More than 20 teams of parents and children from families with one parent from Southeast Asia donned traditional costumes and played musical instruments from their countries of origin at a singing competition in the southern port city of Kaohsiung on Sunday.
The city is home to 58,000 immigrants from Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, the second highest in Taiwan, said Mayor Chen Chu (??).
In addition to helping them better integrate into local society, the city government has set up a "new immigrants office" dedicated to language training and cultural programs for the new arrivals, as well as helping them find jobs, according to Chen.
The competition was organized by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Kaohsiung chapter. Party Deputy Secretary-general Hsu Chia-ching (???) said the DPP has organized Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai languages classes to help party workers improve their languages skills as the government seeks to improve ties with countries in Southeast Asia.
Huang Yen-yu (???), director of the DPP Kaohsiung Chapter, said the event was aimed at helping second-generation immigrants learn more about where their parents come from and improving local residents' knowledge of an area that is a focus of the Tsai Ing-wen administration's "new southbound policy."
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel