NIA launches 2 short films celebrating multiculturalism
By Joy Lee ,The China Post
December 19, 2013, 2:12 am TWN
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) yesterday launched two short films to promote multicultural efforts as part of the celebration for International Migrants Day.
The NIA also invited the three foreign-born Taiwanese who are featured in the films as well as five children born to foreign-born parents, including Lung Yi (龍奕), a 7-year-old who can combine Chinese cross-talk with rapping and play six instruments.
Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功), director-general of the NIA, said that these two films were shot from the standpoints of foreign-born Taiwanese and children born to foreign-born parents about the care and love they feel in their daily lives in Taiwan.
“The films allow the foreign-born Taiwanese to understand the rights they are entitled to and also let everyone know that we are a family,” said Hsieh. “We should respect each other as well as the diverse cultures in society.”
“We can also see in the films that the foreign-born Taiwanese have been devoting themselves to contribute to society because to them, Taiwan is their home now,” said Hsieh.
Lung Yi's mother, Lung Hsiao-nien (龍小年), said that it is important for children born to foreign-born parents to be supported and recognized by the public, and she truly believes the launching of the two short films is a great opportunity for society to know that foreign-born Taiwanese also have great creativity.
According to the NIA, there will be enforcements on measures that will cover eight perspectives on caring for foreign-born Taiwanese, including life adjustment, medical care, working rights protection, raising education and culture, education assistance, safety, the judicial system and enforcing multicultural promotion.
Hsieh said that in order to provide more complete care for foreign-born Taiwanese and their children, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Education have collaborated to launch a project to provide a better culture awareness and education system.
According to Hsieh, the new system can help foreign-born Taiwanese and their children to have stable lives and long-term development in Taiwan.
“It will also allow people to have a better understanding on the different cultures in society and become citizens of the world,” said Hsieh.