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FEATURE: Hakka teacher shares language passion

CULTURE CAMP:Teacher Qi Fon-siin has made it his life’s work to spread the Hakka language in a bid to preserve it and pass on the cultural essence and history of his people

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Qi added that he writes Hakka phrases on teacher-parent communication reports so that he can also teach his students’ parents, who mostly only speak Mandarin.

Apart from teaching at the elementary school, Qi also teaches Hakka at community colleges at night and on weekends.

He also volunteers as the host of a Hakka radio program that keeps elderly people who primarily speak Hakka appraised of current events.

In light of Qi’s dedication to his ethnicity, the Hakka Affairs Council presented him with the Hakka Contribution Award for making outstanding contributions in 2009.

“I never think too much, I just do it,” Qi said, adding that languages are more than just tools for communciation; they also encapsulate the wisdom of a people’s forebears and the cultural essences of ethnic groups.

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