Give immigrants a better chance

By Hsia Hsiao-chuan  夏曉鵑,吳佳臻
Taiwanese media have a tendency to employ sensational headlines and exaggerated reporting whenever they publish a story that has to do with new immigrants, and they often pander to the stereotyped view widespread among the Taiwanese public that women who have settled in Taiwan through marriage have the sole purpose of staying here long enough to get Republic of China (ROC) citizenship and the identity card that goes with it. What they don’t talk about is the fact that immigrants through marriage are more likely than Taiwanese women to be victims of domestic violence, and that the families into which these migrants marry are often economically disadvantaged. Immigrant women who apply for protection orders have even been maligned as using it as a crafty shortcut to getting permanent residence in Taiwan.

Human rights treated as a slogan

By Hsia Hsiao-chuan  夏曉鵑
Jacqueline Liu (劉姍姍), director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested and detained by the FBI earlier this month on charges of maltreatment of her Philippine housekeepers. Answering reporters’ questions at a pretrial hearing on Nov. 16, Liu’s lawyer said she had not intended to break the law and had merely done what she thought was right.

Cambodian land seizures protested

By  Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff Reporter

Human rights groups yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the headquarters of Ve Wong Corp — a well-known food manufacturer that produces instant noodles, sauces and snacks — in Taipei, protesting against the alleged seizure of farmland in Cambodia by two of the company’s joint ventures.