About

I am currently a full-time doctoral student in Comparative Education. My dissertation explores international engagement at the elementary and secondary education levels. In Canada, I was a former high school business technology teacher and an elementary school ESL teacher. Speaking of English language training, I write a weekly homework blog for my English language learners at http://winstontaiwan.blogspot.com/ Feel free to explore it and offer me any feedback or suggestions of how it could be improved. In government, I worked in the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Ottawa) and in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (Toronto). I lived and worked in Toronto, Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as well as Mackenzie and Prince George in the northern interior of British Columbia. In the early 1990s, I studied at Lake Superior State University for an MBA. There I made friends with one of my classmates from Taiwan who would later become my wife. In January 1996, I went to Taiwan where we married. I returned to Canada to look for my first teaching job while my wife applied for immigration. The process took nine months. In December, I traveled to Taiwan again to bring back my wife to Canada. She settled with me in Mackenzie, an isolated forestry community of only 5,000 residents in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Trench in northern British Columbia. As a family, my wife has the experience of immigrating to Canada while I was her sponsor. In late 1999, we moved 200km south to Prince George, which is known as \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"BC\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Northern Capital City\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\". During this time, two dilapidated freighters containing over 100 migrant refugees from Fuzhou City in the Chinese Fujian province were shipwrecked off Vancouver Island. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detained the migrants/refugees in a correctional facility in Prince George. My wife was called upon to serve as a court interpreter for the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board (CIRB). The results of those individual hearings gave CIRB the data necessary to determine which migrants were legitimate refugees and which ones would have to be deported back to China. In 2000, my wife took her oath and became a Canadian citizen. After we had our two children, we decided to spend a few years in Taiwan to give them the chance to learn Chinese while I study too.

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