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Foreign spouses in Taiwan pray to Confucius

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A group of foreign spouses of Taiwanese nationals visited the Taipei Confucius Temple yesterday, Children's Day in Taiwan, to pray for wisdom for their children, hoping that the venerable sage would brighten their futures.

Mothers from Vietnam and China and their children hung prayer cards on the wall of the temple, accompanied by immigration officials, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said.

Among them was 35-year-old Bui Thi Viet Ha from Vietnam, who came to Taiwan 12 years ago and is currently a graduate student in Chinese teaching at National Taiwan Normal University.

Bui Thi Viet Ha, a mother of two, said in a statement that she encountered many unhappy Vietnamese mothers who tried to help with their children's schoolwork, but were met with hurtful words, such as, "You are a foreigner. You can't help me with homework."

She prayed for Confucius to guide her children in excelling in their schoolwork and to give her wisdom, so that she could complete school soon and teach Chinese to new immigrants, helping them adjust to life in Taiwan.

NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung said he respects Bui Thi Viet Ha's spirit and desire to follow the example of the ancient teacher.

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