It’s time to showcase another blogger as part of my little series of interviews, and today I’m delighted to introduce you to Xin (Carol) Sun, who many of you may already know as the author of The Invisible Vision Project.
On Monday she very kindly posted an interview with me on her website, so in return I’m very pleased to share an interview with her here, and I hope you enjoy reading it. Please do go and check out her blog as well, where she’s got a lot of wonderful posts, and follow her on social media using the links at the end. She’ll really appreciate it!
So big thanks to Carol for collaborating with me, and let’s get on with the interview!
Welcome! 🙂 Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Xin (Carol) Sun. I am a student, a blogger, a disability activist and a public speaker.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I simply just gave blogging a try after reading several bloggers’ posts I found online.
What topics do you post about in your blog?
I mostly blog about accessibility, disability, life-style/hobbies, and sometimes about life lessons.
What is your favourite or most popular blog post that you’ve written so far?
My favorite blog post is My White Cane Acceptance Story. Without this story, I probably wouldn’t be a blogger and an activist.
What one piece of advice would you give to people who want to try blogging?
Just start! Yes, as simple as that. Don’t worry about whether people will read your blog or not. Just write about what you love and are comfortable sharing; and eventually you will find an audience.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to read, mostly fiction, sometimes self-help books. And I also love listening to music. And above all, I spend some time (whenever possible) watching anime.
Do you have any favourite music, TV shows, films or books?
I listen to a lot of J-pop/rock. So, my favorite musician is Yoshiki and his band, X Japan. My favorite TV show/anime of all time is Detective Conan (I’ve been watching it since I was six…). My favorite film is the X Japan documentary We Are X. My favorite book is James Bowen’s A Street Cat Named Bob.
What is your favourite place that you’ve visited, and where would you most like to visit?
One of my favorite places I’ve visited is New York. And I would LOVE to visit London and Paris one day.
Which celebrity would you most like to meet and why?
I’ve been asked this question a lot and I’ve never come up with an answer. Now that I think about it, I REALLY would LOVE to meet Yoshiki, he’s the leader of the band X Japan.
What is your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement so far is probably that I’ve graduated once from university with a degree in History, and I’m in the process of completing my second degree. Other than that, I can say that I’m proud to be a hardcore activist.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is really hard to answer, but I’d really hope to be settling down with my life, possibly, with a stable job.
What is your disability and what effect does it have on your daily life?
I am legally blind. From that aspect, it makes navigating the world around me a little challenging, and I can’t do certain things (i.e. driving). And I’m also a chronic illness and mental health warrior. My daily life is unpredictable, so it’s hard to say what effect it has on my daily life.
What assistive aids and technology (if any) do you use?
I use several assistive aids mainly to help with my sight loss. Particularly, I am a white cane user, and I have other tools such as a screen reader on my laptop, and I occasionally also use a monocular scope for distance viewing. I don’t particularly use any aids for my other issues/struggles at the moment.
What are the biggest misconceptions or common questions that people have about your disability?
The biggest misconceptions people often have about blind/visually impaired/chronically ill people, or people with other disabilities, is that people in general don’t understand that blindness and other disabilities is a spectrum. No two people (even with the same illness or disability) are ever the same. But it’s sometimes hard for healthy/able-bodied people to understand this!
What one piece of advice would you give to others about interacting with visually impaired or disabled people?
Don’t doubt or disbelieve anyone when blind/visually impaired/chronically ill people say that they have a disability/illness. Help them when you see that they might need help, but don’t assume that just because they have a disability that they are incapable of doing anything.
Social Media Links
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Thank you again to Carol for taking the time to do the interview, I enjoyed reading your answers! It was great to get an insight into the things you do and enjoy, and the advice for interacting with disabled people is spot on. I hope that you are able to visit London one day too, you’ll love it here!
And to other bloggers – if you’re interested in doing a collaboration, whether it be an exchange of interviews like this or any other ideas you may have, feel free to contact me.