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

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

Rigorous-&-Exhausting-New-Routine-at-Cornell MilliGFunk

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

So You’re Moving to Taiwan: What Happens Next?

So You're Moving to Taiwan? Don't Panic! www.milligfunk.com

Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on April 12, 2006. The idea of leaving the country is really exciting to me, but the preparations are a little nerve-wracking. I have 38 days until I graduate from the Heinz School, and then only about two weeks … Continue reading

New on MilliGFunk.com! #ThrowbackThursday to my #YearInTaipei

MilliGFunk at the National Theatre in Taiwan

Once upon a time, I won a fellowship that sent me to Taipei, Taiwan. The fellowship, called the Luce Scholars Program, sends 15-18 young Americans, who are considered future leaders in their field, to live and work in an Asian country for a year. The year I was selected, I … Continue reading

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