Vietnam National Day celebrated in Kaohsiung

Local people and immigrants and migrant workers from Vietnam celebrated Vietnam's National Day at the auditorium of Kaohsiung Labor Affairs Bureau in the southern port city on Sunday.

Nearly 1,000 Taiwanese and Vietnamese people attended the celebration, which was held by Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, Vietnamese Expatriates Association in Taiwan, and Kaohsiung City government.

Kaohsiung City Secretary-General Yang Ming-chou said the event was a good opportunity for immigrants and migrant workers from Vietnam to celebrate their traditional festival and for local people to better understand and appreciate Vietnamese culture.

About 12,000 migrant workers and 10,000 immigrants from the Southeast Asian country live in Kaohsiung, and there are daily flights between Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Kaohsiung.

Vietnam's National Day is observed on Sept. 2, commemorating the Vietnam Declaration of Independence from France on that day in 1945.

Meanwhile in New Taipei, northern Taiwan, an annual Indonesian cultural festival was held by Indonesian Economic and Trade Office in Taipei and New Taipei Labor Affairs Department.

Indonesian Representative Robert J. Bintaryo called for his countrymen to happily work in New Taipei and encouraged them to learn more skills for themselves and their country.

New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu said he thanks Indonesian workers for their contribution to Taiwan's economy and culture and hopes they will take New Taipei as their new hometown.

More than 40,000 immigrants and migrant workers from Indonesia live in New Taipei.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council