This post was written by alumni Cherish Amanda.
Hello friends, my name is Cherish Amanda and I am a recent disability studies alumni from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
I currently teach English at an elementary public school (with inclusive style classrooms) in Jinju, South Korea.
These photos provide a brief glance at my journey as a tourist in Taipei and Hualien, Taiwan encountering disability themes. I wish to open up a dialogue about accessibility and mad studies with the recently developed part of Asia: Taipei, Taiwan.
But first, I left Canada in November, 2014 and moved here…..
The Concept of Sharing
Now, let’s travel to Taiwan.
1st stop: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
As I toured the museum, I am brought back fondly to my Ryerson days spent in Mad studies (challenges dominant understanding of mental health). Numerous art and texts in gallery halls shake up my western conservative thoughts.
Unfinished Journey Exhibition,
by Wei-Hei Hsu (my new favourite artist)
Wei- Hei Hsu is an expressionist/experimental artist who created flowers out of facial masks and stainless steel mirrors to represent the bloom of life.
This exhibition combines woman studies, disability studies, and sociological schools of thought. Wei explores the layers of contraction and vulnerability in defining the evolving role of the modern day woman.
Who am I?
Feeling rather introspective walking through this exhibit.
I wander into a connecting hallway, incidentally, finding Taiwan’s Excellence Pavilion inside Expo Park
Launched in December 2010, this pavilion is dedicated to research efforts, aesthetic designs, and premium quality products for the future.
Help, I Have Trouble Sleeping!
After visiting Taipei’s Fine Art Museum and Expo Park,
back to the Subway.
Getting a sense of cultural attitudes and musing about disability stigmas.
Visible disability(spotted a white cane and mobility devices) on the train and no one was STARING.
Thinking about Accessible Destinations as a tourist?
No One is Forgotten
And now, back outside my story finishes. I’m on my way to Elephant Mountain using Universally Designed sidewalks!