Renowned percussionist, puppet master win National Cultural Award

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/20/2020
By: Sabine Cheng,
Chao Ching-yu and Chiang Yi-ching

From left: Culture Minister Lee Yung-te, Chen Hsi-huang, Ju Tzong-ching and Premier Su Tseng-chang. CNa photo Aug. 20, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Renowned percussionist Ju Tzong-ching (朱宗慶) and master of traditional glove puppetry Chen Hsi-huang (陳錫煌) received this year's National Cultural Award on Thursday at a ceremony that highlighted the pair's contributions to Taiwan.

The award, which is in its 39th edition, was presented by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).

Ju, who is credited with popularizing percussion in Taiwan with his ensemble group and music school, said in his acceptance speech that he would donate his prize money to National University of the Arts, where he once served as principal.

The NT$1 million (US$33,600) prize will be used to fund percussion-related teaching efforts, which will allow students interested in the field to better connect with the world, Ju said.

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