TransAsia Sisters Association, Taiwan (TASAT) is a national grassroots organization striving for marriage migrants’ empowerment, rights and welfare. As the first organization in Taiwan established by marriage migrants themselves, TASAT was formally established on December 7, 2003, but her origin dated back to the Chinese literacy program founded in 1995. The idea behind this long process before her formal establishment is TASAT’s firm belief that marriage migrants should speak for themselves, and this process was to empower marriage migrants, via learning Chinese and fulfilling other immediate needs, to organize themselves to fight for their rights.
The objectives of TASAT are to help the immigrant women break away from isolation and become an active participant in the society. To achieve this goal, there are three major tasks in TASAT, namely, organizing and empowerment, public education, and advocacy for policy and legal reforms. These three tasks are interconnected, reinforcing and complementing each other. Moreover, to reach out more people to be involved and change the public perceptions of marriage migrant women more effectively, TASAT has employed various cultural forms to advance the above mentioned three major tasks, including the establishment of TASAT Theater Troupe in 2009, the publication of documentary film “Let’s Not Be Afraid!” in 2010, and the launching of music album “Drifting No More” in 2017. All of these cultural activism projects are implemented with active participation of the new immigrant women.