Overseas Trips
25th November 2019

Y3 Bicultural Studies Programme Taiwan Trip 2019

23 students from the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) and 3 teachers— Mdm Jiang Ling, Ms Chew Geok Joo and Mdm Wee Liang Ee embarked on a 13-day immersion trip to Taiwan from 2 to 14 Nov. The objectives of the trip were to allow students to cultivate an in-depth understanding of Taiwan’s history and contemporary issues, which includes the cultural, societal, educational, political and economic development, and also to provide students with the opportunity to experience cultures beyond Singapore. Through interaction with local students, students can meet new friends and forge international friendships.

We were honoured to have visited Datong High School, Ta-ren Girls’ High School, Natural Way Experimental Educational School and National Wu-Ling Senior High School during our trip. We were given a rare glimpse into the Taiwanese education system and the diverse school cultures in Taiwan. From this trip, we took away with us precious friendships forged with local students, thanks to their heart-warming reception and hospitality. In addition, we were also honoured to learn from 2 professors from the National Taiwan University—Professor Chen Chih Jou and Professor Hsu Szue Chin, who provided invaluable insights in their sharing about Cross-Strait relations and Taiwan’s political climate. From them, we learnt of the volatilities of our time and how history continues to affect our world today.

We also visited many famous attractions in Taiwan, from which we learnt a lot from. For example, the Earthquake Museum of Taiwan which preserves the original rubble of the 921 earthquake that had devastating impacts on Taiwanese infrastructure in 1999. There, we were taught how to react when disaster strikes and the visit reminded us of how fortunate we are to be living in Singapore which is not in a seismically active area. At Taipei 101, we took the second fastest elevator in the world up to the 101 Observatory and saw a beautiful sunset. The beauty of the Taiwanese nature is something we have grown to appreciate, especially after visiting the Sun Moon Lake, Beitou Hot Spring, Xi-tou Nature Education Area and Yehliu Geopark. We also visited the Qin-Liu Tribe where we got to experience the culture of the Seediq indigenous tribe and understand their contribution to the history of Taiwan. Our experience at the Sun Shin Onion Farm was even more interesting in that we got to harvest shallots from the fields and also make our own shallot pancake. In addition, we also visited many places of historical significance to Taiwan, namely Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, the Presidential Office Building, the National Palace Museum, Fort Santo Domingo, Tamshui, Jiufen and Shifen Historical Streets.

We are also grateful for being able to enjoy ourselves while we learn new things, especially when we visited Raohe and Fengjia Night Markets and Ximending. We tasted their signature bubble teas, pepper pancakes, chicken cutlets and so many more delicious snacks. We were also lucky to be able to visit many organizations for experiential learning during the trip, an example being Want Want China Times Group where we learnt about the challenges faced by the journalistic and print industries. We also visited Vigor Kobo where we got the chance to make our own pineapple cakes. A theme central to this immersion trip is ‘Increasing our Environmental Awareness’ and many of our experiences on this trip were closely linked to this. After visiting Chung Tai Resource Technology Corporation and Tzu Chi Eco-Awareness Centre, we were very impressed with the efforts the Taiwanese have put in to protect our environment. We have become more cognisant of the impact our actions have on the Earth and what we can do to promote sustainability at home.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guide, Ms Elva Ho, our driver, Mr Xie, as well as our teachers for their dedication and care throughout this trip, always looking out for us and going the extra mile even when they did not have to. Our understanding of Taiwan has increased significantly through this journey and we are grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow.

– Write-up by Y3 BSP students

2019年11月2日,我们中三双文化课程的23位同学在江凌主任、周育如老师和黄良玉老师的带领下,来到了宝岛台湾开始了我们的学习之旅,希望能借此体验并了解台湾的风土人情和历史文化。

在这13天的旅程中,我们有幸参访了台湾四所学校,它们分别是大同高级中学、达人女中、道禾实验中学和武陵高中。通过这些学校参访,我们对台湾学校的不同体制与文化有了更深入的了解,同时也对台湾人的热情好客留下了深刻的印象。我们在交流的过程中,结交了许多新的朋友,收获了许多珍贵的友谊。此外,我们也很高兴能到国立台湾大学听陈志柔教授和徐斯勤教授的演讲。他们深入浅出的演讲,增进了我们对台海课题的了解,我们可说是收获满满!

除了到学校去与当地学生交流,我们也参观了许多台湾著名的景点,例如风景宜人的日月潭、长年蒸气弥漫的北投地热谷、绿意盎然的溪头森林自然教育园区以及由大自然的鬼斧神工雕琢而成的野柳地质公园。在921地震教育园区,我们体会到了地震的威力与破坏。在台北101,我们乘坐了速度排名世界第二的电梯,到101观景台上欣赏台湾夕阳西下的美景。我们也在清流部落参与了赛德克族的文化体验活动,在农夫青葱农场体验了“农夫”的生活,亲手制作自己的葱油饼!另外,我们也有幸能到总统府、台北故宫博物院和中正纪念堂参观。在中正纪念堂里,我们还见证了三军仪队的交接仪式!这些景点与活动,不仅为我们提供了许多新奇的体验,也加深了我们对台湾的认识。

夜市是最能体验道地文化的地方。在台湾,夜市可说已经成为了它的一大特色。我们在逢甲夜市和饶河夜市里,尝到了鲜美的胡椒饼、香脆的地瓜球、口感特别的冰火汤圆等各种地道的夜市小吃。除了美食,夜市中售卖各种特产和提供游戏的摊位,也让我们眼花缭乱。透过夜市,我们对台湾人独特的饮食文化和生活习惯有了另一番体会。

这次的浸濡活动也包括了到不同的企业参观学习。我们不只有机会到中台资源科技股份有限公司参观,还参访了中天电视台和中国时报社。另外,我们还到了维格饼家亲手制作了自己的凤梨酥!通过这些企业见学,我们了解到了各行各业所面对的挑战,更明白了在任何企业中,与时并进是十分重要的。最后,慈济环保教育站的参访让我们深受启发,同时也让我们对环保工作有了进一步的认识。在慈济环保教育站,我们看到台湾人为地球付出的努力,更深切感受到他们对保护环境的认真态度。这次的参访给了我们很大的震撼,让我们深深地反思,并向他们学习。

十三天的台湾学习之旅就这样结束了,我们非常感谢三位老师、导游小桂姐姐和司机小谢哥哥对我们无微不至的照顾,让我们这十三天过得充实又难忘。我们也非常感谢教育部和学校给予我们参加这次学习之旅的机会,它不只让我们对宝岛台湾有了更深一层的认识,也同时开阔了我们的世界观。

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