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Taiwan to hold first dance contest for new SE Asian and African immigrants on Dec. 17

Contestants from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and African countries will compete

Taiwan to hold first dance contest for new SE Asian and African immigrants on Dec. 17

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The Ministry of Education said Tuesday that it will hold a dance contest for new immigrants for the first time, as part of the government's efforts to promote cultural exchanges.

In cooperation with the National Taiwan University of Arts, the ministry said the contest is aimed at promoting art and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and the countries from which the immigrants come.

A total of 130 new immigrants in 35 teams will participate in the contest slated for Dec. 17, the ministry said. The participants come from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and various countries in Africa, it added.

These new immigrants came to Taiwan to study or work, or live here after marrying Taiwanese spouses, the ministry said.

The ministry said the contest is just the beginning of its efforts to establish a platform for new immigrants to showcase their talents.

"We believe that through art and cultural exchanges, it will be easier for new immigrants to fit into their new home more quickly," it said in a statement.

"It will also help us to learn more about their cultures," the statement added.

In addition to the contest, Deputy Education Minister Tsai Ching-hwa (蔡清華) also encouraged more Taiwanese young adults to learn foreign languages such as Vietnamese, Thai and Tagalog -- the language spoken in the Philippines.

As part of the ministry's efforts to promote cultural exchanges, the dance contest comes at a time when the government is pushing its "New Southbound Policy," which is aimed at seeking deeper ties with countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Many new immigrants in Taiwan are from Southeast Asian countries, and in response to the growing population of new immigrants from that region, the ministry has decided that Southeast Asian languages will be listed as required courses in Taiwan's elementary schools from 2018.

Currently, there are about 260,000 children of new immigrants in Taiwan's primary and secondary schools, the ministry said.

Updated : 2022-01-23 04:49 GMT+08:00