My First Taiwanese Opera in Its Entirety

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In the months leading up to my departure for Taipei, I began browsing the weekly billboards of Taiwan for their top 100 songs. I was ashamed, as a Taiwanese-American, to have neglected to integrate more Taiwanese/Taiwanese-American repertoire into my musical tastes. My exposure to Asian/Asian-American music had been limited to the ballads that my parents played in my childhood, the soundtracks of Korean dramas, and Asian-American Youtuber productions. The more Taiwanese and Mandarin songs I listened to, the more I …

I Love My Family…and Pirate Monkeys?

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I will admit: having family in my host country has its undeniable perks. Even if spending the weekend with family often means sacrificing homework time, I consider it justifiable procrastination. Being around familiar faces, voices, and laughter makes the long bus rides worth it. With a strawberry ice cream cream puff in one hand, I’ll use my other hand and the imminent sugar rush to recount parts of my Saturday. I spent the first hours of my morning groggily turning …

Pomelos, people, and practices

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As we turn the corner from this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, I spent some time reminiscing about the last year’s celebration at Amherst. I briefly retold the legend behind the important celebration in Asia, and ate mooncakes while moon-gazing with Dorit Song, one of my closest friends and Her Campus contributor/Instagram Social Media Manager. With Dorit in Switzerland and Amherst so far away from me, I would have lost more time to nostalgia without this year’s opportunity to prepare for and …

“You Grew Up in the States, But Why Do You Speak Chinese So Well?”

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~~~ A slightly unrelated but crucial foreword: To all the folk, family, and friends impacted by the natural and politico social turmoil in the States and on the Amherst campus, I would like to extend my most sincere condolences and offer my deepest sympathies. While I cannot be there in person to support you, I still send my prayers for an imminent end to the devastation and a straightforward recovery. ~~~ Thirteen hours of flying (or three movies and a …