A Taiwanese student in the USA

Mindy Chang, who is from Taiwan, first contacted us when she was doing some research for her Masters programme at the University of Michigan, USA. She ended up writing a guest post on Taiwanese culture. Now Mindy is back in Taiwan after completing her studies. We caught up with her to ask some questions about studying abroad and returning home afterwards.

First, could you tell us something about yourself?

大家好,我叫張敏儀。Hello, my name is Min-Yi Chang. (Mindy). I’m from Taiwan, the Republic of China. Not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China, or Thailand, which sounds sort of like Taiwan.

I turned 25 this year, and I just finished my master degree of Public Relations in Michigan State University. I had never traveled to any foreign country before I went to the U.S. for my graduate study (which was awkward when I was a teenager coz all my friends had been to at least one or two foreign countries like Japan, Thailand, or Korea). That inspired me to study hard and I dreamed of winning the government scholarship to study abroad in the future (unfortunately, I didn’t get it and I applied for a government loan for my U.S. study). I didn’t spend time searching for a job in the U.S. after graduating because of financial concerns and I feel the overall working environment is not quite optimistic for an international student like me. I came home this June and I’m looking for a job in Public Relations or marketing fields in Taiwan.


August 11, 2011 1 comment

Where’s home if you grow up in two countries?

Wendy Lee grew up in Taiwan and the USA, and has recently completed a Peace Corps assignment in Cameroon. In today’s interview we ask Wendy about what it’s like to move countries and adapt to a new culture, and what makes a place feel like home.

Where do you live now and where did you grow up? Where’s home for you?

wendyI just moved to London last week to begin graduate school, so this is where I live now. I was born in Taiwan and spent my childhood there until the age of 12 before moving to St. Louis, Missouri, where I lived through college. It’s hard to define where home is for me. I try to invest energy to make each place I live my home by building lasting relationships and becoming comfortable with my environment. To me, home is where my loved ones are, and that could be anywhere from Taiwan to Cameroon.


September 23, 2010 2 comments

What is Taiwanese culture?

It’s hard for me, a Taiwanese, to clearly describe what Taiwanese culture is.

We speak Mandarin and have similar traditions to the Chinese, but in other ways we are not akin to China; the majority of our young people are crazy about Japanese and (recently) Korean pop culture; we sometimes refer to all the foreigners as “westerners” or “The Americans” (That really angered my English teacher who was a Canadian!) and we are so friendly to foreigners while we can be secretly biased against different ethnic groups on the island.

Sounds ridiculous? I’m serious.


July 1, 2010 9 comments

Strawberries on a stick in Taiwan

Fruit Sticks

Thanks to Carrie Kellenberger for sharing this photo of fruit sticks on sale at a Taiwan night market. Check out Carrie’s other other night market photos (with lots more food on sticks) in our food of the world photo group on Flickr.

We’d love to see your photos too. Every week we’ll pick a favourite to post on PocketCultures.com

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January 15, 2010 2 comments