Sometimes Rolaids Just Aren’t Enough

Sometimes Rolaids Aren't Enough on www.MilliGFunk.com

Today I went to a special lunch. A lunch in the honor of myself and the other Taiwanese Luce Scholar, E. the Asia Foundation in Taiwan in Taiwan staff wanted to meet us, and we wanted to meet them. This was the perfect opportunity, but let me tell you: sometimes … Continue reading

My Very First Bubble Tea

My First Bubble Tea on www.MilliGFunk.com

As part of my Taiwanese culinary adventures, I’ve now eaten at a street-vendor noodle shop and had my very first bubble tea. The noodles were good, but the tea was fun. 🙂 Bubble tea is a very milky tea (in different flavors) with big tapioca balls at the bottom. The … Continue reading

My Very First Day as an Expat

Melissa's Very First Day as an Expat in Taiwan from www.MilliGFunk.com

  Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on September 1, 2006. We’ve been in Taipei for 24 hours now. Here are my first impressions: First, no one seems at all affected by me. I’m one of the only Caucasians I’ve seen all day (a total … Continue reading

Have You Ever Wondered Why Chinese Speakers Struggle with their Rs?

Why Do Chinese Speakers Struggle With Their Rs? Via MilliGFunk.com

Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on August 4, 2006. Have you ever wondered why Chinese speakers struggle with their Rs? I’ve been meaning for awhile to talk a little about the judgments we make on the way overseas Chinese (Meiguo huachao) speak English. First, … Continue reading

A #ThrowbackThursday Post: New Forms of Terrorism

A #ThrowbackThursday post about new forms of terrorism from MilliGFunk.com

Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on August 11, 2006. My mom and I had just settled into our hotel in Ohio for the night when we saw the news on CNN about the disrupted attempt to blow up the planes headed from the UK … Continue reading

Chinese Family Relationships Are More Important Than I Knew

Understanding Chinese Family Relationships - via MilliGFunk

Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on August 7, 2006 Chinese family relationships are more important than I knew: The Chinese language and culture require that siblings and familial relationships be treated differently than in English language and American culture. How Siblings Are Called Siblings … Continue reading

Little Tall & His Chinese Boy Band

Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on July 11, 2006. Xiao Gao and the Nali Nalis:That’s the name of the boy band my classmate is planning to create in China. He’s sure they’ll be the Next Big Thing. “Xiao Gao” means “little tall.” Gao is my … Continue reading

Four Fascinating Things About Chinese Children’s Names

Four Fascinating Things About Chinese Names MillIGFunk

Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on June 15, 2006. FALCON students are each given a Chinese name, which is then used in class (and oftentimes out of class as well) to address each other. There are some kids in my class whose English names I … Continue reading

A Rigorous and Exhausting New Routine at Cornell

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Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on June 9, 2006. Today was the second day of our FALCON Chinese class at Cornell. The course isn’t easy, but that’s both a challenge and a relief. A challenge because I’m being forced to take in a lot of … Continue reading

Speak No English

Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on April 24, 2006 Yesterday was Earth Day, and I couldn’t help but think that I’m about to have a much better idea about just what the Earth is. I’m going to be living on the other side of it … Continue reading

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