Monica and Tina

Even though we may be away from home, we never forget about you.


What did you learn from your mother about being Taiwanese? (妳從妳母親那兒學到甚麼是一個台灣人?)

My mother always wanted me to love myself for who I was. She saw the importance of self respect and value in every individual. As her daughter, I can say that my mother has not only inspired me to be an amazing person, but a proud Taiwanese American. Growing up in a small white suburban neighborhood, I felt different and disconnected from my peers. I wanted PB & J sandwiches for lunch and golden locks like my best friend. My mother saw my struggles as a child and took the chance to turn my insecurities around. In the fourth grade, she decided to teach my whole class about Taiwanese Lunar New Year. Every student had their names translated into Chinese characters, kept in small red envelopes for good luck.That day left a strong impression on me because I was finally proud to be Taiwanese. Even better, I couldn’t help but think how cool my mom was.

Tell us about how your mother inspires you. (妳的母親/女兒如何激勵妳?)

If people were to asked me where I got my optimism, I would say my mother. My mother has the cutest personality. Her lovely smile and youthful heart can always brighten someone’s day. Because of her I learn to approach life differently. She is a constant reminder to me to have a forgiving heart, yet a strong will to work hard. She has never made expectations because I was already her greatest joy. Her tremendous love and attitude towards life has showed me the importance of being a passionate person who gives life a chance given when you want to give up.

What is one thing that you would like your mother to know? (有那件事是妳希望讓妳的母親/女兒知道的?)

Mom, the one thing I would like you to know is how amazing of a mother you are. Parenting is not an easy thing, yet you still persist to teach us everyday. I know that after Patrick goes to college, you may feel empty nested. Take this time to explore and treat yourself to endless adventures. You have prepared both Patrick and I for college. Even though we may be away from home, we never forget about you. We aren’t letting go, but growing up to finally be that person who you’ve always believed in.

One Response to “Monica and Tina”

  1. Lay Yeo

    Wow, wow, wow! Why didn’t God bless me with a daughter, especially one like Monica :(. This is such a great tribute and I totally agree with Monica on what she said about her mom. She is one of the kindest and most sincere person I have ever met. She is selfless, gentle and one who treasures her friends. I am just so blessed to have known her and her family. May the Lord continue to bless her and her family in whatever they do, and wherever they go. Tina, you are an inspiration and role-model!

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