Jean and Amanda

I never realized that I was raising one of my best and closest friends…and now I learn from her.

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?)

From my daughter’s viewpoint…that we highly stress we are Taiwanese-American and we have white rice quite often…lol

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

That once the foundation is laid…you let them go..

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

She’s a go-getter even though she’s fundamentally a shy person. I think that’s a predominant Taiwanese trait…

She worked almost full time going within 2 years from Hostess at Duke’s on Waikiki…to cocktail waitress and marketing assistant while carrying a full load at the Univ. of Hawaii and still managing to volunteer one day a week at Ronald McDonald House… and she held the position of president of Golf Resort marketing Assc. in her senior year. All that paid off with an offer from Four Season’s Hotel & Resort to be in their management training program…and now she’s one of the youngest managers (at age 23)at Four Seasons – Kona ( one of the chain’s busiest resorts).

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

That she actually took my advice… I read an article on Four Seasons Maui on the airplane (I’m a Continental flight attendant/née United) about how it is such a wonderful place to work and had the lowest turnover in the industry…and gave her the article. Eureka…it was meant to be!!

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

I am slowly experiencing a mild role-reversal..I think that’s inevitable in all cases… But hopefully with the Asian background ( 1/2 in her case ) the reverence to the seniors will remain….

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

That I never realized that I was raising one of my best and closest friends…and now I learn from her <3

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