New Immigrants Reshape Pingtung

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2017 / December

Lynn Su /photos courtesy of Jimmy Lin /tr. by Robert Green


Taiwan is home to some 540,000 “new immigrants,” about 20,000 of whom live in Ping­tung, according to the National Immigration Agency. In order to serve this community, the Ping­tung County Government in 2003 began to set up new immigrant service centers in Ping­tung City, Chao­zhou, Dong­gang, and Heng­chun, to speed immigrants’ integration into local society.   

Little by little, these immigrants have gone from feeling like strangers to identifying with their new home. Today their influence is being felt in the community at large, where they express pride in their own heritages and act as the chief promoters of multi­culturalism.


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