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.