La Jolla, CA
I am proud of my Taiwanese heritage because it is a country with a sad and beautiful past with a strong fighting spirit for the future.
Who are you?
I am a sophomore at the University of California, San Diego. I was born and raised in Taiwan, and migrated over with my mom when I was 10 years old. Even though I’m not technically American because I don’t have dual-citizenship, I still like to consider myself Taiwanese American. I have attended the Taiwanese American Foundation summer conference since 2000, and love everything about my Taiwanese heritage. I sang and danced all throughout high school, and participated in competitive show choir and musicals. I am currently in an a capella group, the Tritones, on my college campus, and am also actively involved in my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
What do you do?
Currently, my life is centered on a combination of school, singing, school, sorority commitments, and school. I am pursuing an international studies-economics major, and I plan on attending graduate school for hotel management. I am actively involved in both my a capella group and my sorority, taking up leadership positions in both while juggling coursework and a social life at the same time. Basically, I am living the life of a very busy, but also average college student.
Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?
I am proud of my Taiwanese heritage because it is a country with a sad and beautiful past with a strong fighting spirit for the future. I was also born in Taipei and lived half of my life there, so I feel a special connection to the country – probably more so than my American-born peers. Even though I’m suppose to be 2nd generation because I am super Americanized and all of my mom’s siblings all immigrated here from Taiwan, I am technically 1st generation since I wasn’t American-born.
What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?
Very bright, with lots of beautiful half-Taiwanese babies.
Any additional information you would like to share?
An exciting experience I recently partook in with my college a capella group was singing on stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMA) with Taylor Swift. Long story short, my a capella group did a rendition of a Taylor Swift song that was discovered by her via YouTube, and the producers of ACMA contacted our business manager to perform as her background choir for the award show. This lead to a whirlwind adventure for me and my group, everything from meeting famous celebrities, performing on national TV, being interviewed by and performing at local news stations, and a live country radio performance and interview.
Lastly, my favorite Taiwanese food include: 鹽酥雞 [crispy chicken], 牛肉麵 [beef noodle soup], 小香腸 [mini Taiwanese sausages], 蓮霧 [lien-wu fruit], and much much more!