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Taiwan News Quick Take

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TRAVEL

Work holiday quota raised

Taiwan and Germany have increased the annual quota for their reciprocal working holiday program to 300 people from each nation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The new quota was made retroactive to Oct. 11, based on an agreement reached by the two sides on Nov. 13, the ministry said. Germany is the first European country to enter into a working holiday agreement with Taiwan, German Institute Taipei Director-General Martin Eberts said in a statement. A joint statement signed by the two countries on Oct. 11, 2010, tentatively allowed an annual quota of 200 citizens aged 18 to 30 to travel and work in each other’s country for up to 12 months. The two sides decided to increase the number because of the growing popularity of the program, the ministry said.

CULTURE

O-Kai Singers to go on tour

The a capella group O-Kai Singers is to tour four Southeast Asian countries from Thursday to Dec. 4 to showcase the nation’s music and culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The group is to visit Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, giving performances at events organized by the ministry’s representative offices in those countries, it said. The group would show the vitality of young Taiwanese and help to promote Taiwanese culture and music, the ministry added. Founded in 2004, the ensemble, made up of five Aboriginal singers, won three Golden Melody awards last year: The Jury Award, the award for Best Group and their first album, O-Kai A Capella, was honored as the Best Indigenous Album. The album also won the category for best jazz album in last year’s Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in the US.

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