fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Joshua Sadinsky 陳思高

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Born to one Taiwanese and one Jewish parent, Josh grew up in the hills of the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas. At Cornell (BFA), Josh became interested in field recording. At CalArts (MFA), he began expanding his background in classical piano to include composition. During his Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan, Josh attended events hosted by the Soundscape Association of Taiwan (affiliate institution). His recent collaborative work deals with cultural identity and uses local sounds as starting points for experimental sound compositions. Josh's mom immigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 90s, where she met his father, the US-born son of an Ashkenazic Holocaust survivor. Josh's father passed away in 2001 when he was four years old. His mom is the youngest of four sisters and one brother. Three of those aunts live together in the same household in Taoyuan (桃園). Josh's oldest aunt lives in Singapore.

Cilantro Wrapped in Soft Peanut Candy: Unexpected Delight!

You come for one thing and leave with another. I’m sure that we’ve all experienced this before…maybe in a thrift store? Flea market?  Those teacups are just too cute to pass up (yes, they were next to the other kitchen wares, which are already my Achilles’ heel, but they caught my eye, and I had to have them). Maybe it’s peanut candy in Tainan (台南) when you initially were craving something salty, or a nice rain jacket when you were browsing used clothes for nothing in particular (heavens, it came in handy, let me tell ya because Taiwan was wet this winter!). But at some point or another, I feel like we all have entered some place, or some situation, with one set (or no sets!) of expectations and left that same place-situation with a different-than-expected outcome.  This miniature surprise (or maybe it’s hardly miniature, but colossal, (and maybe it’s not a surprise, but anticipated)), or turning on our heads of what we thought we could expect, changes us in some way. Maybe it catches us off guard when we discover an interest in buying many more little charms than we could ever think we needed: teacups, house plants, peanut

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