housecat wrote:It pays better than being a single mom! There's a subsidy for low earning single parents of NT$5,000 per month. That amount is enough to keep two of my friends married because the non-working father would sue for custody over that stipend! $10,000 a month just for jumping off a boat? Wow.
I'm sure life was rotten in Chinese prison, but there's a lot more wrong with this picture than bad Taiwanese government.
You only get that subsidy if you earn less than 30,000 NTD or so, of course if you are working you probably need to spend money on child-care anyway.
Let's not conflate the issues, the dissident is pissed off because he has not been given any status or working rights. Since he seems to be a genuine dissident, I do feel for him and hope the legislature can improve on the current situation which has been ongoing for many years. Many Tibetans were in a similar limbo and depended on once-off type approvals to get IDs.