I Bleed Asian

June 12, 2013

Every blogger knows that no post is complete without pictures.  It makes the blog post feel naked.  I’ve been wanting to share with you all about growing up in Taiwan for quite a wile but, without pictures, it’s like a naked Asian running around my blog.  We don’t want that now, do we?  Everyone on my blog is required to be clothed.  Even Asians.  Um…  Moving on…  (I’m now a little concerned what sort of searches I’ll find in my Google analytics!) The point of all that is just to say – I got pictures off my mom’s computer so now I’m able to write this post! GARDNERA (20)


  • Purposely at Home

    June 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    amazing! growing up in taiwan would have been such an exciting childhood. thanks for sharing the pictures! 🙂


  • Julia Z

    June 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I had no idea you lived in Taiwan! What an amazing life you have lived!
    My brother-in-law is Taiwanese, and he and my sister went over there for a second wedding for his grandmother.. The traditions they have amazed me. Such an interesting culture!

  • Charlene Maugeri

    June 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Wow! This post was very inspiring. I hope to truly live in a third world country one day. I have visited of course but it is not the same. I crave the simplicity and I want to show others the peace we have in Jesus. You have a way with words. I appreciate this post and I appreciate your family and the work they did in Taiwan!

  • Gina at CampClem

    June 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Hi, I'm new here! [wave] I have no idea how I stumbled onto your blog, but my jaw almost dropped as you started to share about Taiwan. A friend of mine's eldest son is moving to Taiwan TODAY with his family. What divine timing! I shared this post with her, and I hope your happy experience there is a great encouragement to her!
    God bless,
    g i n a

  • Always Maylee

    June 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I love that you lived in Taiwan for so long. I think we've already discussed, but that's where I'm from and I miss it sometimes. Have you been back to visit since moving away? Did you ever go the Taipei city? It's like whole other world in the city from the countryside.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Jennifer – The Deliberate Mom

    June 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    What an amazing childhood you had. So many opportunities, so many adventures, and this is the place where you found Jesus… how wonderful is that?!

    Thank you for sharing! I almost want to gather my family and move to Taiwan!

  • Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

    June 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I think that's amazing, what a life changing experience for oyu.

  • Danavee

    June 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I love it. What a lovely experience as a child!

    I did giggle about the "google analytics" thing though! HA!

  • Kayla Peveler

    June 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This is AMAZING!!! Seriously, how many people can say they GREW UP in Taiwan!?! 🙂

  • tiarenie

    June 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    i loved loved loved reading your story. i had no idea that you spent time in Taiwan! And now I'm craving red bean ice cream 🙂 I would love to hear more about the Buddhist/Daoist religions you witnessed.. More posts please!

  • carrieburke

    June 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    This post makes me so happy! Growing up in Thailand I can relate to everything you said! And yes, being a blonde haired, blue eyed child in an Asian country definitely resulted in many experiences!

  • Ginny

    June 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    What an amazing wxperience, thanks for sharing this part of your life with us!

  • Katrin

    June 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and tell a bit about your childhood. I love your stories and the pictures, it really sounds like an awesome time. I especially love the flooding story. 🙂

  • Ashley

    June 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    What an incredible young childhood you had. I'm sure you'll never forget those days. I would have been terrified of typhoon season..but I guess that's the beauty of little ones, they always see the fun in everything! Love all those photos with you, the little blonde one. So awesome about your modeling days!:-)

  • Ashley

    June 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, what an amazing experience. I love learning about other religions and living in another country would be the perfect way to do that. Seriously, what fun childhood memories you have.

  • Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly

    June 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Those pictures and your story are amazing, Susannah! It must have been quite an adventure in hindsight. I bet re-adjusting the living in the States wasn't easy…

  • Lauren

    June 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    what awesome memories! and I'm sure you did stick out with those adorable blonde ringlets!

  • Care

    June 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    What a wonderful way your parents taught you!!- there's more to life then just you and there's such a bigger world then just us- I hope one day to teach my children the same!! Love how fun and vivid all your memories are! Thanks for sharing this- enjoyed reading it! -And I'm fully clothes so I thinks it's ok that I post;)

  • Rachael SparkFire

    June 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    You are so well rounded and have been so many wonderful places. I am glad you were blessed with such a wonderful once in a lifetime experience 🙂

  • Rachel

    June 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    You're making me so homesick!! Different country, of course, but there are so many similarities to my home, because I lived in a very Chinese part of Malaysia–and all those emotions about being a TCK are quite similar. I don't think I'll ever feel at home in America. After nearly 3 years of living here continuously, I don't feel at home yet. But I do feel at home in Malaysia.

    I was wondering if you learned how to read and write Chinese while you were there? (even if you've forgotten it by now). You did a pretty good job of writing the sounds of "MeiGuo Ren" from memory from all those years ago–I understood the phrase perfectly. I can't wait to go home and polish up my Mandarin.

  • Corinne

    June 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Wowowowoowowowow! What a wonderful place to grow up! It's a pity you have forgotten a lot of the language now though, I'm sure you could pick it up again though if you studied =)

    Corinne x

  • Carole

    June 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Susannah, such a great post. Lovely pics in which the joy of childhood shone out. I bet if you visited with some Chinese living in the US you would be stunned how much Chinese you actually know. Cheers

  • criticalcrass

    June 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

    great post, susannah. loved all the photos. :]

  • Katie

    June 13, 2013 at 1:22 am

    that's funny that all 5 of you would ride on the motorbike. what a crazy and neat experience and life stories you have from that!

  • Johanna

    June 13, 2013 at 1:48 am

    These pics are presh. Love it!

  • AiringMyDirtyLaundry

    June 13, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I LOVE these pictures. Taiwan does look like it was a fabulous time for you.

  • Shauna

    June 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Wow, I really enjoyed reading this. I'd love to hear more some time. The pictures are just precious as you were too as a little young lady. Take care,

    Shauna xo

  • Becky Dougherty

    June 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity you had! I do hope that you share more about living in Taiwan! I'd be really interested in reading more? 🙂

  • Sam M

    June 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I'm right there with you, I feel like I bleed Asian. It was a littl weird to come back and not have everyone be amazed by me and make a fuss over me. I kind of got used to being a local celebrity, haha. I just love how simple life can be over there. That's interesting your take on Buddhism, they probably are a different type of buddhist in Taiwan. I saw some amazing blessings in people's lives due to their devotion to buddhism, mostly the amazing sense of forgiveness they have.

  • Sally

    June 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    WOW!! What an awesome way to grow up and experience your most formative years. These pictures are just priceless! What an awesome experience. I hope to give my son the gift of travel to open his eyes to the world like it has mine, but this type of experience is so much more!

  • Jodi

    June 16, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Wow! I'm surprised you can still remember so much since you were so young when you lived there. Sounds like an amazing experience.

  • Holly

    June 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    As I scrolled through the comments on here, almost all of them said "WOW!" and that was my initial thought, too!! What an amazing background you have!! I loved reading about this part of your life, but I'm sorry it was such a rough transition for you when you moved back. I'm anxious to read more about it!

  • Ashley R

    October 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    This was a great post, I'm glad you linked back to it. 🙂 I would have loved getting dolled up to model. You paint a beautiful portrait of this time in your life. 🙂

  • Rach @ This Italian Family

    February 6, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Oh wow, I'm so glad I got to read this! What an incredible experience you had! All foreigners stuck out in Wuhan (the city in China where we lived), but my height (I've always been tall), my sister's blonde hair & blue eyes, and my dad's red hair & blue eyes made us all look pretty conspicuous. At least my mom was an appropriate height, haha! Though she has SUCH fair skin that people would always comment on how beautiful it was. Anyway, the point of that being that I totally hear you on standing out! I loved reading about your years there! 🙂

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