Tune into Taiwan Today as Natalie Tso features and interview with Chiayi Mayor Tu Shiing-Jer. The interview is part of Radio Taiwan International's series of interviews with city mayors and county magistrates about the government's New Southbound Policy. The policy aims to strengthen ties with Southeast Asia, South Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
Chiayi is famous for Mount Ali and its chicken rice speciality. Mayor Tu shares how they are dealing with the challenge of a decrease in Chinese tourists and how they are attracting tourists from Southeast Asia and South Asia. He also shares about the unique historical and cultural sites of Chiayi, the first established city in Taiwan.
Mayor Tu also shares about their local food specialty, chicken rice. In addition to encouraging people to come and enjoy the delicous dish, Tu shares how they are trying to make it available to people outside of Chiayi in an instant noodlye-type microvable package. Tu also shares how they are encouraging cultural diversity and understanding and hoping their new immigrant residents will help bridge ties with Southeast Asia.