Indonesian wins Taiwan migrant literature award

A caregiver from Indonesia won the 2015 Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants Aug. 1, earning a cash prize of NT$100,000 (US$3,159) for her vivid portrayal of immigrant workers in Taiwan.

“Potret di Balik Bingkai Kasa Formosa,” or “Images Beyond the Frame of Formosa,” by Dwiita Vita earned the jury’s favor for its rich tapestry comprising the trials and tribulations of workers from Southeast Asia.

One of the judges, celebrated novelist Chu Tien-hsin, said the book was her first choice right from the get-go. “I am impressed with the writer’s composure and maturity in relating these stories. Even more notable is her ability to rise above a self-centered perspective and address issues faced by other people.”

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