Taichung Shopping Festival promotes ASEAN cultures, sells exotic products
Taichung Shopping Festival has started since July 1. Taichung ASEAN Arts and Culture Foundation (臺中東協藝文企業社) sells not only national costumes from Vietnam, Indonesian, and Thailand but also Vietnamese painted vases, hanging scrolls, bicycle models, 3D cards, wood portrait carvings, character models, etc.
Mai Yuzhen (麥玉珍), from Vietnam, is the founder of Taichung ASEAN Arts and Culture Enterprise, has put great effort into hosting various courses including Chinese courses, beauty courses, and filmmaking workshops to help new immigrants adapt to life in Taiwan. The Foundation has held many cultural activities for citizens to get to know about new immigrants and their cultures, the Social Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government explained.
According to statistics done by the NIA, Taichung has up to 58,831 new immigrants who have a strong consumption ability, Taichung City Social Affairs Bureau pointed out.