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Art Taipei 2019 was held in Taipei from October 18 and 21. Art Taipei 2019, an international art exhibition, is the landmark of Asian art and it attracts artists from all over the world to exhibit their works. One of the artists, Beverly Barkat, is from Israel. Her four-meter high installation, After the Tribes denotes 12 tribes of Jacob, the biblical forefather whose sons became the tribes of Israel and Beverly Barkat created 12 circular paintings on translucent PVC fabric, each one meter in diameter.
International Youth Fellowship (IYF), an international youth organization, was founded in 1995 and officially changed the name to International Youth Fellowship in 2001 and has branches in more than 80 countries in the world.The main purpose of IYF is to raise leaders of tomorrow, provide social services and volunteer service with local organizations, international exchange as well as cultural exchange. Two members of IYF Taiwan, Bissainthe Josué from Haiti and Yum, Jong Eun from South Korea says to promote cultural exchange, IYF Taiwan will hold a musical event “Christmas Cantata” throughout three major cities in Taiwan in-mid November.
Mr.Gary Cowen, the Representative of Australian Office in Taipei said there has been close cooperation between Taiwan and Australia in the area of agriculture and aquaculture. Cairns-based supplier and fish farm export grouper fingerlings and coral trout fingerlings to Taiwan. Both Taiwan and Australia also conduct research on disease resistant banana strains. In terms of indigenous links, Australia has the world’s oldest continuous cultures in the world with around 500 different clan groups and each of them, according to Mr.Gary Cowen, has a distinctive culture and language. One similarity between Taiwanese aboriginal people and Australian indigenous people is that both groups make up around 2.4% of the entire population and both governments have paid attention the development of the indigenous cultures. Starting October 4 this year, his office will bring the Old Masters Exhibition showcasing the works of Australia’s great bark painters to Taiwan and to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, they will invite two women from Queensland to present the project “Yamani-Voices of an Ancient Land” with the aim to protect indigenous languages in Australia
Mr.Gary Cowen, the Representative of Australian Office in Taipei said the number of Taiwanese tourists to Australia has increased over the last few years. More than 300 thousand Taiwanese travel to Australia every year and Taiwanese are able to use SmartGate access in Australia increasing the level of convenience when entering Australia. Many Taiwanese also travel to Queensland and Cairns. Cairns is the number one base for Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier and Wet Tropics, world heritage site that consists of around 8940 square km wet tropical forests including some of the oldest rainforests in the world. According to Mr.Gary Cowen, some species are extremely old, more than a hundred million years old. Working Holiday Maker or WHM program makes Australia the number one destination for Taiwanese who are interested in holiday-work scheme. Many young Taiwanese aged between 18 and 30 have obtained new life experience and skills working in Australia including in Cairns in the areas of tourism, agriculture and hospitality.
Luke de Pulford, a member of the UK Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission and the director of Arise Foundation, has been known for his work to defend human rights. He has worked to promote the awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking and his report shows that around 40.3 million modern slaves spread out in the world today. He recently visited Taiwan and hopes to work together with the government of Taiwan to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking. He said Taiwan has around 700 thousand migrant workers from Southeast Asia and Taiwan maintains Tier 1 status in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the US Department of State, but Taiwan can still do more to safeguard human rights. A Tier 1 means one particular country has met the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards.