According to ancient records, the immigrants from Mainland China to Korean peninsula had begun on Shang-Zhou Era about three thousand years ago. Most of those early immigrants had been assimilated into Korean society. The modern overseas compatriot associations began to form in the late 19th century. Their hometowns almost located in Shandong Province of mainland China. The population of R.O.C(Taiwan) compatriot community in Korea is around 16,000 people.
Overseas compatriots who immigrated to Korea before 1949 and their descendants are called as R.O.C(Taiwan) nationals in Korea because of they are still maintaining R.O.C(Taiwan) nationality and identity. They are always promoting the beautiful images of Taiwan in Korea as competent grassroots ambassadors. The overseas compatriot community in Korea is playing increasingly an important increasingly an important role in public diplomacy.
Therefore, R.O.C(Taiwan) Government does all efforts to create a tight connection with overseas compatriots in Korea which is based on a win-win strategy. Which are including as follow:
Organization: There are more than 40 Overseas Compatriot Associations which have the function of managing registration database of R.O.C(Taiwan) nationals in Korea. And there are also many clan, professional associations were established for strengthening cohesion of overseas compatriot community in Korea.
Education: The overseas compatriot community in Korea established 4 high schools and 11 primary schools for developing education of new generation. R.O.C(Taiwan) Government provides educational materials and assistance for strengthening Traditional Chinese Characters and cultural education in Korea.
Business: In the business sector, overseas compatriots are mainly engaging Chinese Food Restaurants, Travel Agencies, Traditional Korean medicine hospitals etc. Now many excellent young overseas compatriots in Korea are promoted to be high-level manager or CEOs by Korean large enterprises. And R.O.C(Taiwan) Government provides overseas compatriots various training courses to assist them developing their professional skills.
Career: Overseas compatriot high schools graduates are encouraged to proceed their further learning journey in Taiwan for degree or professional education. They will be educated as elites with multilingual ability and international view through R.O.C(Taiwan) Government programs. Study in Taiwan makes overseas compatriot students will enjoy their own brilliant career on the global stage in the future.