Sun, May 23, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Awards honor 34 youths for filial piety

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Harmony and Filial Piety Cultural Education Foundation (和諧孝悌文教基金會) yesterday celebrated the 34 winners of its 17th annual Filial Piety awards during a ceremony in Taipei's Da-an district.

"We hope that the awards will encourage these kids and inspire others to dedicate more time to their families," said Jack Hung (洪英傑), a member of the foundation.

Winners spoke about their experiences, describing incredible dedication to their families in the face of hardship.

Yang Chiao-chih (楊喬志) is one of the young people who received an award. When his grandfather was hospitalized last year with lung cancer, the sixth-grader from Taichung County took charge of his grandfather's care because the other members of his family were tied up in work and school obligations.

"I helped him eat, drink, and turn over in the hospital bed," Yang said.

Another winner, Lu Ju-pei (呂如佩), was nominated partly for taking care of her younger sister. Because her parents have been unemployed for the past four to five years, Lu said, she had to care for her sister while her parents were out looking for work.

The family survived mostly on their savings and financial support from the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, she said.

Lu is an eighth-grader in Kangsen, Taichung County.

Chen Yi-chun (陳怡君), a winner in the adult category, called for increased attention to children's education in remote areas of Taiwan.

Chen, an elementary school teacher in Chiayi County, said that many students were from low-income and single-parent families.

"Teachers in remote areas are often responsible for the character and moral development of their students, because parents may not emphasize that kind of education, perhaps because they are too busy," she said.

The winners in the adult, high school, junior high school and primary school categories were chosen out of 135 nominated candidates from various schools and social organizations nationwide. Awards were given to people who were deemed to be extraordinary examples of filial piety by the foundation's board of directors and representatives from the Ministry of the Interior and the Da-an district administrative office.

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