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CDC issues spring couplets to fight disease
防疫春聯 索取踴躍

Calligrapher Chang Tai-pai writes a spring couplet for fighting against disease at an event held by the Centers for Disease Control at Taipei Main Station on Feb. 3.

Photo: Chiu Yi-chun, Liberty Times

With the arrival of the Spring Festival, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decided to take part in the traditional festivities of the Lunar New Year by holding an event at Taipei Main Station on Feb. 3, titled “Masters Write Spring Couplets to Prevent Epidemic Diseases.” For the event the CDC invited renowned calligrapher Chang Tai-pai to wield his brush, writing the couplet: “DOTS (directly observed treatment, short-course) tuberculosis control strategy will cut TB in half; reversing the AIDS trend trend starts with me.” Members of calligraphy clubs from the CDC and various schools, including National Taipei University of Education, attended the event to write spring couplets, which were available to the public free-of-charge. A person dressed as the God of Wealth attracted a lot of attention as he handed out condoms sealed in red envelopes that people were eager to procure. Taipei City Hospital deputy superintendent Yen Muh-yong, CDC division director Chen Chang-hsun, Taipei City Councilor Wang Cheng-de, CDC Director-General Chang Feng-yee, calligrapher Chang Tai-pai, “Mother Hung” from Taiwan AIDS Foundation, Taipei Railroad Station Master Ku Shih-yen and CDC Deputy Director-General Shih Wen-yi all attended the event, wielding their brushes together to write “Reversing AIDS trend starts with me.”

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)


(自由時報記者邱宜君 )

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