Sandman, was she comparing herwriting to that of F. Scott Fitzgerald, or her situation – i.e., a young American living in a foreign country?
She wrote, Being a young expatriate in Taiwan . . . seems to me the modern equivalent of F. Scott Fitzgerald being a young expatriate in France . . . .
Oh, by the way, when FSF was a young expatriate in France is “. . .when he did some of his best work.”
This from someone who loves to write (reason 1), who feels like this is an altogether too precious yet ephemeral time in her life and who is reluctant to let go of it so lightly (reason 2) and who is keenly aware that her time in Taiwan will ultimately come to an end, and who wants to preserve the magic that is this place and the magic of the people that populate this place (reason 3).
On its own, but especially in the context in which she put it, it seems quite a stretch to say that she is comparing her writing to that of FSF.
On the other hand, if you’re crusing the forum looking for someone to bash, put down or ridicule, then I suppose Jody Lin’s entry would serve as well as any other.
Would you be so kind as to contribute your thoughts to the topic I started today, “Why the Put-downs”?
To Jody Lin: I have had time to only skim your journal, except for the yesterday’s entry, which I referred to above. I’ve bookmarked your page so that I can go back and read it more carefully.
The story of your exhibit, your anxiety about your parents, your sense of appreciation for what they had given you as against what they had in their early years was well done – especially as a first draft.
The episode of your father’s response to your piece of the little boy looking at something in his hand brought tears to my eyes (and does again as I write this).
Please keep in mind that it is only in retrospect that we know that FSF did some of his best work when he was a young expat in France. Also, his first drafts were not posted for public scrutiny.
Please continue to feed your passion for writing. Twenty, thrity years from now (yes, Jody – and Christine – there is life after 35 ), let’s see what the literate world has to say about Jody Lin’s writing based on her experiences as An American in Taiwan. Ganbatte, yo!