Karen Liu


Megan L., on March 17, 2014
"If a Taiwanese women married a foreigner, their children cannot be Taiwanese because the mothers don't count."
Karen Liu

Introductory Profile: About Karen Liu

Karen Liu is a Taiwanese immigrant, born in the large city of Taipei on March 11, 1969. Born to a family of five, my interviewee was the oldest among her siblings. She grew up in a society where sons were favored over daughters and her parents were no exception to this culture. Even though her brother was younger than her, she was always placed second by her parents due to her gender. During the interview, Karen recalled the unfair treatments she’d received from her own family and her experiences with people who faced the same problem.

Karen is 5ft. 3in., has black medium-length hair tied neatly into a ponytail, and has glasses over her brown eyes. She has a very caring and calm personality. She came to the U.S. when she was fourteen and attended high school and college in California. She is now married and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two kids.

When Karen was talking, she seemed very deep in thought. She had a happy look on her face when she first greeted me, but as soon as I started asking her questions, I could tell that the things she was telling me were personal. In some parts of the interview, her face would show signs of anger as she recalled stories of mistreatment by her parents.

Karen told me about how she was held back from going to a collage she really wanted to go or her being sent away to live with someone else as a child while her younger brother got to choose whatever college his heart desired and got to stay with her parents. As I interviewed Karen, I was able to learn about some of her struggles with being treated differently just because she is a girl. Despite all of this, my interviewee still managed to answer all the questions I had for her and kept a positive attitude. I think she is an amazing person to have endured all the discrimination and still be able to talk about it.