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Award celebrates artists with disabilities

Award celebrates artists with disabilities

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) An award ceremony in Taipei Tuesday honored 32 recipients of a national literary and arts award for the physically and mentally challenged. This year, 32 literary works, illustrations and picture books were selected as the winners of the biennial Enable Prize. Among the winners is Pu Yu-hsuan's "Xue Ren Bao Bao" ("Baby Snowman"), a story about the heartaches of a mother who watches as the life of her ill child fades away like a melting snowman. Another winner is Huang Kai-ni's picture book "Da Po Bu Ke Neng" ("Overcoming The Impossible"), which tells the story of a girl with polio who learns to dance. Huang, who suffers from albinism, said she had low self-esteem when she was younger because she looks different from other children, but watching a ballet performance gave her the courage to embrace herself and inspired her to write the story. "I was touched," she said. Eleven-year-old Su Yi-he, who suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, a group of developmental disorders, won the award for a painting, "Qi Dong Wo Sheng Ming De Yao Shi - Hui Hua" ("The Key That Opened My Life - A Painting"). His painting shows him opening a refrigerator -- an activity he called his favorite thing to do. A total of 1,428 works were submitted for the competition this year. The 32 winners each received prize money ranging from NT$30,000 (US$946) to NT$90,000. The Enable Prize was founded in 1998 by the Council for Cultural Affairs, now the Ministry of Culture, to promote greater understanding of the inner worlds and talents of people with disabilities. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-14 20:51 GMT+08:00