Documentaries by new immigrants to be aired in October
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The first TV show filmed by new immigrant students will be broadcast in Taipei and New Taipei City's public access channel in October, focusing on immigrant cultures.
September 26, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Shih Hsin University (世新大學) invited 35 new immigrant students — from elementary schools to universities — to film documentaries about their families over the summer.
The parents who took part in the documentaries come from South Korea, Thailand, Poland, Vietnam, Indonesia and mainland China, Shih Hsin University explained, adding that some of the films show mothers singing lullabies and telling stories in their native languages.
Shih Hsin University said that this is the first time it has invited new immigrant students to make films, adding that the purpose of the project is to help the students learn more about media production and operation.
Some of the documentaries introduced foreign food and culture, while others focused on family, the university said, adding that these documentaries will help people understand more about immigrant families in Taiwan.
Wu Cheng-tai (吳承泰), a Taipei Jinwen High School (景文高中) student whose mother is from Thailand, said the theme of his film is “dreams,” and he is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn filmmaking.
Hualien Ping He Elementary School student Chen Wen-jieh (陳雯婕) said that her mother is mainland Chinese and that her father is Taiwanese.
Chen added, however, that most of her classmates are Amis, an indigenous tribe, and that at first, she knew little about their culture.
Chen said the her film is an introduction to Amis food, adding that she learned about the culture through shooting the film.
She added that she hopes people can appreciate and learn more about Amis culture via her work.
In addition to films made by new immigrant students, an aboriginal student, Chang Yen (張嚴), also took part in the documentary project.
Chang's short film explains the history of banana rice in Truku culture. Chang said that because of travel difficulties and a lack of resources, banana rice made with sticky rice and bananas has become a favorite food among Truku children.