Fundrasing, huh? How 'bout a bakesale? Ok, ok, a serious fundraising event. First thing’s first. Wealthy individuals are needed. More than likely, those individuals won’t be found hanging out on this website. Sorry, guys, but if I’m wrong, feel free to step forward and make a contribution. Otherwise, a campaign is going to be needed. The public needs to be informed, both the local and foreign population. Some serious, expansive media coverage would be helpful, perhaps even crucial. Unfortunately, the media has done a good job of portraying foreigners as lazy, dope-smoking wastes of oxygen that do nothing more than lead unproductive lives. This most certainly hasn’t helped to garner any sympathy for the plight of honest, hard-working foreigners struggling to comply with Taiwan’s confusing system. And it doesn’t give Taiwan’s government representatives and elected officials the impression that foreigners are really contributing anything to the economy.
An initiative on this scale demands that the public be informed, which they are clearly not. The relatively small population of foreigners is not going to be able to further the cause alone. Perhaps we, the foreigners, could collectively raise thousands of dollars somewhat effectively. But there is a lot more fundraising potential within the local population, and it seems that gaining the public’s support (or at least a substantial portion of the public…preferably the wealthiest portion…ok, ok, I know) is absolutely imperative.
Richard, you have been collecting documentation on the many diverse situations of (how many?) foreigners. Is there not some way to take the complete worst of situations and appeal to the media to run some stories on how tough foreigners have it in Taiwan? Especially the foreign spouses! I know that a few such stories have been run, but always as a side column, or buried under the latest political scandal. We need a story that’s going to make a big splash, and hopefully make a few people cry. And, of course, the information on how to make financial contributions to our cause will be brightly advertised in living color every time the story is run.