The Hsinchu County Government has organized a series of events to commemorate the 108th birthday of Teng Yu-hsien — Taiwan’s “folk song father.” The Teng Yu-hsien Music Culture Park was unveiled in Cyonglin Township on July 3. The county government’s Cultural Affairs Bureau says that the public is encouraged to attend the three concerts to be held in memory of Teng, as well as an upcoming audio-visual exhibition and musical.
Hsinchu County Commissioner Chiu Ching-chun, Teng’s son Teng Jen-kan, Cultural Affairs Bureau director Tsai Jung-kuang and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp consultant Chi Ching-mei unveiled the bronze statue of Teng, at the park on July 3, donated by Chi Mei founder, Hsu Wen-long. Chiu said that Teng composed several folk songs that are well-known to Taiwanese, but says that most people are unaware that he was a Hakka from Hsinchu County, adding that the new park named after him will allow more people to know about Teng’s background.
Tsai says that a concert including both classic and popular musical elements will be held at the park on Saturday at 5pm. An audio-visual exhibit will commence at 10am and a concert at 5pm on July 20 at the New Tile House Hakka Cultural District in Hsinchu. A creative new musical about Teng will be performed at the Cultural Affairs Bureau’s Performance Hall on Aug. 3 at 7:30pm, Tsai says.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)