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

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

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

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?

Racial Diversity in the Fashion Industry

In bustle.com it states that "The fashion industry as a whole is notoriously bad at encouraging diversity and a truly representative runway." Fashion is a global multi-billion dollar business that often silently discriminates or represents a lack of diversity. As usual when I browse Model agencies to look at my favourite models, I can never get … Continue reading Racial Diversity in the Fashion Industry

When Asians Look Younger Than Their Age

There is a generalisation that some Asians tend to look younger than their age. I find that generally speaking, it seems to be very common that at some point an Asian person may have been told that they look younger, or that someone was surprised to know that they were actually this or that age. … Continue reading When Asians Look Younger Than Their Age

The most frequent asian questions I get asked

It is undeniable that if you are Asian or from Taiwan, you may or may not have been asked one, two or more of the questions listed below. Especially if you live in a multicultural society, most of the time people are simply curious or genuinely interested in knowing where you are from. The reason … Continue reading The most frequent asian questions I get asked

Taiwanese Beauty Bloggers Hair Tutorials / 台灣美妝部落客

I remember when I was younger, I loved doing everyone's hair in the house. It was part of my night time routine, and one day my Auntie gave me a book on different hair styles. That was my first introduction to french braids, different ponytails and beautiful curly hair. At the time I didn't have … Continue reading Taiwanese Beauty Bloggers Hair Tutorials / 台灣美妝部落客

My Thoughts on Racial Equality in Beauty

As a person who was raised in a Western country, with an Asian upbringing, I have experienced both sides of the cultures. They are a range of positive and negative experiences that we can all learn from. The one thing I constantly notice in our society, is the need to know if someone is Asian … Continue reading My Thoughts on Racial Equality in Beauty

Thoughts On Being A Taiwanese Kiwi

It's always a sensitive issue to write about race, culture, sexuality, gender and so forth. But, I just thought to do my self justice, it would be nice to let some of my interesting experiences over the nineteen years of life be shared in the digital world. I wanted to add some snippets of funny … Continue reading Thoughts On Being A Taiwanese Kiwi

Little White Dress

Spending more than a month in Taiwan has put my mind in more perspective about many things. When we travel to another country, we experience the culture, environment, people and language. As an Asian person who feels incredibly Western in an Asian society, it was extremely difficult for me to adjust myself to the culture. … Continue reading Little White Dress