Tsai: Kids of 150,000 S.E. Asia new immigrants Taiwan's future hope
Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen called the children of some 150,000 new immigrants from Southeast Asia "sons and daughters of New Taiwan" who will be "Taiwan's future hope."
Speaking to a gathering of participants in a singing contest staged by her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to celebrate the cultures of these new immigrants, Tsai called on their sons and daughters to learn their mothers' languages and recognize their "double heritage" identity.
"You will become an important force with which Taiwan will go into the international community, into the world," she said.
The DPP has since September staged a series of parents-children singing contests across Taiwan which are titled "New Power Speaks Up."
It has nothing to do with New Power Party, a minor opposition party at the Legislature.
The championship of this year's Southeast Asian Songs Singing Contest went to Tsai Li-na and her two daughters Lu Hsiao-chien and Lu Hsiao-ching. Tsai Li-na hails from the Philippines.
The DPP government has also decided to list Southeast Asian languages as required courses in Taiwan's elementary schools from 2018.
Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung said currently, there are about 260,000 children of new immigrants in Taiwan's primary and secondary schools.
Taiwan now has more than half a million new immigrants, mostly from China. Tsai did not mention those from China in her Sunday talk to new immigrants from Southeast Asia. (Courtesy of CNA)