Taiwan has really changed a lot in the last eight years.

It was not long after I came to the states for my PhD. The Sunflower movement happened. The entire week, I was closely following Taiwanese news, reading all the documents from all the organizers and people on the ground, translating as much as I could to English on Twitter. All these passion, because, I was scared, scared that Taiwan is gonna go away if this continues. But, on the other side, the opposite happened. Taiwan is becoming better and better.

Outside the world famous “First country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage”, how Taiwan dealt with COVID-19 and a lot of modernization of government IT from the new Ministry of Digital Affairs. The biggest change that I can personally feel, as a Taiwanese person who lives overseas, is definitely the news coverage of Taiwan. It used to be Taiwan is barely on the news, if it were, it’s some mix-up with Thailand or under the umbrella of China. However, thanks to the Chinese government driving foreign reports out of the country and thanks to the Taiwanese government and society for taking the opportunity to welcome some reporters to stay and live in Taiwan. We’re getting so, so ,so, much more coverage now. It’s not just the good side or propaganda, when disasters happened, we can see a lot of English coverage immediately, and few days later, in-depth analysis was published and we hear Taiwanese voices in there as well. It felt great to be seen, after all those years of China’s attempts to suppress Taiwanese voices, a country that China has never ruled for a single second, yet trying to claim as theirs.

Taiwan has really became a country I’m so proud that I was born and raised in. Every big elections (2 years as Taiwan interleaves local elections and presidential elections) I flew back to Taiwan and cast my vote. I held my excitement to see the poll result on the same day. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but you can really feel Taiwan’s vibrant democracy. This is what President Tsai did the best, reconnecting Taiwan with the world.

Taiwan is also not perfect. Even though now I don’t really live in Taiwan, staying there for less than a month every year. I have also became one of the so-called “If China comes, they can just fly to other countries” people. Taiwan is still my home, a place that I deeply cares about. I still see the terrible policies of Taiwan: like somehow we’re still discriminating against motorcycle that it is still banned from freeway access, average speed zones, bicycles road plannings (especially when it comes to bridge crossing, wtf, why are we mixing motorcycle traffic with bicycles, though I have to say I really enjoy riding bicycles in Taipei, YouBike is crazily amazing), and the worst part, KMT and TPP’s are still causing chaos in Taiwanese politics.

But, which country is perfect anyway? US certainly is also not perfect. The politics maybe less dramatic but probably even worse. The inconvenience of living in the States and have bare bone public transportation. Each country just have its own problems.

Thank you President Tsai Ing-Wen. Out of all the presidencies I’ve lived through so far, your administration is definitely the best overall. Thanks for charging Taiwan into a much more progressive and inclusive society and lead us into the world.

To end this post, after seeing what KMT and TPP is trying to do in the last few days, I need to say this: fuck KMT and TPP.


中文版內容略有不同,原本是 po 在脆上所以比較短也比較雜。

過去這八年真的是看著台灣改變很多欸。 5/20 八年心得


除了最指標性的同婚、疫情應對跟這幾年的政府數位化改進(數發部)之外,身為一個長住國外的台灣人感受最深的就是台灣真的變成了一個大家都知道的國家,疫情之後感謝中國趕走國外記者,也感謝台灣政府跟社會把握機會留到了一些記者,越來越多新聞從台灣的視角出發,而且是報好也報壞,能夠全面性的被國際看到跟被檢討真的是超級開心。每兩年的大選投票我也一定飛回去投好投滿!(請假理由都寫 Performing my sacred duty as a Taiwanese citizen XDD)




但也因為距離感,一年一年的比較,很多改變還是很有感。每次回去都看到更多的外國人在台北旅遊或是居住,YouBike 系統一年比一年更好用(雖然很多人抱怨在台北騎車很可怕,我也同意台北跟新北自行車道規劃可以更好跟跨橋可以更方便,但老實說我真的超喜歡在台北跟新北騎車欸,尤其河濱自行車道超舒服!)