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Text: Kari Schiro IMAGES: courtesy of marco polo restaurant


aving sampled flavors from three continents over the past few months — Africa in February (Tajin), North America in March (Ed’s Diner), and Asia in April (Chamkar) — it’s time we packed our gastronomic bags and headed west to Europe for May’s Tastes of Taipei at the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel’s renowned Italian restaurant — Marco Polo. For this month’s Tastes of Taipei, Marco Polo’s Executive Chef Beat Enderli has designed a special set menu inspired by the traditional ingredients found in Ticino, the Italian region of Switzerland. And

what better place — where Swiss meets Italian — could showcase the combined talents of Chef Beat, who hails from Switzerland, and the restaurant’s newest addition, Italian-born Chef Marco Priolo? Chef Beat notes that cheese, pumpkin, truffle, polenta, saffron, walnuts, and honey are found in abundance in the Ticino region and, as such, he has infused the evening’s menu with these ingredients to c r e a t e a t r u e Ti c i n e s e d i n i n g experience. The meal will begin with “a little fondue bite” as an amuse bouche followed by a duo of porcini mushroom soup with clear consommé and creamy cappuccino. The next course will include homemade pumpkin half-moon ravioli with spinach sauce and light Gorgonzola foam. For the main course, diners will have a choice of trio of tender veal with ossobuco, cheek, and involtini on black truffle polenta, or potato crusted salmon fillet on saffron butter cream with zucchini and thyme noodles. The meal will conclude with a refreshing iced parfait with honey and walnuts and a fruit-berry salad. Undoubtedly, diners will be in good hands throughout this epicurean

feast; Chef Beat has over thirty years of experience in kitchens across the globe from Switzerland to Indonesia to the Sultanate of Oman. And while certainly the meticulously prepared courses will be the highlight of the evening, Chef Beat believes that fine dining is about more than just the food. He explains, “Dining out is an experience and should stimulate all the senses. Good food and beverage is only one part; equally important is the personalized service, of course the company you are dining with and, last but not least, a matching pleasant environment.” Speaking of pleasant dining environments, Marco Polo has one of the most pleasing atmospheres in town. Located on the 38th floor of the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, the restaurant offers a sophisticated setting and stunning views of Taipei. In fact, you may want to consider bringing your sweetheart — Marco Polo has a reputation as one of the most romantic restaurants in town! But whether you are with your flame or your friends, please join us on May 24th for a feast that will surely be fit for a king!

Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2012 Time: 6 pm – 10 pm Venue: Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel’s Marco Polo Restaurant Address: 201 Dunhua South Road, Section 2, Taipei 台北市敦化南路二段201號 Tel: (02) 2376-3156 Price: NT$1,1500 Please call Marco Polo directly to make your reservation and let them know that you are with the Community Services Center.

A Lip-Smackin’ Good Time at Ed’s Diner in March Many thanks to Ed’s Diner for hosting a splendid evening of savory barbeque at March’s Tastes of Taipei. Event attendees enjoyed a hardy meal that showcased the barbequing know-how of owner Ed Sweeney and his kitchen staff. The dinner began with a beverage of choice accompanied by an appetizer of finger-lickin’ good barbequed chicken. Squash soup and a garden salad arrived next, followed by the main course, which included a generous portion of smoked-to-perfection pork ribs, a side dish of choice (the sweet potato was a huge hit!), coleslaw, and a homemade roll. Scrumptious pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream rounded out the meal. It was a feast that would surely make a true cowboy salivate. Thank you to everyone at Ed’s Diner for a jolly good time and for their generous support!

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May 2012 volume 12 issue 8


letter froM the editor


richArd recoMMends nAtionAl theAter And concert hAll: MAY 2012


culturAl corner Dragon Boat Festival


center GAllerY


off the BeAten trAck the BeautiFul WaterFalls oF ChieDong olD trail


Profile a FonD FareWell: steve Parker


Around tAiPei Making the Most oF Your loCal liBrarY


coMMunitY tas events at the Center


coMMunitY hoMe is Where Your storY Begins


coMMunitY girl sCouts


Profile an insight into Multilingual living Magazine


PersPectives an aDoPtee’s PersPeCtive


outlook What everY teen shoulD knoW aBout sex


GenerAtion Y MultilingualisM


environMent aCross the oCean CaFé


courses At the center


Business exPerienCe is the Best teaCher events aBout toWn


coffee corner tWo DeleCtaBle Dens in Da’an


Book review Before I Go to Sleep


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chAritY orPhanage CluB neWs


chinese kitchen stuFFeD Cakes anD Pastries


froM the interiM director the center’s fAvorite finds


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Writing and Photography Contributors: Leat Ahrony Katrina Brown Marina Burana Ivy Chen Sarah Chen Lin Aly Cooper Beth Evans Peter T Guérin Monica Hess Tin Tin Kao Amy Liu

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The Community Services Center (CSC) is a non-profit foundation. CSC provides outreach and early intervention through counseling, cross-cultural education and life skills programs to meet the needs of the international community in Taipei. CSC offers the opportunity to learn, volunteer, teach and meet others. Check out our website www. and drop by The Center to chat with us about our programs. You can also email us at

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Kath Liu Editor

Richard Saunders Co-editor

Paula Lee Advertising Manager

This month’s magazine has a strong focus on children and family, with articles taking us all the way from pregnancy to the teenage years and beyond. Starting it off the right way is Colleen Peterson, writing about the many benefits of exercising during pregnancy for not only Mom but baby too. And have you ever been curious about the realities of crosscultural adoption? Beth Evans writes about her experiences of being adopted from Asia by American parents. Staying with the cross-cultural theme, Marina Burana talks to Corey Heller, founder of the Multilingual Living magazine, about the joys and challenges of raising children multilingually, and Leat Ahrony gives her perspectives on growing up bilingual in Taipei. Inspired yet? If you’re where you can access reading materials to facilitate this multilingual dream, fear not. Katrina Brown introduces the fantastic services and range of reading matter in both English and Chinese that the Taipei City public library has to offer. Speaking of books, Ciza Srivatsa talks to the Lai family about their experiences of writing a book about their son Benjy’s autism. But, for all the exciting stuff on offer this month, there is a hint of sadness too, as Kari Schiro profiles exiting Center Director, Steve Parker, as he moves on to his next challenge. Happily though, this is not the last we have heard from him as this marks the beginning of a series of articles by Steve which take a frank look at cross-cultural issues within the workplace. And for those who love indulging the taste buds (and who doesn’t?) this issue has got it covered from Sarah Chen Lin’s story on the Across the Ocean cafe, to Ivy Chen’s delicious introduction to stuffed cakes and pastries and of course, Aly Cooper lets us in on two new cafes she has discovered this month. If you would like to contribute to the magazine, whether with your writing or photography, please write to me with your ideas at Right now we would really love to see more photography - so dust off your cameras and show us your version of Taipei! Also, if you would like to write but you’re not really sure about which topics to cover, let me know. There are always stories waiting for someone to write them! As always we welcome your news and views.


Centered on Taipei is printed on 50% post consumer waste content stock. We have also replaced the glossy laminated cover with a softer aqueous based resin coating which makes it easier to recycle. By committing to post consumer paper stock we support the market for recycled fibers and reduce environmental impact. Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin fiber. "Every ton of recycled paper saves enough electricity to power a 3 bedroom house for an entire year." ( MAY 2012


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National Theater & Concert Hall


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National Theater

Adrei Yeh 2012 Piano Recital

Richard Saunders

Les Ballets C de la B - Gardenia

Beethoven’s massive Diabelli Variations May 14


travinsky’s first great masterpiece, the ballet The Firebird seems to be surprisingly rarely h e a rd i n Ta i p e i , c o n s i d e r i n g i t s s t a t u s a s firm favorite of orchestras, conductors and a u d i e n c e s , a t l e a s t i n t h e We s t . T h e F i re b i rd w a s Stravinsky’s first collaboration with the great Ballet Russes impresario Diaghilev. At the time the composer was a virtual unknown when Diaghilev approached him to write a work for the Ballet’s second season in 1910. The commission was originally given to fellow Russian composer Sergei Liadov, an immensely talented but also notoriously lazy composer. W ith first rehearsals o f t h e n e w b a l l e t r a p i d l y a p p ro a c h i n g , L i a d o v w a s asked how he was coming on with the music, and is supposed to have replied: "Fine, I’ve just bought the music paper". Liadov’s loss was Stravinsky’s gain, and after the great success of The Firebird, he and Diaghilev went on to enjoy one of the great artistic collaborations of the twentieth century, together producing a string of sometimes provocative masterpieces, from Petrushka and The Rite of Spring to Renard and Apollo, the last of which appeared in 1928, the year before Diaghilev’s premature death. It’s tempting to imagine what Liadov would have left us if he’d managed to actually write a F i re b i rd s c o re . I n t h e e v e n t h e o n l y w ro t e a f e w orchestral scores, all of them short, but considering the exquisite quality of pieces like Kikimora and The Enchanted Lake (now when will we hear them in Taipei?) it could well have been a masterpiece. The Firebird is being played (complete) in the National Symphony Orchestra concert on May 27th, in harness with a pair of fascinating but very different pieces. Staying in Russia, and keeping in the world of fairytales and myth, Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain is one of the most instantly recognizable of all pieces of classical music: this thrilling wild ride through St John’s Night in the company of assorted scary goblins and demons was first used in Walt Disney’s Fantasia in 1940, and has since featured in a bewildering array of different media, from film soundtracks and TV commercials to rock songs and video games. The final piece in the concert is a much more recent piece, the 1956 Harp Concerto by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, which takes a refreshingly fresh approach to writing for the instrument (in places even treating it as a percussion instrument!), often s h u n n i n g t h e e l e g a n t l y re f i n e d w o r l d t o w h i c h i t ’s accustomed in favor of an edgier, more folk-inspired sound-world, while remaining thoroughly accessible to the average music lover.


Theater from Belgium May 11 – 13

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida The Musical May 16 – 20

The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde’s play (in Chinese) May 24 – 26


Kafka’s Monkey The London-based Young Vic Theatre Company’s acclaimed production May 11 - 13

NATIONAL CONCERT HALL Ayako Uehara 2012 Piano Recital Music by Beethoven and Liszt May 4

Legacy and Masters Garrick Ohlsson plays Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto May 5 RR

25th Anniversary of Trio Wanderer Piano trios by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven May 9 RR

2012 Ju Percussion Group Annual Concert May 11

Les Petits Chanteurs de SaintMarc Film music, sacred and folk songs etc. May 16

The Glamorous New World Günther Herbig conducts Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony, plus Schubert and Wagner May 19

A Passionata Drumbeat Evelyn Glennie plays music by local composers May 20

Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields The London-based orchestra plays Beethoven and Mozart May 23

French Impression Orchestral works by Debussy, Ravel and Duparc May 25

Steinway Piano International Competition The final May 26

The Firebird Stravinsky’s exotic ballet (played complete) with music by Ginastera and Mussorgsky May 27 RR

Rossini: Petite Messe Solonelle May 30

RR: Richard Recommends For full details, please log on to the Culture Express website at or take a copy of the monthly program from CKS Cultural Center, available from MRT stations, bookshops and ticketing offices. Publication of the National Theater and Concert Hall schedule in Centered on Taipei is sponsored by Cathay Life Insurance.

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Amy's ultural Corner

Dragon Boat Festival


ragon Boat Festival (端午 節, duānwǔ jié) is one of the three most important festivals celebrated in Taiwan (the other two are the Moon Festival, celebrated in autumn, and Lunar New Year, in winter). All Taiwanese make a big effort to return home for these three big occasions. This festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar or June 23rd in the Gregorian calendar, commemorates the death of a poet by the name of Qu Yuan (屈原, 343~290 B.C.), a loyal counselor for the government of Chu (楚) of the Warring States Period (戰國 時期, 5th~3rd Centuries B.C., a very turbulent period in China's history). According to legend, Qu Yuan was banished by the King of Chu after his good advice was rejected. During his time in exile, he started composing patriotic poems expressing his deepest concern for the future of his state, and upon hearing the news that it had been defeated by its rival, Qin (秦國), he jumped into a river out of despair and drowned himself. Upon hearing news of the suicide, local fishermen and villagers who loved Qu for his patriotism rushed out in their boats to try to rescue him, and upon realizing they were too late, frantically beat drums to scare the fish away and threw zòngzi (粽 子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) into the water in the hope that the hungry fish would not eat Qu’s body. Afterwards, the ritual of boat racing was held every year on the anniversary of Qu’s death to symbolize the effort to rescue him, while zongzi are also eaten, in memory of the fishermen’s efforts to preserve their hero’s body. Many Dragon Boat Festival traditions continue to be observed today in Taiwan. Taiwanese eat zongzi, stand eggs on their pointed ends at twelve noon, hang fragrant

herbs on the door, and (the highlight of the day) organize lively dragon boat races. Let’s take a look at the meaning behind all these traditions. Fragrant herBs Dragon Boat Festival falls around the time when the warm days of spring are turning into the hot and humid weather of summer. In the old days it was believed this time is when pests and diseases are most likely to spread and other negative forces tend to strike. Thus this was the time of year to drive away pestilence in order to stay healthy and safe. In the old days, around this time parents made a pouch out of cloth or silk with fragrant herbs inside called a xiāng bāo (香包) for children to wear around their necks; adults drunk xiónghuáng jiǔ (雄黃酒), also made from special herbs. Sprigs of herbs were hung outside the front door and wine was sprinkled in all four corners of the house to protect against insects and to repel evil. It’s still common to see families

hanging herbs above their doors during the period of the Dragon Boat Festival. Calamus (菖浦, chāng pǔ) and moxa (艾草, ài cǎo) are two types of herbs used for this purpose, as they are believed to ward off evil and to ensure longevity and prosperity. The custom of wearing a pouch of fragrant herbs has also enjoyed a gradual revival in Taiwan in recent years, and they can be found at traditional markets during the Dragon Boat Festival season. egg stanDing Another custom practiced in Taiwan is to stand an egg on its end at exactly noon on the day of the festival. It is believed if you can successfully stand an egg, the coming year will be filled with good luck (Dragon Boat Festival usually falls close to the summer solstice of June 22nd, which is by far the easiest time of the year to accomplish this feat). zongzi Zòngzi (粽子) is the most popular traditional food eaten during Dragon Boat Festival. Traditionally, families make their own zongzi at this time to share with relatives and friends to eat during the festival. Nowadays they can be eaten any time of the year. Zongzi is in fact a very rich and nutritious snack with a high level of cholesterol. It is traditionally made with glutinous (very sticky) rice with fillings that can include pork, MAY 2012

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egg yolk, peanuts, mushrooms, and other ingredients; the whole thing is wrapped in dried bamboo leaves and usually steamed. The ingredients used vary according to region. For example, zòngzi in northern Taiwan are chewier and made with glutinous rice which is cooked before the zonzi are assembled and steamed, while those from the south are softer and glue-ier and made with uncooked or half-cooked rice which is steamed only after the zongzi are made. Dragon boat raCes The most exciting aspect of Dragon Boat Festival is no doubt t h e d r a g o n b o a t r a c e s (龍舟賽,

lóngzhu sài), which attract crowds of spectators. A dragon boat is a canoe with a head in the shape of an open-mouthed dragon; the body of the boat is painted to resemble a dragon’s scales, and the dragon’s tail is decoratively designed at the stern. Dragon boats are generally brightly p a i n t e d, a n d a f o r m a l, s a c r e d ‘eye-dotting’ ceremony must be performed to bring ‘life’ to the boat by dabbing red paint in the pupils of the dragon’s ‘eyes’ before the race. The competing teams have rowers, a drummer and a flag-catcher at the front of the boat. The team row forward in time with the pounding drums, and the winner is the first team to grab the flag at the end of the course. Dragon boat races are held in major cities and counties around t h e i s l a n d. Ta i p e i C i t y h a s a n international competition (held on the Dajia section of the Keelung R i v e r n e a r D a z h i B r i d g e (大 直橋)) w h i c h a t t r a c t s t e a m s o f paddlers from all over the world. International teams from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, the US,

Thailand, the Philippines and other countries gather at the crack of dawn every day for many weeks before the race to train. On the day of the race, spectators (b o t h l o c a l s a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l members of the community) come to enjoy the fun of the festival and the races, and there are many festivalrelated performances and activities, all staged at the Dajia Riverside Park (大佳河濱公園). It’s a perfect day out for families, and especially children.


This month, Mei-Yu Chang presents her oil paintings on The Center’s Gallery wall and her silver artwork on the side board. The inspiration for her artwork comes from her dreams, and transforms into colorful and simple designs with a passion for life. Her artwork brings cheer and happiness like the joys of sunshine. These joyful artworks will touch viewers’ hearts in consonance. A percentage of all proceeds of items sold at the Gallery go to The Center, so please remember that by displaying and shopping here you are helping us to provide much needed services to the international community.


Jennifer Chernick and Persimmon Lane are back with their popular goldfish tea pillows. These vibrantly colorful pillows are hand-crafted and stuffed with fragrant tea leaves. Also available are auspicious persimmon tea sachet or naments, which can be used to decorate your desktop or scent drawers. Vintage silk brocade scarves are another highlight which should not be missed. Persimmon Lane has been the purveyor of traditional Chinese gifts for the Hong Kong Grand Hyatt and the San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel.

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Also on display this month is a c o l l e c t i o n o f j e w e l r y f ro m C S Handmade Accessories. Monica Lo, a busy career woman and an antique jewelry collector with a passion for Eastern culture, has created unique pieces at affordable prices using a variety of materials and natural stones. She invites you to visit her gallery at The Center and to give her, an amateur jewelry designer, your support and suggestions.

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the Beautiful waterfalls of chiedong old trail


ying just a few meters upstream from a drivable road, the beautiful Chiedong Waterfalls (茄苳瀑 布) lie in the hills above the town of Xichi (汐 止), just a few kilometers east of Taipei city. They can be seen without even leaving the comfort of a car, yet it’s well worth allowing an hour or two to relax in this enchanting and unfrequented spot. Chiedong Waterfalls (named after the fine Bishop Wood trees (茄苳樹) that grow nearby) are less known than they should be because a large private housing estate lies at the mouth of the only road to the waterfalls. Almost all the cars traveling up Chinjin Road towards Xichi’s most popular scenic spot, Big Sharp Mountain (大尖山) ignore the turnoff at a sharp bend on the left halfway up the hill, assuming from the guardhouse and smart houses lining the road that the area is nothing more than a private housing estate. However, drive in and soon the houses are replaced by a country lane winding through pleasant countryside for a kilometer or so, until a sign announces Chiedong Waterfall. The sign is hardly necessary, as the lowest of the three waterfalls is clearly visible to the right as the road crosses a small bridge over the stream. Just above the road the stream drops over three smallish but shapely falls (there’s a small overhang behind the top one, although you’ll get wet trying to crouch behind the fall). The scenery of the sylvan glen here is gentle rather than grand or imposing, and it’s a tempting place to relax on a hot summer afternoon. Below the lowest fall is a large, shallow pool, great for paddling. Chiedong Waterfalls, being beside a road, are the height of convenience to reach, but more active explorers

can explore the fine trail that climbs past the waterfalls, continues upstream past several further small but shapely cascades, and then heads off into rougher, more challenging territory. Reach the trail by crossing the stream below the lowest waterfall by stepping on the boulders conveniently lying half submerged in the clear water. Follow the path on the far side as it climbs a little, then contours the hillside high above the stream, passing the upper two waterfalls. The trail is easy and wide at first, but less footsure walkers might want to turn back after passing the topmost waterfall, as the trail now narrows and becomes a lot rougher and overgrown. Keep the hands free for a few short climbs up steep banks, and look carefully for the occasional plastic trail ribbon, as the path is a mite unclear in a few places. Exploring the waterfalls and rock-strewn jungle above them is a great diversion for a couple of hours, but take care in summer: torrential afternoon rains in the hills above regularly become flash floods along this stream, swelling the watercourse vastly in a matter of minutes, as I found out on my last visit. In flood, the normally gentle Chiedong Waterfalls become an impressive, raging torrent, but at such times the stream is a very dangerous place, and you won’t want to stray off the road!

to find out more about chiedong waterfalls, visit Off the Beaten Track at http://taiwandiscovery.wordpress. com/. More details about getting to the waterfalls and following the trails nearby can be found in Taipei Escapes book I, on page 98.

Richard Saunders is a trained classical musician and writer who has lived in Taipei since 1993. He has written several books (available at The Center and in bookshops around Taipei), including Yangmingshan: the Guide (a complete guide to the National Park on Taipei’s doorstep) and Taipei Escapes I and 2, which together detail sixty day trips and hikes within easy reach of Taipei city. A fourth book, a guide to Taiwan’s offshore islands, is due out in 2012. MAY 2012

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a Fond Farewell In 2008, a bright-eyed new director arrived at The Center. At the time, he was told he had a big pair of shoes to fill. Four years later, Steve Parker, still brighteyed as ever, has stepped down from his post at The Center to return to the commercial world, and he has left in his wake some awfully big shoes of his own. TexT: Kari Schiro imageS:The cenTer


hen Steve assumed responsibilities from former director Mary Chua, he did not set out to dramatically change The Center. Instead, he adopted an “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” approach. He says, “Mary Chua was very effective in this position…When I first came to The Center, I didn’t want to change anything necessarily because it was such a well run organization. Really what I wanted to do was not lose the ground that [Mary] had already gained in terms of what she’d done for The Center.” Still, Steve has undeniably made his mark by drawing on his interests and business background to enhance certain elements of The Center’s o p e r a t i o n s. F o r o n e, S t e v e — a proclaimed fan of techie “toys” — tapped into his technological savvy and initiated several projects that have increased The Center’s presence online. The Center adopted an online database that, among other things,


makes registering for classes via the web possible. Steve also oversaw the addition of a website, a Facebook page, and an online archive of this magazine — all advancements that have served to improve The Center’s visibility in the community and its ability to communicate with a broader audience. Which is precisely what Steve hoped to accomplish. He notes that when he first came to The Center there was a perception that the organization m o s t l y s e r v e d A m e r i c a n e x-p a t families. He embarked on a campaign to change that perception by engaging people of different nationalities and diverse interests in Center activities. One of Steve’s first efforts in that direction was the Artists Beat the Flood event in 2009 for which The Center collaborated with artists to raise funds after Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan. For the event, artists gathered at a local restaurant where they painted throughout the day then auctioned off their paintings to benefit

the relief effort. The event exemplified not only Steve’s efforts to connect with varied micro-communities within the broader international community but also his work to make The Center bigger than itself. Which is to say, one of Steve’s objectives throughout his tenure — and the accomplishment he is most proud of — has been to use the resources available at The Center to help other community organizations achieve their goals. “It’s not just about us providing a service for people. It’s also about us providing a forum for people to be able to help others...It’s about using the resources and the connections and the community… to do things for others,” explains Steve. In pursuit of this goal, Steve has helped organize numerous events to raise thousands of dollars for relief efforts and other community organizations. So perhaps it was karma at work last December when friends came to the aid of The Center in its time of

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need after its antiquated phone system died. Within 48 hours of sending out an appeal for donations to help replace the phones, The Center had more than enough money to cover the unexpected expense. For Steve, that was the moment that most affected him in his time at The Center. Of the community’s overwhelming generosity, he says, “I was extremely touched. [I think] it says a lot for what The Center has done for a large number of people over the years. Some of those friends are people who have known The Center for 20 years, some of the friends were people who have known The Center for two months, but everyone…stood up and said, ‘You need something? Here it is.’ ” It is also moments like that one last December that have solidified Steve’s belief in the “goodness of people.” And it is that sense of goodness that Steve takes with him as he embarks on his next enterprise as Country Manager for Regus workplace solutions. “What I will carry with me from what I’ve done with The Center is a sense of social responsibility.

So whether it be through my company or personally, I will still be involved in charitable works, in social responsibility.” To that end, Steve will remain active in The Center as a member of the Steering Committee and a committed Center Running Team athlete. And while Steve has not left The Center entirely, his daily doses of humor and espresso are surely missed. But above all, The Center is deeply grateful for the contributions Steve made during his time as director; he may not have set out to change The Center, but he certainly has left it a better place for him having been here.

Kari Schiro is a native Californian and an adoptive Seattleite who recently relocated to Taipei. When she is not writing, you will most likely find Kari watching football/ soccer on the telly. MAY 2012

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around taipei

making the most of your LOCaL LIBRaRy

TexT: KaTrina Brown images: courTesy of The Taipei puBlic liBrary weBsiTe


items sent to you at your own cost. They will also help you photocopy materials from libraries worldwide. More information is on the website under ‘Interlibrary Loan Services’.

MeMbership If you hold an ARC with an address anywhere in Taiwan, you can apply for a card. Take your ARC and passport to any branch. Taipei residents are also eligible for family cards. You need proof of residence in Taipei City. Personal cards allow you to get ten items out, while a family card allows up to forty. Print materials are due back after thirty days, multimedia items after fourteen. For every day an item is late, your card is blocked for one day. Alternatively you can pay a fine of NT$1 per item per day to use your card immediately. You don't need a card to enter the library. Taipei Library cooperates with l i b r a r i e s a r o u n d Ta i w a n a n d internationally, and you can have

branches The r e ar e 56 br anc he s of the library throughout greater Taipei City. Every library has at least a small collection of English-language books, and each library has its own specialty area. Liuhe branch in Xinyi district has a special ‘Diet Culture’ collection. They have a huge collection of English recipe, diet and exercise books, from The Biggest Loser to Spanish Cooking. The highlight at Lixing branch in Muzha is literature, and they have a fantastic collection of literature in Chinese, French, English, Japanese, and German, particularly in their children's section. I have never had trouble finding a book on a topic I'm looking for, from organic composting to the life and times of Ernest Hemingway. There are many magazines available, including Time, House an d Gard e n, and Nation al Geographic Kids. Open the boxes to see all the back-issues you can borrow. Movie and TV series DVDs, CDs, and audio books can all be found here as well. English-language material is not all kept in one place, so if you can't find what you are

ver my years in Taiwan, I'v e d i s c o v e r e d t h a t the Taipei City Library is a service seriously underutilized by the expat community. With over a million i t e m s i n c i r c u l a t i o n, i n c l u d i n g thousands of English books, popular magazines, and DVDs in their many branches, to a complete Englishlanguage website and access to a huge library of online multimedia, you’re sure to find something that you love. Let's look at how you can make the most of this free and comprehensive library service.


looking for, ask a librarian for help. Libraries are now introducing dedicated ‘New Immigrant’ sections where you can find novels, nonf i c t i o n, a n d C h i n e s e-l e a r n i n g m a t e r i a l s i n Ta g a l o g, B a h a s a Indonesia, and Thai. They are not always obvious, so again ask for directions. Free Chinese classes are offered throughout the year. Libraries also have monthly English-language story time, which is coordinated by volunteers. The main library shows movies on a regular basis. Free wireless Internet is also offered. You can find a list of branches, addresses, and collection highlights on the English website ht t p: // All branches have the same hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 8:30 to 21:00; Mondays and Sundays: 9:00 to 17:00. They are closed on public holidays and the first Thursday of each month. Online services You can do literally everything library-related on-line, and it’s all in English (and Japanese). Go to the main page tw/ and click this box on the right:

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Your user ID is your card number. Your PIN is your date of birth (day then month). Here, you can search for books, order them from any branch, and have them sent to the library closest to you if you don't want to visit the library that has the book. You can also renew books on-line, place a hold on a book, or even suggest a purchase. You’ll need to set up your account information first, including an email address or cellphone number, so notifications can be sent to you. You will also need to know your branch’s Chinese name and/or its code number.

ACC AD same as Dec/Jan issue

ON-LINE MULTIMEDIA ACCESS On the main web page, there are two buttons that lead you to multimedia from international libraries. Use your library card number and date of birth to log in to everything.

Here, you will find English and Chinese on-line databases, encyclopedias, audio books, and more. My favorite is Tumble 兒童電子書 (Children's Talking Books). Even better is their selection of digital materials, available by clicking on this icon:

You can take out five items from this library and borrow them for seven days. Most e-readers are supported. This article has covered only some of the services available through the Taipei Public Library. The library website has comprehensive information and instructions that will help you take full advantage of what the library has to offer. May you never have to buy another English book again!

Long-term expat Katrina Brown is a teacher and freelance writer. Her popular blog www. introduces family-friendly events and spaces around Taiwan. MAY 2012



The Third Teacher at Taipei American School TexT: Carrie Tenebrini, TaS Lower SChooL LiTeraCy CoordinaTor


aipei American School classrooms are intentionally set-up to allow for various groupings: the whole class, small group, and individual work. Each classroom in the TAS lower school is arranged with an empty space in the front of the room. This is the class meeting area – an important teaching space in the acclaimed Workshop Model. The meeting area is where students come together for whole-class instruction. Teachers demonstrate reading, writing, math, science, and history concepts and strategies for all students and have them practice briefly before moving back to tables where they work individually or in small groups. Classwork requires different tools and materials, from pencils to scissors, glue, tape, computers, books, and papers. How these items are arranged a n d a c c e s s e d c o m m un i c a t e s t h e shared values of the room. In TAS classrooms, materials are labeled and organized so that students share the responsibility for their own learning with the teacher. Students have access to what they need without having to ask the teacher for them every time. The clearest example of this idea

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is the classroom library, which is at the heart of each room. In every classroom, hundreds of books are purposefully organized to scaffold students into becoming independent and enthusiastic readers. Students learn how to choose books at their level from this collection. What they read is not dictated to them; rather, students are taught how to make appropriate choices with guidance from their teacher. The classroom library includes a variety of reading levels and genres and thus supports the needs of a range of readers in each room. Charts and displays tell the story of the learning happening in the room. Teachers carefully construct charts that highlight and anchor the current teaching. These charts are more than just wall hangings; they are crafted to help students work with independence. Students can use the charts to remind them what they are supposed to do, to see exemplary work to use as a model, and to remind them of the repertoire of strategies they can use to tackle a task. Charts are created during lessons with students so they are familiar with the content and can use them as needed. Bulletin boards in classrooms and

Intentional classroom design comes from the Reggio Emilia approach to education where the environment is dubbed ‘the third teacher.’ Parents are the first teacher and teachers are the second. In the lower school, the third teacher is the classroom environment. We take this idea to heart and organize our rooms with care and purpose. The next time you are in the TAS lower school, look around and let the walls and spaces teach you what we value.

Events at The Center BOOK CLUB 10.30 am - 12 noon Tuesday May 15th This month we will be discussing Robert Goolrick’s A Reliable Wife, the gothic tale of what happens when a woman with undeclared motives r e s p o n d s t o a m a n’s n e w s p a p e r advertisement for a ‘reliable wife’. For more information, please contact Kath at SPECIAL TOPIC COFFEE MORNING 10.30 am - 12 noon Thursday May 10th This month the Dutch Ladies 14

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Association will host the event in honor of the Netherlands Liberation Day, which is May 5th. They will share with us their culture, history and food and tell us about the activities of their group. Please come and enjoy a great morning at The Center.

hallways are created as a way to celebrate student work. More than that, they highlight the work of the unit as well. Teachers carefully teach editing and grammar skills appropriate to the developmental level of the child, and give the child every opportunity to make their work the best it can be before it goes on display. Kristi Mraz and Chris Lehman, two staff developers from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, came to the Taipei American School lower school at the end of January. In addition to providing professional development, they provided insight into how we can further use the classroom environment as a way of making our instruction even more effective. Kristi Mraz has highlighted the TAS lower school in her blog at (The posts are titled “Featured Teacher Feature” and “International Appeal”).

38F., 201 D u n h u a S. R d., S e c. 2, Taipei (02) 2376-3156 For more details, please see the inside front cover


TASTES OF TAIPEI Marco Polo Restaurant at Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm Thursday May 24th

CSC CHARITY AUCTION 2012 Grand Hyatt Hotel Friday September 28th 6.30 pm onwards Make a note in your diaries to join us at our Black Tie Silver Jubilee Charity Auction Dinner - a 5-star occasion celebrating The Center's 25 years of service to the International Community.

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Home is where your story begins text: Ciza SrivatSa


ou see them walking around all over Taipei. Hanging out, grabbing drinks at Lili's, dinner at Fang's, spending their time relaxing at the ACC, meeting other executives around Taiwan, swapping success stories about their children, vacations, careers and life in general. Most onlookers will say Wow, they have a great life, the world is their oyster. This is the world of the corporate expats in Taiwan. Heck, sometimes I too feel like the world is my oyster. With the world at our feet what challenges could we possibly face? Catherine and Yit Loong Lai are certainly one of these power couples. They have lived in many places with their four wonderful kids. Yit Loong started out at Intel, was Employee number one in Malaysia, heading Intel there. Yit went on to climb the corporate ladder and beyond. Catherine, a homemaker and dedicated mom, is very involved in her children’s day-to-day activities and plans. While on the surface they appear like any other expat family, the challenges they face are quite different. Facing autism The greatest challenge for them wasn't their careers, or where their children should go to school, but figuring out why their youngest son, Benjy, wasn't acting like their older kids. Why he was missing some of the important developmental milestones that their daughters hit like clockwork? Why did he start walking before even crawling? And more importantly, why he couldn't associate the words mama and baba with his parents? At the age of 18 months, Benjy

began walking without ever crawling. He just stood up one day and walked. It was a surprising milestone, but not unusual for Benjy, who was already different from other children his age. Catherine felt he was too quiet for a toddler and was hoping he would be more vocal when she enrolled him into Tiger Tots at the age of 2. After a few months of observation, Benjy's teacher told Catherine that she suspected that Benjy might be autistic and that Catherine should do some research on the subject. Lo and behold, after looking up the condition online, Catherine found that Benjy showed every single symptom. All at once the Lai's felt like their world was crashing in on them. They had always suspected that something may have been different with Benjy but had hoped it was just a phase; now there was a word for this condition and it made it real. searching For help At this point, the Lai's decided to seek the help of a doctor. “The hardest part was to look for help and information, especially in Taiwan. It was extremely hard. I don't believe that in Taiwan there are no kids with special needs. I think the parents are too embarrassed and hiding it. They don't come out and talk about [autism] and actively seek help. There is no demand.” They even considered moving to Australia or Singapore, but knew that wasn't the answer. The Lai's became determined to understand all of the information that was out there regarding autism. Catherine found an expert in the field, Dr. Roby Marcou, residing in Singapore - a very busy doctor, booked out months in advance.

Catherine and Yit Loong decided they just couldn't wait for months. She flew out the following week to Singapore, leaving her three young daughters with her husband. Not knowing if this doctor would talk to her, let alone run tests on Benjy, she was still going to try. “I was so lost. I just kept telling myself, God, please let my son be normal. That's all I could say,” says Catherine, as she remembers how she felt when the answers began trickling in slowly. F o r t u n a t e l y, t h e d o c t o r w a s willing to see her, and agreed to run some tests. Two days later, it was confirmed that Benjy was mildly autistic. getting support Getting support in your home country, where there are no language barriers, is hard enough. In Taiwan, it has been extremely difficult to get support, as autism isn't really recognized. The first few months were confusing, but the Lai's found a foundation that worked with special needs children. This was what they needed to begin to understand what was going on in their quiet child's mind. Or as they describe it, “We prayed to God, to guide us. To show us the path we needed to walk with Benjy.” As they watched some of the children around 10 to 12 years-old struggle with simple things like holding a spoon, it broke their heart for their son. They couldn't imagine leaving their child away from the comfort of his home to learn in a foreign environment. After speaking with the therapists, they were able to arrange one-on-one sessions for Benjy, at their home, where they could be involved. Once they began understanding may 2012

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B e n j y's w o r l d, t h e y w e r e a b l e to guide themselves and him to solutions. Loong got more and more involved with his son's learning. He began re-arranging his schedule to be around for special days, birthdays and holidays for his kids. They discovered that Benjy had a knack for flash cards and he could pick up objects, letters and numbers well. One by one the doors began opening. a ColleCtive eFFort The Lai’s turned their experiences i n t o a b o o k. W h e n a s k e d w h a t motivated them to write and publish it, Loong replied, “This book is important, because you want to reach the dad or mother of a child. You also want to reach a sibling. We have all come together and written what his life is like for Benjy. What he likes, what he doesn't like. We tried using Benjy's language and things that he says, over the last five years.” The book is a collective effort of the whole Lai family. Their efforts pay off each time someone approaches them and thanks them for sharing such a special and important story with


the world. Just recently, one of the teachers at TAS came up to Catherine and told Mrs Lai she was very touched by the book, and especially by Benjy’s Prayer. Her son did not pray before, but he loves the prayer, and every night he turns to that page before going to sleep and prays the same prayer.” What started out as a thought many years ago, turned into a very special dedication to their sweet son, Benjy. What began with a few entries on a blog turned into a motivation to reach out to others in the same situation. What was initially thought of as a disease, became a condition that could be helped if caught early enough, especially before the age of 3. The L a i's h a v e w a l k e d d o w n m a n y paths searching for the answers and have recognized their challenge as a lesson. I believe it is our parents who give us the foundation and security for a happy life ahead, and when you meet Benjy, there are no doubts that he is in for a happy and healthy life. It’s certainly true that home is where your story begins.

to get a copy of I Am Special by Lai Yit Loong and catherine Lai, please email catherine at All proceeds from this book will be donated to taiwan sunshine, a non-profit organization working with special needs children.

Ciza Srivatsa moved from India to San Francisco when she was 12 years old. She has been in Taiwan for nearly four years now on her first overseas assignment. She is a busy mother of two and an aspiring writer.

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Exploring New Experiences, Building Character and Confidence


The Girls Scouts of Taiwan: tExt: IrENE YamBao


re you looking for an activity to put your daughter into? Have you considered Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts is an excellent choice because it allows her to try a range of new things and experience something she might not have otherwise experienced – just like our current Girl Scouts did on World Thinking Day (which occurs annually on February 22nd). One girl said of the experience of trying the zip line for the first time: “It was very long; when it was my turn I stood there frozen like an ice cube! I gulped, I jumped off the tiny wooden square, and while I was traveling along the endless zip line I was smiling! I could not believe I was trying a new thing!” Another girl commented on her experience of trying new f o o d s t h a t s a m e d a y: “A l l t h e troops gathered and brought food to represent a country. Me and my friends were looking at all the foods and then it caught my eye - I saw a soup with lots of stuff in it. I had never tried such a thing. I wanted to try something new so I tasted a little. “MMM,” I said “This is so delicious,” I licked my lips. My friend also thought that the food was delicious!” There is always something new and exciting at Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts in the United States has a long and proud history. On March 12th, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low from Savannah, Georgia, made a historic phone call to her cousin telling her she had an idea for the girls of Savannah, all America and all the world. That very night, Juliette gathered eighteen girls together and the first U.S. Girl Scout Troop was born. A hundred years later, the Girl Scouts of USA organization has grown and developed into a n i m p r e s s i v e, w e l l-r e s p e c t e d organization for girls with a membership of more than ten million people and troops worldwide in over ninety countries. Their mission is to help girls build courage, confidence, and character, and to do their part to make the world a better place. Still not entirely convinced? Let's hear a Mom's perspective: Girl ScouTS: GradeS K - 12 Girl Scouts of America, Taipei, Taiwan, welcomes all international girls from grades K-12. Volunteers are needed at all levels of participation. Parents enrolling their daughters in any level of Girl Scouts are strongly encouraged to serve as troop leaders, troop committee members and/ or Girl Scouts committee members.

“Both of my daughters participate te in Girl Scouts here in Taiwan. My older daughter is a Brownie and my younger one is a Daisy. Both girls really enjoy the range of interesting activities that they have been able to participate in. The activities range from making crafts, playing games and having special guests to interesting outings to places like a water factory, a bakery and a fire department. Through the scouting program, they are developing great friendships, wonderful confidence and a strong character that encourages them to speak up for themselves, for each other and for the environment. It is both a fun and powerful experience for my girls and we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to be a part of it.”

When: An orientation and organization parent meeting for all level of Girl Scouts will be held on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 9:30 am. Where: TAS Faculty Dining Room (FDR) Irene Yambao: 0972-896-205 MAY 2012

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An insight into

Multilingual Living Magazine

text: Marina Burana iMages: Courtesy of Multilingual living weBsite

Multilingual Living is actually the current destination of a much longer journey” says Corey Heller, the founder of the magazine that deals with everything related to living in a multilingual environment - at home. It actually started out as a small parent support group in Seattle, USA, where Corey, an American, lives with her German husband and three children aged 6, 8 and 10. This initial parent support group was called The Bilingual/ Bicultural Family Network and started in 2003. Before having their first child, the couple wasn't quite sure whether to use German or English at home, so they started looking for assistance on how to raise bilingual children. As it turned out, there wasn't much information around for families like theirs. This lack of information inspired her to start a parent support group for families living in Seattle. “I put an ad in local parenting magazines, told every organization I knew about the group and then begged my friends who were raising children in another language to please, please, please come to at least the first few meetings, since I figured I’d otherwise be all alone.”

The begging worked and little by little many families became interested and started having really fascinating discussions. Then came the website, and the group was finally official. Soon, it quickly became obvious to Corey that one of the things they needed was support for specific language groups where families speaking the same language could come together. Therefore, they helped different members of the Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network start language groups in their own h o m e l a n g u a g e, w h e r e f a m i l i e s would come together to embrace their culture's culture and language. The group Corey and her husband started is on the web (it's called 'Kinderstube') and made her realize that there are a lot of people out there in Seattle who share their language and specific concerns. After some time, the members of the original group in Seattle found it hard to attend the meetings. That's why Corey came up with the idea of a magazine in which to highlight m a n y o f t h e i s s u e s, c o n c e r n s, problems, delights and research that they had been discussing in their parenting group. A Chinese idiom tells us 'great talents take long to mature' (大器晚成). Well, it certainly

took some time before Multilingual L i v i ng Magazine was born and became what it is today: a very engaging, helpful digital publication dedicated to families raising bilingual and multilingual children. The whole project was motivated, from the very beginning, out of need and passion for this way of looking at the world and interacting with each other. “What I didn’t expect', says Corey, 'was that interest in M u l t i l i n g u a l L i v i n g Magazine would spread so quickly around the globe! Parents and experts around the world were contacting me, letting me know that they were interested in contributing.” Together with Alice Lapuerta, a woman from Austria, they started producing a full-length magazine, just the two of them, year after year, without a break and without really any income to show for it. Where the heart is Unfortunately, Corey's mother died after a long battle against breast cancer. It was then that she lost her strength to go on with the magazine. “Broken-hearted from losing my mother, I stopped working on the magazine. Our website went silent. My heart just wasn’t into it anymore. O n t o p o f i t, A l i c e a n d I w e r e completely burnt out.” But the heart always knows where to go. After a year, Corey felt the need to get in touch with all those people around the world who were asking for help and who were eager to share their own experience. Multilingual Living


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Magazine was reborn and, as she puts it, today it's “a kind of rebirth of sorts”. Multilingual Living is not about promoting certain languages and cultures over those of the larger surrounding community in any way. Says Corey, “We believe that everyone should learn the language of the community in which they live. But we also believe that having a home language (or teaching our children additional languages) is not only beneficial for us and our children but is essential for our familial and cultural cohesion.” Their tagline is 'Because Global Communication Begins at Home'. They very much believe that regardless of what happens outside their homes, it is the interaction of parents with their children that has the most long-lasting impact. Raising a multilingual child It's not uncommon here in Taipei to see interracial couples who wonder what language they should use with their children, or how to control the amount of language/ cultural output that the child experiences. Corey considers that it is never too late to start raising a child multilingually. For her, even parents who are just thinking about starting a family can already begin preparing. “They can start by telling their families about their plans and can talk with one another about how they want to go about it. Of course, it’s best when it just happens naturally. However, often parents-to-be aren’t prepared for the pressures that can come from the community to not speak another language at home” says Corey. The children will follow along as long as the parents are committed and consistent. This doesn’t mean that the children won’t go through p h a s e s (s o m e t i m e s l o n g o n e s) where they don’t want to speak the language. It is important that parents realize that this might happen and are prepared to take this in stride. Corey tells me: “The key is for parents to just stick with speaking their languages, but in a comfortable way, the same way we make sure to provide our children with healthy

meals and comfort”. A n o t h e r p i e c e o f a d v i c e, f o r families that didn’t start speaking the home language right from the start, is that it’s possible to switch over to the home language even after their children are older. Depending on the age of the children, it is good to let them know what is going on ahead of time and to then slowly start adding the language into everyday activities. This transition may even need to include the parents and children takin g a language class together to help get things going. “It is important for parents to know that just because they are excited about starting something new doesn’t mean that children will be as excited, at least initially. The parents are often the ones who feel uncomfortable about switching over to the new home language. This is to be expected! The family should have fun with the transition and be able to laugh a lot about what is going on.” undeR my skin I am from Argentina and so is my husband, therefore, I always ask myself, how is it possible for people from different cultures, who speak different languages, to really connect, to really really share what is unsaid? How do they feel when they have to communicate with a person they love deeply using a language that is not the language that has been with them since they were kids, since they started learning a little bit about life, and their limits, and conceptualizing about reality? A language doesn't define us, but it helps a lot to make us who we are, how we order the ideas in our minds, and it always comes with a huge cultural 'burden'. I shared my concern with Corey and, apparently, she seems to have an

insightful answer for every question I ask! “I definitely feel different when I speak in German than when I speak in English”, she says. “However, many studies show that when we speak different languages, we associate those languages with elements that are unique to each. This is actually what we describe as feeling ‘different.’ I think it is hard to separate language from culture and it is the cultural elements associated with the language that actually make us feel different.” One of her articles in the magazine starts “People often ask me how I can raise my children in German, a language I first learned as a young adult of 24 years. I tell them it all has to do with a love affair with a man, a language and a culture.” When you have someone or something under your s k i n, a s S i n a t r a w o u l d s i n g i t, it's sometimes hard to explain in detail what actually goes on when you switch from one language to another. Language and culture are so intertwined, that we are bound to feel different when using a language that brings with it associations of unique experiences. Corey says: “It makes me think of what happens when we hear a song from our youth – we automatically remember things about that time in our lives! We can almost experience exactly what we felt like during that time. Isn’t that amazing?” Marina Burana is an Argentinean w r i t e r b o r n i n 19 8 6 . S h e ha s published two books of short stories in Spanish and is now writing plays in English. She speaks French and re a d s A n ci e nt G reek . S he al so plays the violin, paints and studies Chinese in Taipei. may 2012

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An Adoptee’s Perspective tExt: BEtH EVANS


xcitement. Anxiety. Worry. Most of all, uncertainty. These were just a few of the emotions experienced by an American family I met back in November, who came to adopt their second child from New Hope Orphanage in Taichung. They had been through this process before with their first child, but they knew this experience was not going to be the same. Their main concern was whether or not their new child would become attached to them or adjust to all the changes. I felt honored to share what this family was going through, as it was a reminder of my own experiences of being adopted, twenty-seven years ago. I was at an orphanage for eight months of my life before my parents came from the United States to adopt me at the age of two. Questions oF iDentitY If I could offer any advice to families considering adoption or who are going through the process, it would be to attend as many training sessions, read as many books and listen to as many personal experiences, as possible. All of this will help but it is also critical to remember that in reality, this process is an intensely personal experience that cannot be understood until you have lived it. My experience was that my parents chose to openly tell me that they’d adopted me. This gave me the space to ask more questions. I had a conversation with my mom, and she explained to me that I had two mothers. I was curious what happened to the mom who gave birth to me, but of course, my mom honestly didn’t know the truth. Even at such a young age, it was clear to me what being adopted meant, so even though perhaps my family looked unusual to those on the outside, it was natural or normal to us. But as normal as it was, my lack of a clear history lead me on a long journey trying to understand a history of unknowns. I always wondered what would I have been like had I grown up in Asia? Who are my birth parents? Do I have any birth siblings or relatives? Are they even alive? Through exploring these questions, I tried to make sense of it all and through asking more fundamental questions, tried to define my own identity: Who am I? Where do I fit in? Why was I given up for adoption? Feeling DiFFerent FroM everYone else None of the answers to these questions, however, prepared me for the times I felt different. In my first


week of high school, a boy shouted in front of everyone, “You’re ugly!” and later on, I heard that he had made racist comments about me behind my back. At fourteen, you only want to fit in but this made me feel like an outsider. When I told my parents, they said that kids were kids, and this boy probably had a low self-esteem to engage in these behaviours, but it still hurt. I went home that day and looked into the mirror, and not only believed what that boy said, but I concluded that being Asian was not attractive. What resulted was a phase of my life where I simply didn’t want to acknowledge or have anything to do with being Asian. This feeling of not fitting in was only emphasised further when people looked strangely at me when I was out with my parents. It was a reminder that I was the Asian one in their family. I knew it didn’t bother my parents; to them I was, of course, simply their daughter. I can also remember a comment I made to my father on Father’s Day many years ago, when he wanted to take a photo of me, and my sister and sister-in-law and I mentioned “It’s OK, you can take a picture with your real daughter.” It must have hurt him because he later said to me “I hope you don’t honestly think that, you know I love you just as much as your sisters, you are also my ‘real’ daughter.” not Just a CharitY Case But despite everything, I know that I wouldn’t go back and change the past. If I did, I wouldn’t be who I am today, I wouldn’t know the many wonderful people who are in my life, or had been raised by my loving and supportive parents. The experiences of feeling different have only made me more compassionate and openminded. Most importantly, perhaps, the fact that I was adopted plays an important part in my identity and ambition, as I feel children who are put up for adoption need someone to advocate for them: that they are people waiting for loving families to bring them in, not just a charity case.

Beth Evans is an adult adoptee who helps adoptive families through Gladney C e nte r for Adoption (ht t p: // adoption /international/taiwan) and teaches English part-time.

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What Every Teen Should Know About TexT: Perry MalcolM, lcSW


Sex is special. And, therefore, it should be treated as such. A decision to have sex with someone should not be taken lightly and should be part of a mutually agreed commitment. This level of commitment should be something of which one could guiltlessly inform one’s parents and friends. Sex and love are not the same thing. Sex is a physical action. Love is an emotion or feeling. A person can have sex with someone they don’t love; and a person can love someone with whom they’ve never had sex. Despite this, people can become easily fooled by the emotions they experience before, during and after sex to believe, mistakenly, that they are in love. Many times what people want and expect from sex is intimacy with another person, but, instead (due to a poorly chosen partner or by having sex too soon in their lives) they experience internal feelings of guilt and increased distance from their sex partner. Sex is a physical act related to our emotions. Sex is a physical action that leads, or can lead, a person to deep physical feelings. Yet sexuality also encompasses sexual thoughts and feelings that lead to sexual actions. Also, sex may evoke feelings of guilt and remorse that may confuse us. Additionally, since sex has an emotional component, peoples’ hearts can be broken through their different views on just what the sex act meant to each of them. S e x m ay o c c u r w it h o r w it hout “i nte rc ou r se”. Intercourse is when penetration occurs, but sex can happen without intercourse. “Oral” sex is still sex. Sex is not something you owe someone. If you have been kissing and making out, this does not compel you to go ahead and have sex with someone. Having sex will not make an abusive partner stop hurting you. Sex has its dangers. Sex exposes a person to the inherent risk of pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). STDs, such as HIV/AIDS seriously impact, if not shorten, the rest of your life. Biologically speaking, it is not an exaggeration to say that in having sex with a person, you are also having sex with everyone with whom they’ve had sex. You can contract a lifelong disease, or get pregnant, from one sexual encounter. Sex requires protection. If you do not want to get pregnant or run an increased risk of STDs then you must use some form of contraceptive, such as a condom, that creates a physical barrier between you and your partner. The only way to completely avoid either pregnancy or STDs is, of course, “abstinence” (not engaging in sex). However, people who are sexually active should be using

both a form of contraception and some sort of barrier. And you must use these barriers EVERY TIME! If you get pregnant, you cannot always get an abortion. There are biological/time markers beyond which abortions are illegal and not allowed. Also, sometimes emotions involved in having an abortion can be difficult to manage and may require support and counseling. Sex may carry legal penalties. Every country has laws protecting youth or ‘minors’. The age at which one may engage in sex is called ‘the age of consent’. ‘Consent’ here means a person legally being able to agree to participate in sex. This age may vary from country to country, or even within a country, but it is imperative that teens know what laws govern their location. Sex with someone under the age of consent, even if both persons agree, is considered forced sex in the eyes of the law and subject to penalty. In Taiwan, having sex with anyone under 16 is a criminal offense. However, children aged 16-18 who chose to have sex are also vulnerable to civil prosecution under certain circumstances. Article 26 of the Children and Youth law prohibits anyone under 18 from smoking, drinking alcohol, using drugs, and from watching videos or accessing Internet sites with violent content, sexual passion or gambling. Article 28 prohibits anyone under 18 going to pubs, bars, or restricted electronic game playing shops that involve gambling, sexual passion or violence. If you have been drinking or taking drugs, you cannot legally consent to sex. This is also morally and ethically true. If you engage in sex with a person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are not relating directly to that person. Instead you are really relating to the substance that person is using, creating an illusion of intimacy. Sex is not rape. And rape is not sex. Rape is an act of violence. It is a sad fact of life that anyone, of any age or gender, can be raped. If your partner says “NO” or “STOP” or seems threatened or pressured, you must discontinue. If you ever are raped, or in an abusive relationship, please remember you are not alone and that there are caring adults, teachers, or counselors who will be capable and more than willing to help you to process the feelings which may arise.

Affiliated with The Center since arriving in 2000, Perry is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals, couples and families. mAy 2012

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“earlier we heard what it is like raising children across cultures and languages. here, leat lets us in on what it's like from the other side...”


merican opera director Sarah Caldwell once said, “Learn everything you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” I did not understand the benefits of multilingualism in first grade, but now I realize language is a roadmap of a culture. It does not matter if you have ‘talent’ for learning languages. Having a second language a win-win situation once you become proficient in it. Communication is universal. My next two goals are Hebrew and Spanish. What are yours? English is a second language for most international students at the University of Victoria (UVic) in Canada. French is a required second language in many Canadian schools. English classes are mandatory in Taiwan’s public elementary education. It is easier to learn languages from birth than at later stages in life. According to the Multilingual Children’s Association, multilingualism helps reading and writing skills. I grew up with English and Mandarin, but should have learned one more. The younger a language is learnt, the better. Speaking three languages with a toddler is a safe track. However, more than three languages can cause confusion. If only my father spoke Hebrew to me at a young age, I would be trilingual. Whenever I go back to Israel, it can be challenging to navigate. Sitting with a group of family or friends is entertaining only when you can understand and respond. International students sometimes feel excluded because of language barriers. “Foreign language learning ‘enhances children’s understanding of how language itself works and their ability to manipulate language in the service of thinking and problem solving” (Cummins 1981) Multilingual children often have superior critical thinking abilities. Taiwanese parents have poured great amounts of attention and money into their children’s education, especially into the area of learning English. Asian students seeking post-secondary education abroad ─ mostly in Europe and North America ─ need excellent English skills. English ability also helps communication and adaptation to foreign environments. “I can better communicate and talk to other people in my language,” says Angela Chu, a first-year UVic student who speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Being multilingual is a precious gift, but it requires regular maintenance and care, like a car. Learning any language is a huge time commitment. It is not easy taking on and maintaining a second language. If you abandon it for a while, it can get quite rusty. “I don’t speak [Russian] enough,” says David Latter, a fourth-year geology major who's learned the language. “There aren’t enough people who speak it here in Canada. There are basic things you remember, but you still need to

maintain it to remain fluent. Still, it's worth the effort.” I r e a d o n l i n e M a n d a r i n n e w s a r t i c l e s, b e c a u s e opportunities to practice Mandarin in Canada are limited. Once I am immersed into the Taiwanese culture, the language rushes back. “Knowing Russian makes traveling to Eastern Europe easier,” says Latter. He adds that language abilities on resumes impress employers. "It expands your business horizons.” “It makes it easier to travel, and you can find better jobs,” says Kiara Allen, a first-year engineering student who speaks English and French. "The only setback is that [French] sometimes messes up my English spelling.” UVic does an excellent job in making sure students receive support. The writing and English language centers are valuable resources for international students who not only face a new environment, but also classes and assignments presented in a second language. “Idiomatic parts of a language are probably the toughest part,” says Latter. “The downside is even if you know a second language, you might have an accent and can't completely blend into the culture, but it isn't a big deal." In-class speaking is not enough. The best way to learn a new language is to be surrounded by the environment. If you have the opportunity to live in foreign country, take advantage of it. “I want to learn Japanese and Mandarin for traveling in Asia,” says Allen. It is important to practice the language. My high school friends scored high on their Spanish reading and writing skills, but were least confident with their speaking skills. Many Israeli students spend five or more years learning Mandarin in Israel universities. They travel to China or Taiwan to be immersed in the culture, language, and history. Their Mandarin skills dramatically improve, and it also builds confidence. Locals often comment on their foreign accents, but this is inevitable. Even though the leading languages in the world are English, Mandarin and Spanish, any language is valuable and worth learning. Language is not money; people cannot steal it from you. Language is a gift — knowledge and culture embodied together — and it stays with you forever. All university students should challenge themselves for an exchange or a work term abroad, because even if you do not pick up a new language fluently, it opens doors for future goals, learning and interests. Some people pick up languages quickly. This should not deter you however. If you are willing to put in time and effort, any language can be learned. A Chinese proverb says, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Multilingualism opens every door along the way.

Leat Ahrony is a business undergraduate student at the University of Victoria (UVic) in Canada. She began her journalism career in high school writing for the Centered on Taipei magazine. She has a weekly online column for the UVic newspaper, The Martlet, and regularly writes print news and culture articles. She plans to earn her B.A in Commerce and continue a side career in Journalism. 22

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across the ocean [ part 1 ] Occupying a 50-year-old building in Taipei’s Xinyi Road, Across the Ocean is not just another coffee shop; named for the endangered Pacific island kingdom of Tuvalu, it aims to raise both awareness and funds for environmental issues both in Taiwan and abroad.



very coffee shop in Taipei has its own history, but the story of Across the Ocean was perhaps the one which caught my attention the most, since I’m both an environmentalist and antiquelover. Their story began with another story; one that came from the faraway shores of Tuvalu, an archipelago of islands located mid-way between Hawaii and Australia. Tuvalu has long fought a never-ending string of environmental battles such as opposing open mining activities and dealing with limited resources. It has recently been brought to the centerstage of international news once again

because of rising sea-levels and issues with waste management. What sort of impact could climate change have on these islands? What implications would this have for Taiwan, another island nation, and for the rest of the Asia-Pacific region? Tuvalu’s story was the inspiration for a project begun in 2010 by two female university students in Taiwan. A team of twenty dedicated students (chosen from the eighty that applied) split into groups and set their sights on travelling to eight island nations around the Asia-Pacific region to document physical environmental changes and the lives of the locals who

were being affected. They wanted to know their story, their thoughts, their dreams and fears. It’s not easy for citizens to live in a place of such unrivalled natural beauty and watch everything they’ve ever known recede year by year as sea levels rise. Governments of several low-lying Pacific island nations are faced with a string of challenges that include coastal erosion, destruction of coral reefs and other marine ecos y s t e m s, l i m i t e d l a n d s p a c e a n d resources, changes in bird habits and migration patterns, destruction of salt marshes, uprooting of trees, destruction of people’s homes (for those who live very near the sea), and change in the livelihood of locals, who depend on fishing and/or tourism, to name just a few. The bottom line is, whatever happens, the outcomes are seldom positive. MAY 2012

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Little did the students expect to be moved in such immeasurable magnitude after hearing the stories. Upon their return to Taiwan they produced a short documentary and wrote a book: 探尋即將消失的國 度:兩個七年級女生的環浪計畫, (‘Exploring countries that will soon disappear: The plan of two girls from the strawberry generation). Since then, they’ve appeared on several TV shows in Taiwan to share their experiences, and were even interviewed by the President himself! After attention from the media abated, five of the twenty decided they needed to find a way for the project to live on and keep spreading awareness. I’d like to think it was not luck but rather fate that led them to the 50-year-old building that houses Across the Ocean café today. The interior of the building was repaired and the café opened its doors to the public in October 2011. The founders of the café believed their aims shouldn’t die with the conclusion of their trip or the publication of the book. Thus, opening a café seemed to be an attractive option to accumulate funds for future projects, as well as providing a space for spreading environmental awareness. They’ve gone on to carry out other projects, such as one in collaboration

Address: 3, Lane 181, Xinyi rd., sec. 2 台北市信義路二段181巷3號 Phone: 02-2396-5965 acrosstheocean

with the Pingtung Foundation (屏東 基金會), where unwanted secondhand possessions were collected by the café and sent to Southern Taiwan. Better to donate things we don’t need to those who can make use of them rather than let objects take up space and collect dust, right? They’re also helping old farmers from Hsinchu sell excess oranges as a way of reducing organic waste; these farmers are physically limited due to old age, thus many oranges would’ve been wasted had it not been for those from Across the Ocean who decided to help. The café also hosts international youths, on the upper floors, which travel to Taiwan on exchange programs and/or programs organized by Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition (TWYCC). Last but not least, the café is also sometimes used as the meeting quarters for TWYCC’s gatherings, as it is now TWYCC’s sister organization. So if you’re ever in the area, we welcome you to stop by the café for a quiet afternoon with a cup of fair-trade coffee or tea brewed from hand-picked leaves from Miaoli and good conversation with the staff! They all speak good English.

Born and raised in Venezuela by Taiwanese parents, Sarah has been exposed to world cultures since she was young. She recently graduated with an Environmental Science degree from Southampton University in the UK and has returned to Taiwan to familiarize herself with her roots. Sarah currently works as TWYCC’s Media Coordinator, the main point of contact in Taiwan for ECYTF (Earth Charter Youth Task Force), as a radio host for Radio Taiwan International with a weekly program that focuses on everything related to the environment throughout Taiwan, and is a freelance writer and translator.

Courses at The Center Activity Sky Lanterns and Waterfalls in Pingxi Township Tour of Keelung Island Zhinan Temple & Maokong Tea Gardens NEW FOR 2012! Summer Session Kindermusik I-E (0-18 mos.) NEW FOR 2012! Summer Session Kindermusik II-B (18 mos-3 yrs.) It's All in the Sauce A Feast of Tofu Making


First Meeting Date Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Thursday, May 31, 2012 Thursday, May 31, 2012 Friday, May 4, 2012 Friday, May 11, 2012

# of Sessions 1 1 1 5 5 1 1

Instructor Jennifer Tong Richard Saunders Jennifer Tong Jennifer Chau Jennifer Chau Sally Duh Chu Ivy Chen

Time 8:30am-3:00pm 8:15am-2:30pm 9:00am-1:30pm 9:15am- 10:00am 10:15am- 11:00am 10:00am- 12noon 10:00am- 12noon

Meet @ In front of Mr. Xmas Zhishan MRT Sta. Exit 1 Wanfang Community MRT Sta. The Center The Center The Center The Center

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experience is the Best Teacher Learning to learn from your mistakes TexT: sTeve parker


ere’s the thing about culture. It has taken me twenty years living in Asia, several jobs, some bad friendships, and one divorce to finally realize that cultural differences are only as significant as two people allow them to be. What really gets us in trouble most of the time is our own stupidity. And boy have I been stupid in my time. For me the biggest error I have ever made is thinking that I know what is really going on. It is the arrogance of those who are supposedly intelligent that gets us into trouble most of the time. Once upon a time, I flattered myself that because I could learn languages fairly easily, had been to university and read magazines about Asia that I would cope. And that he ‘local people’ would see my earnestness and adopt me for one of their own. Honestly though, the people that get along best in any foreign culture are those that don’t worry about looking stupid. If you don’t know, ask. If you still don’t know - ask again. It’s okay not to understand. I know plenty of people back home that just don’t get what is going on in their own countries, yet they don’t call this ‘cultural difference’; they just call it ‘not understanding’. They don’t pretend the truth doesn’t matter. No, if they don’t know, they ask. Unfortunately, in a foreign environment we often feel that we cannot ask some things for fear of being perceived as being ‘foreign’. And so we accept less than the full truth. ReSPeCT vS ACCePTANCe I can’t imagine anyone or any organization that would be happy with being in the dark, but it would seem that some of us foreigners in Asia, especially in business, accept less than clarity because we think we have to respect local culture. However respect and acceptance are two different things. And don’t you think the locals already know that? It is one of the best kept secrets in destinations where foreign businesspeople travel throughout the world that the local businesspeople

only accept us because there is an advantage to be gained. Why else would we be invited? One of my good friends in China who is now something important in the government (and so shall remain nameless) told me one night over a few too many Mai Tais that he and his country were very grateful to foreigners. In his words "all we (the Chinese) had to do was to tell you ( the foreigners) that there were 1.3 billion Chinese somewhere and the foreigners would throw money and people at us without thinking. The money they wanted, the people they could put up with. Now he didn’t hate foreigners — far from it, he was just being honest. The difference, he said, was how the people dealt with being where they were. In the words of the greatest pop poets of our time — Depeche Mode — “people are people”. NeveR SToP ASkiNg I have seen a few visitors to Taiwan’s shores who somehow feel that they are bestowing upon Taiwan the gift of their internationalism — as if being from another place is a gift in itself. Yes there are skills and experiences that people can bring from other places – I am not denying this, but just remember that what you bring from overseas has to be more than just your ‘overseasness’. To get over cultural barriers in business or in any other area of life in another country you have to first get over yourself. Allow yourself to be stupid and embrace being wrong, but never stop asking questions. Making mistakes is human but not trying to understand the mistake you have made, well, that really is stupid. Over the next months in this spot we will be looking at all the things I have done wrong in dealing with cultural barriers in business and how I survived. Next month I will delve further into the idea of questions and how to get the answers you need, rather than the answers people want to give you. See you then.

Just a few of the things that are going on around Taipei this month... Museum of Contemporary Art

National Taiwan Museum

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Until June 17th The 10th Taishin Arts Award Exhibition 39 Changan W. Rd.

Until October 14th Come to Our Future: Climate Change Exhibition 2 Siangyang Rd.

National Palace Museum

Suho Paper Museum

Until June 3rd Julian Rosefeldt World-Making Film and Photo Works 2001-2011 Galleries D, E and F 181 Zhongshan N. Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei

Until May 14th Western Mythology and Legends: Selected works from the Louvre Exhibition Area II, 1F, Library Building 221 Zhishan Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei

Until June 30th Reflections on the Lake: Whispers seep into the paper 68 Changan E. Rd., Sec. 2

Taipei Story House Until July 1st Story of Paper Money Exhibition 181-1, Zhongshan N. Rd., Sec. 3 MAY 2012

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Two Delectable Dens in Da’an TexT & images: aly Cooper, sToCk phoTos

I am without question a certifiable coffee junkie. My mother knows it. My husband knows it. My close friends even know it. Yet I continue to drink unabashedly. Why? Because I'm a better person for it. Coffee makes me happy. The two following cafes helped to feed my addiction while simultaneously putting a smile on my face. You just can't beat that.

Swing Cafe 1F., 233, Anhe Road, Sec. 2 Let me first please give a shout out to Kath Liu who suggested Swing Cafe. She had emailed me earlier in the month with this suggestion and later that weekend my hubby and I ha p p e n e d to be having a date night in the general vicinity of this cafe. Providence, I tell you! Swing cafe reminded me of the old 1940-something colonial house in Virginia that we lived in a bajillion years ago. I LOVED that house. The cafe had one wall of floor to ceiling windows in 40/50's art deco kind of style and wooden moldings to die for. Even if you don't share my passion for wood moldings you can't not like


the funky retro wallpaper and the green and purple walls that cocoon you into a state of calm. Ahhhhh. The perfect place to bring a book and chillax — or in our case the perfect place for a date night. As you know by now, I'm a sucker for lattes. Preferably strange ones if I can find them…which was why I practically squealed with delight when I saw the orange latte. Yes, embarrassingly, I WAS that excited. My husband's tea (I still love him) came first and my excitement was starting to build. The longer the brewing took, the higher my expectations became. Then, in all its splendor, a generous sized mug was placed in front of me. HOLY frothy foamy deliciousness Batman! You needed a ruler for all that foam…. It was the kind of foam where you will inevitably be left with a mustache. My expectations were met. It was yuuuummmy (that's a professionaltechnical-coffee-evaluation term for go there). Try it. Price point? Lattes and cappuccinos are NT$90 -100. There was also an Italian coffee selection, expressos and Americanos for NT$70. Providence indeed.

TJB Cafe 1F, 260, Lane No. 23, Guangfu South Road (Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall MRT station - leave by exit 2) T J B was my second pick this month — a big thank you to my Mandarin teacher Amanda for this recommendation. It was simply delightful. You've all heard of Tiffany's (as in the jewelry), correct? Not that I own anything from them, 'cause I'd just lose it, but from the moment you step inside of TJB, it's as if you've just walked into a Tiffany box. The walls are all washed in that beautiful Tiffany blue. Seriously, I think I had a big cheese on my face upon entering. It was just...pretty. Sorry guys. Did it help that 'Just the Two of Us' (Bill Withers’ version, I believe) was playing? Yes...yes it did. Am I losing coffee cred? Please stay with me. The Tiffany box sparkled with newness, which made sense since it literally opened the previous day (April 5th). There were strategically placed vases of fresh flowers (or so they appeared) around the cafe. If not real they were incredible fakes, though it seemed a tad tacky for me

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to touch them, and no one wants to be the person caught sniffing a plastic flower. Jeweled chandeliers and black and white ink-like drawings of various birds adorned the walls. These were only enhanced by the black-and-white diagonal striped flooring, adding the perfect contrast. Wyatt and I were seated next to the turkey. Coincidence? UM... I'm not sure. ANYWAY. Focus Aly. The coffee — oh yes. Since I'm all about the lattes this month, I promptly ordered the macadamia nut latte. When the coffee arrived the consistency and texture of the foam was fantastic. If you’re not a fan of sweet things, try the ‘real’ coffee,

and please-let me know how it is. Or you know what? I'll try it myself, because this is definitely a cafe worth going back to. The price ran from a regular coffee (NT$100) up to NT$180 for the ‘frou frou’. Did I also mention that they offer funnel cakes and S'mores on their menu? Funnel Cake AND coffee. Puh-lease. It's a no brainer. Aly Cooper is an expat wife of one year who enjoys adventures with her five-year-old son, reading, eating, blogging, having A LOT of coffee with friends, volunteering and spending free weekends exploring what the island has to offer with the family. Got a suggestion for our resident caffeine addict? Send it in via coteditor@

book review

Before I go to sleep SJ Watson Published in 2011, Published by Transworld Publishers ISBN: 9780552164139 TexT: kaTh liu


hat are we if not the collection of all our m e m o r i e s? W h a t i s the point of life if not to collect these golden (and occasionally not so golden) snapshots and home movies that play in our minds? Surely the reward for age is that feeling of warmth that washes over us when we recall the day we met a cherished friend, or spent the afternoon chatting with our now deceased grandparents. Albert Camus famously once said that “Life is a sum of all your choices.” Our past shapes us in all sorts of different ways, making us the person we see staring back at us from the other side of the mirror. What would life be if we lost the ability to recall this past? Christine is an amnesiac. Every morning she wakes up to find a strange man in her bed and the shocking realisation that she is at least 20 years older than she thought. An accident in her late twenties has rendered her ability to store

newly created memories useless and so every single day she struggles to make sense of the life she has been living since that day. An old scrapbook of photographs and the patience of her husband, Ben, are what buoys Christine through these terrible mornings until one day she awakes to find a disturbing entry in the daily journal she has been keeping as part of her rehabilitation: Don't trust Ben. The race to discover the truth about her relationship with Ben is what gives this book its punch — is Ben truly untrustworthy or is it purely Christine's inability to remember anything that has caused her to question him? It's a fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader engaged and wanting more, but it's not only the question of Ben that keeps the pages turning, it's whether Erica will be able to recover her ability to remember. Memory is a mysterious and ethereal concept that has a hold over all of us and the thought that we could maybe lose it, as Christine has done, is horrifyingly gripping. And it's not just a great premise for a work of fiction – this novel was inspired by those who deal with

these challenges in real life. If this subject of amnesia interests you, I would recommend that you seek out Forever Today: A memoir of love and amnesia by Deborah Wearing. I would recommend this one for the summer reading list — nothing passes a long wait in the airport terminal better than a good bit of fiction in your hands. It's not perfect and there are times when your suspension of disbelief will be stretched (especially if you've got anything more than a passing interest in memory disorders and neurological capabilities) but if you can put that to one side and just enjoy the journey this book will take you on, I doubt you will be disappointed. We all need a bit of escapism from time to time, after all! Kath Liu is an avid reader and a founding member of the C SC Book Club who believes happiness is a good book, good coffee and good friends. Like books? Check this out: may 2012

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Exercising During Pregnancy The thought of running a marathon is a daunting one for most, and especially so for pregnant mums, yet the end of the 20th Century saw the first pregnant women doing just that. Marathon running is not something most expectant mothers would consider, but it has been shown that exercise in moderate amounts during pregnancy has a wide range of benefits for both mum and baby. And women who approach pregnancy and all of its unknowns by exercising regularly, eating wisely and learning coping strategies are more likely to experience the wonder of birth and after in a more positive light. tExt: COLLEEN PEtERSON

So what are the benefits exactly? L e s s M a t e r n a l D i s c o m fo r t a n d Injury Exercise routines that are regular, weight-bearing and sustained have shown to result in less than ten percent occurrence of leg, lower back and pelvic nuisances. The incidence of pre-eclampsia is also reduced as well as a lower incidence of upper respiratory infections. What is pre-eclampsia you might ask? Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can occur in the second half of pregnancy. It is characterized by high blood pressure, swelling that happens suddenly along with rapid weight gain due to fluid retention, and protein in the urine. Pre-eclampsia can range from mild to severe and can affect various systems in the body. Although it cannot be stopped c o m p l e t e l y, i t c a n b e m a n a g e d. Since it reduces the flow of blood to the placenta, pre-eclampsia can be quite serious for your unborn baby. Because there is not enough oxygen or nutrients getting through it can restrict your baby’s growth. If preeclampsia develops into eclampsia, your blood pressure will become extremely high and both you and


your baby will be at great risk, and it may even be fatal. L e s s We i g h t G a i n / E n h a n c e d Psychological Well-Being Okay I don't think this needs much explanation, but of course those women who choose to exercise regularly will be less apt to pile on the kilos. Exercise whilst pregnant and after and you’re bound to feel a great deal better about yourself and the way you look. Studies have also shown that because of the increased blood volume and endurance needed to work so hard to support you and your baby while working out and afterwards, you can get in better shape after your pregnancy than you were in before. Labor and Delivery Benefits When talking in terms of the actual time we need to give birth, there are a multitude of good reasons which support the idea of continued exercise throughout pregnancy and after. These include: a decrease in the need for pain relief (ladies, need I say more?); a decrease in the incidence of maternal exhaustion; a decrease in the need to artificially rupture

the membranes to stimulate labor; a decrease in the need for epesiotomy (a cut between the vagina and rectum ); a decrease in the need to intervene because of abnormalities in the fetal heart rate; a decrease in the need for operative interventions such as cesareans or the use of forceps (where the baby is pulled from the womb with the use of ‘prongs’ which often leave a mark on the baby’s head that later disappears). There is also a reduction in the amount of time spent in actual labor, to name just a few. A woman who is fit and pregnant is much more able to deliver oxygen to her baby, handle the demands of musculoskeletal changes that occur to her body and deal more effectively with heat stress. Fit mums who follow the correct diet and eat regularly also increase the use of fat for energy and improve the supply of glucose to the baby. It's no secret that being healthy for both you and your baby includes taking a holistic approach to things. What you eat, how often you exercise, your quality of sleep and your general mood will have a great impact on the outcome of this experience. It only makes sense to do

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everything you can do to bring your baby into the world the best possible way you can, by giving him or her the very best start to life. So what exercises a re sa fe for pregnant mums? There is a wide range of exercises pregnant mums can do, according to their level of fitness before becoming pregnant. It is always important to get clearance from your doctor before you begin exercising and always check for Diasisis Recti. Diasisis Recti is the splitting of the linear alba or the abdominal muscles in the second stage of pregnancy, which can occur due to the growth and weight of the baby on your stomach. If you have Diasisis Recti you can still exercise but you need to know which core exercises you should not do. Exercising early in pregnancy can help to strengthen these muscles and thus prevent Diasisis Recti from occurring. A good exercise program would include warm-up, toning exercises to create strength, cardio work to enhance endurance, core work to build up the muscles in both your stomach and back and a warm-down to bring the heart rate of both you and your baby back to a normal rate, and stretching to relax the body and reduce the risk of any injuries.

Useful resources explaining exercise during pregnancy: Motherwell Maternity Fitness Plan by Bonnie Berk Exercising Through Your Pregnancy by James F. Clapp III m.D. Moms Into Fitness by Lindsay Brins

Colleen Peterson is a quailified Prenatal/Postnatal Fitness Instructor and a mother of two who has lived in Taiwan for ten years. She holds prenatal/ postpartum/baby and me classes at Parents’ Place in Neihu (please see If you have any questions or queries about pregnancy and exercise she would be happy to help; contact her by email at

Orphanage Club News TexT: Jeffrey Chen (12) and Tin Tin Kao (10), oC Co-SeCreTarieS 2011-12

Mother’s Day/Graduation Hallmark Cards and Sweatshirt Sale Tuesday and Wednesday May 1st - 2nd The Orphanage Club will have its annual Mother’s Day and Graduation Hallmark and Sweatshirt Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1st and 2nd. The sale is from from 7 am until 5 pm in front of the Faculty Dining Room. We will sell graduation and Mother’s Day items, plus TAS T-shirts and sweatshirts, priced from NT$400600. All profits from the Hallmark sale will go towards assisting indigenous children through the Puli Christian Hospital, to which we have donated more than NT$2,000,000 since 1999. Profits from the sweatshirt sale help fund Orphanage Club’s monthly Cathwel/Chungyi outings.


Flea Market Saturday May 12th Registration for the Orphanage Club’s annual Spring Flea Market is from April 24th through May 12th. We welcome anyone interested in reserving a table to come to the faculty dining room hallway between 4 and 5 pm on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. Tables are allocated are on a first come, first served basis. No person may reserve more than three tables. Tables inside the cafeteria are NT$1,200, while those in the hallway are NT$1,500. A deposit of NT$300 is also required for each table. Everyone is welcome to the sale on Saturday, May 12th, from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free. The Orphanage Club is still collecting books for its sale as well as clean, usable clothing, household items and toys for its rummage sale on June 9th from 10 am until 5 pm. All proceeds go to fund Orphanage Club’s activities, such as the purchasing baby food and fruits for the Cathwel Orphanage.

All questions or comments should be directed to One can also contact our club sponsors Mr. Arnold at 2873-9900 ext. 239 or or Ms. Koh at may 2012

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stuFFeD Cakes anD Pastries tExt & IMAGES: IVY CHEN crab shell pastry, radish pastry, roast pastry

stuffed cakes and pastries are generally made from wheat flour dough stuffed with a savory or sweet filling. they are either pan-fried or baked. the fillings may include meat, vegetables, egg, glass noodles, tofu, or red bean paste, among others. the pastries are often made with hot water dough, where the gluten in the flour is partially cooked, which makes the dough softer. stuffed pastries are normally served as a side dish or as a snack. sesame paste pastry stuffed with beef

tYPes oF PanCakes Stuffed cake (餡餅, xiàn bǐng) is made from hot water dough and is stuffed with beef ( 牛肉餡餅, niúròu xiàn bǐng) or pork and vegetables (豬 肉餡餅, zhū ròu xiàn bǐng). Xian bing is flattened like a wheel cake before cooking. It is pan fried and served as a main meal or side dish. Green chive box (韭菜盒子, jiǔcài hézi) is made of hot water dough stuffed with Chinese chives, glass noodles, dried shrimp and scrambled egg. It is made into a half-moon shape and pan-fried. It can be served from breakfast to dinner. Sesame paste pastry (芝麻醬燒 餅, zhīmajiàng shāobǐng) is a baked pastry with sesame paste mixed into the dough and more sesame seeds on top. It is served with stuffed braised beef (芝麻醬燒餅夾牛肉, zhīmajiàng shāobǐng jiā niúròu) as a side dish or snack. Radish pastry (蘿蔔絲餅, luóbo sī bǐng) is a baked pastry stuffed with shredded white radish. It is served as snack or side dish. Crab shell pastry (蟹殼黃, xiè ké


huáng) is a baked pastry topped with sesame seeds. The shape resembles a crab shell and it’s stuffed with spring onion and pork fat. It is served as a snack or with soy bean milk for breakfast. B l a c k p e p p e r p a s t r y (胡椒餅, hújiāo bǐng) is a baked pastry stuffed with ground pork, spring onion and black pepper. It is served as a snack. Baked pastry (燒餅, shāobǐng) is a rectangle baked pastry topped with sesame seeds. It is cut horizontally and stuffed with fried bread stick (油 條, yóutiáo) in a combination called

s h ā o b ǐ ng y ó u t i á o (燒餅油條) f o r breakfast. Fried egg may be added as an additional filling upon request. Wheel cake (車輪餅, chēlún bǐng) is round like a wheel and has either a savory (eg. dried radish) or sweet (eg. red bean paste or custard) filling. Wheel cakes have a shell made of egg and flour batter, which is roasted in a series of molds. The filling is placed into half the shells in the mold, and these are covered with the other half. Wheel cakes are served as a snack. Red bean paste or Chinese date paste stuffed cake (豆沙 or 棗泥 鍋餅, dòushā/zǎoní guō bing) is a dessert stuffed with red bean paste or Chinese date paste, although kinds with savory fillings such as ground

Black pepper pastry

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Green chive box

pork (豬肉鍋餅, zhū ròu guō bing), ground beef (牛肉鍋餅, niúròu guō bing), or seafood (三鮮鍋餅, sān xiān guō bing) can also be found. Beef stuffed cake

BeeF stuFFeD PastrY 牛肉餡餅 [niúròu xiàn bǐng] Serves 12 Dough 1 portion of hot water dough 燙麵 (see below) Fillings 600g ground beef 牛絞肉 250g spring onion, chopped 蔥花 Seasoning 1tbsp soy sauce 醬油 1tsp salt 鹽 4~6tbsp spring onion and ginger water蔥薑水 (see below) 1/2tsp ground black pepper 黑胡椒粉 1tbsp rice wine 米酒 1tbsp sesame oil 香油 Directions 1. M i x g r o u n d b e e f w i t h seasoning and blend well. Put it in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 2. Divide the dough into 12 balls, flatten and roll the dough into a round wrapper with thin edges, thicker in the middle.

3. Mix beef with spring onion. Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts. 4. Place one part of filling in the center of the wrapper. 5. Collect the edges of the wrapper, folding and overlapping them to meet in the center. Pinch and seal together at the top if there is a hole. 6. Follow the same steps for the remaining eleven stuffed pastries. 7. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a frying pan, arrange cakes, fold-side down, in the pan. Pan-fry stuffed pastries over medium-low heat until the bottom turns brown. Turn over and pan-fry the other side until browned and puffed. Tips The beef filling can be replaced by pork or any other favorite ingredients.

hot Water Dough 燙麵 [tàng miàn] Ingredients 300g all-purpose flour 中筋麵粉 3/4 cup boiling water 滾水 2~3tbsp cold water 冷水 1tbsp vegetable oil 蔬菜油

Baked pastry stuffed with fried bread stick

wheel cake

Directions 1. Place flour in a big bowl, pour in the boiling water and stir rapidly with chopsticks or fork until evenly blended. 2. Add cold water and stir. Add oil and knead dough until smooth and soft (‘3-clean,’ i.e. clean hands, table and dough). 3. Cover dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for at least 20 minutes before rolling. sPring onion anD ginger Water 蔥薑水 [cōng jiāng shuǐ] Ingredients 2 s t a l k s s p r i n g o n i o n, r o u g h l y chopped 蔥切段 4 centimeters ginger, sliced 薑切片 Directions 1. Place spring onion and ginger in a blender or food processor, add just enough water to cover the ingredients and blend into a fine puree. 2. A l l o w l i q u i d t o r e s t f o r 20 minutes to release the flavour; strain. 3. Spring onion and ginger water can be chilled in the fridge for 4~5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. MAY 2012

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FROM THE INTERIM DIRECTOR In the last issue of COT Fred Voigtmann paid a graceful and thoroughly deserved tribute to Steve Parker for his sterling work as Director of the Community Services Center over the past four years. As Interim Director for the next few months during the process of finding a successor to Steve, it falls to me to keep up the good work and let me tell you now I will be giving it my best shot. After only a short while it is clear that I will be considerably helped in this endeavour by The Center's people : staff members, counselors, volunteers, organisers, advisors, teachers and Steering Committee members, all of whom have been unfailingly welcoming and helpful. There are some changes coming: two of our counselors, Kris Carlson and Tina Oelke, will soon be leaving – Kris to Indonesia and Tina back home to the USA (yes Toto, she will be in Kansas) – so we thank them for their service and commitment to the Center's work and wish them well. At the same time we welcome back Eva Salazar-Liu and Cindy Teeters to the counseling team – Eva from a period away for family reasons and Cindy from bringing her beautiful daughter Zoe into the world. But be assured that through these and whatever other changes may pop up in the near future, including the management transition, there will be continuity in The Center's organization, operations and activities.

My own connection with The Center began some 16 years ago as a counseling client and for the last ten years has been as a member of the Steering Committee; both instances have reinforced my belief in the worth of The Center's mission and its central importance to both the expatriate community and the local family of service it's in that light that I approach my responsibilities as Interim Director. It's a privilege to serve. On a lighter note... as I write in late April we are being drenched by the Plum Rains. But never mind that, we are neither sugar nor salt and won't melt as my grandmother used to say, so with winter gone now is the time to get out and enjoy Taiwan's lovely and immensely varied countryside – and what better way to do that than with Richard Saunders' excellent guide books, published by The Center and available from there and other outlets. With best regards,

Michael Boyden Interim Director

The Center's Favorite Finds text: Monica Hess

As much as I love Taiwan, I still sometimes get a bit overwhelmed by Taipei’s fast pace (okay, mainly the taxi drivers), the constant barrage of sights and sounds, and the enormous variety of everything, available 24/7! Wouldn’t it be lovely to find a peaceful oasis, just off the beaten path, where you can have a wonderfully delicious meal, served in zen-like surroundings, with soft music playing? After your meal, you could wander through a modern gallery, perusing museum quality works of art, or browse a selection of colorful East-meets-West clothing? If a thoughtful, peaceful haven is what you seek, then I highly recommend the Meimen “Life Cultivation” Center. The staff at this haven are welcoming and friendly. The food at the restaurant is prepared according to the Chinese philosophy of Five Colors, Five Tastes, and Five Elements. The Qigong area offers both physical and 32

spiritual rejuvenation. Interested in flower arranging, calligraphy, or attending a special tea ceremony? Need a one-of-a-kind handcrafted wooden tea caddy? You’ll find all that here, and more. Enter with an open heart and leave with a lighter spirit. Meimen Culture Center 42 Lishui Street (just off of Heping East Road, near Shida) (02) 2321-6677

may 2012

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COMMUNITY GROUPS Organization Telephone Website/Email Address

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Alliance Française de Taiwan 2364-8833/ 2364-1919 American Chamber of Commerce 2718-8226 American Club in China 2885-8260 American Institute in Taiwan 2162-2000 Amnesty International 2709-4162 Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) 7701-0818/ 0922-109-089 British Chamber of Commerce 2720-1919 Canadian Society 2757-6977 Christian Salvation Service 2729-0265 Community Services Center 2836-8134 Democrats Abroad (Tammy Turner) Dutch Speaking Association (VNT) East West Culture Project European Chamber of Commerce 2740-0236 East West Culture Project (EWCP) 0983-339-901 Gateway 2833-7444 German Institute 2501-6188 German Trade Office 8758-5800 Goethe-Institut Taipei 2506-9028 Indians' Association of Taipei 2542-8091 2533-4272 International Community Choir La Leche League (Breastfeeding Support) lé the francophone Lions Downtown Club Taipei, English speaking (Peter Wu) 2701-1811 Oasis Youth Group 2831-0299 Overseas Trailing Talent in Taiwan Paradyme Youth Group 2833-7444 POW Camps Memorial Society (Michael Hurst) 8660-8438 Republicans Abroad Taiwan Shilin District Office 2882-6200 a commercial office and ) 2518-4901~3 Spanish Chamber Of Commerce ( a Spanish consulate Tagalog Hotline 2834-4127 Taipei International Women’s Club 2331-9403 TYPA (Taipei Youth Program Association) 2873-1815 SCHOOLS Dominican International School Grace Christian Academy Morrison Academy Taipei Adventist American School Taipei American School Taipei European School Taipei Japanese School

2533-8451 2785-7233 2365-9691 2861-6400 2873-9900 8145-9007 2872-3833

SPORTS Biking Site in Taiwan Hash House Harriers 0952-025-116 International Golf Society of Taipei This is a non-profit group. Participants only pay for their gear and court fees. K3 Squash Club ( Free coaching is also provided for those who have never played before. ) 0987-275-919 Scottish Country Dancing (May Chen) 2706-3179 Taipei Women’s International Golf Group (TWIGG) 2691-5912 Tai Tai’s Women’s Touch Rugby 0981-180-020 Taipei Baboons Rugby Club - Taiwan 0952 67 1995 Taipei Shebabs Women’s Touch Rugby 0913-602-071, , Facebook: K3 Squash Club Taipei


Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Britain Brunei Burkina Faso Canada Chad Chile Costa Rica Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Republic El Salvador Fiji Finland France

2757-6556 8725-4100 2712-8597 2715-1215 2876-0894 2723-8721 2835-7388 8758-2088 2506-3767 2873-3096 8723-3000 2874-2943 2723-0329 2875-2964 2722-5100 2718-2101 2875-1357 2876-3509 2757-9596 2722-0764 3518-5151



Haiti Honduras Hungary India Indonesia Ireland Israel Italy Japan Jordan Korea Malaysia Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway

2876-6718 2875-5512 8501-1200 2757-6112 8752-6179 2725-1691 2757-9692 2725-1542 2713-8000 2871-7712 2725-2324 2713-2626 2757-6566 2713-5760 2757-6725 2874-9034 2757-6987 2543-5484

German Institute Guatemala

2501-6188 2875-6952

Oman Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Russia Saudi Arabia Senegal Singapore Slovak Republic South Africa Spain Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Thailand Turkey United States Vietnam

2722-0684 2509-9189 2873-6310 2757-7017 2723-2527 7718-3300 8780-3011 2876-1444 2876-6519 2772-1940 8780-3231 2715-3251 2518-4901 2872-5934 2757-6573 2720-1001 2723-1800 2757-7318 2162-2000 2516-6626 MAY 2012

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Worship Directory (for full details of services please refer to taipei Living or contact the church organization directly)

agape 3f, 21 changchun road, taipei, taiwan tel: 2598-1009 (office) anglican episcopal Church church of the Good shepherd 509 zhongcheng rd., shilin tel: 2873-8104, 2882-2462 Calvary international Baptist Church 21, Yangde Blvd., sec. 2, Yangmingshan tel: 2831-3458 fax: 2838-5792 Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints 5, Lane 183, Jinhua street tel: 2321-9195, 0939-687-178 City revival Church B1, 210, zhongXiao E. rd., sec. 4 tel: 8921-8250 fax: 8921-8272 Friendship Presbyterian Church 5, Lane 269, roosevelt rd., sec. 3 tel: 2362-1395 grace Baptist Church 90 Xinsheng s. rd., sec. 3 tel: 2362-5321 ext. 135 34

Jewish Community for information call Ahrony Yoram on 0939763-135 living Word Church B1, 304, shidong road, shilin tel: 2834-6549 Mother of god Catholic Church 171 zhongshan n. rd., sec. 7, tianmu tel: 2871-5168 fax: 2871-7972 new apostolic Church 2f, no. 5, Lane 39, keelung rd, sec. 2, taipei, new life international seventh-day adventist Church 4th fl. health center- taipei Adventist hospital 424 Ba de rd. sec. 2, taipei 105 Pr. robbie Berghan 0958-732-704 email: oasis Bread of life Christian Church 10f, #55, zhongcheng rd, sec. 2 (daYeh takashimaya, tian Mu) tel: 28310299 fax: 28317214 email:

english Ministry @suang-lien Presbyterian Church 111 zhong-shan n road, sec 2, taipei tel: 2541-5390 fax: 2523-1361 Email: taipei holiness Church (charismatic international service) Every sunday morning at 10.45am with Pastor sandra Ee 5f, 107 nanking East road section 4, taipei te: 27123242 taipei international Church Meets at the taipei American school 800 zhongshan n. rd., sec. 6, tianmu tel: 2833-7444 fax: 2835-2778 gateway.htm taiPei JeWish serviCes sheraton taipei hotel 12, zhongxiao East road, section 1, taipei tel: 2592-2840, fax: 2594-3892 E-mail: transforming Faith Church (f.k.a. Bread of life Christian Church) 5f, 295 zhongXiao E. rd., sec. 4 tel: 8772-2207 fax: 8772-2210

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Peter T GuĂŠrin MD Peter has lived in Taipei since 2010 with his wife and 3 children. He works for the American Institute in Taiwan. This photo was taken at Tian He Park in Tianmu, Taipei.

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