Chen Hsin-yao (
Now in her second year at senior high school, Chen has all but fully recovered, although she wears an eye patch, but she has continued drawing, submitting some of her work to drawing contests. She also draws to help cheer up children with cancer when she visits the hospital for check-ups.
"I have learned to face people's strange stares, and with the help of everyone I have gained strength. I want to continue on the road of art and to be myself," Chen said.
Her courage has now been recognized by the Garden of Hope Foundation (勵馨基金會), which yesterday presented its first Formosan Daughters Awards to encourage young Taiwanese women to break traditional gender boundaries and develop their abilities.
The award was divided into five categories: science and technology, courage, public service, athletics, and extraordinary arts, all of which were fields seldom considered as ones in which women could excel. The foundation picked 13 winners from about 70 applicants, all high-school girls.
Foundation director Chi Hui-jung (
"We want to create the `New Taiwanese Daughters,' and hope Taiwanese society will treat our daughters seriously and empower them, so the daughters can possess the qualities of knowledge, courage, confidence, vitality and responsibility," Chi said.
"From our long experience working with abused teenaged girls, we have found that most Taiwanese daughters have been educated or told to believe they are inferior to men when growing up.
"We want to encourage the young women to break loose from the traditional gender boundaries and expand their lives, so we have designed the award categories to be those usually not considered belonging to women," Chi said.
Vice President Annette Lu (
"The Taiwanese new daughters are the budding flowers in the spring. Taiwanese daughters, your names are glory and responsibility," Lu said.
The winner in the science and technology was Tseng Wan-lun (
Chen, Huang Chao-ning (
Huang Ming-chun (
Lee Yi-ling (
Tsai Meng-ling (
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