The National Immigration Agency announced the winner teams of “Multicultural LOHAS Innovation Action Plan Competition Program” (多元文化樂活創新行動方案競賽計畫) and presented them with their prizes on March 18. Each winning team received a subsidy of up to NT$80,000. From among them, 3 outstanding teams were also specifically chosen, and as an added incentive, a bonus of NT$6,000 yuan was given to each team.
NIA is undertaking this program for the first time in order to fully exploit the multiculturalism of new immigrants and their children and to put into practice the principles of the "International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)". There are 37 participating teams. All participants must pass the courses "Multicultural Theory and Practice," "Introduction to ICERD," and "Scheme Design and Implementation" before 10 teams with a combined membership of 41 people are chosen as the winners. Professional tutors were expressly arranged throughout the implementation phase, and each team overcame challenges to successfully complete the 2-month program practice.
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Director (鐘景琨) of the National Immigration Agency experienced Indonesian batik.Photo provided by National Immigration Agency
The selected teams, according to the director (鐘景琨) of National Immigration Agency, included new immigrants, children of new immigrants, foreigners, overseas Chinese students, and Taiwanese nationals. They came from Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, and mainland China. A cross-cultural practice plan is stimulated by using curriculum teaching in schools, community events, or planning fairs. This allows the general public to personally experience foreign food, clothing, music, dance, and games, etc., to understand different cultures, to close the gap between them, and to convey respect for diversity.
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Director (鐘景琨) of the National Immigration Agency gave speech at the award ceremony of “Multicultural LOHAS Innovation Action Plan Competition Program.” (多元文化樂活創新行動方案競賽計畫)Photo provided by National Immigration Agency
The participants of the winning team(舞動NEW世界 SHOW出東南亞) dressed in national costumes in the event. By taking practical steps, they aimed to create children's games, Malay drums, Thanaka, and Indonesian batik so that faculty, students, and communities on could all have unique experiences, which promotes Southeast Asian culture, and discard outdated prejudices.
Also, the (Say) Xin chào (文化新潮) action plan tells the life tales of the new Vietnamese immigrants who struggle to make a livelihood in Taiwan through the eyes of their offspring. According to this, it is thought that when everyone r puts down discrimination, Taiwan's ideal of "community" and "co-prosperity" will advance.
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Director (鐘景琨) of the National Immigration Agency awards to the winning team(舞動NEW世界 SHOW出東南亞) of Excellent Award.Photo provided by National Immigration Agency
Each of the winning teams put a lot of effort into planning and carrying out initiatives to give Taiwan a fresh appearance. Videos of relevant outcomes are posted to the audio-visual section of the IFI Network Website and the video section of the Workforce Development Agency. Welcome to browse and enjoy the outcomes with others.