KCG OPENS CLASS FOR FOREIGN BRIDES /市府開班輔導外籍新娘
Kaohsiung City Government launched a class this year to help foreign brides get accustomed to life in Taiwan. The class teaches language skills, local cultures, health care and how to adapt to life on the island, attracting a multitude of foreign brides. Most of them are from Vietnam, with the rest from Indonesia, Japan and Thailand. As noted by instructor Cheng Hsiu-chia from San Ming Elementary School, most brides are escorted by husbands, who take over the job of babysitting. Some even come with parents-in-law. It seems that they are getting along quite well with new families.
For the brides, most misadjustment problems come down to language barrier, which causes conflicts between them and their mother-in-laws and husbands. As a result, the class gives them an opportunity to receive language training.
Many rookie would-be/moms are most eager to acquire knowledge on pregnancy and nursing. They show keen interest in learning how to cook "chicken stewed with sesame oil", a major diet for month-long postpartum rest and recuperation.
In addition to health care and adaptation skills, the class gives an overview of Kaohsiung, their new hometown. Instructor Tsai Min even goes all out to lead students on a shopping trip. The class indeed strikes a happy note for intermarriage.