So let me introduce my family. The Yeh family consists of four members, my parents and my sister, whose picture some of you might remember from my last webpage. We have been living in Andover, MA for eleven years now. I mention where we live because all my other relatives are spread pretty evenly around the planet. My aunt (on my mom's side) lives in Santa Monica, CA. She is, surprisingly, our closest direct relative (I'm not including any distant relatives like our uncle's cousin's cousin). Then the rest of the family live in Taiwan, which has a twelve hour time difference from the east coast, just so you can calculate the distance. My maternal uncle lives in Taipei with his wife and two children, Lily and David. I had the wonderful opportunity of going back to visit them this summer. My paternal grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins live in Kaohsiung. This means whenever I visit Taiwan, I get to go both north and south of Taiwan to cover Taipei and Kaohsiung.
On left are various pictures of the Yeh (and Hu) family. At top is my mom, Aunt Angie, me, and my sister Li-Chun in California three years ago. Below that is my uncle, Uncle Huey (his Chinese name is Hu2 Yi4) and his family (his wife, my cousins Lily and David, and his mother-in-law). Next is Uncle Huey at the Great Wall. The next two are of my cousins on my paternal side. The first one is of me, Jian4 You4, You4 Jun4, and Yi4 Wen2. Jian You just finished technical school and is getting ready to serve his years in the army. You4 Jun4 is currently at graduate school at Chen Da, majoring in architecture. You Jun has also been talented in the field of art, so it does not surprise me that he is majoring in architecture. Ever since he was young, he was able to draw various things (people, buidlings, fruits, the whole works) with various utensils (pastel, watercolor, pencil, the whole works). He has a site on how to draw people. It is most impressive, but can be a bit slow if you are using a modem since the server is in Taiwan. It is also in Chinese, so you might need to use a Chinese reader software (assuming you know how to read). Then there's Yi Wen, You Jun's sister, who is working. The following picture has my other two paternal cousins (my second uncle's children and his wife). The next picture was taken when my father visited Taiwan for his first brother's wedding. From left is my first aunt, my father, my first aunt's uncle (I can't just say first uncle because the whole Chinese family terminoloy is quite specific), my grandfather, and my grandmother.
Also in Kaohsiung I have my godfamily.My godfamily took care of me and my sister back in the days when we still lived in Kaohsiung.I have two godbrothers and a godsister. I have not met my eldest godbrother since I first left Taiwan, which would be about ten years. My second godbrother (Shau4 Gang4, aka Freeman) I've seen each time I visited Taiwan. He graduated from National Taiwan University with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (hence he tries to encourage me to go into that field), and is currently serving his two years in the army, as is required of all men in Taiwan. At left, you can see a picture of my godbrother, Wen Tong, and I in front of the Kaohsiung Museum of Science. You can also see my godbrother and my godmother in their living room. The next picture is Shau-gang, his girlfriend, and I standing in front of the main library at National Taiwan University. My godsister (Shau4 Hsuan1, aka Amy) has been California during the past six months (February to August '99) studying English at Dominican College, a school in St. Raphael. I had a chance to meet her this summer when I stopped by in California. Here my sister and Amy pose in front of a Lamborghini Diablo during our trip to Monterey.
So I went through the family photo cabinet and could not find a recent family picture, much to my (and I'm sure yours) disappointment. Nevertheless, I did find some good photos, mostly old, to show. Also, my trip to Taiwan this summer (August 1999) allows me to include my grandparents and cousins in my growing on-line album.
Now that I've explained the surface of things, I'll just talk about my family. Those of you who don't know me might not find this so 'fascinating,' so just go and check out the pictures.
For the past few years, I have been living with my mom and sister here on the east coast. My dad is currently working on the west coast, but comes back to visit during our school breaks. My sister is sixteen (or will be in November 1, 1999), and is pretty tall for an asian. If you ever get a chance, make sure you see how "thick" her legs are. My mom (whose age I'll imply) is a tiger on the Chinese zodiac. We like to tease her about her tiger-ness. She is quite the strict mom, but I think she's a lot different from the 'typical asian mom.' She's got quite an unique sense of humor, to which my 'humor' (if you think I have any) is quite similar. Dinner, which is always a family event, therefore, gets quite interesting at times. I have to thank her for all her support through my high school years (she is still ever supportive of me by doing my laundry and bringing me food). My dad is also a unique character. We like to tease him a lot because of his forgetfulness, and his 'Taiwanese Mandarin' accent, which though, is not bad at all when compared to the accents I heard in Taiwan this summer. My mom constantly prides herself in 'teaching' my dad how to speak Mandarin the 'correct' way.
Last two pictures on the column are my sister and I on the Golden Bridge and my dad. This picture was taken a while back, two or three years ago, when I still had reasonable length hair. The last picture shows my dad getting friendly with the local artwork. You know what they say, "Like father like son......."
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