Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Looking back, March to April 2020 was a challenging period for me. As many countries around the world underwent lockdowns, traveling between Japan and Taiwan has also become extremely difficult. Hank and his family had planned to visit Japan around April, but they had to cancel the plan due to the spread of the coronavirus and the accompanying immigration restrictions. Taiwan has been a very close country to Japan, but all the sudden, it became a distant country after a pandemic.
There were times when my heart was almost crushed by regret, anxiety, and confusion, but of course I'm not the only one who feels that way. Hank and his family are equally disappointed, and there are many people around the world who are facing even greater difficulties. If I had time to cry, I thought I’d rather use that time and try my best to do what I can do at the moment.
The purpose of this exchange diary is to encourage each other by telling stories on various themes such as daily events, creative activities, and social situations, while Hank and I live apart in Taiwan and Japan respectively. The pandemic certainly has an end, we just don’t know when it’ll be. The world is now still going through the darkness of a long night, but we are surely moving towards a brilliant morning. Until then, Hank and I aim to continue this blog.
We would like to thank Ms.Li-fang Tang, the director of Yunlin Storyhouse, and the staff Ms. Shiow-shiang Huang, and the creative community in Taiwan for giving us a chance to join this project. My dream is that the pandemic is over and people around the world who are separated from their families and partners can reunite again.