Yvonne Heung

Incredible. If I were to describe my first trip to Taiwan in one word, that would be it. Incredible. All the stories I begged my mother to tell me about my motherland were finally being painted for me right in front of my eyes - all in living color, everything in motion picture.

For as long as I remember, I've wanted to visit the birthplace of my mother; however, back then my family didn't have the resources to take such a trip, until now - when Tsunah gave me the life-changing opportunity to learn about my heritage. I wanted to see where my mother grew up and father spent so much of his life, the lifestyles, the extraordinary culture, mannerisms, morals, traditions, among other things.

To be honest, I wasn't too interested in learning more about Taiwan's political history and its current democratic movements. However, I became increasingly curious about my parents' deep-seated interest in Taiwanese politics as I noticed their eyes glued to the political debates on TV every evening and read Chinese newspapers while waiting for our food at Chinese restaurants. I wanted to know what was so interesting. Why didn't I feel the same way?

Now I know why they still care for their country - one that they emigrated from for over 20 years but haven't had the chance to see again. Now I know why at heart, they call it the place they feel they belong to most. Now I feel and believe in that same invisible tug on my heart for Taiwan. Thank you Tsunah for an unforgettable life-enlightening experience.