Taiwan is like a diamond in Asia: Veteran educator Doris M. Brougham

Doris M. Brougham gave a speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition "Foreigners Love Taiwan." (Courtesy of Taipei City Archives)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — “Taiwan is like a diamond in Asia,” U.S. educator and the founder of “Studio Classroom,” Doris M. Brougham, said on Wednesday.

“The Diamond is very small, but diamonds shine all around,” she added.

Doris M. Brougham, who has been working in Taiwan for more than 70 years, gave a speech at the opening event of the exhibition “Foreigners Love Taiwan” (吾愛台灣 – 愛台灣的外國人特展) organized by the Taipei City Archives (臺北市立文獻館) on Wednesday at the West Benevent Square.

Echoing the theme of the exhibition, Brougham, 95, said she has stayed in Taiwan for more than 70 years and recalled that when she first came to Taiwan, the land was still developing and many people were facing illnesses.

The veteran educator explained that “the great thing about Taiwan is that people are very willing to change and to learn.”

Doris M. Brougham gave a speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition “Foreigners Love Taiwan.” (The China Post)

She added that Taiwan is a beautiful place and that although “there are many beautiful places around the world, the place is not the most important thing, the most important thing is the people.”

The 95-year-old who has dedicated several decades to English education in Taiwan amusingly shared that buffaloes could even be seen on Zhongshan Road when she first arrived in Taiwan.

She recalled that she learned to speak Mandarin, Taiwanese, and even some indigenous languages. Yet, she stressed that the most important thing is to be able to communicate no matter what language we speak.

And we all communicate with each other based on the connection that we are all part of this beautiful island, she remarked.

Brougham ended her speech by stressing that Taiwanese people are very tolerant, and those who have been here all agree that Taiwanese people are very friendly.

“No matter what languages we speak, we are all people living in Taiwan and we are all Taiwanese.”

Doris M. Brougham gave a speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition “Foreigners Love Taiwan.” (The China Post)

The “Foreigners Love Taiwan’ exhibition will open from March 10 to April 8, between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘The exhibition features three major sections: “Foreigners Who Love Taiwan,” “Sentiments Beyond 100 Years,” and “High-Five Love Taiwan,” featuring the stories of foreigners who have made selfless contributions to Taiwan, such as Mackay, Marjorie Ingeleiv, Robert Swinhoe, Sidney Barton and Marjorie Landsborough, Yoichi Hatta and more.