The 2017-2018 school year marks Hualien's first year with Fulbright Taiwan. Made up of nine ETAs, the inaugural group has been enthusiastic about teaching in Hualien and engaging with the local community. To celebrate Thanksgiving last week, Hualien's coordinator and ETAs gathered for their very own "Friendsgiving" potluck.
Author: Brooke Chapin Robbins, 2017-2018
In Taiwanese, if you want to ask someone how they are, you actually need to ask them whether or not they’ve eaten. Yes, you read that right. “Jiă bà buāi,” the equivalent of “how are you?” (which can sometimes also be used as a “hello”) literally means “Have you eaten?”