Welcome to a Taiwanese Elementary School

There is always a porch where Hana and her family can dry their clothes in the sun. 

What chores do you have at home?:

Lis, Penny and Hana all said that their chores include: hanging their clothes out to dry, sweeping the floors and cleaning their desks when they are messy. When asked if they have ever had to do chores as a punishment, they all said No!

What jobs do your parents have?:

Lis: "I don't know!"

Penny: "My mom is a realtor and my dad works with trains."

Hana: "My mom started a business that preserves the cultural practices of Indigenous Amis people such as weaving and using plants to dye yarn. Many students visit her business to learn about our culture."

What time does school start, and what time do you go home?:

Penny: "We have school from 7:20 a.m. to 6:00 p.m."

The students end classes around 4 p.m., but the other students stay an additional two hours to complete their homework before heading home. After-school classes are very common throughout Taiwan, but since they are not offered in the village of Xikou, students spend extra time at school doing homework.

How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself?:

Hana: "My mom drives me to school."

Penny: "I walk to school."

Lis: "I walk to school, too."

Where do you eat lunch? What is your favorite food?:

When students are at school, they eat food that is provided such as rice or noodles with a meat sauce and a side of vegetables such as broccoli, leafy greens or mushrooms. A common food is also scrambled eggs mixed with tomatoes.