Something Super: Living, Learning and Teaching in Taiwan is a personal memoir about American David Pendery¡¦s life in Taiwan since he moved there in 2000. His story examines political and educational issues in Taiwan, the many unique elements of Taiwanese life and culture, and his personal experience in the Asian country.
Drawing on notes from his personal journal and other of his own writings, personal communication, numerous published writings, and references to other writers and scholars, Pendery crafts a collage that tells his story of life and travel in Taiwan, teaching and student life, satisfying friendships, his new family life, his educational path, studying Chinese, and his employment in schools and other locations.
The prose in the work is sophisticated, but at times hard-hitting, as Pendery does not shy from criticizing what he feels are problems in Taiwan, while suggesting improvements. In spite of the criticisms, the book concludes with a heartfelt affirmation of the nation¡¦s outdoor grandeur, the rich aesthetic life to be found in Taiwan, and the rewards and surprises he has found in his work, education, and new relationships during the last 12 years. In the end he finds his journey has been like some magical Chinese tale, and he has found "something super" in Taiwan.