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2018-02-26 09:00
National Immigration Agency holds Wrap-up Presentation of Summer 2017 Cultivation Program for Second-Generation New Residents
The National Immigration Agency under the Ministry of the Interior on Oct. 28 held the Wrap-up Presentation of 2017 "Cultivation Program for Second-Generation New Residents – Living and Learning Abroad Experience during Summer Vacation" . A total of 141 participants of 66 units attended the presentation to share their experiences and achievements in language learning and cultural exchange while visiting their grandparents' homes in foreign countries during summer vacation.

Celebrating the occasion with the new residents’ children and their families, Deputy Interior Minister Chiu Chang-yueh encouraged the second-generation new residents to explore the advantages of multiple languages and cross-cultural background and to become an important force in implementing the government's "new southbound policy"

and a window to Taiwan's further internationalization.

Deputy Interior Minister Chiu pointed out that the number of foreign spouses, including those from mainland China, Hongkong and Macao, exceeded 520,000, and children of these first-generation immigrants surpassed 390,000. The government has emphasized employment, education and development, as well as cultivation of advantages in its services to new immigrant families.

With the implementation of the Cultivation Program for Second-Generation New Residents, the Ministry of the Interior has sought to develop a human relations resources network by encouraging children of new residents to return to their grandparents’ homes during summer and winter vacations, living there, learning the language, and experiencing cultural exchange. Between 2015 and 2017, 545 children of new residents participated in the program which is aimed at cultivating personnel of international economics and trade.

Deputy Interior Minister Chiu said, at the experience sharing meeting, he witnessed the appreciation of new residents accompanying their children to visit their families of origin. The visits provided children of new residents opportunities to approach to the cultures of their new resident parents' countries of origin, and the intercultural experiences helped them to see the advantages of being second-generation new residents and to care for various issues related to them at different stages of learning, he added.

In 2017, 66 out of 235 sign-up units were selected to participate in the

" Cultivation Program for Second-Generation New Residents – Living and Learning Abroad Experience during Summer Vocation." Among the 66 units, 56 belonged to family unit category, nine to teacher-student unit category, and one to social service unit category.

Each of the 141 participants of the 66 units received a subsidy ranging from NT$30,000 to NT$70,000 for a two-week visit to homes of their grandparents in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Honduras, South Africa, South Korea, Nepal, Great Britain, mainland China, Hongkong and Macao.

Affirming the effectiveness of the cultivation program, Deputy Minister Chiu said, for instance, the visit to Meixian in northeastern Guangdong Province, China, by a teacher-student unit led by Peng Tzu-fang, and, Wang Ting-yu family unit's visit to her grandparents' home in Indonesia showed the enthusiasm of the participants to broaden their knowledge and to expand the international horizon.

Peng accompanied some new residents' children to visit the Hakka district in Guangdong Province and the teacher-student unit compiled a report comparing features of Hakka culture in Meinong, a Hakka district in southern Taiwan, and those in Meixian in China.

Wang Ting-yu's family unit collected data and made on-site interviews regarding living environment and local beliefs of different districts in Indonesia and prepared an in-depth report during the two-week stay.

The trip report by Wu Ting-hsuan's family unit was selected for promoting cultural exchange between students in Taiwan and Thailand. Wu, a student of Chushan High School in Nantou County, said that she learned persistence and tolerance from her mother's living experience in Taiwan and would like to accompany her mother in a trip to the hometown in Thailand, to learn the culture there and to serve as a voice for new resident mothers. The travel itinerary included visits to religious establishments, tasting local delicacies, familiarizing transportation facilities and learning the operations of local businesses. Wu also visited her mother's alma mater, showing the students there a film about Taiwan, which was produced by her and her classmates in Taiwan. By participating in the cultivation program, Wu has promoted in her campus the acknowledgement of Thai culture and the understanding about new residents as well as cultural exchange among students of the two countries.

The National Immigration Agency said, the "Cultivation Program for Second-Generation New Residents" will continue during winter vacation and summer vacation 2018. It is expected that by living abroad at their grandparents' homes and learning the languages and cultures, the second-generation new residents can establish their human relations resources network and become a new force of international development.

Deputy Interior Minister Chiu Chang-yuehDeputy Interior Minister Chiu Chang-yueh (middle, back row), Huang Yueh-li, director of the Department of Lifelong Education, Ministry of Education (10th from left, front row), Legislator Lin Li-chan (ninth from right, back row), Jeff J.J. Yang, director-general of the National Immigration Agency (second from left, back row), and Huang Naihui, member of the committee of the New Immigrant Development Fund (sixth from right, back row), attend the Wrap-up Presentation of 2017 "Cultivation Program for Second-Generation New Residents – Living and Learning Abroad Experience during Summer Vacation" and have a group photo with program participants.
Deputy Interior Minister Chiu Chang-yuehDeputy Interior Minister Chiu Chang-yueh (second from left) presents a certificate of merit to Lee Min-chen, a student, and her mother Wu Bi-chan.
Wu Ting-hsuan exchanges views with students of her mother's alma mater in Thailand.Wu Ting-hsuan exchanges views with students of her mother's alma mater in Thailand.
Wu Ting-hsuan shows film about Taiwan which was jointly produced by her and her classmates.Wu Ting-hsuan shows film about Taiwan which was jointly produced by her and her classmates.
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