Ed­i­tor's Let­ter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Wil­liams

They say you can rec­og­nize a Saint Lu­cian any­where. Never has this been more ap­par­ent than on my re­cent trip to Tai­wan. A visit to the Na­tional Ping­tung Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in­tro­duced me to schol­ar­ship ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the Caribbean and Pa­cific, in­clud­ing a Saint Lu­cian stu­dent who pointed me out straight away. “I knew im­me­di­ately you were Saint Lu­cian,” he laughed. When I asked what had given me away, we both set­tled on ‘that fa­mil­iar Lu­cian vibe'. “You can make out a Saint Lu­cian any­where," he said.

I asked about what had led him to Tai­wan, and he walked me through the rapid tran­si­tion of want­ing a schol­ar­ship so bad, then fi­nally get­ting it and be­ing ter­ri­fied, to set­tling into a new coun­try, and now be­ing in his fi­nal year in an agri­cul­tural pro­gramme. My full in­ter­view with the stu­dent, Je­lani St. Clair, will be pub­lished in a sub­se­quent is­sue of the STAR.

Mean­while, words can­not ex­press how much more ad­mi­ra­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion I have for the ef­forts of the Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment in Saint Lu­cia, not to men­tion its per­sis­tence in get­ting its voice heard on the world stage.

To find out more about Tai­wan's con­tin­ued as­sis­tance to Saint Lu­cia, read my full trip re­view on page 12.

STAR Ed­i­tor Kayra Wil­liams (left) with Saint Lu­cian schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Je­lani St. Clair who is cur­rently study­ing in Tai­wan.

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