I recently finished watching the show, “A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities.” It’s the story of two women, Jo and Nien-nien, who decide to switch cities and living arrangements: Jo, a Taiwanese-American from SF decides to move in with Nien-nien’s family in Taipei, and Nien-nien, a Taiwanese from Taipei, decides to move to SF. 我最近看完《雙城故事》，劇情描述兩位決定交換住處的女生，就是美國舊金山土生土長的台灣移民第二代Jo和一輩子活在台北大稻埕的李念念。… Continue reading 3 Obscure Aspects of My Taiwanese-American Upbringing That I Didn’t Expect To See On Netflix |《雙城故事》讓臺裔美國人的me最有共鳴的三點
Earlier this month, I stumbled upon a farm in the middle of Taipei: It was surprisingly... pastoral: Believe it or not, this farm is on the National Taiwan University (NTU) campus! I was heading to the student center for an appointment that day and the path Google Maps told me to take was under construction,… Continue reading The Japanese Roots of Taiwanese Rice 🍚 (And Its 30 Years of R&D)
The first time I went to Yilan was when I was a child. I went with my family, including my cousins and aunts/uncles. In fact, this trip is still one of my most distinct childhood memories! We had gone to Yilan to "play with water" (玩水), i.e. have fun in a river park. A part… Continue reading Yilan Trip Highlights (Toucheng Old Town, Jiaosi Hot Springs, Yilan City)
"So... do Taiwanese people consider you Taiwanese?" This was a question a Taiwanese-American friend asked me last year. At the time, I had been in Taiwan for only a few months, so didn't have anything insightful to say. It's also not like people can identify that I'm foreign from my looks or my accent. BUT.… Continue reading Do Taiwanese People Consider Frances “Taiwanese”?
Last week, Mii-chan, a friend from the Japan office of the company I work for, stayed with me for a week. This was actually my first time hosting, and it felt great, since I'm usually the one crashing at people's places to finally be able to host my friends!! Thanks to her, I also got… Continue reading Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (+ History + Technology!)
Last week marked one year of my life in Taiwan. When I arrived last year, I was vaguely aware of Ghost Festival 中元節 and how people believe that the spirits, humorously called "good brothers" 好兄弟 come back around this time of year. I used to visit Taiwan in the summer, so this wasn't news. But...… Continue reading Ghost Festival with the Grandparents + the Origins of the Festival
Last week, I took off Wednesday-Friday to go to Alishan, a mountain range in central Taiwan. It was pretty mind-blowing. The boyfriend was supposed to come, but his grandfather passed away so of course he had to stay in Japan with the family. On my end, I had been looking forward to this holiday for… Continue reading 2-Day Alishan Trip (Guesthouse, Trails, Train Recs)