Judy Chen

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Judy Chen is a freelance writer and graphic designer. She writes about culture, design, and work. Prior to her freelance journey, she worked in tech sales in the beautiful Bay Area and received her degree in Anthropology.

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2021/06/11 | Judy Chen

Lost Dreams of FamilyMart

Convenience stores were once a path to Taiwan’s middle class and a sign of economic transition to a service economy. But today a budding filmmaker’s experience working at FamilyMart reflects a stagnancy that haunts a generation.

2021/05/17 | Judy Chen

Coming Home to a Place I’ve Never Lived

On being grounded not in the dead wood of the doorframe but the rich soil of earth.

2021/04/21 | Judy Chen

How a Student Movement Gave Birth to Postcards of Taiwan’s Past

The postcards of Little Grass Art Academy, on the surface tributes to an older, colonial, or authoritarian Taiwan, can be traced to a radical student movement.

2021/03/31 | Judy Chen

Running at Bihu

Running in circles, and always ending up at the same place.

2021/03/03 | Judy Chen

For “Subtle Taiwanese Traits,” Seeing Taiwan Anew Starts Within the Community

Arising from disillusionment with the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group, Subtle Taiwanese Traits has been a fertile and sometimes contentious ground for defining what it means to be Taiwanese today.

2020/12/18 | Judy Chen

Runners Gear up for the Taipei Marathon Amid Covid-19

Runners are finding solace training during a pandemic, and are humbled and excited to race on Sunday.

2020/11/06 | Judy Chen

How Taiwanese International Students Are Making This Semester Normal

Life in Taiwan has continued apace during the pandemic. But for Taiwanese international students, this time has been an opportunity to redefine their idea of normal.