NCKU & Kasama Japan unite for Satoyama Initiative "Production, Life, and Eco-Agriculture" to start the Satoyama Initiative

NCKU & Kasama Japan unite for Satoyama Initiative "Production, Life, and Eco-Agriculture" to start the Satoyama Initiative.

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NCKU & Kasama Japan unite for Satoyama Initiative "Production, Life, and Eco-Agriculture" to start the Satoyama Initiative.

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NCKU held the "2023 New Agricultural Light Sculpture Festival" in the afternoon of May 16 at the Yun-Ping Administration Bldg. of NCKU. During the meeting, President Meng-Ru Shen and the interdisciplinary faculty of NCKU warmly greeted the teams from various units of industry, government, and academia of the festival and gathered together to support the local creation of light-emitting plant biotechnology. The guests included President Shen, Director Kinoshita of the Taiwan Office of Kasama City, Japan, Chairman Hsiu-Fei Ku of the Hakka Affairs Commission of Tainan City, Mayor Wen-Qi Chen of Yanshui District, Tainan City, and Cheng-Bin Yang of  Art Glass, Professor Yen-Hsun Su of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of NCKU, Dr. Zhen-Biao Yen and Dr. Sheng-Long Tu, Chairman of the New Agricultural Marketing Cooperative, and Assistant Professor Wei-Chien Ma of the Graduate School of Arts and Master's Degree Program in Drama of NCKU. A representative from the Taiwan office of Kasama City, Japan, presented the president of NCKU with a deer antler fern, which unveiled the combination of international cooperation, humanities and arts, and creative practice from the starting point of agricultural biotechnology, and NCKU also presented a certificate of appreciation to the attending guests.

NCKU's Sustainable Interdisciplinary Integration Program supports the local creation of light-emitting plant biotechnology. The research team of Professor Yen-Hsun Su of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NCKU promotes the goals of SDG 3, 11, and 17, and cooperates with the implementation of the NCKU Sustainable Interdisciplinary Integration Program to apply light-emitting plants in local creation. The team at NCKU is the first research technology in Taiwan to be recognized by both domestic surgical technology and art design awards for foliage plants and new agriculture. This year, the light-emitting orchids exhibited at the 2023 Taiwan Orchid Show received the 2023 Muse Design Award Gold Award in the horticulture category and the Italian Milan A Design Award Bronze Award.

In April, the "Taiwan New Agriculture x Kasama Japan" light sculpture exhibition was held: the light-emitting plant biotechnology light art was extended to multi-colored Eustoma and various types of antler fern, and the light-emitting Eustoma and antler fern were the highlights of the exhibition. The light-emitting Eustoma was also awarded the 2023 Muse Design Award in the category of Gold Award for Horticulture, Gold Award for Agricultural Optics, and Gold Award for Novel Flower Shaped Light Fixture. The cross-disciplinary project of NCKU promotes the local creation of luminous plant biotechnology and establishes a new agricultural biotechnology innovation base with the assistance of the Mayor of Yanshui District, Tainan City, Wen-Qi Chen and the Mayor of Zhulin village. The Director of Taiwan Office of Kasama City, Japan, Mr. Kinoshita, and the Chairman of Hakka Affairs Commission of Tainan City, Ms. Hsiu-Fei Ku, provided the experience of agricultural chestnuts and three life industries and the history and art of Taiwan for a century, combined with the light-emitting plant biotechnology of NCKU, and put into practice the concept of Satoyama Initiative, aiming to present the ideal of harmonious coexistence between human and nature.

President Shen of NCKU said that 35 years after the 520 Peasant Movement in 1988, Taiwan's agriculture is facing old problems that have not yet been solved, but new impacts are emerging in waves. With the support of NCKU and the NSTC, and the assistance of the district mayor and the head of the village, there is an opportunity to promote the sixth industry of local innovation with light-emitting plant biotechnology, with the goal of "improving farmers' income", and to make Taiwan's agriculture sustainable with actions, and to promote green environmental payment by local innovation of light-emitting plant biotechnology, so that agricultural production and ecology can mutually benefit. To create international green gold stream for Taiwan agriculture, and at the same time to solve part of the energy policy focus on the new field of research carbon reduction, that is, to help enterprises to achieve the ideal of net zero carbon emissions through plant carbon reduction, but also from the color pigments to carry out self-healing art experience, and from plant coatings to color, to organize a new attempt to summarize the research of healing.

The chairman of the Hakka Affairs Commission of Tainan City Government, who has long focused on the promotion of Hakka culture, Ms. Hsiu-Fei Ku, expressed her gratitude to NCKU for inviting our association to help organize the "New Agricultural Light Sculpture Festival" in Yanshui District in April. In fact, the earliest place in Taiwan where there are Hakka people is in Tainan, decades earlier than the reclamation of Liutui in the south or Hakka in the north. This collaboration with Professor Su has helped the public to understand and see that Tainan has such a rich Hakka culture, and to further explore the possibility of using Hakka plants in new agriculture. We look forward to more collaborations with NCKU across the fields of agriculture, technology, culture, and art in the future to stimulate richer creativity and to present a mainstream biodiversity for sustainable use in a landscape that links society, ecology, and production.

Yanshui District Mayor Chen has long attached importance to the development of local and agricultural development and innovation issues, with actions to create youth to return to their hometowns, counseling rural communities to operate, and improve the rate of labor participation of senior citizens, Chen Wenqi said: With the support of NCKU and the NSTC, the guidance of the Council of Agriculture and the Bureau of Agriculture, and the assistance of Mayor Mei-Qing She, the development of light plant biotechnology for local innovation base can be located in Yanshui, Tainan.

Assistant Professor Wei-Chien Ma explained that in the modern high pressure environment, people are often overwhelmed by stress, and light emitting plants can be used for artistic healing and local creativity. The collaboration with Professor Su's laboratory at NCKU is a scientific research collaboration, which brings light-emitting plants, biotechnology, and art together, not only for local but also for international cooperation, and expands the vision of sustainable creation for local, national, and environmental benefits. She also thanked President Shen for his support and advice on color healing research in the performing arts, and hoped to reconstruct a new perspective on the system of healing and art for the performing arts and interdisciplinarity.

During the meeting, President Shen said that in this new era of the information society, the education is being transformed with the issue of new agricultural creation, which is macro, forward-looking, and has expertise in the field of information technology, and not only combines the goals of the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Satoyama Initiative, but also connects the concepts of cross-domain model, sustainable development, and international integration.

NCKU Interdisciplinary New Agri-Biotech and Kasama Japan join hands on "Production, Life, and Eco-Agriculture" to start the Satoyama Initiative for local creativity.

A representative from Kasama City Taiwan Office, Japan, presented President Shen of NCKU with a deer antler fern.

President Shen presents a certificate of appreciation to Chairman Hsiu-Fei Ku of the Hakka Affairs Commission of Tainan City.

President Shen presents a certificate of appreciation to Mayor Wen-Qi Chen of Yanshui District, Tainan City.

President Shen presents a certificate of appreciation to Cheng-Bin Yang of Art Glass.

President Shen presents a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Zhen-Biao Yen, Chairman of the New Agricultural Marketing Cooperative.

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