Writer's Block

The USA is the place I was born. Canada is the place I was raised. Taiwan is the place in my heart.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Sometimes your heart just needs an answer
And when reality disappoints
Accept it
And focus on things that you can make happen

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

As if I didn't have enough on my plate, now I've signed up for ten hours of Chinese classes. Why now? Well for one, it helps that someone else (namely the school where I teach full-time) is footing the bill. So now that I'm actually doing this, I'm going all the way i.e. learning to actually read and write Chinese characters. And it's practically killing me... It's not the 10 hours of class a week, but the studying and practicing of 40 new Chinese characters a week. Studying Chinese alone is a full-time job!

There are no shortcuts, there's no way around learning and memorizing Chinese characters short of practicing writing each one, one by one- unless you happen to have a photographic memory! It's really starting to take over my life, but I realize it's what I need to do. I just need to "do the time" to reach my goal of at least being able to read a Chinese language newspaper.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

On learning Chinese characters

Why didn't I do this sooner?

Now I really know why I didn't do this sooner

Saturday, September 10, 2005

I can't believe it. This is the first week since about mid-July that I've spent entirely in Kaohsiung!

Admittedly, I've been laying low, recharging and slowly getting back to the business of life in general and updating my dear, neglected blog. I will be updating retroactively (for August and September) in the coming weeks.

Though it may seem as though I've been slacking on my posts, this past week I've been completely absorbed in my first week of Mandarin Chinese classes. And tomorrow another semester of teaching begins! Thus begins my dual role as both full-time teacher and student...

Friday, September 09, 2005

Taiwan, the missing piece

On this day Taiwanese Canadians in Ottawa will be protesting Hu Jintao's visit. Taiwanese Americans will soon follow suit.

Taiwanese Americans will also be demonstrating for Taiwan's membership into the U.N.

One of many tissue packets made in Taiwan to be distributed at the demonstrations in New York for Taiwan's UN membership