Vietnamese is Kaohsiung’s model foreign worker
Nguyen, 42, can speak with the elderly people she cares for in fluent Mandarin and also the Taiwanese Hokkien dialect
A 42-year-old Vietnamese woman has won an award in Taiwan as a model foreign worker in the category of domestic care services.
Nguyen Thi Phuong, 42, was one of the stars of the day at an annual ceremony held in Taiwan for model migrant workers and workers’ unions on Saturday. The ceremony is held to recognize their economic contributions to the city of Kaohsiung.
Eighty-one migrants were presented in the model foreign worker awards, while 52 unions were praised, the Central News Agency (CNA) reported.
Nguyen has been looking after elderly people on the island for 12 years. Before her arrival in Taiwan, she had received language training and learned Mandarin. Over the years her proficiency in Mandarin was recognized by the Ministry of Education.
She had also realized that quite a number of elderly people spoke Taiwanese Hokkien and taught herself the dialect so she could communicate better with them.
Nguyen had also won a green award from a primary school for her dedication in cleaning up the school’s sports ground. I will continue with the good work, she said.