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Striking the right chord

The ukulele became fabulously popular after it was featured on a television drama, with some even quitting their job to start up their own business

By Nancy Liu  /  Contributing reporter

Some of Taiwan’s top companies are even getting on board, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (台積電), United Microelectronics Corporation (聯電) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工業技術研究院) encouraging ukulele playing amongst their staff.

“Employees not only perform at year-end parties, they also do charity shows for orphanages, retirement homes and students living in remote areas,” said Lee Shuenn-ji (李順吉), a senior wireless communications engineer at ITRI.

For Lee Shuenn-ji, teaching the ukulele has become one of his passions because he is able to bring a smile to people’s faces. Last year, he and his fellow ukulele aficionados gave three month’s free private lessons to 50 disadvantaged elementary school students that enabled them to stand out in a public ensemble performance.

“Many enthusiasts are devoting themselves to long-term ukulele promotion, and, without a doubt, the trend will continue,” he said.

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