Nick Aspinwall is a freelance writer based in Taipei. He is currently studying journalism and international relations, with a focus on Greater China, through an online program at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. An avid traveler, he has visited more than 35 countries and continues to explore the world whenever he can.
The News Lens
By: Nick Aspinwall
Migrant domestic workers gathered in Taipei Main Station on Sunday afternoon to fight for
recognition under the Labor Standards Act, the abolition of the brokerage system, and an end to sexual harassment
A Filipina woman pulls her suitcase across the main concourse of Taipei Main Station and greets her employers, a husband and wife, with a bow. “Where’s your passport?” the wife asks. “Give it to me.” The woman starts washing the dishes, only to be chastised: “Why are you so bad and dirty? Clean it again!” She is pulled by her neck and shoved to the floor. Sobbing, she goes back to work – and is approached by the husband, who grabs her arm, forces her to the ground, takes off his shirt, ties her hands behind her back, and smothers her. [FULL STORY]