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Jan 31

We Are Webster: Ashan Chang

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 4:40 PM by Katie Stamy

Born in 1914, in a hillside village of Northern Taiwan, Ashan Chang, 103, is Webster’s oldest resident.

Ashan was born and raised near Taipei, Taiwan and it wasn’t until 1998 that she moved to Webster. 

While growing up, Ashan’s family operated a very successful tea business in Taiwan. But, after she married Chin-Sheng Chen in 1938 and started a family, she became very busy with their eight children, four girls and four boys. 

In 1986 the family immigrated to the United States, but it wasn’t until 1999 that Ashan became an American citizen. Currently, her oldest daughter is living in Taipei, and the rest of the children have made a home in the United States. 

According to Ashan’s daughter-in-law, Dee, when Ashan and her husband, Chin-Sheng moved to Webster, it was their golden years. They enjoyed the neighborhood and enjoyed spending time together until Chin-Sheng sadly passed away in 2005 at the age of 94. 

Prior to his death, the couple enjoyed watching baseball and basketball and attending their grandson’s sporting events. The two were enthusiastic about the Houston Astros and Rockets and enjoyed watching games together. However, since English was not their first language and they did not know the player’s names, the couple came up with their own names for the players between themselves. 

Ashan now enjoys keeping up with what is happening in Taiwan and Japan. The first 31 years of her life, Taiwan was ruled by Japan, therefore she can speak, read, and write Japanese. 

At the age of 103, Ashan’s key to staying young is to live life the way you please. According to Dee, she has always eaten what she wanted, did what she wanted, and never worried about it. At 103, she has survived four major falls with little injury and according to her doctor, is still very healthy. 

She has called Webster home for the past 20 years and has come to love living in America, said Dee. 

She is a member of the EFC - NASA Church in Webster, and she still attends the senior events put on by the City.

Her life has taken her across the world, but we are happy she came and made her home in Webster. 

Ashan will turn 104 on October 2.