我叫池美燕。 我在Union College 學習 生物和中文。 我將來要當醫生。 雖然我是華人 (我媽媽是台灣人,我爸爸是香港人), 可是我以前不會寫也不懂中文。 我的聽說的水平本領也馬馬虎虎的。 我想利用上大學的機會多學一些中文。 其實,下個學期我打算去台灣念研究生,學習中醫。 我這個學期的目標是提高和加強我的中文聽、說、讀、寫 的水平. 希望能夠成功, 到台灣的時候不會感覺糊裏糊塗。

Hi all!

My name is Tori and I am currently student with a Biology/Asian Studies Interdepartmental Major at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I matriculated into college I knew for certain two things: I wanted to be a doctor and I wanted to master Chinese.

Growing up, I was fed concoctions made from tree bark, jujube nuts, and other strange looking herbs. I had a million questions about what they were but in return the answer was usually “It’s good for you, just eat it.” Perhaps this has been the basis of which I find myself more open to alternative medicine. In fact, I find it fascinating. As part of my journey to become a doctor, I think it is important to understand and be open to different types of alternative medicine.

Chinese. Yes. I am of Chinese descent. My mom is from Taiwan and my dad is from Hong Kong. No. I do not know Chinese and by no means am I fluent. In fact, I have never been over there. I was born and raised in the US. Nevertheless, I do know this: I will master Chinese.

With these two goals in mind, I have designed an Independent Study Abroad that allows me to be immersed in a fully Chinese environment as well as intern with Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.

I will be updating this blog about my experience in Taiwan. The main page will be dedicated to my class on Martial Arts with Professor Ferry – 費老師 – and will be completely be in Chinese. Taiwan Rage! will be in English and will include my thoughts on my other two classes with my other professors. I will also be using my twitter account @xiaoheiyin for more frequent and shorter news.

Thank you for your interest and I hope you continue to follow me on my journey back to the East!

– xiaoheiyin


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