NSYSU helps new immigrant families join Overseas Training Project
According to the statistics of the Ministry of Interior, the number of new immigrants in Taiwan is over 540,000 and there are more than 410,000 new immigrant children. Chin-Song Ku has been organizing service learning courses since 2010 to help children from new immigrant families with insufficient education, skills and confidence. He guides the students to provide them with assistance after school, show more care and attention, so that the children from new immigrant families can keep up with schoolwork. This can prevent future social problems stemming from negative interpersonal relationships being the result of learning difficulties.
In recent years, she started Dream Building Project – a service learning course to guide students on the interaction with new immigrants, assist new immigrants and their children in Central and Southern Taiwan to apply for Dream Building Project or Overseas Training Project. When new immigrants’ children travel to the countries of origin of their parents and immerse in the local culture, they get to understand the strengths of their language and culture and build a bridge between the two countries. This time, among 7 families who obtained financial assistance, there were second-generation immigrants who, from different perspectives, compared the culture of Taiwan to that of Cambodia, while some new immigrants’ children hope to search for the authentic taste of Vietnam through food supply chain, some investigate on the connection between the food of Meixian District in Guangdong Province, China, and Hakka delicacies in Meinong, Taiwan, some want to record the Indonesian culture through picture books.
For example, every summer, second-generation immigrant Fang-I Lai and her Indonesian mother Ching-Ying Hsu visit Hsu’s hometown on the Sulawesi island. Lai experiences her mother’s childhood, attending Catholic Church events, listening to the radio broadcast her mother used to listen to as a child, going to the traditional market her grandmother used to take mother to and visiting the beach where her mother would go to when she was happy or sad. Lai and her mother started a program on Indonesian folk tales in the National Education Radio and she was invited to Televisi Republik Indonesia to talk about Taiwanese culture and her experiences of growing up.
With the wave of globalization and the steady increase of international and Mainland Chinese-Taiwanese marriages, the society and the culture becomes more and more diverse. Ku said, that Overseas Strength Project helps immigrant families and their children to make dreams come true, exchange culture and foster language abilities. The students of the course can also gain further understanding of new and second-generation immigrants, gain multicultural understanding and foster their problem-solving abilities. He believes that the students of NSYSU are hungry for knowledge and show a great passion for social engagement. He hopes that in the future, more people will want to assist new and second-generation immigrant families, help them gain confidence, build a stable life in Taiwan and support their long-term development in the society.
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