21
­ The National Museum of History (NMH) has completed its large-scale renovation project and is set to reopen to the public on Feb. 21 with a new permanent exhibition titled “Discover Our Connections, Right Here (在這裡,與大家相遇).” The museum held an opening ceremony on Feb. 7, which was attended by the Culture Minister Shih Che. The NMH started its renovation and building renewal project in mid-2018 and was completed in early 2024. The new permanent exhibition features a selection of 110 artifacts, presenting the social and cultural changes that the National Museum of History has experienced alongside Taiwanese society over the past 70 years. Thus, the Museum would successfully fulfill its task of “enabling understanding of the modern and recent history of Taiwan’s social and cultural development.” Minister Shih highlighted that the NMH is the first museum established by the Nationalist government after its relocation to Taiwan in 1949. He hopes that the museum, carrying invaluable historical and cultural significance, can draw out Taiwan’s unique culture that is fused with multiculturalism and the spirit of democracy, and display it to the public. For more information on the exhibition, please visit the NMH’s website.

National Museum of History to reopen on Feb. 21

2024-02-20
­ The National Museum of History (NMH) has completed its large-scale renovation project and is set to reopen to the public on Feb. 21 with a new permanent exhibition titled “Discover Our Connections, Right Here (在這裡,與大家相遇).” The museum held an opening ceremony on Feb. 7, which was attended by the Culture Minister Shih Che. The NMH started its renovation and building renewal project in mid-2018 and was completed in early 2024. The new permanent exhibition features a selection of 110 artifacts, presenting the social and cultural changes that the National Museum of History has experienced alongside Taiwanese society over the past 70 years. Thus, the Museum would successfully fulfill its task of “enabling understanding of the modern and recent history of Taiwan’s social and cultural development.” Minister Shih highlighted that the NMH is the first museum established by the Nationalist government after its relocation to Taiwan in 1949. He hopes that the museum, carrying invaluable historical and cultural significance, can draw out Taiwan’s unique culture that is fused with multiculturalism and the spirit of democracy, and display it to the public. For more information on the exhibition, please visit the NMH’s website.
Results of the 2023 Sports Situation Survey released Regular exercise to promote health and make life happier
In an effort to gauge the effectiveness of various policies aimed at promoting sports for all, the Sports Administration (SA) commissioned Shih Hsin University to conduct the “Sports Situation Survey”. The results of the survey for last year (2023) were announced on January 18, 2024. The proportion of Taiwanese people participating in sports reached 82.6%, and the proportion of the population who exercised regularly reached 35.0% for the first time since 2014 (definition of regular exercise: exercising more than 3 times a week; exercising for more than 30 minutes each time; sweating and breathing heavily during exercise). To further promote sports for all and actively promote national well-being, the SA has collaborated with various county and municipal governments in the “iSports Taiwan 2.0 Plan.”. This partnership aims to cultivate a sports environment that reflects local characteristics and gradually realize the goal of “Healthy Body and Cheerful Life through Exercise”. The survey results of 2023 indicate that, after the pandemic, Taiwanese people have placed significant importance on their health, as reflected in their commitment to exercise. In 2023, there was a 1.0% increase in the number of individuals who exercised regularly, particularly among women. Women who do not engage in regular exercise can enhance their motivation and frequency through exclusive women's exercise programs, while those who already exercise regularly can experience improved self-health and increased life satisfaction. Surveys suggest that wearable device technology and home fitness remain the future trends in sports for the Taiwanese population. Furthermore, core training, personal trainers, and exercise are increasingly valued as effective measures for overall well-being by Taiwanese people. The survey results are summarized as follow: A. The increase in the frequency and intensity of exercise, along with a higher proportion of the population being active, has led to a record-high number of people who exercise regularly, showing a 1.0% increase over last year. (1) After the pandemic, Taiwanese people’s health awareness increased, with 82.6% of the population exercising, and the population doing regular exercise has reached 35.0% for the first time. The sports population reached 82.6%, an increase of 0.8% compared with the previous year (2022). The number of people who exercise regularly is 35.0%, an increase of 1.0% from the previous year (2022), a record high. (2) The increase in the frequency and intensity of exercise is the basis for regular exercise to hit a record high last year. The average number of exercise sessions per week in 2023 was 3.64 times, an increase of 0.02 times from the previous year. The number of those who exercised more than three times per week on average was 51.8%, an increase of 0.4% from the previous year. 48.4% of exercise sessions caused heavy breathing and sweating, an increase from the previous year of 3.7%, bringing the active population to 35.0% last year. B. Young, middle-aged and older men, middle-aged women, white-collar workers, etc. were the main force in increasing the population doing regular exercise in 2023. The proportion of the population who exercised regularly in 2023 increased in all age groups except those aged 60-64 compared with the previous year. The increment ranged from 0.1% to 1.8%, with the largest increase among those aged 65-69 (1.8% increase). In 2023, the proportion of the population who exercised regularly in all occupations increased slightly compared with the previous year. Retirees have the highest proportion of the population who exercise regularly, at 60.7%; white-collar workers have the largest increase (2.6% increase) compared with the previous year. In 2023, the proportion of women aged 65-69 who exercised regularly was the highest, at 60.9%; the proportion of women aged 30-39 who exercised regularly was lower, at 16.4%. Compared with the previous year, the proportion of people aged 40-44, 50-54 and 55-59 who exercise regularly increased by 2.5%, 2.6% and 2.3% respectively. It shows that middle-aged women were the main force in the increase in the proportion of women who exercise regularly. In 2023, the proportion of men aged 65-69 who exercised regularly was the highest, at 61.2%; the proportion of men aged 40-44 who exercised regularly was lower, at 21.2%. Compared with the previous year, those aged 18-24 had the largest increase (increased by 5.8%); followed by those aged 65-69 (increased by 4.6%), 45-49 years old (increased by 3.0%), and those aged 13-17 (increased by 2.3%) ). It shows that young and middle-aged men are the main driving force in the proportion of men who exercise regularly. C. The proportion of female exercise population and regular exercise population increased compared with the previous year. For women who do not exercise regularly, women's exclusive exercise classes are the first choice to improve their willingness to exercise. The proportion of women who exercise in 2023 was 81.7%, an increase of 1.3% from 2022; the proportion of women who exercise regularly was 31.5% in 2023, an increase of 0.7% from 2022, with the highest among those aged 65-69 and the lowest among those aged 30-39. Compared with the previous year, the growth rates for those aged 40-44 and 50-59 both exceeded 2.0% 28.8% of women who do not exercise regularly believe that women-only exercise classes can increase their frequency and willingness to exercise. The main sports activities include walking/trekking, home fitness training, jogging, stretching/Pilates/yoga, badminton, cycling, etc. It is recommended to offer physical fitness series, stretching/Pilates/yoga, badminton, spinning bike and courses. D. Regular exercise can promote self-health and happiness in life. The proportions of “self-perceived health” and “perceived happiness” in the lives of individuals who exercise but not regularly are slightly higher than those who do not exercise. However, for those who exercise regularly, both “self-perceived health” and “perceived happiness” in life are consistently at least 10% higher than those who do not exercise or engage in irregular exercise. E. Wearable device technology and home fitness are sports and fitness trends. "Core training", "personal trainer" and "exercise is good medicine" are increasingly being given importance. (1) Wearable device technology and home fitness are sports and fitness trends This survey used items from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM; American College of Sports Medicine) sports and fitness trend survey to ask the opinions of Netizens. The survey results show that Taiwanese people believe that wearable device technology and home fitness are the top two major sports and fitness trends in the future, which is consistent with the previous year, indicating that wearable device technology and home fitness are still the main sports and fitness trends. (2) "Core training", "personal trainer" and "exercise is good medicine" are increasingly given importance "Core training" ranked 6th for the first time in survey, receiving a good ranking, and is mainly done by young and regular exercisers. Compared with the previous year, the rankings of "Personal Trainer" and "Exercise is Good Medicine" increased the most, with the former's ranking increasing by six places and the latter two's rankings improving by four places. Looking further at the demographic background, demand for "personal trainers" is mainly from men, the young and those who exercise regularly; those who believe "exercise is good medicine" are mainly female, middle-aged and active people. The 2023 survey reveals that people have placed a greater emphasis on health after the pandemic, with exercise being one of the key means to attain better health. This shift in mindset has led to an increased number of individuals who now engage in regular exercise. The survey collected data through questionnaires to understand people's exercise habits, providing valuable insights for the Sports Administration (SA) to develop a variety of sports services in the future. Moving forward, we will continue to promote the “iSports Taiwan 2.0 Plan,” working in collaboration with local governments to encourage sports activities at the county and city levels. Our aim is to develop sports programs that reflect local characteristics, integrate sports with health promotion, enhance the quantity and quality of sports professional resources, and create a welcoming sports environment and services. Note: This study interviewed individuals aged 13 and above across Taiwan via local phone calls from July to September, 2023. We employed stratified random sampling and obtained 25,517 valid samples, with a maximum sampling error of ±0.6% at a 95% confidence level. We collected a minimum of 385 samples in Lianjiang County, and at least 1,510 samples in major cities, including Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taichung City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, and Taoyuan City. The remaining 15 counties and cities contributed at least 1,067 samples. In addition, we conducted an online survey using self-administered questionnaires, targeting users aged 13 and above on FB/IG, resulting in 1,070 valid samples.

Results of the 2023 Sports Situation Survey released Regular exercise to promote health and make life happier

2024-02-16
In an effort to gauge the effectiveness of various policies aimed at promoting sports for all, the Sports Administration (SA) commissioned Shih Hsin University to conduct the “Sports Situation Survey”. The results of the survey for last year (2023) were announced on January 18, 2024. The proportion of Taiwanese people participating in sports reached 82.6%, and the proportion of the population who exercised regularly reached 35.0% for the first time since 2014 (definition of regular exercise: exercising more than 3 times a week; exercising for more than 30 minutes each time; sweating and breathing heavily during exercise). To further promote sports for all and actively promote national well-being, the SA has collaborated with various county and municipal governments in the “iSports Taiwan 2.0 Plan.”. This partnership aims to cultivate a sports environment that reflects local characteristics and gradually realize the goal of “Healthy Body and Cheerful Life through Exercise”. The survey results of 2023 indicate that, after the pandemic, Taiwanese people have placed significant importance on their health, as reflected in their commitment to exercise. In 2023, there was a 1.0% increase in the number of individuals who exercised regularly, particularly among women. Women who do not engage in regular exercise can enhance their motivation and frequency through exclusive women's exercise programs, while those who already exercise regularly can experience improved self-health and increased life satisfaction. Surveys suggest that wearable device technology and home fitness remain the future trends in sports for the Taiwanese population. Furthermore, core training, personal trainers, and exercise are increasingly valued as effective measures for overall well-being by Taiwanese people. The survey results are summarized as follow: A. The increase in the frequency and intensity of exercise, along with a higher proportion of the population being active, has led to a record-high number of people who exercise regularly, showing a 1.0% increase over last year. (1) After the pandemic, Taiwanese people’s health awareness increased, with 82.6% of the population exercising, and the population doing regular exercise has reached 35.0% for the first time. The sports population reached 82.6%, an increase of 0.8% compared with the previous year (2022). The number of people who exercise regularly is 35.0%, an increase of 1.0% from the previous year (2022), a record high. (2) The increase in the frequency and intensity of exercise is the basis for regular exercise to hit a record high last year. The average number of exercise sessions per week in 2023 was 3.64 times, an increase of 0.02 times from the previous year. The number of those who exercised more than three times per week on average was 51.8%, an increase of 0.4% from the previous year. 48.4% of exercise sessions caused heavy breathing and sweating, an increase from the previous year of 3.7%, bringing the active population to 35.0% last year. B. Young, middle-aged and older men, middle-aged women, white-collar workers, etc. were the main force in increasing the population doing regular exercise in 2023. The proportion of the population who exercised regularly in 2023 increased in all age groups except those aged 60-64 compared with the previous year. The increment ranged from 0.1% to 1.8%, with the largest increase among those aged 65-69 (1.8% increase). In 2023, the proportion of the population who exercised regularly in all occupations increased slightly compared with the previous year. Retirees have the highest proportion of the population who exercise regularly, at 60.7%; white-collar workers have the largest increase (2.6% increase) compared with the previous year. In 2023, the proportion of women aged 65-69 who exercised regularly was the highest, at 60.9%; the proportion of women aged 30-39 who exercised regularly was lower, at 16.4%. Compared with the previous year, the proportion of people aged 40-44, 50-54 and 55-59 who exercise regularly increased by 2.5%, 2.6% and 2.3% respectively. It shows that middle-aged women were the main force in the increase in the proportion of women who exercise regularly. In 2023, the proportion of men aged 65-69 who exercised regularly was the highest, at 61.2%; the proportion of men aged 40-44 who exercised regularly was lower, at 21.2%. Compared with the previous year, those aged 18-24 had the largest increase (increased by 5.8%); followed by those aged 65-69 (increased by 4.6%), 45-49 years old (increased by 3.0%), and those aged 13-17 (increased by 2.3%) ). It shows that young and middle-aged men are the main driving force in the proportion of men who exercise regularly. C. The proportion of female exercise population and regular exercise population increased compared with the previous year. For women who do not exercise regularly, women's exclusive exercise classes are the first choice to improve their willingness to exercise. The proportion of women who exercise in 2023 was 81.7%, an increase of 1.3% from 2022; the proportion of women who exercise regularly was 31.5% in 2023, an increase of 0.7% from 2022, with the highest among those aged 65-69 and the lowest among those aged 30-39. Compared with the previous year, the growth rates for those aged 40-44 and 50-59 both exceeded 2.0% 28.8% of women who do not exercise regularly believe that women-only exercise classes can increase their frequency and willingness to exercise. The main sports activities include walking/trekking, home fitness training, jogging, stretching/Pilates/yoga, badminton, cycling, etc. It is recommended to offer physical fitness series, stretching/Pilates/yoga, badminton, spinning bike and courses. D. Regular exercise can promote self-health and happiness in life. The proportions of “self-perceived health” and “perceived happiness” in the lives of individuals who exercise but not regularly are slightly higher than those who do not exercise. However, for those who exercise regularly, both “self-perceived health” and “perceived happiness” in life are consistently at least 10% higher than those who do not exercise or engage in irregular exercise. E. Wearable device technology and home fitness are sports and fitness trends. "Core training", "personal trainer" and "exercise is good medicine" are increasingly being given importance. (1) Wearable device technology and home fitness are sports and fitness trends This survey used items from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM; American College of Sports Medicine) sports and fitness trend survey to ask the opinions of Netizens. The survey results show that Taiwanese people believe that wearable device technology and home fitness are the top two major sports and fitness trends in the future, which is consistent with the previous year, indicating that wearable device technology and home fitness are still the main sports and fitness trends. (2) "Core training", "personal trainer" and "exercise is good medicine" are increasingly given importance "Core training" ranked 6th for the first time in survey, receiving a good ranking, and is mainly done by young and regular exercisers. Compared with the previous year, the rankings of "Personal Trainer" and "Exercise is Good Medicine" increased the most, with the former's ranking increasing by six places and the latter two's rankings improving by four places. Looking further at the demographic background, demand for "personal trainers" is mainly from men, the young and those who exercise regularly; those who believe "exercise is good medicine" are mainly female, middle-aged and active people. The 2023 survey reveals that people have placed a greater emphasis on health after the pandemic, with exercise being one of the key means to attain better health. This shift in mindset has led to an increased number of individuals who now engage in regular exercise. The survey collected data through questionnaires to understand people's exercise habits, providing valuable insights for the Sports Administration (SA) to develop a variety of sports services in the future. Moving forward, we will continue to promote the “iSports Taiwan 2.0 Plan,” working in collaboration with local governments to encourage sports activities at the county and city levels. Our aim is to develop sports programs that reflect local characteristics, integrate sports with health promotion, enhance the quantity and quality of sports professional resources, and create a welcoming sports environment and services. Note: This study interviewed individuals aged 13 and above across Taiwan via local phone calls from July to September, 2023. We employed stratified random sampling and obtained 25,517 valid samples, with a maximum sampling error of ±0.6% at a 95% confidence level. We collected a minimum of 385 samples in Lianjiang County, and at least 1,510 samples in major cities, including Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taichung City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, and Taoyuan City. The remaining 15 counties and cities contributed at least 1,067 samples. In addition, we conducted an online survey using self-administered questionnaires, targeting users aged 13 and above on FB/IG, resulting in 1,070 valid samples.
Survival Mandarin - a Shining Example of US–Taiwan Education Cooperation
Houston, a sister city of Taipei since 1961, is the most populous city in Texas and one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the United States. The Greater Houston area is home to people from all over the world and more than 140 languages are spoken there. Chinese dialects, including Mandarin, constitute the third most common non-English language spoken there, after Spanish and Vietnamese. The Ministry of Education’s Education Division based at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston recognized the communication challenge that this linguistic and cultural diversity can present for the police officers there, and it worked with the Houston Police Department (HPD) to set up the Survival Mandarin program for its officers which was launched in 2018. It was the first of its kind in the United States, designed for police officers to learn Mandarin, gain cultural awareness, and improve community engagement. The course curriculum is approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and the participants receive professional training credits. It focuses on developing cultural improving communication and community safety by providing HPD officers Mandarin language and cultural awareness training which will help them better connect with Houston’s ever-growing Mandarin-speaking population. The Ministry of Education provides funding to the University of St. Thomas to provide Survival Mandarin courses to Houston police officers. Instructors from the university’s Mandarin Center of the Universities of St. Thomas and Wenzao Ursuline teach the courses using teaching materials collaboratively developed with Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Taiwan. This collaborative initiative has been successful from the start. Despite the sometimes unpredictable nature of police officers’ work schedules, more than 60 HPD officers have completed the course. The new training program enhanced positive interactions between HPD and the Chinese speaking community in Houston, and the HPD recently established the second Police Lion Dance Team in the United States which participates in the celebration of traditional Chinese culture within Houston’s diverse community. A number of HPD officers who have made significant progress learning Mandarin are selected to travel to Taiwan for a week-long language and culture immersion experience. Three police officers were selected for the HPD delegation that visited Taiwan in October 2023. Executive Assistant Chief Ban Tien and Commander Nathan Nguyen led the delegation. During their visit, the HPD officers attended National Day celebrations and a National Day reception and visited the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education in Taipei. At the Ministry of Education, Dr. Yen-Yi Lee, Director General of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, warmly welcomed the delegation. She thanked HPD Chief Troy Finner for his support and said that the Ministry of Education looks forward to continuing and further developing meaningful, practical exchanges and cooperation between the Houston Police Department, the City of Houston, and Taiwan. They also visited the Kaohsiung City Police Department, and Central Police University in Taoyuan City, giving the officers an opportunity to discuss different approaches to security and policing and enhance cross-cultural connections and friendships. The Survival Mandarin course is a testament to the efforts made by the Education Division at the TECO in Houston and local institutions to promote multicultural inclusivity and understanding. Its success has inspired the nearby Harris County Sheriff’s Office to initiate a similar program. Survival Mandarin is an outstanding example of Taiwan’s support of Mandarin education in the United States which is continuing to expand since the launch of the U.S.–Taiwan Education Initiative.

Survival Mandarin - a Shining Example of US–Taiwan Education Cooperation

2024-02-12
Houston, a sister city of Taipei since 1961, is the most populous city in Texas and one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the United States. The Greater Houston area is home to people from all over the world and more than 140 languages are spoken there. Chinese dialects, including Mandarin, constitute the third most common non-English language spoken there, after Spanish and Vietnamese. The Ministry of Education’s Education Division based at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston recognized the communication challenge that this linguistic and cultural diversity can present for the police officers there, and it worked with the Houston Police Department (HPD) to set up the Survival Mandarin program for its officers which was launched in 2018. It was the first of its kind in the United States, designed for police officers to learn Mandarin, gain cultural awareness, and improve community engagement. The course curriculum is approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and the participants receive professional training credits. It focuses on developing cultural improving communication and community safety by providing HPD officers Mandarin language and cultural awareness training which will help them better connect with Houston’s ever-growing Mandarin-speaking population. The Ministry of Education provides funding to the University of St. Thomas to provide Survival Mandarin courses to Houston police officers. Instructors from the university’s Mandarin Center of the Universities of St. Thomas and Wenzao Ursuline teach the courses using teaching materials collaboratively developed with Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Taiwan. This collaborative initiative has been successful from the start. Despite the sometimes unpredictable nature of police officers’ work schedules, more than 60 HPD officers have completed the course. The new training program enhanced positive interactions between HPD and the Chinese speaking community in Houston, and the HPD recently established the second Police Lion Dance Team in the United States which participates in the celebration of traditional Chinese culture within Houston’s diverse community. A number of HPD officers who have made significant progress learning Mandarin are selected to travel to Taiwan for a week-long language and culture immersion experience. Three police officers were selected for the HPD delegation that visited Taiwan in October 2023. Executive Assistant Chief Ban Tien and Commander Nathan Nguyen led the delegation. During their visit, the HPD officers attended National Day celebrations and a National Day reception and visited the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education in Taipei. At the Ministry of Education, Dr. Yen-Yi Lee, Director General of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, warmly welcomed the delegation. She thanked HPD Chief Troy Finner for his support and said that the Ministry of Education looks forward to continuing and further developing meaningful, practical exchanges and cooperation between the Houston Police Department, the City of Houston, and Taiwan. They also visited the Kaohsiung City Police Department, and Central Police University in Taoyuan City, giving the officers an opportunity to discuss different approaches to security and policing and enhance cross-cultural connections and friendships. The Survival Mandarin course is a testament to the efforts made by the Education Division at the TECO in Houston and local institutions to promote multicultural inclusivity and understanding. Its success has inspired the nearby Harris County Sheriff’s Office to initiate a similar program. Survival Mandarin is an outstanding example of Taiwan’s support of Mandarin education in the United States which is continuing to expand since the launch of the U.S.–Taiwan Education Initiative.