Hi, I’m Abby. My Chinese name is Wang Xiaowen (王曉雯). I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia. I recently graduated from Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) with a B.A. in Human Health and Chinese Language & Literature. I am working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Taichung, Taiwan from August 2016-June 2017. I teach grades 1-6 at two elementary schools in Fengyuan District (豐原區).
This blog is designed as a medium for me to document my experience as an ETA throughout the 11-month grant period. I would not have made it here without the support and generosity of my family and friends, so this blog is for them too. As an avid photographer, sketcher, and foodie, I also aim to share my experiences through photographs and drawings.
The title of my blog is “Waiguoren in Taiwan.” In Mandarin Chinese, waiguoren (外國人) means “foreigner.” As a foreigner in Taiwan, it’s hard not to stand out. While I am ethnically ambiguous – people often erroneously guess that I’m Hawaiian, Native American, Uyghur, or Indonesian – I still often hear this word spoken aloud by locals while walking around with fellow Fulbright ETA’s. Thus, I’ve chosen to embrace my status as an Alien Resident in Taiwan via the title of my blog.
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Disclaimer: This is not an official Department of State website or blog, and the views and information presented are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program of the U.S. Department of State.
Teacher, Photographer, Designer, Traveler