To strengthen Taiwan Hakka Museum and pursue the goal of a global Hakka Research Center, the Museum signed a tripartite cooperation and exchange agreement with Japan's National Museum of Ethnology and the National Chiao Tung University College of Hakka Studies on the 16th. In addition, the Museum hosted the 2017 International Conference of Museum and Hakka Studies to further the internationalization of Taiwan's Hakka academic research.
Witnessed by Tsuo-Ming Fan, Vice-director of the Hakka Affairs Council, Chin- Liang Ho, Director of Hakka Culture Development Center, Kenji Yoshida, Director of Japan's National Museum of Ethnology of Japan and Wei-An Chang, Dean of National Chiao Tung University College of Hakka Studies signed the tripartite cooperation and exchange agreement. In the future, the museum will display joint research projects and academic research information, exchange and use publications, and conduct regular and non-regular cooperative programs. Dean Chang Wei-An also presented the Hsinchu Fangliao Field Research to National Chiao Tung University in the name of the now deceased Professor Akashi Uematsu to recognize the academic research of Taiwan by Japanese scholars.
Wei-An Chang, Dean of the National Chiao Tung University College of Hakka Studies said, "I think Japan has a very solid study of Taiwan because of their spirit and research attitude. Through this cooperation, we will also have the opportunity to work together so that the entire museum and the quality of Hakka studies can become more sophisticated."
Tsuo-Ming Fan, Vice-director of the Hakka Affairs Council pointed out that Japan's
Museum of Ethnology is one of the top research centers in the world, and hopes that with the tripartite cooperation, there will be more Hakka academic research.
According to Tsuo-Ming Fan, Vice-director of the Hakka Affairs Council, "Japan's National Museum of Ethnology has done very thorough studies of all the ethnic groups in the world. In particular, there are 60 professor-rank researchers studying objects from all over the world. When I visited the Museum of Ethnology last year and saw the impressive research outcome, I was hoping that they would have more future contact and exchanges with the Hakka. "
To enrich Taiwan's study of contemporary Hakka culture and the diversity of the ethnology museum, in addition to the cooperation agreement, there were 4 keynote speeches and academic forums during the conference, and scholars from 6 countries were invited to present their research.