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Diabolo Diplomacy at the United Nations’ 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium
Three female students from NTHU recently participated in the United Nations-sponsored University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS). Among them, Chiu Yishu of the Institute of Technology Management put on a dazzling diabolo performance at the event. In addition to appearing in the Symposium’s official promotional video, she also performed at the closing ceremony. Her superb diabolo skills dazzled participants from all over the world.
 
Since Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations it was not possible to display Taiwan’s national flag at the event, and Chiu was feeling rather dejected as she watched the other representatives waving their national flags. However, she still managed to proudly display Taiwan’s national colors by using a red and blue diabolo in her performance and by wearing a cheongsam with a Hakka pattern on the first day of the event.
 
The USLS is hosted by Humanitarian Affairs of the United Kingdom and the United Nations Development Programme and was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok in early August. The 2018 conference was attended by 1,057 youth delegates from 87 countries. In addition to inspiring speeches and discussion sessions, the conference also included a special "service day."
 
A Woman of Many Talents
 
On the service day Chiu went to one of Bangkok’s slums, where she gave the children English lessons, helped to tidy up the school, and donated some supplies she collected for the program. Her group also led a touching song and dance session. Chiu, who began spinning the diabolo at a young age, also taught the children how to spin it. Little did she know that the film of her demonstration would be included in the symposiums’ publicity film, and that she would be invited to perform at the closing ceremony.
 
For her performance during the closing ceremony, Chiu was given a mere 3 minutes and 20 seconds, placing her under considerable restrain. But when she stepped onto the stage, bolstered by the applause of all the friends she had made in the past five days, she came through with one of her best performances ever. The choreographer of the ceremony was so impressed that he told her, "If you come back next year, I will give you ten minutes!"
 
Chiu is a woman of many talents. In addition to winning Taiwan’s national diabolo championship, she also won a gold medal in Taiwan’s collegiate table tennis tournament; won the first prize at the Tsing Hua Entrepreneurship Day; has served as the international youth ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; was the runner-up at Miss Taiwan 2017; and will represent Taiwan at next year’s Miss International beauty pageant.
 
NTHU’s Three Emissaries at the USLS
 
As a way of encouraging students to expand their horizons and gain overseas experience, every year NTHU provides subsidies for students to participate in the USLS. This year, in addition to Chiu, NTHU was also represented by Anna Chou of the Department of Life Science and Janice Kao of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
 
Chou, who is about to enter her senior year, said that because of her strong interest in international exchange, she regularly participates in related extracurricular activities. She also frequently visits the website of the Office of Global Affairs, and that’s how she learned about the USLS; she applied and was awarded a travel subsidy of NT$10,000. During the summer vacation of her sophomore year she went to Kenya as part of the NTHU International Volunteer Society, and next year is planning to participate in cross-strait cultural and entrepreneurial exchange camps. She is also applying to exchange programs at NTHU’s sister schools in China, Fudan University and Zhejiang University.
 
On the "service day" Chou joined a group which helped to clean up a watercourse choked by water hyacinth, and was much surprised when her group succeeded in removing 40 tons of these invasive water plants in less than four hours. Janice Kao, who is about to enter her junior year, took advantage of the afternoon tea party to make friends from all over the world and observe the different ways of thinking among Western and Asian students. In her senior year Chiu participated in an exchange program at Zhejiang University and will soon participate in another exchange program at NTHU’s sister school in Germany, the University of Tübingen. She encourages her younger classmates to participate in international programs to gain valuable experience and broadening their cultural horizons.
 

Chiu Yishu of the Institute of Technology Management in the USLS’s official promotional video.

Chiu Yishu of the Institute of Technology Management in the USLS’s official promotional video.

Left to right: Chiu, Kao, and Chou at the USLS.

Left to right: Chiu, Kao, and Chou at the USLS.

Chiu was the only delegate to perform in the closing ceremony of the USLS.

Chiu was the only delegate to perform in the closing ceremony of the USLS.

Chiu wearing a cheongsam with a Hakka pattern at the USLS.

Chiu wearing a cheongsam with a Hakka pattern at the USLS.

 

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