Updated: Mar 27, 2022
2022年的1月份，元智大學全球事務（Global Affairs Office）舉辦了幾個小活動關照無法歸家的境外生。隨著增加的節日氣氛，全球處國際長林智揚教授希望這些活動能夠稍微安撫思念家鄉的境外生，同時他也鼓勵境外生和朋友們可以在臺灣一起度過一個溫馨的節日慶典。
In the winter season, aside from Christmas, it is also the celebration of the Lunar New Year which brings family members altogether. This spring festival is important for Asians because it represents the reunion and the starting of a brand-new lunar calendar year. However, considering the ongoing pandemic situation, most of the foreign students choose to stay in Taiwan during the winter vacation.
Spring Festival decoration in the dormitory area
To cheer up a festive atmosphere, in January 2022, Yuan Ze University’s Global Affairs Office (GAO) held several small activities to take care of foreign students who were unable to return home. The GAO Chairman, Prof. Chih-Yang Lin, hopes that these activities arranged can a little appease international students who miss their hometown, and he also encourages them to celebrate a warm festive with their friends.
Students smile happily with their grab bags
Firstly, the dormitories have been decorated with strings of small firecrackers, red couplets, and paper cuts with good wishes Chinese characters. Also, prayer rooms are ready for Muslim students. In addition, every foreign student has received a surprise grab bag. GAO prepared them with hearty Taiwanese snacks for the students to enjoy during the holiday.
Student posting images of grab bags and tagged GAO with blessings
Taking the idea of winning a lottery in the Spring Festival, on the day of grab bag’s collection, foreign students get to participate in a lucky draw as well. GAO hopes that the foreign students can experience the thrill of unknown wonders, and wish the lucky winners a prosperous year ahead. Merreka, a Philippino from the College of Informatics, said “I am truly blessed to be one of the YZU students; so happy and thankful to get this lovely Chinese New Year goodies from GAO!”.