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Anna from France, who has been residing in Taiwan for 11 years, is a regular guest of the Taiwanese talk show “WTO Sister Show”. She also runs a gym with her husband, and shares her life perspectives on her YouTube Channel “法國Anna”. Besides, Anna’s husband and daughter were also shown in the videos, making the content more interesting.
In this episode of the "New Immigrants in Taiwan" column, Anna discussed the differences in family & children education between Taiwanese fathers and foreign fathers. She invited her Taiwanese husband and Dimitri Bruyas - the editor-in-chief of The China Post who is from Belgium, to talk about cultural differences.
Dimitri Bruyas shares what he does when his wife is pregnant. (Photo / Authorized & Provided by 法國Anna)
Anna asked them "What do you guys do when your own wife is pregnant?" Dimitri Bruyas (龔向華) said that he would accompany his wife to the department of obstetrics & gynecology to see a doctor and attend a painless birth course.
Anna's husband thinks that spending quality time with the wife is very important. Both fathers said that they were particularly moved when they were holding the baby for the first time.
In terms of education, Dimitri Bruyas, who has two daughters studying in junior high schools, said that both himself and his wife allocate different parental responsibilities based on their own expertise. His wife is in charge of the children’s Chinese language homework, and he is responsible for English language homework, French language homework, and math assignments.
Dimitri Bruyas also specifically mentioned that mealtime is of great importance for the whole family to show their emotions, and watching TV is absolutely not allowed while eating.
Although Anna's daughter is still young, but she has started asking others’ opinions on how to arrange resources or tuitions for the children after seeing many children in Taiwan are having after-school lessons.
Dimitri Bruyas mentions, to enable her daughter to adapt well to the education of Taiwan and Europe, his daughter went to public elementary school in Taiwan and attended after-school classes in order to learn the Chinese language well.
Anna’s Taiwanese husband shares his views on children’s education. (Photo / Authorized & Provided by 法國Anna)
In the end, Dimitri Bruyas said that couples need to communicate and resolve the problems of cultural differences existing in cross-national marriages, and thus achieve family harmony.