Hari Raya Idul Fitri in Taiwan

CompanyFreelancer
PhotographerHuang, Shi-jiun
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Idul Fitri is a national holiday in Indonesia celebrating the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, by Muslims. There are more than 254 thousand Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan, implying that every 90 people there will be 1 Indonesian worker. It suggests a great demand for international labour force in this island. To date, more Taiwanese people are aware of the cultural and religious difference between two groups, what better is locals are gradually express the willingness to understand and accept Indonesian lifestyle. The city government even became host of the Idul Fitri for two years. On the first Sunday after Idul Fitri, where most workers are able to be off work, they gathered at the square of Taipei Main Station, or nearest mosque to commemorate the new year. We may find the rare combination of Islamic tradition in the Taiwanese environment.

About Photographer

Shi-jiun is a self-taught photographer based in Taipei, Taiwan. Born in 1990. After majoring in economics in National Taiwan University, he has been influenced by the beauty of social science and which triggered him to focus on social issues and use photograph to express the idea. Now he is serving as photographer in Legislative Yuan, Taiwan(R.O.C.), and One-Forty, an NGO focusing on migrant workers in Taiwan.