Taipei, A television travel show co-produced by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau and the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) about Taiwan's Matsu islands and the sea goddess Matsu has been nominated for the 46th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the bureau announced Thursday.
The TV feature titled "Taiwan Matsu Festival and Islands" was nominated for "Outstanding Directing for a Single Camera Lifestyle, Culinary, Travel or Educational and Informational Program" in the prestigious awards, which will be presented in May.
"Taiwan Matsu Festival and Islands" is a co-production with the popular PBS travel show "Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope," the Tourism Bureau said, adding that the nomination once again proves that Taiwan's unique tourism features have the potential to shine on the global stage.
The U.S. production team visited Taiwan in 2017 to cover the Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession. The team interviewed folklore professor Lin Mao-hsien before proceeding to the Matsu islands to shoot the TV feature.
In the program, which features the statue of Matsu, Qinbi Village, Tunnel 88, Sea of Stars, battlefield remains and local delicacies, Rosendo links the folk culture of Matsu to the islands.
Rosendo also tours various coastal towns in Taiwan proper, following the thousands of Matsu pilgrims and witnessing the various pilgrimage traditions.
The program aired in April 2018 in North America.
Matsu is regarded as the goddess of the sea and the guardian of seafarers by Chinese people around the world. In Taiwan, the nine-day, eight-night pilgrimage procession is held every year during the third month of the lunar calendar, attracting huge numbers of devotees to participate along a route that covers more than 20 cities and towns.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel