Aug 02, 2022
In Education Forum
Say That I Am Not Taiwanese Because I Am from the United States; Some Taiwanese Say That People from Other Provinces Are Not Really Taiwanese and Should Go Back to Mainland China. I Became Friends with an Elder Sister Who Is Passionate About Taiwan Independence Politics and Indigenous Issues. She Told Me, "If You Have a Relationship with Taiwan and Think You Are Taiwanese, Then You Are Taiwanese." It Changed My Life. I Can't Change the Past, and I Can't Deny That the Reason Why My Family Finally Came to Taiwan Has Something to Do with the Decisions of a Military Dictator. He Caused Great Fear to Many of My Close Friends and Even the Ancestors, Family Members of Extended Family Members. I Cannot Change the Objective Reasons Why I Am Here, the Place My Family and I Now Call "Home." I Don't Think Anyone (Either Myself or a Victim of Systemic Violence) Has to Feel Guilty or Ashamed - Trying to executive list Self-Flagellate Doesn't Do Anyone Any Good. We Don't Have the Right to Decide How We Are Born and Raised, but We Can Decide How We Want to Live Our Lives. Although I Was Not Born in Taiwan, or May Not Have Become a "Taiwanese", I Know the Story of Myself and My Family, and It Is Deeply Intertwined with Taiwan, Beyond Description. This Is Where My Family and I Live Now and Where We Will Continue to Be. I Choose to Be with Them on This Beautiful Island. Biology Cannot Determine Fate. Instead of Dwelling on the Guilt and Shame of the Past, I Choose to Build the Future Together; Instead of Erasing the Past, We Strive to Rebuild What Is Broken and Seek Healing in Love, Hope, and Peace. "You Jump, I Jump", Life and Death Go Hand in Hand. Do I Belong Here? Becoming a Citizen of the Kingdom of God Was the First Time I Actually Felt a Sense of Belonging. Dynasties and Countries in the World Have Changed, but I Know That I Am God's People, and I Feel at Ease Because of That.