Photo exhibition explores immigration

Staff writer, with CNA  / 

Mon, Sep 23, 2013 - Page 3

A photography exhibition about Indonesians living in Taiwan opened yesterday in Taipei with the aim of promoting better understanding between the people of both countries.

Event organizer Radio Taiwan International (RTI) hopes it can shed light on Indonesian perspectives of Taiwan, which is now home to nearly 250,000 Indonesians, RTI chairman Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) said.

One photo, which won the NT$30,000 first prize at a contest held earlier in the month, depicts a meeting for Muslim prayers at a train station in Taiwan.

Twenty-eight-year-old Irawan, a factory worker who took the winning photo, said his picture aims to show Indonesians piety.

The second-place photo, by graduate student Rangga Aditya, is a shot of Taiwanese Aborigines. While many people look for different things in a foreign country, he said he looks for cultural similarities.

“I found it at Sun Moon Lake, in an Aboriginal village,” said the 29-year-old, who was struck by the things which Taiwan’s Aborigines and Indonesians have in common.

The exhibition will run through Sunday at Taipei Main Station, after which it will transfer to Indonesia, RTI said.