While most Southeast Asian women married to Taiwanese have adapted well to their life here, those who need to work have a lower sense of security than those who do not, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.
The Tainan City Family Education Center conducted the survey from April to last month through personal interviews with 357 Southeast Asian women married to Taiwanese in the south. The number of respondents accounted for 15 percent of the city's foreign spouses, including Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians, Filipinos, Myanmar and Cambodians.
Most respondents were below 35 years of age, with 72 percent married for less than seven years. About 70 percent of respondents have two to three children, 60 percent live with their in-laws and 64 percent have a job and 67 percent were literate.
The survey found that 94.7 percent of the foreign spouses speak Mandarin, 59.5 percent speak Taiwanese, 8.4 percent speak English and 5.3 percent speak Hakka.
On their adaptability to life in Taiwan, the survey shows that foreign spouses who have been married four to seven years have adapted best, which may be attributed to various forms of assistance provided by the government.
On the language ability of respondents, the survey found that foreign spouses with more children tend to perform worse, probably because they are too busy minding them to attend language school.
The survey indicates that foreign spouses whose husbands have a good educational background enjoy more chances of learning and enjoy more support and assistance from their husbands.
Meanwhile, foreign spouses who do not need to work have adapted best to their life here, and those working odd jobs have adapted worst, which may be related to their financial instability and thus lower sense of security, according to the survey.