“I like life in Taiwan because I can live freely.” Melinda, a lesbian, was not accepted by her father in her native family. After coming to Taiwan [from the Philippines], she felt goodwill for the first time. “I When I first came to Taiwan, my mentor at work was very good with me. He didn’t discriminate against me because of my sexuality. When he told my male supervisor that I like girls, the male executive also said: “Go! Let’s go together and look for a girl for you!”
This is a friendly environment that allows Melinda to be herself; it is also because of this freedom that she wants to stay here and learn to be independent. She took us to the nearby Philippine grocery store to visit. I watched her talk to the clerk in a familiar way, sometimes whispering and sometimes laughing, and introducing us to the food and culture of the Philippines, so confident. Living so confidently is the reason why her mother wanted her to come to Taiwan.
便是這樣友善的環境，讓 Melinda 能自在地做自己；也是因為這份自在，讓他想繼續留在這裡，也因此學會了獨立。他帶著我們到附近的菲律賓雜貨店參觀，我看著他熟稔地與店員們談天，時而細語呢喃、時而開懷大笑，還向我們介紹菲律賓的食物與文化，如此自信的模樣或許也是他的母親希望他來台灣的原因吧。
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