Voices of the Valley: Meet Jane Lin
From: Taiwan Current City: River Falls
In Taiwan, usually most high school students are not allowed to have boyfriends or girlfriends. So when I went to college, I was thinking about what would my Mr. Right look like?Where is Mr. Right?
One day, I stood at the college entrance of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST). I wished that I could have a boyfriend that graduated from this college. And, he must be taller than 6 feet, look cute, enjoy doing sports constantly, and has good computer abilities.
That was the day I started working at a hotel. A young man approached me with a smile. He was 6 feet tall 26 and had long hair. He talked to me. He said he would show me how to access the staff cafeteria. He did a good job and we had lunch together. We had a nice talk. He said he was studying at NTUST and majoring in computer science. He was on the swimming team and he liked sports. “Ha, ha, ha,” I thought. “Is this Mr. Right?”
We started dating. We went to swimming pools a lot. I learned to swim from him. We went to night markets where I enjoyed ordering a lot of food that I couldn’t eat at all… he helped me finish it. He was a big part in me passing my computer class. Five years into our relationship, we decided to get married.
I’m really grateful that Sting stayed with me. 28 years is a long time to be together, and it is not always easy. We decided to send our children to study in the USA during COVID-19. After that, we all moved to the States. It was a significant challenge.
We have changed a lot. Even in terms of language, we must learn a new one, and look for a new career. We have walked out of our comfort zone. To get through this challenging time, we continue to support and love each other more. Thank you for everything you have done for me Sting. I hope we can be happy for another 28 years. I love you.
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