National Human Rights Museum unveils migrant workers exhibition

As many as 700,000 migrant workers live in Taiwan. The National Human Rights Museum has opened a free exhibit exploring what it''s like for them in Taiwan. The museum showcases some of the many issues they face in the country and how they go about their daily lives here. Let''s go in for a look.

Walking into the museum images of infrastructure projects built by migrant workers are some of the first things to see. There are also goods produced by migrant workers.

The exhibition aims to showcase the different roles played by migrant workers in Taiwan society.

Stephany Yang
Formosa News reporter
In this room you can experience what life is like as a migrant fisherman.

Tu Wei-hua
We are trying to encourage viewers and in particular members of Taiwanese society to readjust the distance they place between themselves and migrant workers. In fact, what we put on, where we go, and the things we eat every day have connections to the labor of migrant workers.

This room helps bring to light the living conditions and daily work routine of long-term care workers. The entire exhibition is curated by 15 non-governmental organizations who advocate for the rights of migrant workers.

Tu Wei-hua
We had in-depth discussions with NGO partners and then held some workshops. Our aim was for NGO partners who have been advocating or involved in actions for a long period to understand be able to relate these hard issues to the public in a way that is easier for them to take in and talk about. We used objects, stories, literature and food to turn the museum into another site for social action.

Organizers hope the exhibit will impart better understanding and empathy to viewers for the issues and hardships faced by Taiwan’s migrant workers. The exhibition will be held at the Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park through March 27, 2022.
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