When the Orphan Crisis Became More Than a Number

There are 153 million orphans in the world. I have heard this number numerous times in the past. It showed up sometimes on my Facebook feed, often followed by some heartfelt plea for more workers in the field. It was preached from the pulpit, demanding recognition, shouting with urgency. “Think of it: 153 million children…

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes

With the resurgence of superhero films, we see individuals with mighty powers and special abilities make war against evil and injustice. We see the bad guys lose, and we cheer. The day is won! Justice prevails! Then we go back to our ordinary lives, where evil doesn’t always look like one guy in a purple…

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A Humbling Experience

I like to think of myself as someone fairly considerate of people with disabilities. Growing up with my mom taught me that. I was a Good Person. Tiffany Chu: Fearless Advocate of Disabled People. Or so I thought. But on the last day of our retreat in Shanghai, our team proceeded to quickly scramble out…

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A Hope and a Future | A Look into the Chinese Orphanage

Melodic strains of song streamed through the atmosphere, slicing through hardened hearts, the familiar words hitting their mark in a poignant new way. Open up my eyes to the things unseen. Show me how to love like you have loved me. A shiver ran through me as the reality of these words I’d heard countless…

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48 Hours in Taipei | Good Eats

I can’t believe it’s been three months since we got back from Taiwan. The past couple months have been quite busy for us, making it difficult to process all our photos and write posts about them. But we’ve finally come to the main focus of our Taiwan trips: food!

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Return to Taipei | Thoughts on Transience and Learning to Be

When we travel, we enter into a different dimension—one that peels back the layers veiling our eyes—those layers that tell us our worlds are the only worlds. We bring ourselves—all of our hopes and dreams, disappointments and sorrows—all of our humaneness into a new world. And when we do, we find that though the world is…

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阿里山 Alishan Forest Railway | Taiwan

On a recent trip to Taiwan, we got to take a mini road trip to Alishan near the southern part of the country. After landing in Taipei, we dropped off some luggage and headed straight towards 阿里山 (Alishan / Ali mountain). We took a few food detours along the way, so it was pretty late at…

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Her Name Is Beloved

Walking the streets of Shanghai, one may notice the people bustling past in rich garbs of fancy coats, expensive boots, toting quality purses—emblems of their high status in a diverse city. On the same street, an amputee beggar jingles a small bowl of coins in one hand, pulling himself along with the other while his…

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Hualien, Taiwan | Otherworldly Beauty

During our trip in Taiwan, we also visited 花蓮 (Hualien) with Tiffany’s cousin and his family. Hualien is located on the east side of the island and spans most of the eastern coast. It is basically a giant valley formed with the central mountain range on the west and mountains along the coast on the east.…

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Longtan, Taiwan | Taste of the Countryside

During our Taiwan trip, we visited Tiffany’s aunt in the Longtan district (龍潭), which lies on the outskirts of Taoyuan city (桃園). The name came from the pond in the middle of the city, and it translates to “Dragon Pond.” The area feels very different from the busy city life of Taipei. Buildings are more spread…

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