Saturday, December 5, 2009
Please vote for Shu Flies (舒飛)
As some of you know, I keep a blog called Shu Flies (舒飛) about my daily life in Taipei, Taiwan. On it, I write about Taiwanese indie shops and designers and cool things to see and do in the city. I also record how living in the country of my parent's birth as a US-born Taiwanese-American has impacted my sense of identity and the things I've learned about Taiwanese culture since moving here. Sometimes I just look for the extraordinary in the everyday.
Shu Flies (舒 and Shu are my last names in Chinese and English) is a big part of my life. I've entered it into Taiwanderful's annual Taiwan Best Blog Awards. If you are interested in Taipei and find Shu Flies (舒飛) interesting or helpful, please vote for me. I am currently only six points away from first place, so your support will really make a difference!
The voting process is simple: to the left of my blog description is a salmon pink box with my current points tally. Underneath is a plus sign; just click on that and your vote will register. You can vote once per day from an IP address, so please make sure to check in again! You are also allowed to vote for multiple blogs, so if you see anything that catches your eye, make sure to let them know your love!
(By the way, I've heard feedback that the site might not work on certain versions of Internet Explorer, but it works fine on Firefox and Safari).
I truly love my life in Taiwan. It's an amazing country. Living here and learning about my heritage has been a wonderful experience. I'm not saying that it hasn't been grueling and even heartbreaking at times. It's hard to realize that I'll always be a minority wherever I go, even in a country where almost everyone looks like me. Learning how to cope with that was just as important as learning Mandarin, however, and I am grateful for that lessons and others. I think the best way to explain my experience here is that there was a piece of my heart missing I didn't even know about, and I found it when I came here. I hope this comes through in Shu Flies (舒飛) and here on The Renegade Bean.