Friday, October 15, 2021
Siau Tong

Siau-Tong Ding is a senior from Kaohsiung City, Taiwan majoring in Environmental Policy & Planning and Anthropology.

What is your favorite memory from the University of Iowa?

My favorite memory from Iowa is when I went to Des Moines with the Friends Without Borders program in my first year! We visited the Iowa State Capitol and the Botanical Garden that day. It was so much fun and cool to see!

What would like to see changed in the world during your lifetime?

I would like to see the world shift to a more environmentally sustainable international trade and food production system. The current international trade and food production system is causing many issues including contributing to global inequality, war, famine, and other racial inequality issues. Not only that, the current food production and global trade system is actually really fragile as can be seen from the "Suez Canal container ship blockage" incident earlier this year in March.

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

I would choose to have the power to read other people's minds. I just think it would be really cool if I could do that!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I honestly don't know where I will be in 10 years. I will probably be working as a researcher, an anthropologist maybe, focusing on human-environment and food systems research. Or maybe as a student affairs professional in higher education. I will likely be living in the US then.

What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?

I've been lucky enough to have visited 9 countries up till now! Including Japan, Malaysia, the US, Canada, the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain.

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