Stephanie and Hweilin

I think of her several times a day…what she would do if she were in my situation.

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?)

Don’t waste, respect and learn from your elders, don’t be lazy or rely on others when you get do things yourself, love yourself.

Tell us about one of your earliest memories of your mother. (妳對母親最早的記憶是甚麼?)

I went with my mom to an aerobics class — I think I may have asked to go, but shortly after it began, I became restless and started pouting and misbehaving. My mom stopped what she was doing and started walking over. For a moment I thought she might be coming to give me a hug but instead she took my head in real close and said something like “knock that off” in a low voice. She never had to threaten punishment or really raise her voice — one icy look was usually enough!

What is the most important thing you have learned from your mother? (妳從母親/女兒學到的最重要的是甚麼?)

Always take care of yourself first. Be the best you can be.

Tell us about the ways that your mother makes you proud. (妳母親/女兒讓你感到驕傲的是甚麼?)

Too many to list here! She balances career and home (and my dad traveled a lot), leads by example, tireless work-ethic, always put-together (no going out in sweats!), and is always willing to try new things.

As time has gone on, how has your relationship with your mother changed? (隨著年歲的增長,妳們母女關係有怎麼樣的變化?)

I have always respected and admired my mother, but now that I have children of my own, that respect and admiration grown exponentially. I think of her multiple times a day — every time I interact with my children, I picture her with my brother and me when we were little, what she would do if she were in my situation, what she would think of my actions.

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?)

How much I love and respect her, that I credit who I am to her (hopefully she is proud of that!)

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