‘Heart of Asia’ in my eyes

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Be­fore I came to Tai­wan, I al­ways saw the slo­gan: “Tai­wan is the heart of Asia.” I asked some peo­ple and they said that it is be­cause the is­land of the Tai­wan looks like a heart, so they claim it as a heart. At that time I quite agreed with that rea­son­able an­swer. Af­ter living here for 7 months ob­serv­ing and experiencing life in Tai­wan, how­ever, I re­al­ized three things that make Tai­wan the true heart of Asia: the peo­ple, the food and the coun­try it­self.

Now I have a lot of Tai­wanese friends. All of them are very warm, kind and wel­com­ing to me. Maybe they are an­gels with­out wings for for­eign­ers like me. I have re­ceived a lot of out­stand­ing hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ences from them. Whether it’s for study, leisure, birthdays or crazy times, my friends are al­ways a per­fect match in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. Not only my friends but also my pro­fes­sors at Na­tional Chiao Tung Uni­ver­sity (NCTU) are re­ally wel­com­ing to me. I’m grow­ing and learn­ing a lot from them. More­over, if I ever get lost on the street, strangers are will­ing to lend me a hand, so I never worry about trav­el­ing around Tai­wan.

The more I eat, the more I love this coun­try, too. Yes, Tai­wan food! I like most of the lo­cal dishes such as the steamed dumplings, sausages, stinky tofu, braised pork rice, beef noodles, seafood, BBQ, pineap­ple cake, etc. Hon­estly I keep try­ing the food that my friends rec­om­mend to me, how­ever, the food seems to be un­lim­ited. I have lived for 7 months al­ready in Tai­wan but I have not yet tried all the vari­ants of Tai­wan food. De­spite my ex­pec­ta­tions, all th­ese de­li­cious foods in Tai­wan aren’t as ex­pen­sive as you might imag­ine. They re­ally main­tain the qual­ity at ac­cept­able prices.

In terms of Tai­wan it­self, I’ve ex­plored many beau­ti­ful places from the north to the mid­dle of Tai­wan. So far I have 2 fa­vorite places. The first one is Cingjing Farm. I en- joyed the in­fi­nite land­scape with hun­dreds of moun­tains, some of them with snow caps on top. Fur­ther­more, I played with su­per cute, naughty and en­er­getic sheep; it was un­speak­ably awe­some. The sec­ond place is Yehliu Park, the most amaz­ing ex­am­ples of God’s art I have ever seen. Many rocks were shaped by the sea and have be­come priceless her­itage ar­ti­facts. In fact, not only do I feel Tai­wan is su­per pretty but also many of my friends have been to Tai­wan as well. They said that Tai­wan is the best coun­try in which to spend leisure time with any­one you love. Some of my friends have even vis­ited more than once. I be­lieve my time spent study­ing in Tai­wan will be a priceless ex­pe­ri­ence.

Now I be­lieve the slo­gan of Tai­wan, “The Heart of Asia,” is not be­cause the is­land is shaped like a heart. This slo­gan makes sense be­cause there are peo­ple who re­ally have a heart, out­stand­ing food that melts your heart, and places that make a heart fall in love.

The Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) yes­ter­day named its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in the up­com­ing elec­tions — Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) — with a round of ap­plause. Speak­ing at a press event af­ter the an­nounce­ment, Tsai said she is ex­tremely hon­ored to ac­cept the party’s nom­i­na­tion and rep­re­sent the DPP in run­ning for pres­i­dent. The rul­ing Kuom­intang will an­nounce the name of its can­di­date in mid-June.

But, what do you think? Even though you might not be able to vote in the up­com­ing elec­tion, why don’t you share some com­ments on Tai­wan pol­i­tics to be pub­lished in next week’s PrimeTalk? Send sub­mis­sions to com­mu­nity@chi­na­post.com.tw and in­clude your real name, na­tion­al­ity, con­tact num­ber, some pho­tos and pro­file. Spec­ify “Eye on Tai­wan” in the sub­ject line and en­sure your sub­mis­sion is be­tween 300 and 500 words. Writ­ers whose pieces are se­lected for pub­li­ca­tion will re­ceive one month’s free sub­scrip­tion to The China Post.

Hwan

Se­ti­awan In­donesh Ker­mans

hah from ia en­joys in Tai­wan. the beau­ti­ful

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