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Hakka store launches in Taipei as part of festival

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

As part of the two-month long Hakka Tung Blossom Festival, a flagship store for Hakka speciality merchandise opened yesterday in Taipei.

The Tung Blossom Festival is an annual festival held in many areas inhabited by Hakka people around the nation. The festival features performing arts such as Hakka opera and music, exhibitions of Hakka handicrafts, Hakka cuisine and other cultural activities.

The festival is named after a type of plant that can often be seen in Hakka towns around the nation.

Unlike other local-oriented speciality stores, the flagship store that opened yesterday was the first to have a collection of merchandise from different Hakka areas in the country.

"We work with Hakka specialty stores around the nation ? it [the flagship store] is the only one to carry a complete collection of Hakka speciality items," said Yang Yu-kun (楊鈺崑), a spokesman for the Council for Hakka Affairs.

The store has 373 different products, ranging from traditional Hakka pastries, T-shirts, cloth lanterns, hand-made potteries and other handicrafts, Yang added.

Although the store is only a temporary one, council Chairman Lee Yung-teh (李永得) hoped that it would be the first of many other similar stores in the future.

"I hope to push for similar stores all around the country, so that our fellow Hakkas will have more opportunities for employment and to share the culture," he said.

The store is located at 1 Xuzhou Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei (台北市中正區徐州路一號), and will be open until May 31 when the Tung Blossom Festival ends.

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