A Taiwanese student who recently completed an exchange program in Israel said yesterday that Israelis were mostly warm and hospitable, just like Taiwanese.
Tang Ko-tien (唐可恬) shared her experiences in Israel on the sidelines of a ceremony in which Taiwanese and Israeli officials signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on promoting youth affairs.
She said she would never forget Israeli shop owners who, after being told by her host family that she was from Taiwan, enthusiastically introduced her to local food and invited her to taste some for free.
After experiencing Israelis’ lifestyle and culture, Tang, a student at Yang Ming Senior High School in Taipei, said she found that “the Israeli people are warm and hospitable like us.”
She was among the 10 Taiwanese students who were part of two groups invited in the past two years to visit Israel.
Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei Representative Simona Halperin signed the MOU on behalf of the Israeli government.
National Youth Commission Minister Wang Yu-ting (王昱婷) said the pact turned a new page in youth exchanges between the two countries.
She said the commission would invite Israeli youth to experience Taiwanese culture and share with Taiwanese their love of peace, freedom and democracy on the nation’s 100th anniversary next year.