The 700,000 migrant workers in Taiwan have become an indispensable part of the labor force, keeping local industries thriving amid the pandemic.
Yet, most Taiwanese people don’t know about these foreigners apart from being cheap labor.
One Forty, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving migrant workers for the past six years, has worked to answer this interesting question.
In the latest episode of 4-Way Voice’s Podcast “Taiwan Made Simple”, Kevin, the co-founder of One Forty, dug into this important issue as well as their series of initiatives “Your Shining Moment” planned to launch this year intending to flip the stereotypes on these Southeast-Asian friends.
In the episode, Kevin shared with the audience the founding of the organization, the process of educating tens of thousands of migrant workers and organizing large-scale migrant events, as well as his insights and feelings along the journey.
除了幫助移工，One Forty也期待成為「一般社會大眾和移工議題之間的橋樑」，讓更多人熟悉移工議題並增進雙方交流，因此One Forty 也經常舉辦有趣的藝文性質的活動，包括Kevin在節目中提到於四月開跑的系列倡議行動「四十分之一時刻」。
In addition to helping migrant workers, Kevin said that One Forty strives to be “a bridge between the general public and migrant workers”, introducing more Taiwanese to the relating issues while facilitating cultural exchanges and understandings from both sides through cultural events.
This includes “Your Shining Moment”, the biggest initiative the organization has held that has kickstarted earlier this month. Kevin shared on the show the content and vision behind them while introducing the upcoming activities.
Despite the fact that most migrant workers have very little free time to practice their hobbies, many of them still manage to develop interests in different realms, becoming musicians, novelists, dessert makers, fashion designers, or models.
“Your Shining Moment” hopes to allow them a stage to “shine” and show their different identities to the public.
Since its founding in 2015, One Forty has been dedicated to changing migrant workers’ fates through “education”.
The physical and online Chinese courses they provided have helped tens of thousands integrate into Taiwan’s society, while their free entrepreneurial classes equipped them with professional skills and business knowledge that they need in order to avoid falling into an economic bottleneck after returning home.
Taiwan’s online media 4-way Voice has recently launched a podcast named, “Taiwan Made Simple,” where immigrants, as well as NGO workers, share insights on relevant issues considering Taiwan’s migrants, highlighting the hardships faced by the community.