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Toward a Society of Equality and Coexistence in the Inter-Asian Context: Civic Participation, Legal Reform, Social and Artistic Intervention, Trans-local Free Association
Convener：Joyce C.H. Liu
With new capital flows and shifts in a global market, masses of migrant workers become displaced through legal agencies and illegal trafficking which have given rise to mobile populations that disrupt the balance of citizens to non-citizens. To meet the demand for labor force, Taiwan has in the last thirty years imported a large number of migrant labor, mostly from Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. However, such documented or undocumented labor, often abused, cannot be adequately protected by the Labor Standards Act. Unable to fight for their rights of recognition and equality that the host society is supposed to embrace, they fall victim to legally institutionalized modern slavery. These invisible communities, living here while remaining unseen and unable to participate in society on an equal footing, constitute the bottom of the internal colonial system, and pose challenges to problems of community citizenship. In light of the above dilemma, this project addresses unequal citizenship issues that have been revealed by migrant workers and undocumented agricultural laborers, analyzes various alternative solutions for social and artistic intervention, creates trans-local associations of NGOs and artistic groups, proposes diverse agenda of legal reforms, while exploring possible conceptions for future society.
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