Ambassador George Gow Wei Chiou of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in St. Kitts and Nevis remarked that the Youth Ambassadors were received very well with a “warm welcome from the two audiences”.
On both islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, Government officials, as well as the general public attended the performances.
Speaking about the feedback, Ambassador Gow Wei Chiou said, “They say this is the first time the most exciting performance they ever seen.” He attributes this sentiment to the more modern dance routines compared to the classical performances seen in the past from touring Taiwanese performing groups.
“This one was lively and vivid as they performed different aspects of the culture of Taiwan. We had very successful performances on both islands of St. Kitts and Nevis,” the ambassador noted.
Ambassador Chiou explained that the Youth Ambassador program is very important to Taiwan, as it projects an image of Taiwan to the world. “Taiwan actually is a very tiny island state, and we cannot compete with Japan or India, even the United States. For Taiwan, we can stay strong in the world with our soft national power through our culture, our people,” he explained. The ambassador opined that the energetic performances of the youth ambassadors denote the vibrancy of Taiwan as a nation.
But it was not all rehearsals and work for the youthful Taiwanese ambassadors. They took some time to have some fun by heading to the beach, before their departure for their next stop in St. Lucia.
Many of the ambassadors said they felt welcomed and comfortable, that the people were friendly. They all agreed that they had a very good time in St. Kitts and Nevis. One female ambassador said, “It is very pretty, very nice here,” as she enjoyed the scenery at Cockleshell Beach on the Southeast Peninsula of St. Kitts.
One patron who attended the performance at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank said, “They were lovely, really entertaining. May be they might come again.” Another commented, “Excellent performances! I had a wonderful time.”
The visit of the Taiwan Youth Ambassadors coincided with the approaching celebration of the nation’s 32nd commemoration of Independence on the 19th September. The Republic of China on Taiwan was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with St. Kitts and Nevis shortly after the islands gained political independence from Britain in 1983.