The Importance Of Keeping Your Mother Tongue Alive

Growing up as a bilingual child, I remember my Father telling me that I would speak to the neighbours in Mandarin with a Kiwi accent! It was before I started learning to speak English around 4 years old, and I could only get a grasp of what English sounded like. Mandarin is the first language… Continue reading The Importance Of Keeping Your Mother Tongue Alive

Adventures In Wellington

I arrived back from Wellington last night, and I felt an overwhelming sense of love and happiness. I don't get to see my family often, and so I feel very grateful when I can. My sister and I were watching this short video that talked about how one sustains longevity and good health. The three… Continue reading Adventures In Wellington

How Do You Identify Yourself?

This is a thought that's been on my mind, ever since I've been curious to discover more about my cultural roots. My family background originates from China, with my grandparents originating from Shanghai, Hunan and Xiamen. My parents were born in Taiwan. However, it's interesting how there is always this desire to identify oneself. We… Continue reading How Do You Identify Yourself?

Growing Up As An Asian In New Zealand

Everyone has different experiences growing up, and we have a diverse mixture of cultures in New Zealand. A little background about me is that I was born and raised in New Zealand, and spent most of my life living by the beach, on the farm and now in the city. I consider Auckland a country… Continue reading Growing Up As An Asian In New Zealand

A New Zealander’s Story On Being Chinese

I finished reading Being Chinese - A New Zealander's Story by Helene Wong in two days, and it really made me think about my own background, experiences and thoughts on being a New Zealander. Wong was born in Taihape, with a mixture of second and third generation in her family, and in her book, she explores her… Continue reading A New Zealander’s Story On Being Chinese

The Reason Asians Carry Umbrellas In The Sun

When I'm living in Taipei, I feel like it's completely normal to put up an umbrella when the sun is out. It's very common in many Asian countries, such as China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. On Summer days like today, the sun can be very harsh in Auckland, and I tend to use an umbrella… Continue reading The Reason Asians Carry Umbrellas In The Sun