Karen and Shang-Jing

I want my mom to know that she is my hero.

What did you learn from your mother about being Taiwanese?

I learned that being Taiwanese means being strong, independent, and proud of who you are and where you come from. I also learned that no matter what Dad might think, Taiwanese Moms are always the boss 😉

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?)

I’ve learned that if you work hard and never give up, you can achieve great things.

My mom is the model of perseverance for me — she went to Kansas State University for graduate school, and lived in a basement apartment with a dirt floor and no insulation. Her desk was a table balanced over two piles of bricks. She didn’t know a single person in this country, let alone in the small town of Manhattan, Kansas. I don’t think I would have survived that, but my mom never gave up. She has come so far and achieved so much since then, and I admire her greatly for that.

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

My mother inspires me so much — she is smart, funny (mostly on purpose…) and successful. She’s so self-confident, adventurous and always willing to try new things.

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?)

I want my mom to know that she is my hero — she has sacrificed and overcome so many things, and she is the strongest person I know. I want to be just like her when I “grow up” 🙂

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