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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Taiwan's Own Ironman: Cycling America On $8 A Day

I have been periodically following the exploits of the Taiwanese cyclist who is attempting to circumvent the earth within three years, while sticking to his budget of $8 per day. Full Story

Wu Shih-chang, the 28 year-old cyclist has already survived the wilds of Alaska and is currently on his way south to escape the wretched cold and rain of the Pacific Northwest.

I am happy to see that Wu received help from my good friends in the Seattle area, who supplied him with lodging, food, and a phone. The Seattle Taiwan Center and the Seattle Taiwanese American Foundation, like similar groups around the US, have become a valuable part of establishing and expressing a Taiwanese presence in the area. These groups also provide assistance to Taiwanese students and travelers who may need information, lodging or just company. It is a shame Wu will have to miss the Portland group as he has fallen behind schedule.

Wu demonstrates a feature of Taiwan I feel gets frequently overlooked--- personal independence. I know more Taiwanese who come up with all sorts of crazy ideas.... and then carry them out. Entrepreneurs, athletes, students and travelers... I have met so many people in Taiwan who march to the beat of their own drum-- despite the reputation for "group think". And I feel this quality should be recognized.


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