Searching for Shakespeare in Taipei, Taiwan

This summer I am traveling abroad, and a lot of my friends have made requests of me while I am away. I am going to Taiwan to teach English Pronunciation and I shall be landing in Taipei and teaching at a university just a half hour away from the main city.

It’s going to be awesome.  And, honestly, I don’t mind the requests my friends are making of me because they are going to lead to some great adventures to talk about in the future.

My friend Ray told me I have to eat everything, gross or not. I’m not a super duper picky eater, but I am picky compared to Ray, who traveled to Peru and ate guinea pig and llama.

My little sister, Tessa, wants me to find her a kimono. She knows they are Japanese, but she still wants one from Taiwan. I’m sure it’ll be interesting to try and find one.

No matter where I go, Shakespeare follows, it seems.
No matter where I go, Shakespeare follows, it seems.

And, probably the strangest request of all, my scholarship mentor, Dr. Rocklin, requested that I attempt to find him a copy of a book published by the Bangzi company that produced a version of Merchant of Venice in Chinese, and then re-translated the translated version back into English. The book has the Chinese version on one side, and the English re-translated version on the other.

Rumor has it I can find this book, the company, and the two professors that put this endeavor together in Taipei.

So now, equipped only with the name of the company and the two professors, I am to adventure through Taipei in my downtime from teaching and search for the Shakespeare book and, possibly, meet these two professors and present them with my professor’s business cards.

This is the greatest adventure ever, if you ask me. I, all of a sudden, feel like Indiana Jones (I even have a brown cowboy hat for while I’m over there, mostly for sun protection, but man, that just adds to the Indiana Jones feeling). I am really excited to travel through a new city on a quest, and best of all, it’s a quest for a book. Even better than best is the fact that it’s about Shakespeare.

I think this just proves that Shakespeare and I are homies for life. No matter where I travel in the world, it seems that I am to seek out other people who enjoy his works and find multicultural books related to his plays.

– Amanda Riggle


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