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Finding pride in being Chinese and Taiwanese

Chang Hsiu-lin moved to Taiwan 18 years ago from Tianjin, China, after marrying her Taiwanese husband.

She runs dumpling, potsticker and hot pot restaurants and is the mother of two teenagers.

Ms Chang is among a wave of foreign brides who came here from China and Southeast Asia in the past two decades. They make up the biggest wave of immigrants to Taiwan since the late 1940s.

Many of them struggled to adapt to life here. Because of previous tensions with China they faced discrimination and restrictions against working and getting permanent residency until they had lived here for years.

But Taiwan has recently become more accepting.

Ms Chang says she has benefited from Taiwan's open and fair society. In one year she has opened four restaurants with her friends, providing jobs to mainland Chinese wives and native Taiwanese people alike.

She says the best thing about Taiwan is its democracy and, as someone who didn't have it before, she cherishes this.

Ms Chang considers herself Taiwanese and Chinese.

She believes there's no need to push through a resolution on the issue of Taiwan's status. Taiwan and China's relations have improved to a level unimaginable in the past. Time will resolve their differences, she says.

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