How the US Election Might Affect My Home: Taiwan

Many people say that they will leave the country if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the upcoming presidential election. This is the first election that I will be eligible to vote in, after becoming a naturalized citizen in 2015. To me, this election means more than just what will happen in the states, I believe it is important to elect the candidate who will be the best both my home country, Taiwan, and the US. I wanted to do a shallow exploration of what US and Taiwan relations would look like in either presidency and to see if it moving home is a viable option in the event I am unhappy with the turnout of the new America each candidate has envisioned. After taking a further look into each candidate’s policies, you can see how much of an impact voting for one candidate or the other can have on the international stage. Continue reading “How the US Election Might Affect My Home: Taiwan”

Father’s Day: Celebrating Together

I could always get a good laugh from my dad with my sisters whenever we attempted a golf swing at the driving range. Swing and a miss. What a whiff. Even when I couldn’t get a good swing at that little pretentious golf ball still standing there, my dad would always try to guide me toward a better swing. On days when my dad only wants to practice his swings and improve his own game, he would always still take the time to help me out with mine. This is what I look up to as my personal role model, always willing to give a helping hand.  

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Taiwan: Who Are You?

What started out looking like any other simple interview blew up into something that touched some controversial past history. Last month Hung Su-Chu (洪素珠), a contributor to the People Post citizen journalist platform, was shown on a video chasing an elderly man at the 228 Memorial Park in the southern city of Kaohsiung. She questioned him on why he came to Taiwan, in which he responded that he came with his parents in 1950. She started yelling at him, telling him to go back to China. Continue reading “Taiwan: Who Are You?”

Fast Food in Taiwan: Impacting Everyone

Think about this: Taiwan has been riding the wave of technological advancements and the globalization of the modernizing planet to become a more developed and connected body with the rest of the world. The way people live today has changed drastically since the turn of the millennium, not too long ago. The typical quick list includes smartphones, computers, Internet, new medicine, better travel, and so on, but would you imagine fast food, out of all possible ideas, making a large impact? Continue reading “Fast Food in Taiwan: Impacting Everyone”

Come Play East of Taipei

As we always say, Taiwan is more than just bubble tea and nightmarkets! Usually when I visit Taiwan, I spend most my time visiting relatives, so I end up planning my activities near on their locations. On my last visit, I was determined to check out new places I hadn’t seen before and discovered quite a number of interesting and enjoyable locations just east of Taipei.

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Wawa no Cidal: What is in a Name? Explored from an Taiwanese Aboriginal Experience

Wawa no Cidal – A Story about Self-Identity

In the movie Wawa no Cidal, Panay (Lin Hsio Ling) tells a story of how she had been forced to introduce herself with “Hi, my name is Lin Hsio Ling” in order to hide her aboriginal identity. However, through the  experience of returning to her village she can now proudly say “Hi, my name is Panay.” Read more

Name – more than a way to call someone

While a name does not define the person, it is one’s first introduction to the culture, society, and heritage they were born into. In a globalized society, one would find it somewhat difficult to find one’s own place. However, a name is the first step to finding where one comes from. With this in mind,  one can figure where one is now and his/her future prospects. Read more

Dueling Names – Taiwanese American edition

In this continuously globalizing society, being forced to take up another name is  losing one’s own definition and place in society. Much like aboriginals, Taiwanese Americans also has the hard ordeal of finding their name, a Mandarin name versus an English name. Read more Continue reading “Wawa no Cidal: What is in a Name? Explored from an Taiwanese Aboriginal Experience”