I gave my final speech of the Spring semester on Friday + have one week left to go before the semester is over! I am looking forward to a break from class, but sad that most of my friends in the program will be leaving Taiwan over the next two weeks. But then my best college buddy, Christian, will come for a visit! After a few days in Taiwan, we go to Hanoi, then Bangkok. I can’t wait for our Southeast Asia adventure!
Anyway, I am still sometimes surprised by how much Chinese I have been able to learn in the last five months. In January I would never have been able to write a 5 minute speech in Chinese, + today I can with relative ease! My speech topic this semester was about the fact that I did not expect to find acting work in Taiwan + did, nor did I expect to meet such a smart group of writers to collaborate with here. The speech went as follows:
我本來覺得在 ICLP 念書的時候我不會做表演的工作。可是我現在每個周末在好幾個台灣的城市表演。我們的表演是一個教孩子英文的表演。表演的時候我們都在唱歌也在跳舞。我跟小孩子都覺得這個表演很好玩。
我來台灣以前， 我也不知道我會認識這麼多又聰明又有辦法的作家。可是今年一月我的同學泰春請我跟四個朋友寫詩歌也演出一個說唱的表演叫〝韻家旮旯。〞每個月我們用英文跟中文寫新的詩歌，做新的表演。我們都可以寫四個人物，可是我常常寫 Music 跟 Jezibelle。Music 是真的愛，Jezibelle 是欲望 。
因為我寫 Jezibelle 的故事是一點都不可以在演講說的，所以現在我要告訴你們一個短的 Music 的故事：
Since my friend (+ classmate), Disha, was discussing Indian culture + preparing the Indian street snack panipuri for her presentation, I decided to don a Saree along with her. I had never worn one before, had two from my Singapore trip with my mom + I love to dress up! Our teacher decided that it would be fun if I taught the room full of teachers + students Disha’s favorite dance, “Changing the Lightbulbs,” before we gave our speeches. It was!
We had so much fun presenting! Disha’s panipuri were delish, + I think all of the students + teachers who watched enjoyed themselves, too!
I will end this one with one of my favorite M.I.A. songs. The sample for the beat is from an old Bollywood movie, so sort of apropos!