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.

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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?”

到底,我們是為了什麼才學英文?

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作者是新竹的一位英文老師,轉貼轉寄的郵件

到底,我們是為了什麼才學英文?每次看到有什麼IELTS,托福,GRE考試統計成績公佈,全國一片烏鴨鴨的檢討聲浪,身為英文老師的我,都有種罪惡感,好像自己該被拖出去槍斃一樣。

我們都知道,英文很重要。我們是個海島型國家,我們必須依賴四通八達的網絡和別的國家取得貿易的機會;我們是一個相對弱勢的國家,我們必須依賴大陸以外的強國提供某種形式的外交、武力保護。英文,對我們而言,不僅是一種國家競爭力的表現,同時,也代表著,我們這個國家在國際發聲的可能性。 Continue reading “到底,我們是為了什麼才學英文?”

Taiwan Team Won Junior League Baseball World Series

With a score of 9-1, the baseball team from Taiwan, primarily made up of members of Chung-Ching Junior High School 重慶國中 of Taipei City, is the 2010 Junior League Baseball World Series Champion, beating the team from Texas. From the first time they participated in the Little League since 1969, teams from Taiwan has now won 18 World Series. Throughout the series of games, the Chung-Ching Junior LL Team did not lose one single game. Earlier this summer, another team from Taiwan also won the World Junior Baseball Championship held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. We now turn our attention to the 2010 Little League World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. So far, the team Fu-Hsing LL 復興少棒 from Kaohsiung has won its first game with a score of 18-0 against the team from Saudi Arabia.

Continue reading “Taiwan Team Won Junior League Baseball World Series”

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun Beat Roddick at Wimbledon

It was a shock for everyone when Lu Yen-Hsun 盧彥勳 (Lu is the family name), ranked 82nd in the world as of June 21, 2010, beat Andy Roddick, last year’s finalist, at Wimbledon and continued onto the final eight. This is the first time in 15 years an Asian player has continued this far in Wimbledon history. Lu, 26, was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan, to a chicken-farming family. He first started playing tennis in elementary school. His talent was noticed by the Taiwanese Nobel Laureate Yuan-Tseh Lee, who practices tennis at the elementary school. Lee has been helping Lu since then. At the end of the year 2000, Lu’s father, sole bread-earner of the family, passed away of a sudden myocardial infarction after discussing Lu’s future with his coach. With no financial resources, Lu gave up his plan of attending National Taiwan University or pursue education abroad, chose to attend the National Taiwan College of Physical Education (now National Taiwan Sport University), and pursue a professional career in tennis. Lu is no stranger at beating the world’s top tennis player. In 2004, he beat the then world number 3 Guillermo Coria on the grass court of Queen’s. He entered the ATP Top 100 one month after the victory. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic, he beat the then world number 6 Andy Murray. Even though he lost to the world number 3 Novak Djokovic, his world ranking is expected to top his previous record, 45th in the world. We applause his effort, and hope the best for his future career!