A Taiwanese Taboo

Taiwan is a land full of superstitions. Some are heard often and are common knowledge, others you don’t find out about until a certain situation arises. The most recent one had to do with moving apartments and being pregnant. In Taiwanese culture moving house while pregnant is a major taboo. As we were recently apartment hunting we’d casually mention to the landlord/landlady that we were expecting a baby next Spring and you could immediately see the concern in their eyes- “You’re pregnant? And, you’re looking to move now?”ย Even friends (who are not believers) shared that a Taiwanese woman wouldn’t move while pregnant as it is thought to disrupt the ‘home’ the baby is in and will cause complications to the pregnancy. One concerned landlord, after realizing we had no choice but to move at this time replied, “Well, at least on moving day you (Kelley) need to be out the apartment to avoid seeing any boxes being moved.”

As we hear these superstitions, our immediate reaction may be to laugh or just dismiss it, but really it should be a reminder of just how deep seated superstitions are here and how we are living among a people bound by fear. The Taiwanese people desperately need to know the freedom and joy a relationship with Christ brings. May we use every opportunity, even moving while being pregnant, to share the Good News with them.

And, just for the record. I did help pack boxes, I saw boxes being lifted, and the little one is doing just great ๐Ÿ™‚

Just in case you’re interested, here’s a link listing out some other Chinese Pregnancy Traditions and Taboos.

Lastly, here are two pictures that go along with this post. One of the new apartment and one of Kel 15 1/2 weeks pregnant- enjoy!

Erich in the new apartment

 

Kelley 15 weeks pregnant

 

What Exactly do we Eat Here?

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One of the many things we love about Taiwan is its culinary delights. Taiwan has a rich food culture, influenced by various provinces in China and also other surrounding Asian countries, which makes eating a bountiful adventure. We are often asked by family and friends what our diet looks like. Other than our staple, white rice, we enjoy a great variety of food. We thought it’d be fun to give you a picture introduction into meals we have recently consumed. Enjoy!

Breakfast

This is a typical Taiwanese breakfast- soupy rice and a spread of condiments that you add into the rice. Condiments range from egg to vinegar-soaked cucumbers to shredded pork, to different kinds of cold tofu. 

Lunch

The foods in this picture are some of our favorites. A spicy chicken dish from the Sichuan region of China, fried egg and tomato, and fried squid rings. 

Dinner

This was a dinner prepared by a woman in Kelley’s Chinese cell group. Check out the delicious looking fish!

Dinner

This was a restaurant that had a grill on your table, so you could order all the meat, vegetables, and seafood you wanted to grill yourself. So tasty!

Dinner

And, what do you think these little blurry creatures are? Yes, they are baby octopuses….heads and all. ๐Ÿ™‚