Jacqueline Lin

Student. Podcast Host. Social Media Specialist.

I am a graduate student- Podcast Host- Social media specialist, and content creator on social media platforms. I study at USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and major in Communication Management. I also started a podcast, “Meet Me In Taipei”, with a friend as a foundation for our future projects where together, we share our experiences and life in both the East and the West. Currently, the vast majority of our listeners are international students but we have reached thousands of followers as well as plays on our podcast ever since we branched out our content to Youtube.

Besides being a podcast host, I am also a part-time social media specialist/translator in Taiwan. Luckily, I’m working remotely in the United States. As a translator, I have been privileged to be exposed to topics such as encryptions, bitcoins, finances, technology, etc. Last, but not least I am also a content creator on social media platforms. I enjoy sharing content and products that motivate and entertain those around me.


How does being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American and/or community ally play a role in your life?

Being a Taiwanese American, I’m lucky enough to be in touch with both the East and the West culturally. It’s interesting because I have experienced both introversion and extraversion/open-mindedness that you wouldn’t often associate with the East. In addition, one thing that people noticed about us is that we provide warm hospitality to everyone around us. I am proud to be a Taiwanese American. Being in the Taiwanese American community, we have a tight bond. Though the controversial situation that Taiwan has with China has never faded, however, we present the cohesion as a country and we never give up!


If you could teach future generations 1 thing about being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American or Taiwan, what would it be?

I’ve always had an inkling on what the future would look like. I would tell my future generation that it is not easy for Taiwan to stand on its own for as long as the country has and that we should be proud of ourselves. Not everyone knows about Taiwan, but we, as Taiwanese Americans could show the rest of the world who we are and what we are capable of. We should always remember who we are at our core and use this as motivation to take greater steps forwards.


What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?

I see a bright future for the Taiwanese American community ever since Covid-19 hit the world unexpectedly. Many of us have returned to Taiwan and restarted our lives and because of that, in recent months, Taiwanese Americans have started to make up a greater proportion of the Taiwanese population. This leads to a “strength in numbers” situation where Taiwanese Americans are more cohesive than ever before. With the strength that we have as Taiwanese Americans, we can start our own businesses and create new paths for our future lives.


Favorite memory of Taiwan/Taiwanese America?

Lunar New year has always been the best memory of mine in Taiwan. We always stop by Di Hua Street and try out all the dry goods that Di Hua Street is known for. We have reunions with our grandparents for the weekend and spend time with our cousins. We play so many different games and pull all-nighters to stay up late as a tradition. We also receive red envelopes from elders a meaning that we are a year older, and we should be disciplined. When in America, we gather all our families and have hotpot as dinner. All the things we do as Taiwanese/Taiwanese Americans are unforgettable for me. If I could turn back the clock, I want to experience all these unforgettable times with my family again.


Favorite Taiwanese food?

Boba, stinky tofu, fried sweet potato balls, tofu pudding, turnip cake, sticky rice cake, spicy hot pot, marinate pork over rice, egg pancakes, Danzai noodles, braised noodles, shaved ice, rice dumplings. I have so much more on my list because I am absolutely a foodie!

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