Gary Chen, Rotary Exchange Student from Taiwan, recently spoke to our club regarding his country and himself.
Taiwan is a small island off the southeast coast of China.
It is part of the Republic of China; the capital is
Taipei. It is about 1/262 the size of the United States and
has a population of about 23 million.
Gary comes from a family of four; he has one older
brother. He lives in Rotary District 3520, which has 104
clubs, 4300 Rotarians and 50 exchange students each year.
His home club is the Rotary Club of Taipei Da-Jen, which
was founded in 2000 and has 55 members. Club activities
include dance, chorus, snooker (which is like pool) and
Favorite Taiwanese foods include braised pork on rice,
fried chicken, red bean cakes, taro balls, dumplings,
bubble tea and oyster omelets. Holidays in Taiwan
include Chinese New Year, the Lanterns Festival, the
Dragon Boat Festival and the Moon Festival.
Famous places include Taipei 101, the National Palace
Museum, Lungshan Temple and Fort Santo Domingo,
which was built under Dutch rule. Attractions in the
great outdoors include Sun Moon Lake and Alishan.
Gary noted several famous individuals with Tainwanese
roots, including several who are not playing professional sports in the United States.