TAIPEI (THe China Post) — The outbreak of COVID-19, along with the level 3 epidemic warning, has drastically changed the lives of people in Taiwan.
For foreigners living here, the situation has become even more complicated, especially when they are not familiar with the government’s policies and have trouble reading news in mandarin.
Indian Youtuber TaindianDj 台印Dj (DJ) has gained a following with his videos showcasing Indian and Taiwanese cultures, while also approaching topics regarding Taiwan from a foreigner’s perspective.
He has lived in Taiwan for seven years, and is currently a PhD research scholar at Academia Sinica. The COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan has changed his way of living in various ways.
Working in the field of computer science, it wasn’t hard for DJ to carry on with his work from home; however, he found it unproductive after trying it out for awhile and thus decided to switch back to working at the office. His colleagues continued working from home, so they were able to follow the epidemic prevention measures.
Though his source of income was not affected since he was able to work normally, DJ admitted that the pandemic had negatively impacted him both physically and mentally as exercising and meeting up with friends was no longer possible.
DJ explained that as a foreigner, spending the holidays with friends was really important to him, but all of this was disrupted by the outbreak.
Additionally, many foreigners in Taiwan from have expressed that it is harder for them to stay updated on Taiwan’s epidemic prevention information due to a lack of English news.
DJ pointed out that it’s easy to obtain masks and other supplies as a foreigner here, but it’s not as easy to access information which posed a big challenge for the foreign community.
As a non-native speaker, DJ checks various English news sites every day to keep up with the latest policies, but the resource is still very limited.
“As per my knowledge there are only one or max [sic] two news agencies that are broadcasting the news in English video. Most of the foreigners are getting the information by reading the limited number of English articles, not the video”, he told The China Post during a recent e-mail interview.
According to DJ, many of his foreigner friends are interested in learning more about the government’s vaccine rollout plans and the releif package. However, a lack of detailed information in English can cause them to miss out on such opportunities.
Therefore, DJ hopes that Taiwan news media can improve on making bilingual information more accessible. “I’ll be more than happy to see more live broadcasting by the news agencies in English”, he said.
Regardless, DJ has been thankful for the government’s effort in containing the virus, as well as the Taiwanese people for cooperating with the health authorities. Learning about Taiwan’s shortage in blood donations, DJ and other Indians living in Taiwan started a blood donation campaign to aid the situation.
The event was from June 2 to June 16, and 35 people donated to the cause.
他表示疫情發生後，自己與「IiT-Indians in Taiwan」臉書社團管理者Priya Lee Lalwani以及好友Felix和Sana Hashmi一起舉辦Clubhouse節目，讓大家集思廣益協助台灣度過疫情的方式，因此便萌生了捐血計畫的構想。DJ稱，由於過去台灣政府捐贈印度口罩、製氧機等物資，幫助印度不少，因此他和其他在台印度人也希望能回報台灣過去對印度的援助。
He organized this event with Priya Lee Lalwani, who is also the admin of the facebook group “IiT-Indians in Taiwan”, as well as his friends Felix and Sana Hashmi.
After Taiwan faced a surge in COVID-19 infection cases last month, they started hosting clubhouse programs where they brainstorm ways to help Taiwan during the outbreak. He explained that’s how they got the idea.
DJ added that the Taiwanese government had donated masks, oxygen generators and other supplies to India during their time of need, which is why they were motivated to do the same for Taiwan.