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Home Away From Home

8:00 – 9:30 pm | Sep 3rd
Outdoor Stage | šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Migrant workers fill in the gaps of Taiwan’s labour force. Out in the surrounding seas, migrant workers from Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries work hard to balance labour and homesickness.

With her background in geography and research on distant water fisheries, Mallory MacDonnell explains to us what life is like aboard these fishing vessels and the migrations of these workers from their homeland to Taiwan and beyond. In conversation with Jonathan S. Parhusip, who is active within the local communities of Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan as well as advocacy groups, their Hope Talk gives us insight on the invisible stories often left on the shores

About the Artist

Hope Talk 2022 TAIWANfest Toronto Mallory MacDonnell

Mallory MacDonnell


Mallory MacDonnell is a Doctoral candidate in geography at York University in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Originally from the East Coast of Canada, Mallory completed her BSc at Saint Francis Xavier University and her MSc at The University of New Brunswick. Her research interests are in ecology, political ecology, and critical physical geography, specifically around how marine species ecologies and gear technologies impact labour relations of fishery workers in Southeast and East Asia. Mallory’s doctoral research focuses on distant water fishing vessels based in Taiwan. Her research centres around the mobility of fishing vessels and the mobility of fish, and if these factors can create uncertain and unpredictable working situations for migrant workers aboard vessels.

Hope Talk 2022 TAIWANfest Toronto Jonathan S. Parhusip

Jonathan S. Parhusip


Jonathan S. Parhusip is a Ph.D. Student at the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. His research includes the politics of migration, the logistical chain of Indonesia-Taiwan migration industry, and Southeast Asian studies. His Ph.D. research explores the employment practices of Southeast Asian migrant fishers onboard Taiwanese fishing vessels, migrant solidarity, and labor rights activism in Taiwan. He is an external consultant for the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) mission in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. His recent article is titled ‘The making of freedom and common forms of struggle of runaway in Taiwan’ (SAQ, 2021). He is also actively advocating the rights of migrant fishers in Taiwanese fishing ports, working closely with self-organized migrant groups and NGOs.

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