The Life Story of a "Happy" Woman: I just want to be the first

  • 素珠 林

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This study presents the oral history of a woman, Ying Ying, who called herself "Happy". Through in-depth interviews and candid retelling of the life story, her development is documented. From a background of poor family resources, she progressed into a capable and confident person. She learned to assess situation positively, understood her own needs, and conscientiously developed into a self-centered person detached from the rest of the world. This research further portrays how her adjustment to setbacks evolved into self-assurance. The whole life strategy of Ying Ying orbited around the axis of "I want to be the first". For her emotional needs, she belonged to her own world and enjoyed a life of no regrets. Her life story composed of families, her husband, children, work, and a secret extramarital affair that lasted twenty years.
Date of Award2002
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorWei-Ming Luh (Supervisor)


  • woman
  • extramarital affair
  • self
  • life story

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