Hakka literature camp held in Kaohsiung

Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yung-de attended an opening ceremony of Lishan Literature Camp in Kaohsiung's Meinong on July 7. The event, which has been held at Chung Li-he Museum since 1996, was taking place from July 7 to 9. It aims to promote literary works of novelist Chung Li-he as well as other Taiwanese writers. Every year, this summer camp attracts many participants who are interested in reading and creative writing. Born in Meinong, Minister Lee commended Chung Li-he Culture and Education Foundation that organized the three-day event for concerted efforts to cultivate local people's interest in literature over the years. Lee added that, in addition to its natural beauty, Meinong's warmth of sensitivity and humanity nurtured by Chung's literary creations highlights its uniqueness. Lee recalled that, after graduating from college, he had returned to his hometown to work at Meinong Weekly, the first community newspaper in Taiwan at that time. He also mentioned the experience of taking part in fundraising for the local newspaper. Lee understands how difficult for the foundation of Chung Li-he to survive. Despite challenges, it still persists to enrich and inspire communities in Meinong through cultural and literary programs, added Lee.

Lee noted that Chung Tie-min son of Chung Li-he, inherited his father's talent of writing, achieved his own potential, and has become one of the luminaries in the literary scene. The foundation reflects the spirit of passing on the heritage to younger generations. Lee anticipated that the camp will continue to enlighten and invigorate promising writers.

The theme of this year's camp is Literature and Social Movements, echoing the history of the establishment of Chung Li-he Museum / Foundation. Four decades ago, a group of literary giants initiated a petition to build the museum and preserve Chung's legacies. As the literary stronghold in this area, the foundation exerted its civilizing influence on local communities.

Poets, film directors, activists, and journalists were invited to serve as lecturers of the camp to express their perspectives on social movements, artistic forms, and contemporary social issues. A proper understanding of the relationship and interaction between literature and social movements was surely deepened through this event.

Source: Hakka Affairs Council