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Award-winning radio hosts working to inspire young playwrights
Central News Agency
2014-02-23 08:45 PM
Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Radio Taiwan International (RTI) hosts Andrew Ryan and Natalie Tso are bringing their Golden Bell Award-winning radio plays to foreign schools in Taiwan with the hope of teaching students more about Chinese language and culture. The pair picked up the Best Feature Award for the Classic Shorts series at the Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan's equivalent of the Emmys, in October last year. The show features a bicultural family in Taiwan, exploring the similarities between Taiwanese and Western cultures, comparing aspects such as Ghost Month and Halloween; Chinese and Western Valentine's Day; and the Kitchen God and Santa Claus. Following its success at the awards, RTI said, it has been reaching out to the Taipei European School and Taipei American School, offering the plays as inspiration for students who are interested in writing and recording plays of their own. About 70 11th graders from the Taipei European School visited RTI earlier in the week to record their own radio dramas. The top three plays, announced Friday, will be aired on Classic Shorts in the future, RTI said. "It's great to see how our feature inspired the international students to share Chinese culture through their own creative radio plays," Tso said in a statement. "Their plays reflected topics related not only to Taiwanese festivals, but also love, family, and cross-cultural conflict, from their unique teenage perspectives," she said. (By Christie Chen)
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