The Taitung County Government established the foreign language publication "Hello Taitung" to help new immigrants and foreign visitors gain a thorough understanding of Taitung. Each issue focuses on the new immigrants of Taitung, allows them to share the real life in Taitung with readers.
“Hello Taitung" invites friends from all over the world to share their life in Taitung.Photo provided by Taitung County Government
"Hello Taitung" invites Simon William Foster, who has lived in Taitung for 8 years and is very experienced in writing travel-themed publications, as the editor-in-chief.
The theme of the cover story, "A Day in the Life," of the inaugural issue features a new Vietnamese immigrant(阮氏錦鸞) who has been in Taiwan for 23 years and has two sons. She runs Vietnamese restaurant in Dulan Village. The Vietnamese new immigrant said that when she first came to Taitung, it was a bit difficult to find ingredients and spices for Vietnamese cuisine, but she still uses local ingredients to make Vietnamese cuisine that she misses. In order to promote Vietnamese culture in Taitung, customers are encouraged to order food in Vietnamese, and free side dishes are provided, so that every guest who comes to the restaurant can learn more about Vietnamese culture.
Exclusive Foreign Language Publication, "Hello Taitung" Shares Stories of New Immigrants in Taitung.Photo provided by Taitung County Government
The magazine also introduced a lot of new immigrants and friends in Taitung, sharing their life stories in Taitung, and it included particularly bilingual remodeled stores, allowing foreign tourists to get to know Taitung through other international languages before falling in love with Taitung from a local perspective.
The foreign language special issue of "Hello Taitung" has garnered praise from numerous embassies and representative offices in Taiwan, including the American Institute in Taiwan and other units, according to the International Development and Planning Department, Taitung County Government. The editor-in-chief stated that this is a publication that can show the real life and beauty of Taitung to foreign tourists. Simon is a well-known travel writer himself. Taitung will be promoted internationally through "Hello Taitung," and visitors from all over the world are welcome to take in the city's natural beauty and diverse culture.