My name is Emily Eitzen, I'm currently studying at Chinese Culture University's Mandarin Learning Center in the Da'an District of Taipei City. I came here on a grant from the Sigur Center, specifically named the Sigur Center Grant for Chinese Language Study in Taiwan. I am very grateful for this opportunity and feel that it has made a significant impact on my Chinese, especially since I haven't taken a formal Chinese class in several years.
A short introduction about myself...
I'm currently working towards my M.A. in Asian Studies at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. I received my B.A. degree from the University of Florida in 2012. I studied abroad in the past, though the last time I took Chinese was in 2011 - so as you can imagine I was rusty! Therefore, this summer has been imperative as I have been catching up on where I have left off in my Chinese studies. My ultimate goal in improving my Chinese fluency this summer is to be able to pass the proficiency test for my M.A. degree, but it's also important for me to improve my Chinese as I am considering working abroad after I graduate.
I also will upload a video soon about living gluten free in Taipei (I have celiac disease, which means I have to adhere to a gluten-free diet at all times), so it has been quite interesting explaining what this is to locals here in Taipei!