going home 2017

[Going Home 2017]Prelude

img_3408I was away for few weeks, back to Taiwan to spend the Chinese New Year with my family. Now, I am back.

I grew up in Taiwan and received all my education from K-12 to college in Taiwan. After college, I came to the US to pursue an advanced degree in Counseling. After receiving my Master Degree in Counseling, I worked in Taiwan for about 6 years before I came back to the U.S. again to pursue my PhD. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2003.

I have traveled and forth since then. In the past 6 years, because of the job change and many different reasons, I haven’t had any opportunity to go home. This year, I was very lucky to get to go home and spent the Chinese New Year (the year of Rooster) with my family.

I haven’t been home for the Chinese New Year since 2003. This is the first time in 13 years I actually was home for the Chinese New Year. Even though the “spirit” of the Chinese New Year has decreased, I was very excited to be “home” to experience it.

This is the year of “Rooster.” The Chinese Zodiac has 12 signs and each year has an animal representing it. In the ancient China, it was rude to ask anyone his/her age. So, we often asked: which year (meaning the animal that represent that year) were you born? It is very easy to guess a person’s age via this. For example, if someone is born in the year of Rooster, he/she is either 0, 12, or the 12x years old. So, if a person was born in the year Monkey, which is the year before Rooster, this person will be the age of 1 year old or 13x. By knowing the order of the animals, you can sort of guess a person’s age.

Murray Bowen, the psychiatrist, family theorist, and family therapist, once described family therapy as a person going back home. Maybe I haven’t been home for 6 years. Maybe I have experienced many different changes in the past 6 years. I experienced some very interesting feelings during my visit.

In the next few weeks, I am going to gradually share my reflection of my “going home” experience with you. I hope to hear from your experience, too.

P.S.1: These pictures were taken in Taiwan. Because this is the year of Rooster, there are many Rooster-shape decorations in the city.
P.S.2: If you are interested in the story of Chinese Zodiac, you can click this link.

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