In the early days, emphasis by the government on having a unified culture gave the subcultures , such as the Hakka, little room to survive in Taiwanese society. According to a 2003 survey by the Council for Hakka Affairs, more than half of the Hakka population has lost their ability to speak their mother tongue. While many scattered Hakka people are easily assimilated into other races, 86% of the population of Hsin-chu County is Hakka, the densest on the island. Chyonglin, the smallest township in Hsin-chu, is a typical Hakka village full of traditional culture.
Ta-hwa was established in Chyonglin 43 years ago. Ever since the school was founded, it has maintained a close relationship with the local community. Being the predominant educational institution in the area, Ta-hwa has the responsibility and obligation to participate in the local community and to share resources with it. Especially after the establishment of Hakka Culture Center, it can not only help indigenous people to link up the neighboring industries, but also help to promote the traditions and values of Hakka culture.
The Hakka Culture Center team consists of members (staff) who are interested in Hakka culture and related activities. Some experts in the field of Hakka studies are also invited to be consultants.
Different from other Hakka research centers that focus on academic research, our goal is to promote practical research and the Hakka culture. By means of a “learning from activities” strategy, we encourage students and local people to obtain further knowledge about the Hakka culture and use of the Hakka language in everyday life. The chief functions of the center are:
1. To act as a liason between the local culture and the modern hi-tech in the Hsin-chu area.
2. To offer training on maintaining traditional cultures in the face of modern, industrial development.
3. To provide education focusing on the Hakka language and culture.
We intend to provide an interactive platform for local people and the Hakka culture at the center and to inspire students to place an enhanced value on multi-culturalism.