Hakka Lion Dance Performer | Chang Jian-an
Did You Know That …?
- Chang Jian-an is a traditional Hakka lion dance performer who is credited with fostering the Taiwanese public’s understanding and interest in the unique lion dance of the Hakka people.
- The Hakka lion dance is a unique form of lion dance introduced to Taiwan by immigrants from China during the Qing dynasty. Unlike Chinese lion dance, the Hakka version requires martial arts and incorporates elements of theater, dance, and music.
- To ensure the continuation of such tradition, Chang began to offer free martial arts training and lion dance courses in his hometown. Chang even turned his old house into a cultural center to introduce the history and culture of Hakka lion dance.
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