Taiwan Immigrants’ Global News Network has launched a series of exciting stories about the lives of new immigrants in Taiwan in cooperation with IC Voice97.5 “New Students Registration – We are in Taiwan”.
This episode features a second-generation migrant “returnee” from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — Li Ju-pao (李如寶).
She came to Taiwan for her studies at the age of 18. Since the reunion of Northern and Southern Vietnam in 1975, historical relics from the French colonial period have been preserved in the local area, making it an extremely special city.
In addition, American and Chinese cultures can also be seen in the city, culminating in the diverse society we see today.
Li Ju-pao is currently a student of the Department of Political Science at the National Taiwan University. As Li is very interested in politics, after she returned to Taiwan in 2016, she came across the “2016 Republic of China (Taiwan) Presidential Elections.”
As a second-generation immigrant, she can not only participate in national public affairs but also cast her vote in the elections.
As an adult, Li recalls how she often thought about wanting to come back to Taiwan while growing up in Vietnam.
Li said that at times, she did not identify herself as a second-generation new migrant, and felt a bit distanced from her own culture.
Later, Li revealed that she took a course taught by Professor Yeh Ping-cheng (葉丙成) in her second year in university.
During her self-introduction, she finally felt ready to introduce herself as a second-generation new migrant.
She confidently told the class that her mother immigrated from Vietnam and explained her own childhood living and growing up in Ho Chi Minh City. She also happily shared her travel tips with her classmates if they ever planned to go visit Vietnam.
With her unique identity, Li left a lasting impression on her classmates. From then on, she realized that her identity as a second-generation migrant is not such a bad thing after all; in fact, it is something to be proud of.
During her years studying in Taiwan, Li joined the “NTU Creativity and Entrepreneurship Program” where she co-created a culinary-themed interactive board game “Memories of Vietnamese Cooking“, with her classmates.
Li hoped that players can follow the culinary steps written on the game, learn Vietnamese through it, and finally, after they win the game, know how to make a bowl of “Pho,” an iconic Vietnamese dish.
Through education and games, Li hopes that more Taiwanese people will get to know the culture of her mother’s home country. She also wished that “Memories of Vietnamese Cooking” will reach even more people in the future.
Li currently runs a page called “Foodeast,” and welcomes everyone to come and get to know her fun game.
Lastly, Li said she would like to reach out to children of new immigrants who are struggling with their identities.
She wants to let them know that even though they are different, they can bring to the table, what others can’t, adding this is what makes second-generation new immigrants special.
She hopes that they embrace both cultures that make them, “them”.
“Not only do we have the ability to coordinate and communicate better than others, but most importantly, we must begin to be self-aware and accept that we are different.”
本文獲【新住民全球新聞網 】授權轉載／高銘佐/ Angela Rodriguez