According to the 4wayvoice, new residents and their second-generation population in Taiwan have exceeded one million. Most of them come from mainland China and Southeast Asia regions. These new members are an indispensable part of Taiwan, and they have also brought new blood to Taiwan’s culture. However, many Taiwanese are unfamiliar with the cultures of the new residents’ hometowns. Therefore, the New Immigrant Family Service Center of Penghu invited local new residents to create picture books together, introducing cultures of their hometowns so that the people of Taiwan can get a glimpse of the unique cultural backgrounds of the new residents.
The population of Taiwan’s new residents is gradually increasing, and there are about 1,900 people in Penghu. To help new residents integrate into Penghu’s local life and gain employment skills, the New Immigrant Family Service Center of Penghu has provided new residents places of having gatherings and leisure activities. Besides, it also organizes regular employment service career activities and self-care courses to train new residents to gain new life skills and make some friends.
Recently, the service center has even found new residents from Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia and their children to create "New Friends" picture books, introducing their own country’s culture, cuisine, and how to adjust to cultural differences after coming to Taiwan. They have turned their life stories into lovely and vivid pictures and texts which has enhanced Taiwanese people’s understanding of the new residents, and also resonated with readers from their countries. When the book is completed, authors went to campuses and served as storytellers to children to further promote different cultures.
The New Immigrant Family Service Center of Penghu hold activities for new residents. (Photo / Retrieved from Facebook)
"Wherever you come from, Penghu is our big family." The New Immigrant Family Service Center of Penghu was established in 2007. It actively organizes activities to assist the new second-generation in the job search. At the end of August 2021, the new residents participated in the “A Day in a life of a farmer" activity, and professional lecturers were also invited to teach them a series of courses such as stress relief and massage therapy.