Second-generation children in Hsinchu serve as cooks to thank health workers
To enhance second-generation children's abilities, the New Immigrant Family Service Center of Hsinchu Social Affairs Department recently held a cuisine workshop and invited 24 mothers and children from Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, and Cambodia. Participants dressed like cooks learned how to cook from Yao Yanli (姚燕麗), who is running a restaurant called "艷麗Pondok Sunny" with Li Yiting (李依庭), a second-generation child. As a token of their appreciation for health workers who have been serving at the emergency room of Hsinchu Mackay Memorial Hospital amid the pandemic crisis, the second-generation children made 90 servings of food with their love and gratitude for them on July 22.
Approximately 9,500 new immigrants are now living Hsinchu City. The New Immigrant Family Service Center not only provides various life counseling services but also hosts workshops and events for new residents. The city government has also launched several programs to help second-generation children paricipate in public affairs to enhance their self-esteem. This cuisine workshop was co-hosted by Hsinchu Mackay Memorial Hospital and Hsinchu City Government, leading new immigrants to contribute back to society with their strength, Director of Hsinchu Social Affairs Department, Li Jiying (李季縈), stated.
During the event, the 24 participants jointly made "Rendang", which is an Indonesian spicy meat dish originating from the Minangkabau region in West Sumatra, Indonesia. They had to stir frequently until the meat was almost cooked and blended with coconut milk and all incredients well. This handmade cuisine was a symbol of these secon-generation children's gratitude for all frontliners and health workers.
The New Immigrant Family Service Center has hosted cuisine workshops over past few years to help second-generation children feel more engaged in public affairs. For detailed information, please visit 新住民家庭服務中心網站, the Social Affairs Department stated.