Class of­fered for would-be In­done­sian spouses: TECO

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Due to rapid growth in in­ter­ra­cial mar­riages be­tween Tai­wanese men and In­done­sian women, Tai­wan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Jakarta is of­fer­ing a weekly class to help would-be In­done­sian spouses bet­ter adapt to their new life in Tai­wan.

Chang Liang-jen, Tai­wan’s en­voy to In­done­sia, said the num­ber of Tai­wan-In­done­sia mar­riages has been on the rise, which in­di­cates ever in­creas­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

To help In­done­sian spouses blend into Tai­wanese life and cul­ture, the class of­fered by the Taipei Eco­nomic and Trade Of­fice (TECO) Jakarta aims to help them gain an un­der­stand­ing of Tai­wan be­fore they en­ter the coun­try.

“We hope that In­done­sian spouses can form happy fam­i­lies in Tai­wan and con­trib­ute to Tai­wan’s multi-faceted so­ci­ety,” Chang said.

By watch­ing films, par­tic­i­pat­ing in group dis­cus­sions and ex­chang­ing opin­ions, the class pro­vides use­ful tips and key in­for­ma­tion about dif­fer­ent as­pects of life in Tai­wan, he said.

They range from immigration and na­tional health in­sur­ance laws to coun­sel­ing ser­vices aimed at help­ing them re­solve prob­lems that they may en­counter there, he added.

Dur­ing the first half of this year, a to­tal of 310 In­done­sian spouses at­tended the class, a sharp rise from the 215 a year ago, the TECO Jakarta said.

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