A group of 80 high school foreign exchange students showed their affection for Taiwan by sewing a banner yesterday composed of their countries’ flags as a warm-up event for next year’s Republic of China (ROC) centennial celebration.
The 3m-by-13m patchwork banner, which includes the national flags of 23 countries, will make its debut at this year’s Double Ten National Day parade, in which more than 100 students from six continents will dress in traditional costumes and carry the banner to symbolize the friendship between Taiwan and the respective countries.
The idea of making a multinational banner was pitched by the ROC Centenary Foundation and Rotary International District 3520 in the hope that more of Taiwan’s international friends could participate in honoring the country’s centennial.
Draping the Mexican flag on his back, Luis Rojom said he had always wanted to visit Taiwan after learning about the country in his history classes.
“I wanted to come here to learn Chinese and integrate with my host family to see this beautiful and complex culture,” said the 18-year-old, who is visiting Asia for the first time.
French exchange student Marine Mounier said her experience in Taiwan has been “truly wonderful.”
“The Taiwanese people are very nice and friendly. Taipei is a big city and it is very different from my hometown. I really like Taiwan,” she said.
The students are members of a one-year exchange program sponsored by Rotary International Taiwan, which sponsors approximately 200 foreign exchanges students each year.