Creator. Teacher. Expat (11 Years in taiwan).
I’ve done many different things while living in Taiwan. From teacher to YouTuber to actor to TV personality. Living here has given me countless opportunities to try my hand at a variety of different jobs. Currently, I mainly work in entertainment with a little bit of teaching on the side. In total, I’ve worked as a teacher for 18 years both in Taiwan and before moving here 11 years ago. After receiving my APRC in 2018, I decided that I’d like to try and move into the entertainment field more full-time, as I’d been participating in TV shows and commercials since about a year after I moved here.
Right now, I’m hoping to be able to branch out into various areas of entertainment around Taiwan, doing what I love most: sharing Taiwanese culture with those in Taiwan and around the world.
How does being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American and/or community ally play a role in your life?
I fell in love with Taiwan and Taiwanese culture when I was a student in high school. In high school, I had a classmate from Taiwan in my French class, and after I was unable to learn any new French in that class, I began asking my Taiwanese friend about Mandarin. Through beginning to learn Mandarin, I began to also learn about Taiwanese music, television, and movies, and, with every new thing I learned, I fell more and more in love with this island.
In university, I got the chance to come to Taiwan on vacation with that friend from high school for two weeks, and I decided then that if I ever had the chance to come here as an exchange student in Taipei, I would. Luckily for me, in my last year of university, my university started an exchange with National Taiwan University, so I got to come here for one year. It was at this point that I knew Taiwan was the place that I wanted to live. I’ve always had great respect for Taiwanese culture as well as the truly warm Taiwanese people, and I’ve come to love living here and helping people from all walks of life get to know Taiwan better.
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If you could teach future generations 1 thing about being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American or Taiwan, what would it be?
I think the biggest thing would be that even though Taiwan is a small country, its power and potential is truly limitless. Time and time again, I’ve seen that the spirit of the people here aims to make all feel welcome and to allow equality for all. Ever since coming here, I’ve always felt safe and welcome here, and I think that that’s not something expats can always say about the countries they live in. Taiwan is a remarkably special place, and I hope that more and more people can come to see this.
Favorite memory of Taiwan/Taiwanese America?
My first trip to Taiwan. Being able to see all of the things I’d seen in TV series, and being able to experience what everyday life in Taiwan is like really opened my eyes to a lot of things that I really admire about this country. Seeing how warm and helpful to foreigners Taiwanese people are made me wish that Americans could take this lesson and apply it to their everyday lives.
Favorite Taiwanese food?