Glory of KHUSC

Glory of KHUSC
KHUSC Sung Chiang Battle Array

1        Sung Chiang Battle Array is a traditional Chinese battle array practiced since the Three Kingdoms Period in the history of China. Its name derives from the hero, in a classical Chinese novel All Men Are Brothers, Sung Chiang, who leads a gang of righteous bandits to fight against injustice and save the poor from the torture of corrupt bureaucracy. After being transferred to Taiwan in the late Ming dynasty, this battle array was applied by local militias to protect themselves from outside intruders. As time passed, this battle array gradually lost its military function and became a performing art practiced in festivals such as the Ma Tsu pilgrimage or Kuan Yin pilgrimage. To preserve this cultural heritage, the ROC Bureau of Tourism has designated the Sung Chiang Battle Array Competition held in Neimen as one of the twelve important festivals in Taiwan

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5        KHUSC is one of the first universities that introduced Sung Chiang Battle Array into university campuses. To cultivate the fully-rounded students, the school grouped volunteer students, most of them from the Department of Tourism, to learn this then declining martial art. Under the guidance of Chih-Hsiung Wang, a famous martial art master in Southern Taiwan, and Dr. Ching-Tang Chang, KHUSC, Sung Chiang Battle Array in KHUSC gradually took shape and won the third place in their first debut in the 2005 Neimen Sung Chiang Battle Array. From then on, KHUSC has become the top group in this field, winning not only the champion for three consecutive years, 2007, 2008, 2009, but also the respect of the local people. When students wield different traditional weapons, swords, staffs, axes to perform mock duels accompanied by the beat of drums and gongs, their outstanding performance always wins the applause from the audience. In 2009, KHUSC was invited to join the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


KHUSC Lo Han Men Cultural Performance Troupe


2“Lo Han Men” was the original name for Neimen, the place where KHUSC is located. It carries a cultural significance in that this place is inhabited by three different ethnic groups: Fukinese, Hakka and Indigenous people. In a sense, this area is a miniature of Taiwan: different ethnic groups came to this island to search for their dream land.

 

 

 

 

3To trace this spirit of Taiwanese people and promote better mutual understanding between ethnic groups, Lo Han Men Cultural Performance Troupe chooses art form as one way to commemorate Taiwanese trailblazers. The troupe incorporates various cultural elements to present the harmony between these ethnic groups, among them include indigenous festival dances and songs, Hakka folk songs, Fukinese Sung Chiang Battle Array and folk songs. An epic narrative presenting the hardships their ancestors encountered in the early days and the faith they kept when facing challenges are interwoven into a dialogue that leads to a common ground for all to prosper. In 2009, KHUSC Lo Han Men Cultural Troupe was sponsored by the ROC Foreign Affairs Council to hold performance tours in the U.S., including Minnesota, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington D.C. New York, and Pittsburgh.