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Liu Chiung-chung to head Hakka Affairs Council
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-30 12:15 PM
Liu Chiung-chung, who has been serving as the interim minister of the Hakka Affairs Council since the resignation of Huang Yu-cheng July 1, has been handed the post permanently by the Executive Yuan, with his former position to be filled by Chung Wan-mei, also a vice minister at the council.

Liu was born and raised in Pingtung and holds a Ph.D in Educational Administration from Illinois State University. He has served as the director of the Institute of Education at National Pingtung Teachers College as well as president of the National Pingtung University of Education (NPUE). He has long been active in promoting local culture and preserving ethnic roots, and his tenure at NPUE was marked by the establishment of the Hakka Research Center to promote research and development efforts in Hakka culture.

As vice minister of the Hakka Affairs Council Liu has been active in assisting the development of Hakka institutions such as the Liutui Hakka Culture Park in Miaoli and has been responsible for contacts and cooperation with local government authorities in promoting Hakka Affairs. In the future, he plans to continue the current Hakka culture and language education policies of the council while working to strengthen the education and training of Hakka youth, motivating young people to preserve their Hakka heritage and culture. In addition, he also hopes to introduce a number of innovative approaches to further research and development efforts in Hakka studies.

A native of Miaoli, Chung Wan-mei holds a degree in Educational Psychology from National Taiwan Normal University and worked as the head of the Taipei Teachers Learning Center and as Compilation and Audio-visual Group Director of the National Civil Service Institute before joining the Hakka Affairs Council. He has worked many years in the areas of Hakka cultural promotion and industrial development as well as overseas exchanges, and is involved in many Hakka activities and circles.

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