By Lee Hsin-Yin, CNA staff reporter
September marks a new beginning not only for students as they return to school, but also
for 62-year-old Chang Yue-mei (張月美), a “Big Issue Taiwan” magazine vendor who is ready for the peak season of her job.
“I enjoy being with the kids and seeing the world outside. It makes me feel that I am part of them,” said Chang, who sells the magazines at the National Central University in Taoyuan.
Like many of her companions selling the magazine, an overseas project from The Big Issue magazine, which was first published in the United Kingdom in 1991, Chang is socially disadvantaged and relies on the job to make ends meet.
Chang has suffered from polio since she was a child and is confined to a wheelchair.