Taiwan is Not China

My Understanding: In an effort to promote trade between China and Taiwan, the Taiwanese government has agreed to some kind of deal with China to allow foreign Chinese laborers to immigrate to Taiwan. The fear is that China is trying to populate Taiwan with it’s own people, and therefore undermine Taiwan’s independent self ruling. I…

St. Patrick’s Day in Taiwan

St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally my favorite day of the entire year (Thanksgiving and Halloween coming in close second and third). Every St. P’s day in America since I was about 18 I started my morning with an Irish coffee and Flogging Molly blasting my ear drums out.  I was nervous this year that I wasn’t…

The Intimacy of Socks

  One thing it has taken me a while to adjust to living in Taiwan is indoor footwear etiquette. Growing up it wasn’t something I ever really thought about. I would run in from playing outside and tromp my muddy sneakers all over the house (without realizing the extra work this caused for my parents).…

February In a Nutshell

  Though I though my world in Taiwan would come crumbling down once Micheal left for America, life has somehow gone on. The month of February came and went without much notice until yesterday I realized I needed to start preparing for St. Patrick’s day soon! We are five weeks into the new semester and…