TAIPEI, Taiwan — Thousands of Indonesians gathered in Taipei yesterday to enjoy an annual blow-out party organized by the city’s Department of Labor (DOL) as a token of appreciation to migrant workers from the southeast Asian country.
With hands waving high in the air and cameras flashing, many screaming fans went wild as members of Relix, a band composed of Indonesian nationals, jumped up and down and sang their hearts out for the audience.
The concert was one of many events that took place during this year’s Indonesian Cultural Day.
“We want to express our highest appreciation and gratitude for the contributions made by Indonesian workers to Taiwan. The welfare of foreign workers is an important matter to us, and this is why we set up a Foreign Workers Affairs section in August to better ensure the rights of our foreign friends,” said department director-general Chen Yeh-shin.
The highlight of the day-long festivities held in Taipei’s 228 Memorial Park was the performance by Pinkan Mambo, a beloved Indonesian pop diva whose appearance caused an instant uproar from the crowd.
“I am so happy for today because I am here with my friends, and I have a chance to enjoy music from my country. I like Taiwan so much,” said Saraswati, a domestic worker who has been working in Taipei for three years.
Amy Cheng, who has been married to a Taiwanese man for six years, said events such as this help her to connect with home even though she is so far away.
According to the DOL, there are over 25,000 registered Indonesian nationals currently working in Taipei City.