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Discovering Arizona

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Arizona - Not What You Think

Many people have a false impression of Arizona as a hot, dry desert state with nothing but cacti and sand dunes. While it is true that Arizona is known for its desert landscapes, it is also home to a diverse range of natural beauty including forests, canyons, lakes, and mountains. In addition, it has a thriving urban culture with bustling cities like Phoenix and Tucson, rich history and indigenous culture, and diverse communities with a vibrant arts and food scene. So, while the desert may be an iconic image of Arizona, it is only a small part of what the state has to offer and doesn't accurately represent the full picture.

Arizona has a rich cultural heritage and is home to numerous indigenous communities that have preserved their traditions and customs. The state is also home to several world-renowned museums, galleries, and cultural institutions, showcasing its rich history and vibrant arts scene. From the "WM PHOENIX OPEN"  held  here every year, and the "2023 SUPER BOWL"  to be held locally this year, you know that Arizona is not just the desert. In short, while the desert may be a memorable image of Arizona, it only scratches the surface of what this state has to offer and it is important to understand and appreciate its diversity and richness.

Phoenix, the capital and largest city of Arizona, has seen significant growth and development in its economy in recent years. The city has a thriving business environment, with a strong focus on industries such as technology, healthcare, tourism, and finance. In recent years, the city has attracted many new businesses and industries, leading to an increase in job opportunities and economic growth. Additionally, Phoenix has a low cost of living compared to other major cities, which has made it an attractive location for young professionals and families. The city's infrastructure and transportation network have also undergone significant upgrades, making it easier for businesses to operate and for people to commute. The city's favorable climate, cultural attractions, and growing reputation as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship are further fueling its economic growth and development. In short, Phoenix is a rapidly growing and thriving city, with a strong and diversifying economy that is driving economic growth and development in the region. Biggest news lately, is TSMC and all its supplier chains companies coming to invest in Phoenix, making Phoenix a new IC supply chain cluster, on top of what are already in Arizona. 

Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, who is a Taiwan's Son-In-Law,  prepared a very comprehensive introduction of Arizona to a group of Taiwanese audiences in 2020. He has given us the permission to share with you. Check it out below, you'll learn a lot about Arizona.

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Tempe, Phoenix and Valley Area

- Photo by Dr. Wiley

Arizona Landscapes

- Photo by Dr. Wiley

Dr. Terrence G. Wiley is Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University (ASU) in the Department of English, and past President of the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. At Arizona State University, he served as Executive Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education and previously as Director oft the Division of Educational eadership and Policy Studics. He has also lectured at numerous universltles around the world。 He is now retired and a avid amature photographer. Dr. Wiley married to Eleen Wiley, who is a Taiwanese American and lives in Tempe, AZ. Eleen was born and raised in Kaoshiong Taiwan.

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