Taiwanese-Americans are all growed up

A nice thoughtful piece from NPR interviewing three Taiwanese American women who now call Taiwan home.

Guy

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Interviewer missed out on explaining why exactly they came here. Michelle just just said her husband mentioned going back. why?
Jocelyn said she felt not safe in the U.S. which city she from? NYC or other big one.
Anyway, felt like just a story about re-immersion into Taiwan and not the various reasons for coming.
Nearly all those re-immersion experiences we all know of for ourselves and ABCers/ABTers, etc.
Anyway, maybe C/C+ article.

Michelle’s partner (with whom she writes the excellent A Broad an Ample Road on Substack, so I don’t think it’s a secret) is Albert Wu—he was offered a position at Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s premier research institute.

If you listen to the audio (the written part is abbreviated) you might get a richer sense of their views.

I will say this however: the conversation, as they note, is in Daan Forest Park in Taipei City. It’s in one of the most privileged districts in the capital. They are clearly having a good time there. Their views of safety and Taiwan’s relative awesomeness may change if they were located and working elsewhere—say in a factory somewhere in Miaoli. Of course they are not working in such factories. So there is clearly a class issue here that could also be sufaced to make this a more meaningful discussion. And btw, someone like Michelle Kuo, based on everything I’ve read by her, would be the first person to recognize and address these sorts of issues.

Guy

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Also Xander Schauffele is part Taiwanese. I saw he is a golf superstar.

Why are there are so many succesful Taiwanese people in the USA? I guess because the wealthy families migrated, but then still.

Strong family bonds, cultural emphasis on education.

How does family bonds affects succes tho? Latinos also have this (tho broken families are more common) but dont experience the same succes.

Or do you mean the focus on two parent families?

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That’s definitely part of it. Compare poverty rates for single and two parent households.

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I prefer eating the weed.

Writing at CNN, noted food author Clarissa Wei examines the circumstances under which her parents emigrated from Taiwan to the US—and the circumstances that led her and her husband to move to Taiwan where she is now raising her kid. As Wei puts it, “there’s currently nowhere else I’d rather be.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/22/opinions/taiwan-view-2024-us-election-wei/index.html

Guy