How would you describe the area you grew up?
I lived in the third largest city in Taiwan. It was a convenient and energetic environment.
How did you feel about leaving Taiwan?
I came to pursue higher education, so I was anxious to learn in school and did not plan to stay in the US for too long.
Why did you end up staying in the US?
My husband started an advertising company here and I worked in it. We expanded the company and it was very successful so I ended up staying here and raising my children here.
How did you feel when you arrived in America?
I was very excited because everything was new to me.
What was the biggest difference between your life in Taiwan and your life in America?
In Taiwan, I was surrounded by family. I could get a lot of help when I needed it. In the US, I have to be very independent.
How did you adjust to being more independent? Was it difficult/fun/exciting?
It was easy to adjust because I was young and capable of anything.
How was education in Taiwan different than the education you got in America? Why did you want to come to the US to get higher education?
The education in the US trains me to think “why?” The education in Taiwan only teaches me to ask “what?” I was not encouraged to be different or creative.
How did you learn about Taiwanese history? Was what you learned about Taiwan different in the US compared to what you learned in Taiwan?
Taiwanese history was not taught when I was in school in Taiwan. The news media was also controlled by government. I learned Taiwanese history after I came to the US.
Where did you learn it from?
I learned it from books, organizations, documents and newspapers.
What was your favorite and least favorite part about America?
My favorite part is that Americans are respectful and are independent thinkers. My least favorite part is that everything costs a lot of money, especially health insurance and college tuition.
What do you miss the most about your hometown?
I miss Taiwan a lot because my parents, siblings, and college friends are there.
What is your favorite Taiwanese food?
Do you have regrets leaving Taiwan and living in the US?
No, I have never regret.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
My husband influences me the most. He teaches me to have a better vision from different perspectives.