The Dragon Dances

From Taiwan I received a Postcrossing card about Dragon Dances, a dance that is “most spectacular when performed during Chinese New Year” (which is today). Basically, a dance team mimics the supposed movements of a dragon, which symbolises the historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity (1).

As I had never seen or even heard about Taiwan - Dragon Dancea Dragon Dance, I looked it up on YouTube. This one is not from Taiwan, but it does give a good impression of what a dragon dance is all about. And this one shows a Taiwanese Luminous Dragon Dance – quite impressive to see the dragon dance in the dark (skip the first minute to see the action)!



About Marian van Bakel

I graduated in International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After my studies I was a Visiting Study Fellow at University of Oxford where I conducted a research on the adjustment of Dutch diplomats and their partners in London. In February 2012 I successfully defended my PhD thesis ‘In Touch with the Dutch’, in which I put expatriates in touch with a Dutch host to examine the effect of this contact on the success of the international assignment. During my PhD research I also worked as in house communication consultant at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I am currently a postdoc at the Department of Leadership and Corporate Strategy at the University of Southern Denmark ( Since 2004 I have done extensive voluntary work in the intercultural field for the Young Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR). One of my projects was to co-edit and co-author A Suitcase Full of Discoveries (2008), an intercultural storybook for children.
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