For elder Taiwanese citizens including retirees, Brisbane has been the choice of residence chieﬂy because of its ﬁne weather all year round. These individuals free from work obligations have been able to stay here for most of the year until the warmer months when they have been in the fortunate position of being able to travel back to Taiwan for a mild Taiwanese winter. This sector of the Brisbane Taiwanese has been able to pick the best of both countries, and they are thankful to Brisbane as their second home. They call Australia home, and they also call Taiwan home.
This backwards and forwards activity of the Taiwanese community has changed somewhat over the last 10 or so years. The children who are the second generation has now completed world class education in Brisbane and has joined the mass workforce. Many of Taiwan’s immigrant children, now grown are represented throughout the community as accomplished professionals in medicine, law, accounting, nursing, teaching and so on. Budding entrepreneurs too have positioned themselves in almost all industries. A few of these businesses have gone on earning recognition from the wider community, building recognizable, award winning businesses to serve all people of Brisbane.
This group of people now has a deep and meaningful relationship with this land. The 2011 Queensland ﬂood saw many Taiwanese migrants join the clean up effort in Brisbane. Shoveling mud, removing rubbish for neighbours . All Taiwanese interest groups united to raise funds and collectively raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tzu Chi and other Taiwanese religious groups also mobilised their members to assist anybody they saw in need during this difﬁcult time.
The Australia Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Inc (Qld) has decided to lead the way in organising for the ﬁrst Taiwanese Festival in 2012 along with. The Chamber thinks this year is good timing to broadcast the Brisbane-Taiwanese story. This is not a mere promotion for the Taiwanese culture, it is rather a declaration of a multi-cultural success story in this prosperous land. The celebration of Irish, German, Thai, Greek, French, Indian and Vietnamese festivals have occupied various months of the year. The Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce has chosen the eve of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, 22nd & 23rd September, 2012 as the ﬁrst day of the ﬁrst Taiwanese Festival 2012.
David Lin B.E.(Hon), MBA, LL.B., Grad.Dip.Leg.Prac., LL.M., M.eLaw
Australia Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Inc (Qld)Top
第一屆｢昆士蘭台灣嘉年華｣將於 2012 年9月22日，揭開歷史性的序幕!