Under the impact of the epidemic, learning how to sell merchandise online and how to operate an online auction business has become another career opportunity for new immigrants.
The Sanchong Family Service Center for New Immigrants (三重新住民家庭服務中心) specially conducted a series of diversified programs for those who want to start a business from scratch.
The programs allow new immigrants to show their talents while enhancing mutual understanding between new immigrants and the community through activities, exchanges, and group-sharing events.
The service center encouraged all those who want to engage in online auctions and others who have just arrived in Taiwan and want to adapt to life here to participate.
From Cambodia, Pan Hsi-ling (潘喜玲) led the new immigrants to bravely face the Internet market together.
Pan is a mother of three and a volunteer interpreter at the Sanchong Family Service Center for New Immigrants. She is also the host of online live broadcasts and has an online auction business.
A total of 17 people participated in these diversified lectures, including new immigrants from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia and local Taiwanese.
Some new immigrants who have been in Taiwan for less than a year wanted to listen to the experiences of living and flourishing in Taiwan.
Some Taiwanese who accompanied their new immigrant wives to participate in the activities were also curious about Pan’s story and wanted to get to know the other people in the new immigrants’ community.
At the beginning of the event, Pan told everyone about Cambodia’s geographical location and environment. Apart from introducing Cambodia to everyone, she also shared the journey from her transnational marriage to becoming a mother of three children.
She explained that some of the reasons for starting her online auction business were to gain a sense of economic security, increase sources of family income, and pursue self-affirmation and recognition.
She started with building and managing her customer base and gradually learned about import-and-export planning; later on, knowing how to face and solve various difficulties.
Even if the road was not smooth, she persevered with effort and now has many fans that give her the energy to stand up and share her experience of pursuing her dreams.
Another new immigrant from Japan, Noriko Nagayo (永冶典子) also shared her experience of living in Taiwan for more than 20 years.
After listening to Pan’s story, she remembered precious memories from her own parenting period.
Nagayo shared that she used to be so busy taking care of her children. However, she proclaimed that now, if she had the opportunity, she also wants to try to find a job she loves.
Liang Shi Yu Tien (梁氏玉添) from Vietnam, added that even though she has just arrived in Taiwan, after listening to Pan’s experience, she found it amazing and admired her greatly.
She explained that the story brought her courage and inspiration for the future.
Another participant, who is the spouse of his new immigrant wife, Nguyen Thi An (阮氏杏), also shared that he finds his wife perfect, praising her for her bravery.
He explained that she came from Vietnam alone, and with her family so far away, she had to learn and adapt by herself.
He added that they had to go through the process, which was long and difficult, but it helped them understand and cherish each other even more.
Wu Ching-Yi (吳靜宜), director-general of Chi-Fu Community Development Association (集福社區發展協會), Wugu District, New Taipei City (新北市五股區), said that it is not easy for new immigrants to live in Taiwan.
She later asked Pan, if she had another chance to choose, did she regret getting married in Taiwan to which she replied with a resounding “no.”
Pan said she has a happy family and is doing what she likes, and encouraged everyone to bravely take the first step to face challenges. She believes that with face-to-face communication, everyone will learn and connect more.
Taiwan is a multicultural society, and New Taipei City has the largest population of new immigrants in the country.
The New Taipei City New Immigrant Family Service Center continues to organize new immigrant-related activities.
Interested friends are welcome to participate. The event information is available on New Taipei City Sanchong Family Service Center for New Immigrant’s fan page.
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