Chao Hsin-ying from Pingtung County’s Chaojhou Township has a love of dancing. While participating in an overseas competition, Chao became acquainted with one of the judges, a young Egyptian called Mohamed Mamdouh. Two years ago the two tied the knot and settled down to live in Chaojhou Township, where they established a dance studio to teach traditional Middle Eastern dance.
“After seeing each other for a year-and-a-half, we decided to be together,” says Chao. The two met by chance while competing in a dance competition in Malaysia, where Mamdouh was acting as a judge. Their relationship flourished through their mutual love of dance, and the two later married in Egypt. The couple decided to return to Chao’s hometown in order to bring the foreign dance styles they learned abroad to Taiwan.
Having married a Taiwanese woman and settled down in Chaojhou Township, as a Muslim, the only thing Mamdouh has been unable to get used to is Taiwanese food. Fortunately, specially-prepared Halal food, which Mamdouh has delivered to their home once a month, is now available in Taiwan. Mamdouh also became addicted to Chaojhou Township’s famous sesame paste noodles on first tasting them, since Egyptian cuisine also features sesame paste.
Photo: Luo Hsin-chen, Liberty Times
Most Taiwanese are unfamiliar with Egyptian culture, so that whenever Mamdouh performs traditional Egyptian tanoura dancing, audiences usually cry out with astonishment. Mamdouh’s heavy costume weighs 15kg and, with performances sometimes lasting half an hour, he needs to remain extremely fit. Chao occasionally dances together with her other half.
At the dance studio established by Chao and her husband, belly dancing classes are popular with Taiwanese women, and Chao infuses her dance lessons with a little Egyptian culture.
(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)
Photo courtesy of Chao Hsin-ying
1. tie the knot phr.
2. dance studio phr.
(wu3 dao4 jiao4 shi4)
3. become addicted to phr.
4. other half phr.
(ling4 yi2 ban4)
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