A New Zealander’s Story On Being Chinese

I finished reading Being Chinese - A New Zealander's Story by Helene Wong in two days, and it really made me think about my own background, experiences and thoughts on being a New Zealander. Wong was born in Taihape, with a mixture of second and third generation in her family, and in her book, she explores her … Continue reading A New Zealander’s Story On Being Chinese

The Reason Asians Carry Umbrellas In The Sun

When I'm living in Taipei, I feel like it's completely normal to put up an umbrella when the sun is out. It's very common in many Asian countries, such as China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. On Summer days like today, the sun can be very harsh in Auckland, and I tend to use an umbrella … Continue reading The Reason Asians Carry Umbrellas In The Sun

Growing Up As An Asian In New Zealand

Everyone has a different experience growing up, and we have a mixture of cultures in New Zealand. This is sort of a continuation of thoughts and experiences from my previous post here. A little background about me is that I was born and raised in New Zealand, and spent most of my life living by … Continue reading Growing Up As An Asian In New Zealand

The Driving Standards In Taiwan Need To Improve

In any city, driving safely and responsibly should always, always be an obvious requirement. I wanted to focus this article specifically on Taipei, because recently a very close person near and dear to my heart was nearly killed by a driver in Taipei after being hit. It is a huge, often overlooked and ignored aspect of … Continue reading The Driving Standards In Taiwan Need To Improve

When You’re Asian And More Fluent In English

I was born and raised in New Zealand, and even though my grammar still has room for improvement (note my use of commas), English has always been one of my favourite subject at school. I love writing essays, reading novels and have always had a love of the language. My mother tongue is Chinese, as … Continue reading When You’re Asian And More Fluent In English

Five Reasons To Improve Your Mandarin

It is New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2017 from 16-22 October, which is a initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover more about the Chinese language and culture. There are many reasons why it's great to learn or improve your Mandarin, as not only is it one of the most beautiful languages, but it is … Continue reading Five Reasons To Improve Your Mandarin

Being Asked If I Feel More Taiwanese Or Kiwi

If you're an Asian who was born and raised in a Western country, the question on whether you feel more this or that can be a difficult one. As someone who grew up in New Zealand, it's my natural response to say that I'm from New Zealand. I've never lived in Taiwan long term and … Continue reading Being Asked If I Feel More Taiwanese Or Kiwi

The Problem With Casual Racism In New Zealand

I went home during the last semester break, and as my family were walking in the Farmers Market we stopped by a stand selling beautiful wooden bowls. The man at the stand was friendly and talked to my family, and my Dad who has lived in New Zealand for over 20 years, was asked: "So, … Continue reading The Problem With Casual Racism In New Zealand

How To Improve Your Chinese Language Skills

Chinese is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. When you see the words themselves, each of them are like a picture. It is the most spoken language in the world by more than 1 billion people. I remember my Grandmother explaining to my sister and I the way each Chinese character are … Continue reading How To Improve Your Chinese Language Skills

Taiwanese Beauty And Fashion Youtubers

For those who are curious or would like to discover some Taiwanese beauty and fashion youtubers, I've researched and compiled a list of several bloggers from Taiwan. Many of them share their views on beauty and skincare products, review the latest products, give snippets of their daily lives, shoot fashion look books, travel videos, styling, … Continue reading Taiwanese Beauty And Fashion Youtubers

The Curiosity Of Asking Someone’s Ethnicity

One of the questions I get asked frequently from strangers or meeting someone new is Where are you from? What's your background? Where are your parents from? or What's your ethnicity? It's understandable, because it's tricky to tell what my ethnicity is, especially when no one has ever guessed Taiwanese. I commonly hear Malaysian, Thailand and Japanese. It's natural to feel … Continue reading The Curiosity Of Asking Someone’s Ethnicity

Taipei Minimal Cafe 極簡咖啡 & Taiwan Diary

My first time going to a cat cafe meant a lot of cat patting, staring at cats, drinking tea, taking pictures and talking. We arrived there at 2:00pm and stayed until 5:00pm. During that time, most of the cats were fast asleep and minding their own business. There is free wifi at the cat cafe, … Continue reading Taipei Minimal Cafe 極簡咖啡 & Taiwan Diary

50 Things You’ll Experience Or Notice In Taipei

I was born and raised in New Zealand, however if you were to ask me my family background, I would say Taiwan. Since I was very little, I visited Taiwan each year and have just been in Taipei for over a week now. I notice the same things or some new things each time. Whether … Continue reading 50 Things You’ll Experience Or Notice In Taipei

Thoughts On Beauty Ideals In East Asia

There tends to be a certain definition of beauty in the media, even though Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. On one hand, I do believe this to be ultimately true, and on the other I feel many people want to attain the beauty ideals they are presented with. These beauty standards are commonly seen … Continue reading Thoughts On Beauty Ideals In East Asia

5 Skincare Beauty Secrets From Taiwan

Many people will relate to the need to protect the skin from the sun, rather than exposing it in the sun during long periods. It's a general beauty standard in Taiwan to keep the skin clear and bright. I do think a good balance of Vitamin D is important too. However, taking good care of the skin … Continue reading 5 Skincare Beauty Secrets From Taiwan

Growing Up As An Asian In A Western Country

I was born and raised in New Zealand all my life, before I moved to Australia just under two years ago. I grew up being taught Mandarin and went to a Chinese school every Saturday. Unfortunately I was pretty lazy during those classes, as English was always a language I felt a huge interest with … Continue reading Growing Up As An Asian In A Western Country

The Lack Of Asian Models In Australia

After thinking about this for quite some time and noticing that nearly every main modelling agency in Australia has a significant lack of diversity, I felt the need to write about this topic. Many agencies would have one Black model, one or two Asian models and all White models. It seems that we live in … Continue reading The Lack Of Asian Models In Australia

When People Say “You Are Pretty For An Asian”

I don't think I have ever been told this exactly, but I was interested to write about it after I was sitting in a waiting room. There were voices chattering away - the kind you can't not hear even when you're staring off into space. The words wondered into my ears "Her eyes look so Asian though...She looks too Asian in the … Continue reading When People Say “You Are Pretty For An Asian”

Dealing With Racism As An Asian

When I think of racism, the following words also pop inside my head: sexism, homophobia, inequality, ageism, discrimination.. What really got me to write about this, is how much racism I have heard in one day. Living in Australia (or New Zealand - and anywhere for that matter), there will unfortunately be racism, especially in a … Continue reading Dealing With Racism As An Asian

Why Do Some Asians Aspire to Western Ideals of Beauty?

There is no denying that a huge influence of Caucasian beauty ideals is absorbed by Asians. There are some that are really a pet peeve for me and others that I can understand. Others are unrelated to Western standards, and are simply the way someone wants to look like. Of course, there is some generalisation, … Continue reading Why Do Some Asians Aspire to Western Ideals of Beauty?