Tune into Taiwan Today to hear from Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung. The interview is a part of the RTI series of interviews with city mayors and county magistrates about how their government's are promoting the New Southbound Policy. Taichung Mayor Lin speaks about how the government is working with the people that are central to this policy. These include new immigrant families, migrant workers, foreign students, tourists and Taiwan businesspersons.
To create a sense of belonging for new immigrants and persons from Southeast Asia, Taichung set up an ASEAN plaza at the main train station. The plaza has food, entertainment, festivities, as well as service centers catering to the needs of people from Southeast Asia.
Taichung is also working with its new immigrant population and businesses to encourage greater business and cultural ties between Taichung and Southeast Asia. It wants to welcome more foreign students and tourists and provide platforms for new immigrants to share their stores to promote understanding between cultures.