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Waiguoren in Taiwan — What it Means, Why it Matters

Waiguoren (外國人) is an interesting word that doesn’t simply mean “foreigner.” Waiguoren’s polysemic meanings as a word are diverse, meaning, it has multiple meanings depending on who the person is saying it, and the person hearing it. As much as we like to simplify the meaning of words as having definite meanings, I think this […]

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The Enjoyment of Being a Foreigner – The Foreigner in the Room

I’m not crazy about always being referred to as a foreigner. Even in my local little beef noodle spot, I am still referred to as the foreigner despite the owner and staff knowing me on a first name basis. I don’t enjoy being reminded with interactions that I’m “different”. I know I’m different because the […]

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Lens of Taiwan: July-November 2017

It has been a very busy couple of months for me. I finally finished writing my thesis proposal. On top of that, I have other lectures, work, a social life and girlfriend. But, I do like to document the little things I come across or some take snapshots of what is going on with my […]

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