Lighting Taiwan –Chushan, Nantou,
They are part of a group of new immigrant mothers in Nantou County’s Chushan.
They came to Taiwan to marry more than 10 years ago. Now they sustain their families, just as they sustain the tea-picking labor at the tea plantations.
Bent at the waist with head down, picking tea, it becomes hard to tell whether it’s the heavy protective clothing
or the stark sunshine on my back that causes one to sweat all over.
The “sisters” say that when they go up the mountain to pick tea, they are gone for a month at a time.
Ask them, what about the kids? Most of them said, “My husband will take care of them.”
This is the Taiwan I see in my heart. No matter when you arrived here,
we can all, on this piece of land, find ways to accommodate and get along with each other.