For most people who lived half of their life in the same nation, leaving one’s native place is similar to selecting a different place that is completely different from one’s own growing environment to continue their future life, which is an unimaginable matter.
Currently serving as an English teacher in Dong Hai Elementary School, Adam Matz is an English teaching assistant that Fulbright Foundation helped to recruit. However, as early as in 1999, Adam has made an indissoluble bond with Taiwan after he came to Taiwan for the first time.
“At that time, I just graduated from school and wanted to find a job. Among the three countries, Korea, Taiwan and China, I chose Taiwan.” “Since Korea is very similar to my hometown, Seattle, there is nothing too amazing or there are no special places. Hence, I decided to come to Taiwan.”, said Adam slowly.
Having experiences of living in cities other than Taitung, in particular, metropolitan regions such as Taichung, Adam speaks about his first impression when entering the simplicity of Taitung for the first time: “Taitung is very rural.” When coming to Taitung in 2006, I even felt that there are many roads without English road signs. “For a foreigner who doesn’t understand Chinese completely, it will be more complicated when travelling.” Luckily, Adam had taken Chinese courses in Tunghai University. This allowed him to be able to communicate smoothly with verbal words. He also had some level of proficiency in Chinese reading and writing so that he adapted himself into the local life quickly.