After ten years of construction and NT$45 million in construction cost, the Hsinchu County Indigenous Culture, Education and Industry Promotion Center is completed. It is launched on the morning of March 26 after bugle calls and blessings by the local elderly people as well as traditional music and dance performance by children from Xinle Elementary School.
Icyang Parod, Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples expressed congratulations in Atayal, Saisiyat, Amis, Paiwan and other indigenous languages. Hsinchu County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke presented a 70-inch TV as a gift. In his speech, he indicated that this first Indigenous Culture, Education and Industry Promotion Center jointly created by the county government, the Council of Indigenous Peoples and the K-12 Education Administration of the Ministry of Education will be promoting indigenous education, cultural heritage, vocational training and other functions. It will also be the second home to more than 4,000 indigenous residents in Zhudong and thousands of indigenous school children.
To celebrate the completion of the Indigenous Culture, Education and Industry Promotion Center, the achievements of many tribal universities and the works of ethnic experimental schools are showcased, including traditional bamboo houses, wood carvings and weaving. Indigenous children from Jiale Elementary School served as guides; they explained indigenous millets, head bands, fishing basket and mountain pine nuts to County Magistrate Yang and other distinguished guests. Works by renowned indigenous painter Hung-Nien Hsieh are also displayed on the first floor.
The white exterior walls of the Hsinchu County Indigenous Culture, Education and Industry Promotion Center are painted with red diamond-shaped ancestral eyes along the edges and beams to symbolize ancestral spirits and souls watching over this land and the people. By the main entrance of the building is a two-story observation deck to imply the mutual assistance of the tribes in watching over this land and its culture.
The Center has two floors. On the first floor are two classrooms for tribal universities, language promotion organizations and other organizations to use for teaching. A multi-functional space is also provided for exhibitions, small forums or workshops. On the second floor is the Resource Connection Center where tribal universities, language promotion organizations, financial counselors, employment service personnel and specialized management centers can set up office. In addition, a minimal and creatively designed shared office will be created to serve as a base for indigenous youths to incubate dreams and start ventures.
According to the Hsinchu County Administration of Indigenous People Affairs,
the Hsinchu County Indigenous Culture, Education and Industry Promotion Center will be integrating local talents and resources in the future. Performances, reading promotion and career lectures will be conducted non-periodically; local volunteers will be cultivated to gather the talents of Hsinchu County's indigenous peoples. Together, a lot of potential energies can be gathered and radiated to make the Center the most ideal place for promoting cultural education and characteristic industries. At the same time, by connecting with the Zhudong Wah! Mcisal Market through a chain mechanism, it has become Hsinchu County's cultural industry corridor in Zhudong.