Taiwan’s onion pickers
From March 20 to the end of April, 2018, 200 Taiwanese Naval Marines work along side 150 students from Mingdao University and the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in the onion fields on Pingtung’s Heng Chun Peninsula harvesting onions while onion farmers and their wives stand aside watching them toil.
While positive comments say this exemplifies the spirit of “servicemen and farmers are of one big family”, detractors say the farmers are taking advantage of Marine Corp members as free laborers.
Dispatching Armed Forces personnel to help in the onion harvests has been a tradition for more than 20 years, and the soldiers have been eager and enthusiastic in helping out as onion pickers.
For information about Mingdao University, go to: https://www.mdu.edu.tw/
For information about the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, go to: http://www.npust.edu.tw/