Taiwan (26/07/2018), The Community Care Practice in Taiwan is one of the programs which were offered by ASIA University for their summer courses programs. The program was held by College of Humanities and Social Sciences of ASIA University, Taiwan. The program contains of a tight schedule and regulations in which makes all of the participants need to attend and follows the schedule and the regulations without any exception. There are at least five countries and eight universities that join the program starting from July 11th, 2018 to July 24th, 2018. They are Nanyang Technological Univerity of Singapore, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Universitas Muhammadiyah Kalimantan Timur (Indonesia), Hindustan University Chennai (India), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince Songkla University of Thailand, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia), and Universitas Airlangga (Indonesia).
Lubna Salsabila, a student of International Program of Government Affairs and Administration who represented UMY, follow this program which started on July 11th, 2018. It was opened by Dr Song-Li Huang as the Vice Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, ASIA University, Taiwan. Followed by the introduction of Mandarin Chinese Class in the afternoon, all of the students need to join three hours straight of a Mandarin Chinese class without a break that held every day. In the second days, the international students learned about the Reminiscence Food in Communities in Taiwan from Dr Chiu- Yen Yang. Based on the lecture, Dr Chiu- Yen Yang stated that food quality was very essential to maintaining the community members’ conditions, especially for the elderly. Dr Chui- Yen Yang mentioned that the main focus of the government and also a community centre in Taiwan is to slow down the ageing of the old people in Taiwan. However, this was not an easy task for the government and also the community centre as the NGO, both government and NGO try their best to serves the elderly a healthy food without changing their daily meals. In this case, the daily meals that being mentioned by Dr Chiu- Ye Yang were the meals that the elderly used to eat as what they were raised by their parents before or in shorts are traditional foods.
The next lecture was given by Dr Che- Yi Ling. Dr Che- Yi Ling is focusing on Indigenous Culture and Health Promotion Station in Taiwan. From the lecture which was given in the third day by Dr Che- Yi Yang, Lubna acknowledge another aspect of community center vision and mission in Taiwan. Not only how to keep the society healthy with controlling the food quality without making any changes on it but also how to keep ensuring the elderly, women and children health without making any changes to its culture. In Taiwan, there are at least 16 indigenous groups and 700 tribes wita h population about 553.0000 indigenous people and about 100.000 of the population are over 55 years old. The main goals of the Indigenous People Culture and Health Station Promotion are to set up 250 cultures and health stations center to serves approximately 7.800 seniors. These goals were made for the indigenous people and tribe that staying in the north areas of Taiwan as the start up before the government and the NGO expanding the station in another part in Taiwan.
All of the students got a free time each Saturday and Sunday in purpose to make sure that all of the students have an enough time to finish all of the homework that being given by the lecturers. Moreover, some of us also use the free time as an opportunities to observe the city by our self acknowledgement. By using the bus information application that being provided by the government, Lubna and friends met some difficulties in reaching their destination by only using the application. Followed by Community Work Class by Dr Chih-Bang Hsiao and Religions and Communities in Taiwan by Dr. Shu-Chuan Liao and Dr. Jun-Fang Hsieh they went to Lishang Temple (The Oldest Buddisht Temple in Wufeng), Taoism Temple: Ching- Nan Palace, Christian Presbyterian Church, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, and Folk Belief Temple. We were being introduced to five main religions which are recognized by the government. By visiting those five places we had a chance to also involved in some community activities, such as serving a food for the people that came.
For the Ecology and Communities in Taiwan and Aging in Place in Taiwan, Dr. Shu-Chuan Liao brought them to the nearest villages around the University to understand how the villagers taking care of the environment and how people dealing with the manufacturing industries around the areas. Dr. Shu- Chuan Liao also stated that it was very important for the community center in giving an education about the environment and also how to turn it into money. In doing so, the government and NGO hope that the member in the communities able to earn some profit from what they have. Supported by the lecture that delivered by Dr. Chih- Bang Hsiao about Agriculture and Communities in Taiwan, the classes aimed to give understanding to students about the importance’s of the agricultural areas.
“This summer program has given me a lot of experiences that I could not describes in a word. By joining the program and also by having an opportunities to be involved in several activities in the community center makes me understand Taiwan more than ever”, said Lubna.