2017 国際助成プログラム International Grant Program      
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(Project Title)
結婚移民女性の自尊感情を取り戻す ―視覚表現を通して
Through Visual Expressions: Retrieving Confidence within Marriage Migrant Women
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


In both Korea and Taiwan, there are terms "Multi-cultural Family" and "New Immigrant Family" that refer to families rooted in international parents, propagated by governments. The two countries don't share much historical common grounds with one another compared to other East Asian nations, yet they are facing the same side effect of the drastic economic boost in the late 20th century: hike of marriage immigration. The majority of immigrant partners are women from China and Southeast Asia that came through international marriage agencies. They have been objectified and treated inferior in Korean and Taiwanese societies. The society positions them as passive strangers. They have been overlooked all along in their marriage relationships and in societies. Their children are named after their fathers, speaking the father-tongue. Accordingly, they have low self-esteem. The children not only consider lowly of their mothers' heritage, but also lack education, and are less competent among peers. This project is to see this matter as a human rights issue, and empower them and their children to become actors, to speak out about their side of the story and to gain self-esteem through artistic approaches and stir up confidence to speak up about themselves to the society.

実施報告書・概要 (Summary of Final Report)

Conducted simultaneously in Korea and Taiwan from November 2017 until October 2018, Project DLiM [Daily Landscape in the Making] was designed to address the current phenomenon of rapid social diversification in Asia. Grounded in art and culture sectors, the project members in Korea and Taiwan attempted to address this issue by creating a new platform for the ‘natives’ and the ‘newcomers’, ‘multicultural families’, and ‘mothers’ and ‘children’ from different cultural and environmental backgrounds in order to strengthen relationships with one another through the language of art. As the project invited migrant women and their children to come together and become actors through visual expressions, the participants gained various techniques, overcame language and cultural barriers, spoke out about their side of the stories, and formed a new exemplar community for societies that will continue to diversify.

The significance of relationship building for all participants became clear as the project unfolded. By gathering once a week, the women and their children were able to interact with each other, other participants, and local volunteers all while acquiring different languages, skills, and tools in order to share stories and transform their position in society by forming a new sort of community. The local mentors also learnt about the newcomer participants in greater detail as everyone discovered oneself through the arts and evaluated their relationships with their children. In addition, the children had a safe space to express their vivacity. This process of evolving relationships contributed to unique experiences many other programs for immigrants or art workshops cannot match.