Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter in Taiwan, or Translation Please?

I trust everyone had a great Easter! What are some of the traditions you all carry on (where ever you are)? You don't realize the little rituals you'll miss until you're away.

My Easter was pleasantly Bunny free, but I did manage to eat a full-fledged Easter brunch.

A week prior, my pastor and his wife invited me over after Easter-Sunday church. I don't think I've written about my church here before, but I've been attending there since the first month I was in Taiwan. The building (and their home) is almost directly outside of my house. It takes me a whole of 30 seconds to get there by foot.

My pastor and his family are mid-western Americans. Though they've lived in Taiwan for many years, and their kids have never lived in the States, they still cling to American Traditions. Humorously so. Their 10 year old calls me David Cook (surprisingly, my "nick name" back home...).

But they've been a (dareisay) Godsend at a few points during my trip, and have always heartily opened their doors to me.

There's also a group of 20Somethings (no, not that one) that meets on Tuesday Nights. A lively bunch I've certainly grown to love. We had a get-together last Tuesday and they invited some more friends than the typical weekly crew.

They asked me if I would speak. I thought it funny considering my language of choice wasn't theirs, but they didn't seem fazed. They wanted to know my story: what it was like growing up in the church in America, and what made me come to Taiwan. (Church talk, we call this a "testimony") So I obliged.

It took some coaxing, but my friend Ring (an adorable Taiwanese girl who loves art and music, teaches, and does Amway part time) agreed to translate. Even though I tried to phrase things in a way that would be easy to interpret, I didn't realize how funny we Americans talk. Let's just say it took more than one draft.
Ring (that's her English name) did a fantastic job, and was even quick enough to impromptu when I strayed from the script. She let me know, though. A glance at the sheet, a glare at me, and a swat at my arm was enough to tell me I needed to get back on track. I threw "No Man is an Island" at her. Oh boy, that was a doozey. Luckily, some listening were familiar with the phrase. But she was a champ. And it was a fun night. I'm glad they talked me into it :)


Young Traveler said...

I'm glad they talked you into it too.

PS. Ring is such a cool name.

the girl in stiletto said...

david cook? i think you're better looking than david cook. but he sings really amazing. that deep voice. lol.

here's a bunny-hug for you, since you missed your bunny on easter.

Rachel said...

I also think you are better looking than David Cook - glad things are well in Taiwan. And that you found a Church so close, when I lived in Germany going to Church was my escape.

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floreta said...

hahaha David Cook! I was totally crushing on him last season. hahaha. I never saw the resemblance before. I agree you are better looking though, maybe you both have man-vige?

Glad you got to experience that. What a great time to share! The 20something group looks neat and yes, Ring is adorable!

Deeptesh said...

I'm still too young to join 20 somethings' blogger.Nice story.Hope u had a great Easter.I was back home in a bad mood as I had nothing to do.

Chase said...

@Jessie, Ring is cool I guess, but the pronunciation of her Chinese name is Raelynn, which I think is much cooler... but, whatev. :P

@Stiletto and @Rachel and @Floreta, I'm glad you all see it that way. The hundreds (yes, hundreds) of customers at the clothing store I worked at when he was on tv seemed to think differently. For a month solid (at least) I was told every day by at least one person (usually more) that I looked like David Cook.

It Got Old.

@lolita shyudddup. :P

@Deeptesh, my friend, all in due time. We'll see you on there soon enough. Just keep writing.
(bad moods make for great poetry)

Karen said...

Ah David my friend. Good times. Good times