Alex is a YouTuber from Russia, and his YouTube channel, lexww歐亞力, often documents the first-hand perception of many foreigners on life and food in Taiwan.
These videos enable viewers to appreciate Taiwan from a fresh perspective.
歐亞力於7月22日接受The China Post訪問，大方分享了對於台灣的看法以及成為YouTuber的初衷。
In an interview with The China Post on July 22, he shared his thoughts on Taiwan and his initial faith as a YouTuber.
Alex has resided in Taiwan for seven years. Originally, he came to Taiwan for study, yet, he soon found himself devoted to marketing and design work, in addition to being a YouTuber.
As a matter of fact, his affinity with Taiwan originated more than nine years ago.
During that time, he was traveling in Taiwan and recalled the first impression he had of the island was the sizzling hot weather.
“It was kinda hard to breathe,” he said. On the other hand, the warm-hearted Taiwanese people, clean streets, massive amount of scooters, and a city blending perfectly with nature all left a vivid impression on him.
Alex considers himself to be more “Taiwanese” after spending all these years here.
When asked to describe Taiwan with three things, he immediately chose “safety, friendly people, and beautiful nature” as the best representation of the island.
A lot of videos on Alex’s channel are focused on local Taiwanese cuisine.
In the interview, he also revealed to The China Post that “bubble milk tea, xiaolongbao, and luwei” are his top three favorite Taiwanese dishes.
Furthermore, he expressed his neutral attitude toward stinky tofu. He pointed out that he isn’t fond of cooked vegetables in Taiwanese bentos or bony cuisines, especially chicken feet and pig ears.
Surprisingly, he admits to being a fan of century eggs and organ meats.
Alex regarded the optimal way to introduce Taiwan to foreigners is through a combination of culture and nature.
In terms of culture, he believed that nothing preceded night markets; as for nature, he prefers hiking.
The interview later touched upon his career as a Youtuber. According to Alex, it was actually a long journey with six or seven previously unsuccessful attempts when he collaborated with friends.
He credits his later success to his proceeding along with the project himself, single-handedly managing everything from shooting and editing.
He then explained his process of producing a video. First, he determines a general concept, for example, Taiwanese food.
Then, he drafts the project in detail, for example, Taiwanese breakfast or beef noodle soup.
The process of transforming concepts into reality is what he has always considered the most rewarding.
He noticed that every production is an experiment. If a topic turns out to attract viewers, sequels ensue; otherwise, he is always in search of other original topics.
Lastly, when it comes to the first thing to do once the pandemic ends, Alex hopes to visit Hualien and Taitung to savor the scenic astonishment and also film vlogs on the way to share the breathtaking beauty of Taiwan with Youtube viewers.
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