Despite having lived in Taiwan for more than a decade, Tim laughed at himself that his Chinese ability hasn’t made any improvement. Tim said that gradually improving the English environment was very considerate when asked about promoting bilingualization in Taitung.
“However, as a local immigrant, I actually think foreigners should try their best to learn Chinese and adapt to the local environment.”
Different from other inflexible and boring Brits, Tim holds an optimistic attitude towards life. His paintings express the enthusiasm he has for this land. Using the Internet, he has even sought out friends to join Dulan beaches cleaning activities. Tim does not want the place he calls home to be littered with glass fragments, broken fishing net, and plastic bottles. Via FB, Tim established the “ONLY SOLUTIONS” event, which got a lot of support from local businesses, surfers, and visitors. He hopes that this event will raise awareness of sea pollution issues. Tim hopes that every foreigner, no matter whether they are a longterm expat or just arriving, is willing to put forth an effort and contribute to maintaining the cleanliness of this precious land, rather than just coming here to make some money.
“My parents live in a place in England, which is quite similar to Dulan Village. It’s called Mousehole, and it’s surrounded by clean ocean and green fields. So when my parents visited Dulan, they liked it very much!” The love that Tim feels for Dulan impressed his family in English. While visiting Tim, his parents went to many tourist attractions along the east coast. The beauty of the mountain and ocean scenery left this him a profound impression.
As to maintain the beauty of the beaches in Dulan, Tim continues to seek out like-minded individuals who hope to protect and upkeep the cleanliness of the beach. If you have time to visit Dulan and bump into a foreigner with painting tools next to the ocean or at the foot of a mountain, don’t hesitate you give him some encouragement, and thank him for his effort to help the beaches in Dulan.