My name is Lenny, and I am from Taiwan.
Taiwan is a small island off the coast of China, and we have been caught up in a sovereignty dispute with China since forever. I love Taiwan, it is my country and home, but it can be discouraging sometimes when I introduce my loved land. When I talk about Taiwan, there are several kinds of reactions:
2. Oh I know Thailand! I love Thai food!
3. It's a country? I thought it's part of China.
4. So you are from Taiwan, what is your stance on the issue of indenpence of the Taiwanese people?
5. I love Taiwan! I heard they have great night markets and all the people are very friendly!
Reactions 1 through 4 are not very encouraging to me,
first, even when we are living a global village in this time, there are still a lot of people who've never heard of Taiwan; second, as much as I love Thai food and even considering long staying in Thailand, Thailand is not to be confused with Taiwan, as both are countries beautiful in their distinct way; third, for those who have heard of Taiwan, they assume it's part of China(PRC) because that's what China has been telling the world, but it's not true, we have our own government and president, and the PRC government does not have actual sovereignty over the island ; fourth, while I am glad that some are paying close attention to our situation in the international playground, and I do think that politics matter, can't we just leave that aside for a second and talk about the wonderful food and people of Taiwan?
As a born and proud Taiwanese girl, I hope to educate more people about my land in a fun and relaxed manner. In this blog, I hope to introduce to the non-Taiwanese audience the many wonders and attractions of Taiwan. I have grown up in a typical Taiwanese family with a typical Taiwanese educational background, but I have also been exposed to an western culture and education setting before, so I feel I can have a more critical and unbiased view on Taiwan. However, all my posts will be personal observations, not scientific surveys and experiments, so I cannot say they will be absolute and precise. Also, my English skills might not be up to par with the internet world, so please correct me if I made any major grammatical or content mistakes and let the minor ones slip ;p (I am very new to the internet lingo, I didn't even know what swatches are before I started this blog!)
This is not a travel blog, so feel free to ask me anything about Taiwan, or provide me with blog ideas, and I might make a post some day!
This is Lenny, reporting from Taiwan.
(I don't like image-free blog posts because they just don't feel complete. That and also to put a face to this blog, I attached a photo of myself "acting cute", which is so Taiwanese haha.)