Interviewee: Albee Wang
Interviewer: Asya İğmen
1) What is your average weekday and weekend like?
– How many hours do you go to school?
Around 7 hours a day (7:30 AM-2:30 PM), and 5 days a week.
– How many hours of homework do u have weekdays & weekends?
On an average day, I would spend around 1 hour completing school work or studying, but the day before tests I might study up to 5 hours depending on the subject.
– How many hours do u have for yourself weekday & weekend?
Usually I get up to 5 or 6 hours of free tim, which I can spend watching television or surfing the internet, and I get the whole weekend off if I don’t have much work. My parents do not interfere with how I spend my time as long as I maintain a decent grade, which is what I love about them J
2) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I may either be in my first year grad school or may start working at a firm somewhere.
3) What is your favorite thing you like about living in Taiwan?
I actually live in Thailand, although I’m a Taiwanese (my father works in Thailand), but I do visit Taiwan every summer. I really like the fact that it is very convenient in Taiwan. The buses, MRT, and taxi are present everywhere, and it is extremely convenient to travel around. Furthermore, there are convenient stores or food stalls literally every 3 minutes walk, so it is easy to buy things and find food. In Thailand however, I need my driver to drive me around and it usually takes more than an hour for me to go to my school and the downtown area since there are not much options of transportation that I can choose from and everything is far away from my house…
4) What do you dislike most about living in Taiwan?
To me, Taiwan is a face-paced country since I’m used to the slow pace in Thailand. However, I would not say that I dislike this trait of Taiwan, but it just takes me a while to adapt to it.
5) What are Taiwanese students most passionate about?
To be honest, I don’t really know what Taiwanese students are most passionate about since I live in Thailand, but in my school here, I would say that the students are passionate about different things. People who like sport will be passionate about sport and people who like to watch movies will be passionate about celebrities. But in general, especially in senior year, the students are really eager to get into good universities. This whole year, I heard people discuss about different universities in various countries and the pros and cons of each place (although I’m not sure if I would call this a passion).
6) What do Taiwanese students know about Turkey and how do they view Turkish people?
I’m not sure what Taiwanese people know about Turkish people, but I think our knowledge of Turkish people is limited. As a matter of fact, I think I just personally met Turkish people for the first time when I went to USC, and I think they are really cool and nice people. I look forward to meeting Turkish people or even better, visit Turkey someday.
7) If someone were to visit Taiwan, where would you recommend they visit first?
I would definitely recommend the famous night markets in Taiwan. There are many delicious Taiwanese food and the prices are reasonable as well. The atmosphere is also very lively. The night market is also one of the most important/famous customs in Taiwan, so if tourists want to experience Taiwan, they definitely can’t miss out the night markets.
8) Any one interesting fact about the Taiwanese way of life?
I’m not sure if this is considered an interesting fact, but I’ve realized that Taiwanese people drink a lot of sweet drinks. Ever since “bobba tea” has become popular, there is just thousands of drink stall selling all types of beverages and teas. An average young person probably consumes about 500mL to 1L of sweet tea or drinks per day. However, I personally did not develop that habit, probably because I don’t reside permanently in Taiwan.
9) Taiwan is one of the “Four Asian Tigers”, alongside the highly developed economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea. Do you think Taiwan’s “dynamic, capitalist, export-driven economy” has had any negative effects on the country as a whole, such as further competition and tension with China?
I don’t think that being a developed country has bring any negative impacts to Taiwan or even worsen the tension between Taiwan and the main land China. On the contrary, I think it has improved the relationship with China because now Taiwan has become a popular tourist spot for Chinese people, and their visits to Taiwan has helped with the economics in Taiwan as well. I think the relationship is mutual and gradually improving.
10) “Taiwan culture incorporates elements of the traditional Chinese culture” and during the early post-war period the Taiwanese government launched a program promoting Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, folk art, and Chinese opera. Do you personally think Taiwanese culture is a regional form of Chinese culture or is it a distinct, separate culture?
Although many Taiwanese would claim that our culture is different from China’s, I personally do not deny the fact that our culture is a branch from the traditional Chinese culture. The reason to my opinion is that our language, food, lifestyle, religions, and beliefs are pretty much similar to the Chinese culture. However, I do emphasize the fact that we (Taiwan) are an independent country that is clearly separated from China.
11) Two Academy Awards winner Taiwanese director Ang Lee is internationally known for his amazing works, especially the sensational movie “Brokeback Mountain”.Is he an admired celebrity in Taiwan? What are your comments about him altering to Hollywood after his Asian production “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger”? Is him producing a purely American movie considered a betrayal or a success?
Ang Lee is a very famous figure in Taiwan. As a matter of fact, he is probably the most well-known and respected director in our country. The fact that he produced an American movie is not considered as a betrayal, but an honor and national pride because he brought our country to the international stage.