Article by: Samantha Lai, freshman at UC Berkeley
For a group of people who haven’t spent a lot of time together, much less on public transit, we had a remarkably good time getting acquainted with one another and Los Angeles Times writer Rong-Gong “Ron” Lin II on our August 15 trip in Downtown LA. Time seemed to pass by so quickly, but I know I will not soon forget TACL/JIP’s exciting excursion to meet Ron Lin at the LA Times headquarters.
Ten interns met our coordinator Emily Wu at the Taiwan Center around 11 a.m., and we were all anxious to see how the trip would go. We chatted comfortably on the bus ride to Downtown LA, putting aside our doubts about riding the bus. We ate lunch at the multicultural food court, the Grand Central Market, but some of us preferred more familiar fare like that of the American fast food places across the street.
While the trip may have had a rather straightforward and reasonable premise (young journalists meeting a working professional journalist), it meant a great deal to those of us considering a career in journalism. Of course, as young Taiwanese Americans, we shared more than just an interest in journalism with Ron. Although during our trip it seemed more appropriate to ask Ron about his work rather than his personal life, the roots of our visit grew from an article he wrote about connecting with his Taiwanese background after the deaths of two relatives. It was a deeply personal account that mirrored my own experiences, and I felt moved that Ron could write about his experiences in spite of his grief. His honesty impressed me so much that I asked Emily if she could arrange for the interns a meeting with him in person, and what began as a simple proposal became reality.
**TaiwaneseAmerican.org is proud to showcase the first of many articles written by interns from the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) Journalism Internship Program. Every year, TACL works with Rosemead-based weekly newspaper, the Pacific Times, to provide talented high school students an opportunity to intern in a professional environment. The interns learn first hand the production and distribution of a newspaper and benefit from interactions with journalism professionals. In addition, the program includes attendance to community events and volunteering activities.**