Yani Tseng – No. 1 in the World!!

Following her victory as the 2010 LPGA Rolex Player of the Year last December, Yani Tseng 曾雅妮 has taken over the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf after shooting a final-round 68 to win the Australian Ladies Masters by four strokes on February 13, 2011.

Tseng, 22, claimed the world No. 1 ranking from Korean Jiyai Shin. As the youngest woman to claim No. 1 ranking since 2006, Tseng is winner of three majors – the 2009 LPGA Championship, the Kraft Nabisco, and British Open in 2010. She said her goal at the start of the year was to be ranked the best player in the world. She advanced from No. 5 to No. 2 with the Australian Open win and completed the journey at Royal Pines. The trick now, she says, is staying there. “It is so soon,” said Tseng. “I wasn’t expecting it as quickly as this. I still have another 10 months to go. I just need to be very patient and keep working hard.” She described the win as a dream come true. We are extremely proud of Tseng and wish her continuous success in her future career!

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Yani Tseng Wins 2010 LPGA Rolex Player of Year

Yani Tseng was the front-runner for Rolex Player of the Year honors entering the week, but she had to watch nervously as Cristie Kerr and Na Yeon Choi both made efforts to steal the award from her hands late today.

-LPGA Official Website

Yani Tseng 曾雅妮, 21, is the youngest player in Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) history to win three career major championships. Rank number 4 as of November 29, 2010 in the Official Rolex Rankings, Tseng has won the LPGA Championship in 2008, Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2010, and Women’s British Open also in 2010. Born in Taoyuan County, Taiwan, Tseng started her professional career at the age of 17, but has been competing internationally since the age of 13 (2002). The highlight of her amateur career was when she defeated Michelle Wie in the final of the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. In 2008 she won as the LPGA Rookie of the Year. In the 2010 LPGA Championship, even though Tseng only placed 21st after the final, her success earlier this year earned her enough points, 6 points higher than American player Cristie Kerr, to win her the player of the year in the final rankings. We congratulate Tseng’s success and wish her the best in her future career!

 

We Support Yang Shu-chun!!

The 2010 Asian Games is currently taking place in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. In the first round of  competition for taekwondo on Wednesday, Taiwanese athlete Yang Shu-chun 楊淑君 was disqualified for “using an illegal sensor on the heel of her shoes”. This decision came after Yang had led Thi Hau Vu of Vietnam 9-0 in their 49-kg bout. After reviewing the actual video shown below, we can see that even though the referee did have a question regarding the sensors on Yang’s shoes [2:28], the sensors in question were taken off Yang’s shoes before the competition began [2:40] and were not even touched during the event. It was not until 3 minutes into the match did the taekwondo technical officer called Yang off the mat to “inspect” the sensors on her shoes [5:44]. Upon finding no fault on her shoes, the technical officer asked for the two sensors taken off before the match [6:28], and claimed Yang cheated for having more sensors (those not even on her shoes during the event) than regulated [6:52], which led to the decision of disqualification. Continue reading “We Support Yang Shu-chun!!”

Lin Yu Chun 林育羣 (Taiwan’s Susan Boyle)

Remember him? He successfully sang Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” on Taiwan’s talent show “Avenue to Stardom”, which got posted on YouTube, and now almost 10 million people have watched the video online. That was back in April, but where is he now? Due to his growing popularity, he became the first Taiwanese singer to be invited to appear in an American talk show. He first appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 21st, 2010, and on the same day, appeared on Lopez Tonight, receiving standing ovation at both after performing several songs. In August, he was again invited to the US to perform live on America’s Got Talent. Now actually a star, he has signed a contract with Sony Music. His first album, It’s My Time 夢想啟航, was released this September (and available for purchase on Amazon and iTune), featuring 10 songs including Under Your Wings, composed by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who was so impressed with Lin that he agreed to write a song for him despite his busy schedule. We wish him the best in his singing career, and may he be an inspiration to those who are pursuing their dreams.

Tastes of Taiwan

What is one thing Taiwanese students studying in foreign countries miss the most? Most of them would tell you: the food.  We were so used to growing up with different kind of cuisines in Taiwan, that we find it absurd that so many things we are used to eat for small price could not be found or cost a lot in other countries. The three videos above give an introduction to the delicacies that could be found on the beautiful island of Taiwan. But to actually understand Taiwanese food, you have to come visit Taiwan and taste them yourself!

What, did we learn English for?

This was written by a Taiwanese English teacher in Hsinchu City (my hometown in Taiwan actually).

I thought the article describes so many things about Taiwan to the truest sense, and it also mentioned some of the reasons of why I started this blog, so I translated the Chinese version into English. View original Chinese text.

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What, did we learn English for? Every time statistics about how Taiwanese did on tests such as the IELTS, TOEFL, or GRE are generated, voices of criticism and reflection swarm through the entire island. As an English teacher, I always feel guilty as if the statistics aren’t pretty enough is my fault.

We all know English is important. Taiwan is an island nation that relies on fluent networking to obtain trade opportunities with other countries. Taiwan is also a country with relatively small voice in the international community. We have to rely on powers other than China to provide us some form of diplomacy and arm protection. To us people of Taiwan, English is not just a sign of national competitiveness, but also one of the only few ways we can speak to the international community. Continue reading “What, did we learn English for?”