On The Other Side of Sea 
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Wen-Li Chen

RESIDENCY 蘭斯柏勒鎮駐村計畫
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1. How long have you been living in Hualien?

I have been living since I was born until now. 

2. What's the main reason to make you decide to move or stay in Hualien?

I moved here because my parents decided to relocate from Yilang for a better life, jobs, and other opportunities.

3. What's the most exciting story or fact you learn from Hualien?

I learned about my biological grandmother on the way to my grandfather's funeral.

4. What do you want to tell your children or grandchildren nowadays when they are away from you? How do you communicate with them?

Most of time, use video phone call nowadays since my children and grandchildren are not staying in the same country or town.


Image Courtesy: HF Tung.

“You must remember that a mother should love their children forever without any reciprocation. Maybe my ability of expressing my love for you is not good enough for you to understand. But if I could go back and do it again, I would have stayed with you more instead of working so much.”

— HF Tung, Auguest 2021