His efforts led to the Ching Ho Kuang becoming the only overseas troupe to participate in the Japan National Lion Dance Carnival in 2011.
The two brothers’ children are following in their fathers’ footsteps. They were admitted into the elementary school of the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts last year.
The Wang brothers founded the Monga Cultural Committee in 2005 with an aim of turning the annual procession into a larger-scale cultural event.
“Monga” was the former name for Wanhua.
Although a lack of funds forced them to halt the festival shortly afterwards, they were able to start over again in 2011, when they changed the committee’s name to the Qingshan Association.
However, some people — mostly newer residents of Wanhua — have been reluctant to join the religious procession because of their unfamiliarity with the tradition, the Wang brothers said.
“We are hoping that the association can serve as a promotional platform though which we can spread the spirit of the temple culture to schools and communities, and turn the annual event into the most celebrated festival in the area,” they said.