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2013-02-08
The 16th Golden Eagle Awards commend outstanding individuals with disabilities

The 16th Golden Eagle Awards commend outstanding individuals with disabilitiesIn recognition of the mental fortitude, unwavering optimism and strength of character demonstrated by the people with disabilities in Taiwan, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) organized an awards ceremony honoring outstanding individuals with disabilities on Dec. 1. Two days prior to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, designated by the United Nations to be Dec. 3, the Golden Eagle Awards kicked off at 2:30 PM at the B1 Concert Hall of the Chang Yung-fa Foundation (CYFF) Building in Taipei. Attended by esteemed guests including Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan and Vice President Wu Den-yih, the heartwarming event lauded members of Taiwan’s handicapped community and presented this year’s winners with Golden Eagle medallions and trophies.

The 16th incarnation of the once-an-year event received more than 100 applications and nominees, a hefty figure reflecting the fact that the awards ceremony carries weight with the local handicapped community. After a three-step evaluation process by the MOI-elected Golden Eagle Awards Panel, ten final winners were chosen from the 100-strong nominee pool. The 2012 Golden Eagle Awards recipients, listed in no particular order, are Lin Guan-ting, Huang Jia-hong, Kao Zuo-ning, Huang Ren-qing, Chen Yin-xue, Chiu Rui-peng, Liao Chen-jia, Tsai Shu-hui, Chen Qi-lei and Chang Jun-xian; the selected ten stood out from the rest based upon their technical expertise, personal interest and public contributions.

In his opening remarks, Vice President Wu called upon the nation’s citizens to respect their fellow Taiwanese people with disabilities by not denying their right to equal schooling, employment and community involvement. After all, all members of society should enjoy the same opportunity to live life to the fullest, he added.

Starting from 1996, the Golden Eagle Awards have honored selected members of Taiwan’s handicapped community on an annual basis. Each year’s winners help inspire all those around them to fully embrace the beauty of life, Minister Lee noted, concluding that their actions serve as a reminder to the nation how a mental or physical handicap does not render one’s life unfulfilling nor meaningless.

The 2012 Golden Eagle Awards began with a magical demonstration by the one-and-only Seven Fan, an artist who uses sand as his medium. Following Fan’s light-and-music sand art piece was an ensemble of talented performers who excel at their crafts despite being born with certain disabilities. First up was a joint performance between jazz band Afternoon Tree and dancer Lin Yi-shan, a young but determined deaf girl who captured the audience with her elegant moves. For the second round, 2012 winners Liao Chen-jia and Tsai Shu-hui respectively paired up with Mirror, a music band consisting of legally blind players, and Sanyu Elementary School students to woo the audience with their powerful singing and live performances. The final act featuring aboriginal rocker Biung Tak-banuz and Life Jazz, a group of music-loving, visual-impaired musicians, brought down the house with their message of love and resolution.

According to the MOI, the Golden Eagle Awards was established not only to honor Taiwanese people with disabilities and to spread the word of their inspirational life stories in face of immense challenges, but to also spur society into becoming active supporters of these courageous individuals.


 
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