Because she can probably take something from it? Potentially meet some people who can become her friends? Improve her English? To see if the US is as good (or bad) as people say? To see if Taiwan is as bad (or better) as people say? Would you feel better for her if today it’s her who’s always wanted to study in the States? If so, to what extent do you think her willingness has been shaped by other forms of pressure or stimulus such as media, the Taiwanese society, or her peers? In what ways are those factors fundamentally better than her parents (supposing that they aren’t the extreme type)?
I suppose I can ask each and everyone of you the same question. Why did you come here? And then? What for?
I feel like there is a bizarre stereotype that is highly popular here that all Taiwanese children are their parents’ puppets and that no one is capable of making any conscious decision. This negative stigma on family and societal pressure is pretty overblown. I’m not saying that crazy controlling parents don’t exist (they do) or that people are particularly encouraged to be free-spirited (also no), but your perceptions are often over-simplified. You could hate being forced to play piano or violin since 5, or could eventually become attached to it. You could feel like you were forced to choose this major at 18, then found some kinship in it after one or two years. I don’t think it’s automatically a worse case scenario than changing your major 3 times then finally graduating after 7 years wasted at college because you feel like a change, which happens semi-commonly in countries with free tertiary education in Europe (though I guess I’m exaggerating quite a bit here).
I guess my point here is that one is just as likely to dislike what they are told to do as what they choose to do somewhere down the road. The probability of failing is probably the same whether one’s path is carved out by oneself or by parents’ expectations. So what’s the difference between the two? You’d feel better if you screwed up your life with your own terrible decisions than if your parents made those decisions for you? You’d feel better if you’ve made it 100% yourself than under your parents’ advice? I don’t know about you, but I doubt I’d feel either of those things.