This episode features a second-generation new migrant from Myanmar — Chen Chi-ming (陳啟明).
Born and raised in Myanmar, Chen returned to Taiwan in 2017 to join the military service.
Later, he fell in love with life on this “treasure island,” so he decided to settle here and work in the field of education to become a Burmese language teacher.
Chen Chi-ming is very talented in learning languages since childhood.
During his studies at the University of Yangon in Myanmar, he chose to go to Russia as an exchange student.
He was very good with the Russian language, Russian culture and Russian tourism, and he soon became a “Russian expert.”
Chen Chi-ming reminded people who want to travel to Russia that it is recommended to learn some simple Russian greetings and basic conversation and vocabulary before the journey, to help make the whole trip smoother.
It is also recommended to go to Russia in the summer because Russia is very cold in winter.
Chen Chi-ming, who returned to settle in Taiwan, explained that his friends were curious about his identity as a “second-generation migrant from Myanmar” when he first arrived. Chen added that they wanted to learn the “circular script” of the Burmese language.
Without much ado, he decided to devote himself to working in the field of education as a professional Burmese language teacher.
Being a teacher has helped him to better understand the Burmese culture, especially when he was preparing his subject matter.
At the same time, he used an online platform with a special webpage “Learn Burmese with Teacher Amin” to share Burmese language lessons, Burmese customs, Burmese music, and more, to give students a basic understanding of Myanmar and enhance their “cultural sensitivity.”
To those interested in the Burmese language, Chen Chi-ming also suggested that they start listening to Burmese music to get a sense of the language. In this way, it will be easier to learn the language and its writing in the future, he explained.
Currently, Chen Chi-ming is teaching classes at Soochow University (東吳大學). Interested parties are invited to sign up online for his lessons.