Man takes over family puppet troupe at age 18

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 17, 2020
By: Chen Feng-li and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chang Hao-wei operates a traditional glove puppet in Nantou County on March 21.
Photo: Chen Fong-li, Taipei Times

With traditional crafts waning and lacking in successors, 20-year-old Chang Hao-wei (張皓瑋) two years ago decided to forgo university and take over his grandfather’s budaixi, or glove puppetry, troupe.

As his grandfather founded the troupe and his father worked as its sound engineer, Chang said that he grew up on the set and had learned from a young age how to handle puppets.

Becoming the head of the troupe at the age of 18, Chang is likely the youngest troupe master in the nation, a position that comes with many duties.

At the troupe’s first performance under new management, Chang said that he designed the puppets and wrote the script for the play, he said, adding that he was also the narrator and the dramatist at the event.    [FULL  STORY]

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