DATE 2010/10/18 VISITORS 8417
Tamkang University’s Chinese palace-style classrooms were built in 1954. Designed with clay-colored walls and light green roof tiles, they were the starting point of construction for Tamkang’s Tamshui campus. Today, they not only form a must-see scenic spot for visitors to the campus, but also house the carefree memories of countless alumni. As Tamkang University's Diamond Jubilee celebrations rapidly approach, the Chinese palace-style classrooms and walkway – the oldest part of the campus – have been transformed into a symbol of unity and togetherness. Now, artistic lights line the walkway, creating an air of elegant romance by night, and by day, a scene of celebration.
Aside from old-style lights draped with flowing pink material, the area is now decorated with round tables covered in red silk, which will be on display from October 18 to November 12. To mark the beginning of the display, a “Lighting Ceremony” was held last night, on the 18th of October. The ceremony and the display itself were designed to convey a sense of coming together, of oneness and unity as we approach Tamkang University’s 60th anniversary. The display officially commenced as President of Tamkang University, Flora Chia-I Chang, turned on the lights and illuminated the night sky. The pink sheets of silk affixed to the lights fluttered brightly in the wind, and gave the night a magical feel. So, too, did performances by the classical Chinese music society, as well as impromptu body painting by the society of fine arts.
The scene was one of joyous celebration. The round tables symbolized the coming together of one big family. They were placed around the light poles, enwrapped in red silk that draped down almost to the ground. Benches were laid out, and light fixtures were installed under the tables. When the lights were lit up, each table turned into a giant red lantern, and the lamp stands were laced with colorful decorations.
This uniquely decorated area has a dual purpose. It is a space where students can get together, chat, and study, in a festive environment leading up to the TKU 60th anniversary celebrations. More importantly, it is a reminder to current students and alumni of the importance of family unity and togetherness.