TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A forum was held at GIS NTU Convention Center on Dec. 1 seeking to provide assistance to immigrants in Taiwan through discussions on such topics as cross-cultural marriage, adjustment to a new culture, and employment assistance.
Yenny Ferryanto (馮燕妮), an Indonesian new immigrant who has resided on the island for years, shared her experience on methods to find resources and support for individuals who struggle to adjust to new life here.
Thanks to courses offered by the National Immigration Agency, including computer and interpreting skills, she has managed to live a fulfilled life in Taiwan, and has even received recognition with an award organized by the agency in 2016.
In an inspirational story, Ferryanto told the audience that everyone deserves happiness if they are willing to discover who they really are and learn to love themselves through continuous acquisition of new knowledge.
Deputy Executive Director Lin Shih-hsuan (林蒔萱) of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation also called on the public to embrace cultural diversity, through the eradication of stereotypes, discrimination, bias, and conflict, while allowing the establishment of cultural subjectivity for communities from various backgrounds.
Chang Mei-ju (張美茹), former director of the Taipei New Immigration Woman and Family Service Center, made a case for helping new immigrants address difficulties they encounter when seeking employment. Language barriers, academic recognition issues, and unsatisfactory salaries have been the three major hindrances facing new immigrants in the job market.
She encouraged them to engage in professional training to become better prepared and more competitive in taking advantage of government-sponsored classes and subsidies.