Fri, Mar 07, 2014 - Page 4 News List

FEATURE: Master carver bids to pass on skill, ethic

OLD SCHOOL:Hung Yao-hui endured years of tough apprenticeship to become an expert and it is this work ethic he wishes to instill in his students as a professor

By Lai Hsiao-tung and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

His work at the Chingshui Zushi Temple was the main reason that Wang Ching (王慶), who heads the department of architecture art conservation at the university, to invite Hung to join his faculty staff.

Despite lamenting the lack of commitment to hard work typical of the younger generation, Hung said he accepted the job because he still harbored a glimmer of hope for the youth of today.

“All I can do is pass on my knowledge and expertise; what they do with that is up to them,” Hung said with a resigned yet hopeful air.

He suggested that the government should take a page from its Japanese counterpart and set up schools specializing in teaching students repair and maintenance.

Such schools would not only give students a way in which to provide for themselves, they would also pass down the knowledge of traditional crafts, Hung said.

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