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New immigrants win awards for pursuing their dreams

New immigrants win awards for pursuing their dreams

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prizes were awarded Saturday to new immigrant parents and their children who pursued their dreams in Taiwan.
Premier Mao Chi-kuo, Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen, Education Vice Minister Lucia Lin and National Immigration Agency Director-General Mo Tien-hu were present to hand over the awards in person.
When new immigrants arrive in Taiwan, they have the task of fitting into a new environment and adapt to a new life, but after 30 years of immigration policies, the situation had changed, and the children of the new immigrants could now learn about their languages and cultures of origin together with their parents, Mao said.
The premier promised that the government would continue to strengthen the rights of the new immigrants and their children, and make them feel proud of their multicultural background. The funds for foreign spouses would be increased to improve their education, medical care and employment. As the award winners came on stage to receive their prizes, Mao embraced each one of them.
Interior Minister Chen described the 350,000 children of new immigrants as the “babies of Taiwan” and emphasized their language abilities, which would one day turn them into bridges between Taiwan and the nations of Southeast Asia.
A woman named Hsu Hua-tzu said for 20 years, she always hid the fact that she was the daughter of a new immigrant, but now she was proud to come out for it and to show her love for her foreign-born mother. She won an award for the design of a skirt, one of many prizes in 14 individual and nine family categories.
The Ministries of Interior and Education also handed out awards to 45 young contestants out of 180 who had written pieces about their experience learning languages and culture together with their parents.


Updated : 2021-09-19 10:10 GMT+08:00