Talking about guanxi, there were a couple of race related issues today on the papers that made me feel quite uneasy and worried about developments regarding nationality and rights for foreigners.
First one was using an exaggerated amount for babies born by foreign mothers, hence raisng ill will:
MOL rebuts NT$2 billion subsidies for abandoned children of foreign workers
[quote]TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Labor rebutted media reports that the government will spend NT$2 billion per year caring for children of foreign workers.
Labor Minister Lin Mei-chu said that MOL has approved a proposal to subsidize institutions or foster homes that agree to look after non-native children left abandoned by their mothers after birth.
According to government data, the number of children born to foreigners – including white-collar workers, students and migrant workers – in Taiwan reached over 7,000 in the period from 2007 to March 2017.
As of Jan. 31, a total of 121 non-native children were settled in social welfare institutions, including 45 whose mothers were unable to be located or who had left Taiwan, the data indicates.
The planned subsidies, which are set to begin on June 1, will be NT$17,500 per month for each child settled, the MOL said, estimating that 45 children will qualify for the settlement this year, for a total cost of NT$5.5 million.[/quote]
Gee, 45 orphan children will make Taiwan’s economy collapse.