To recognize and express gratitude to Indonesian caregivers in Taiwan, the Second Kaohsiung City Service Center of the National Immigration Agency hosted an activity in Gangshan district on Tuesday to allow workers to take a break to enjoy traditional music from their homeland for a joyful afternoon.
With a low birthrate and aging population in Taiwan, foreign caregivers are playing vital roles in looking after elderly people with walking difficulties or various disabilities, and as of January, Indonesians were the largest source of migrant workers to fulfill this service, according to the Ministry of Labor, The Real Daily reported.
Indonesian interpreter Xu Jingying, who has been married to a Taiwanese man for 19 years, joined with officials from the Second Kaohsiung City Service Center of the National Immigration Agency to play some traditional angklung music for participating caregivers, as well as their elderly employers. The angklung is a musical instrument from Indonesia made of bamboo tubes.
The hosts of the event also promoted workers’ rights and raised awareness of anti-trafficking laws and policies.
One of the participants, Dinda, who has been a domestic caregiver in Taiwan for six years, said she was very happy to attend the activity with compatriots and the familiar music and clothes helped her feel at home.