The performance of Taiwanese children’s choir “Hope,” scheduled to perform on July 20, was cancelled by the Cantonese host in China because they sang the national anthem of Taiwan on President Tsai Ing-wen’s inaugural ceremony.
The choir, consisting of 30 grade school students and teenagers from the Paiwan Tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, was first established in 2008, and registered their name Hope in 2013. Within several years, they won first place in three local competitions and in two international competitions. They also won the opportunity to attend the Competition of the International Children’s Choir Festival in Germany in August 2016.
A member of the choir, Finny Hung, wrote to President Tsai before the inaugural ceremony on May 20, 2016, saying that because President Tsai has ¼ aboriginal blood (President Tsai’s grandmother was from one of the aboriginal tribes in Taiwan), they hoped they could sing at her inauguration ceremony.
The choir was invited to sing on that day. They sang the national anthem in their traditional way, which moved the audience to such a degree that it was commended as “the most beautiful Taiwanese national anthem ever sung.”
The choir of aboriginal children became famous overnight after the performance at President Tsai’s inauguration. People congratulated them and believed that they would have no problem raising funds for their competition to be held in Germany in August.
Originally, the choir intended to raise some money from their performance in China for their trip to Germany. Nevertheless, before they could raise more money, their performance was cancelled.
However, the director of the choir, Ms. Wu Shen-yi, said that they did not regret it because it was an honor to sing at the Taiwanese president’s inaugural ceremony, and the experience was valuable for each member of the choir.
Translated research by Mona Song