I RECENTLY visited Taiwan and saw something of its beauty, culture, people, food and attractions, so this unashamedly promotional 90-minute show by Youth Ambassadors Taiwan rang very true for me.
The troupe of 16 university students worked for six weeks to develop the show and presented an innovative, high-energy production, featuring live narrative shared between two of their number supporting a promotional video with live dancing by the remaining 14.
The show covered many aspects of Taiwanese life, from indigenous culture, modern shopping, innovative industry, smart technology, and traditional food (and yes I tried – and enjoyed – stinky tofu at the night markets in Taipei) right through to Taiwan’s mountainous beauty and super-friendly people.
Not only are they able to showcase their considerable talents, the youth ambassadors also get to explore something of life elsewhere. On a whirlwind tour of Australia and SE-Asia, they did learn something about who we are through their visit to the Australian War Memorial during their brief stay in Canberra.
They’re off to Singapore next and no doubt will wow the locals there as much as they did the capacity audience at the NGA.
(Clinton White travelled to Taiwan in August on a delegation from the ACT Legislative Assembly, as guests of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canberra.)