Taichung New Female Immigrant Care Association (臺中市新移民女性家庭關懷協會) held a forum to advocate social welfare for new immigrants and vulnerable families on February 9, 2014. Mayor Hu attended the forum and distributed “Little Red Envelopes of Love” to children of new immigrants.
A dinner party was also held to celebrate the Lantern Festival, in which more than one thousand new immigrants participated. Present were also Cao Mei-Liang (曹美良), Secretary General of Taichung City Government; Wang Xiu-Yan (王秀燕), Director-general of Social Affairs Bureau; Wu Shi-Wei (吳世瑋), Director-general of Construction Bureau; legislators Ji Guo-Dong (紀國棟) and Yang Qiong-Ying (楊瓊瓔); and city councilors Chen Cheng-Tiem (陳成添) and Shen You-Lian (沈佑蓮).
Mayor Hu first wished everyone Happy Lunar New Year and thanked the new immigrants for not only making Taiwan more culturally colorful and attractive but also forming many happy families in Taiwan.
Mayor Hu also said, "The government's responsibility is to make every family happier than before and I hope all new immigrants always feel happy, healthy, and successful in Taiwan. We will continue to provide better services to you.”
Mayor Hu distributed "Little Red Envelopes of Love" each containing NT$100 and a movie ticket to the children of new immigrant families. Meanwhile, many parents rushed to shake hands and take photo with Mayor Hu. Taichung Tutoring Education Association (大臺中補習教育事業協會) donated one million NT dollars to Taichung New Female Immigrant Care Association for tutoring children of new immigrant families.
Social Affairs Bureau Director-general Wang said, “New immigrants may encounter many problems in life, such as adjustment to the new environments here, life care, and child education. Please come over to the care and service centers for new immigrants for help.” Chen Su-Rong (陳俗蓉), Chairman of Taichung New Female Immigrant Care Association, expressed thank to the city government for offering diverse resources to support new immigrants.
Taichung New Female Immigrant Care Association holds workshops or various social activities, provides emergency relief and employment assistance, and offers counseling to the new immigrants including their children. It is hoped to make them feel more at home living in Taiwan.