Traveling Experience in Taiwan – Part 3

For this post, I would like to talk about some interesting cultural differences I noticed when I was a volunteer English teacher and interned in Taiwan. During my orientation at the elementary school I was going to be teaching at, the director ran down the daily schedule with us (there were other volunteers). He told us that class would start at 8:30 AM and the children would have an allotted 30 minute block to clean the classroom. When I first heard this I was surprised. I had heard from my parents that they had to clean the school back then, but this time I could actually see it happen. The director then told us that blocks were going to be about 1 hour each with 10 minute breaks in between. For lunch, the children would have to drag a cart from the kitchen and then serve the food to the other children. This was another surprise.

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Traveling Experience in Taiwan – Part 1

Look how packed it is!

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and lived there for three years. After that, I moved to Vancouver and grew up there. My kindergarten, primary, intermediate, middle, and high school years were all in Vancouver. I also did not have the chance to go back to Taiwan. As a result, it felt like I knew nothing of the place I was born in. I did not remember my first three years in Taiwan. My parents sometimes joked saying that I was a ‘banana,’ meaning I was yellow on the outside, but white on the inside (I hope this does not offend anyone). My knowledge consisted only of information given to me by word of mouth from my parents and friends. In high school, I had to write a history report for one of my International Baccalaureate classes. I used this as a chance to understand the history of Taiwan. What I found was that Taiwan consisted of a mix of European, Japanese, and Chinese history and culture. So what was this mysterious island which I have always heard about but never got to experience?

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