YouTube Gives Foreigners a Shot at Taiwan

Xiatian, from South Korea, was born in summer, so she chose it as her nickname. (But she hates its arid climate. She is trying to “befriend” it.)

By Joon Kim

At YouTube, users publish hours of video content: news headlines, music videos, film trailers, reviews, and much more. In Taiwan, foreigners who “fell in love at first sight” with Formosa continue to share and barter loads of conducive information about the “beautiful island,” from its culture and society, to lifestyles and customs. Here I briefly introduce three foreign YouTubers from various walks of life, but based in Taiwan.

Jesús Does Not Teach American (阿兜仔不教美語)

Jesús Sandoval is a veteran when it comes to observing Taiwanese humor and mannerism. And really, he doesn’t teach American.

He began teaching private Spanish classes at a Taiwanese cram school in 2011 and sent videos of it on YouTube. For six months thereafter, Jesús posted minute videos of Hispanic conversations every other two days.

When he hit his hundredth video, Jesús immediately switched to a local friendly platform with the help of Thomas Buffaz.

Out on the streets, and adorning mischievous outfits, he would frequently poke fun at Taiwanese stereotypes and figure out whether Taiwan is safe, do Taiwanese fear death, are Taiwanese boys bad, and would produce much more amusing parodies.

On May 2014, Jesús stepped on a stage near the Legislative Yuan to share his message about his infatuation with Taiwan. While doing a standup comedy for less than two minutes, he spoke to the audience, “¡Viva Taiwán!” (Hurrah for Taiwan).

Jesús told last month that he would take a break from YouTube after eight years of making content “every day.” “This channel is like my child,” he spoke. “It’s my baby, you know.”

Logan Places Himself at Taiwan (小貝來學英文)

Logan D. Beckham is currently serving for the Church of Jesus Christ south to Washington D.C. Born in Syracuse, Utah, Logan plans to spread his Mormon faith for a whole year, before returning to LDC Business College to study marketing, advertising, and filmography.

But even before that: Logan and his family of three — his Taiwanese wife, and their son, “Mister” Kai — chose to settle in Changhua County in Feb.

2017, as part of his easterly itinerary.

In “Welcome to Taiwan,” he gives a terse yet compact ad overview of his picturesque task to “show you the culture, people, food, scenery, and much, much more” about Taiwan. Overt and restless, Logan would be willing to give you a hand to almost everything about Taiwan.

On July 2017, Logan was guest featured at the WTO Sister Show in Gala Television, and sat alongside other prominent YouTubers who live in Taiwan. That same month, his mother came in to visit him, and he was, well, overly animated to acquaint her with Taiwan.

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Summer Xiatian (夏天的台灣)

Summer, of South Korea, is the youngest of the trio. 

Born in Busan, but raised entirely in Seoul, Summer would slip in short snippets of Taiwanese cuisine and her daily routine in her video blog.

Summer, a university student, came to Taiwan when it became the centerfold destination of recent South Korean overseas tourism.

In 2014, she began to take Mandarin classes at a Taiwanese educational curriculum, and later wanted to improve her linguistic skills by meeting Taiwanese locals.

You would see a high but soft voiced Summer dillydallying around in search for famous “hidden” Taiwanese eateries, munching down whatever food she has, pacing the city streets of Taipei on her feet, or patting a cute dog or cat she found during her travels.

In exchange for her minimal exploits, Summer would give information about South Korean cuisine and, on some occasions, its fashion nowadays.

Last month, Summer and her Taiwanese friends went to capture South Korea for her Taiwanese viewers to “see.”

Lastly, what is her latest wish? Look and listen to her Q&A video.