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Taiwanese students in China affected by identity issues: poll

Taiwanese students in China affected by identity issues: poll

Shanghai, May 19 (CNA) One third of Taiwanese students studying in China have experienced problems related to their national identity, according to a poll released in Shanghai on Saturday. The survey conducted by China Huayi Broadcasting Corp. (????????) found that 33 percent of Taiwanese students studying in China have difficulty with the complex procedures involved in seeking jobs, mainly because of their identity. Twenty-six percent of Taiwanese students are troubled by the different cultural environment and attitudes in China, while 15 percent think that the various regulations put in place to protect them are not clear enough, according to the poll. Speaking Saturday at a forum in Shanghai sponsored by China Huayi Broadcasting, a representative group of about 50 Taiwanese students expanded on the issue. Liu Hung-chao, ( ???) , who attends Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said Taiwanese students in China cannot obtain student loans on either side of the Taiwan Strait because of the national identity issue. Some of the students also said that the identity policy at Chinese university tends to "fluctuate." At Chinese universities where the policies favor local students, Taiwanese students are given the status of overseas students, while at those universities that have policies favorable to overseas students, Taiwanese are categorized as local students, they said. Ye Kedong (???), a former deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at the forum that China has unveiled a series of measures aimed at Taiwanese studying, working or looking to start a business in China. "You probably feel that the measures are not enough," but China will continue to develop policies to improve the environment for Taiwan students in China, Ye said. Yeh Hui-te (???), head of the Shanghai Association of Taiwan, said at the forum that he will convey the students' concerns, particularly about loans, to the Chinese side, but he added that Taiwan also has a responsibility in that regard. There are more opportunities in China than in Taiwan to start a business, he said, encouraging the students to build social connections in China as it would be easier to achieve success if they could find like-minded partners in the country. The Taiwanese students who attended the forum were from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University and other schools. China Huayi Broadcasting Corp. is a Chinese media organization dedicated to enhancing cross-strait communications and exchanges. (By Yin-Chu-chieh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 18:28 GMT+08:00