TAIPEI AMERICAN SCHOOL
Today is January 11th, exactly seven days after I commenced school in Taipei. Most of you are probably thinking that i’m having to adjust to school in Asia, but honestly my school is like an embassy of the United States in Taiwan. Everything is in English even the caution sticker on the back of the basketball backboard in our enormous gym. I like to say that it is an Oasis of English in a sea of Mandarin. So, back to describing my school.
Taipei American School (TAS) is a school located in Tianmu, a neighborhood in Taipei which is often called the melting pot of cultures among an all Chinese environment. TAS consists of two thousand dual nationalistic students who come from every which corner of the world. I even met a friend who used to live in Temuco, Chile, a city encircled by the Andes mountains one of side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. So as I was saying, almost everyone is from an international background. This gives me many opportunities to consult with kids who all have different cultures. This is just fascinating to me. Most of my teachers are american as all of our curriculum is based on the state of California’s.
Okay, enough about academics, its time for athletics. TAS has 3 large gyms as well as one large artificial turf soccer field. Rugby can also be played there. We are part of a conference that is called IASAS. It is basically all of the international schools in north-east and south-east Asia competing against each other. The other day I saw that we had just played Hong Kong International School (HKIS). This also lets us interact with different cultures.
First day of School!!!!!
Ridding the bus to school!
My school’s soccer field.
And now an extra little taipei secret