In the fourth week, the focus remained with the Taichung Xie He community but shifted in engage those Thai workers who have been here for a longer period of time. As well as living within the area but on a regular day are not found working, like other labourers, in factories. One such example was this older Thai man, still at home and preparing some vegetable his wife to cook. He has been in Taiwan for 30 years, working as a labourer in the factory for many years before going back to Thailand, and then later returning here on the condition of his contract. 

He said, "I am from Nakornsawan within the middle part of Thailand. I have been in Taiwan since 1986 but nowadays I don't work in the factory any more. I just work with my Thai wife in a Thai restaurant deliveries, sending food boxes to the factory. “No day to myself”, I just do like it like this, it's everyday life. Actually, I want to go back and live in Thailand. However, every time, I went back that I had nothing to do in Thailand, and spent and used up all of my money so I had to come back here again and again.”

What this tells us, is that this is that here is a man who has no day off. However, his job is not like factory working and perhaps varies in it's pace or impact. In this work method, does the job integrate it is own release?

From the writer's perspective, there is also another issue and perhaps greater aspect at work here. The Taiwanese government issues the contracts to migrant workers for 3 years, renewable upon payment, but the limitation is 14 years. This means that a labourer can return to Taiwan about four or five times to work. However, at the end of this working period all opportunities cease. Those who have worked intensely within Taiwan for 14 years, return to Thailand with no structure in place for them.

In relation to the leisure time topic, if the definition of “leisure time” here means to “take to easy” or some greater sense of freedom, then to what extent is this true if they have been engulfed into a state of dependency now vacant from them? Likewise, many migrant labourers in Taiwan become locked down under a system of control which provides and defines specific space for them. The perimeters of their needs are dictated, their release is limited and their lives conditioned. “This is further built upon, with the absence of a pension scheme. The jobs and roles here, provide for the moment - but to what extent do they assist towards any future?” 

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