Sketches of the Second Generation New Residents' Growth
In an increasingly globalized society, shaping a perspective that embraces multiculturalism is undeniably important. In response to this trend, Taiwan has started cultivating humanistic literacy from primary education through mother tongue instruction and various exchange activities. In fact, aside from the new immigrant spouses themselves, their children also attract special attention during their growth due to their more diverse facial features compared to native Taiwanese.
The societal perceptions imposed on new immigrant spouses unconsciously influence the upbringing of their children to some extent. Unlike mixed-race children from other countries, the offspring of Southeast Asian immigrants rarely proactively mention the origins of their parents. This may stem from issues of self-identity or the misunderstandings of those around them. Additionally, coupled with potentially weaker family economic conditions, the growth and learning process of the second-generation immigrants are often especially lonely and challenging.
Nevertheless, there are still many second-generation immigrants who diligently study their mother tongue, explore their native culture, and gradually come to embrace their own identities. For them, identity is not a restricting shackle nor an obstacle to progress. Once they let go of identity issues, they can bravely take steps forward, broadening their horizons, and breaking free from the constraints of societal norms. The second generation of new residents, with the advantages of bilingualism and dual cultural backgrounds, should be a shining presence integrated into this society. They should be able to exert their innate talents, define and create their own values. Let us encourage them with hearts of understanding and let their lives bloom into beautiful flowers!