Hilda Lin – Journalist

Hacienda Hts, CA

I dream one day when people mention Taiwanese, they will relate it to all the good qualities a human being could have – like courage, kindness, fairness, honesty, creativity, confidence…

lin.hilda1Who are you?

I was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1973 to study Library Science. I am actively involved in Taiwanese American Community running the Pacific Times weekly Mandarin-language newspaper for the Taiwanese American community and serving as a mentor for the Taiwanese American Citizens League Journalism Internship Program.

What do you do?

I have two jobs: I am a medical billing representative and a journalist. They keep me busy.

Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?

As a first generation immigrant, I have to be proud of my Taiwanese heritage because it is the only heritage I was born with and live with. I have never thought why there should be a reason for me to be proud of my own heritage. It is the only thing I know.

What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?

I dream one day when people mention Taiwanese, they will relate it to all the good qualities a human being could have – like courage, kindness, fairness, honesty, creativity, confidence, etc. I dream that all of our offspring will loudly, proudly, and clearly call themselves Taiwanese American, and nothing else.

Any additional information you would like to share?

To learn more about the TACL Journalism Internship Program, visit: http://tacl.org/classic/programs/journalism/

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