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Speak up, Groovy thanks

Taiwan’s COVID-19 experiences will contribute towards a safer society. How open are you to them?

I had the honor of being a guest speaker for Green River College’s Webinar – Insights from Taiwan: Best Practices and Response to COVID-19 last Friday morning, May 29th, 2020.

Fellow speakers included Director-General Alex Kuo-shu Fan of Seattle’s Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Dr. Vincent Yi-fong Su from the Taipei City Hospital Department of International Medicine, President Ingrid Y. Liu, Ph.D. of Tzu Chi University in Hualien, and English Teacher Caroline Liu, MA TESOL from Taoyuan City’s Wenhuah Elementary School.

These people shared how their organization responded to COVID-19 towards keeping folks safe and encouraging public awareness too.

Frankly, the United States has quite a bit of learning from Taiwan’s kindergartners. Because those kids are actively demonstrating the COVID-19 prevention best practices as encouraged by those who care for them.

Visual on COVID-19 safety precautions for students

As a bonus, some Taiwan parents shared that because of these precautionary habits, their kids are doing cleaning chores at home. 😉

For those that think wearing a face mask isn’t for them. You can be making those around you stick because you might be asymptomatic, i.e., sick and not knowing it. So, let’s not be the ones responsible for making our kids ill or killing parents.

Visual on face mask protective value

In closing, stay safe. And, when not at home…

  • Mask on
  • Sanitize often
  • Social distance

Thank you, Tsai-En…

I’m delighted to have been in such an esteemed company for Friday morning’s Taiwan lessons to reopening the US business’ webinar. I’ve enjoyed knowing that my perspectives held meaning for the attendees.

I found your facilitation and timeliness kept things bounded, yet provided for leniency when a conversation became engaged.

Thank you for considering me, and I look forward to future collaborations driven by you.


Gratitude returned

Hi Michael,

Thank you so much for taking on the last-minute task and being there for the community.

You have truly given amazing energy to the attendees about life itsn’t that hard.

I am so proud to have a friend like you, successful, humble, and generous in helping others.

I don’t even know what will be the right words to describe what you did and how I felt. The way you present yourself was so authentic, positive, and strong. You weren’t afraid of calling out that we needed to not only thinking about ourselves, think about the community as a whole. Because of you, I think we will see some changes.

Please allow me to represent the cities and residents to thank you for giving me the time to share your thoughts to encourage us that we can live in a better and safer way.

Together, we make the world a better place.



Tsai-En Cheng (She/her/hers)

Dean of Branch Locations, Academic and Program Development

Green River College

By Michael Cannon

Boundless Virgo water-rat, Drusus & Jace's nearby dad, for @Axelerant's success, of conscious choices & simple living by kindness through curiosity & reflection

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