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If adults tried to perceive the world through the eyes of children, the world would be a more peaceful and beautiful place. This is what Lai Wu-hsiung, senior instructor at the National Taiwan University of Arts, posited in his speech at the opening of "Treasure of the Future: A Children's Drawing Exhibition." The exhibition opened on August 9 at Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) Zhi Shan Culture Center.
Co-organized by the China National Children's Center (CNCC) and TSA, the exhibition features 160 paintings on the theme of "Homeland" by children from Taiwan and 21 provinces in China. The opening ceremony was hosted by Wang Xiujiang, Education and Activity Department Director for CNCC, and Lin Chao, TSA General Director.
In his speech Mr. Wang highlighted that children are the future and expressed his hope that this exhibition will be the first of many exchange programs between CNCC and TSA and will form a basis for fostering young peacebuilders in both China and Taiwan.
Guests included Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF); Wu Long-rong, director of the Association for Education through Art of the Republic of China.
Mr. Lin of the SEF noted an improvement in the relationship between China and Taiwan over the last 20 years and the importance of cross-Strait youth exchanges in laying a solid foundation for the peace. He also commendedTSA for its longstanding efforts in the promotion of such exchanges.
The exhibition will run until December 14.
[Adapted from articles in the August 2 and 20, 2013, issues of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA); photos courtesy of TSA]
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