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Meet Joanne Missingham, Taiwan’s Goddess of Go: Part 1

Meet Joanne Missingham, Taiwan’s Goddess of Go: Part 1

2024-06-09

Joanne Missingham is Taiwan’s top female Go player, with a formidable Go ranking of 7 dan. In her 20s, she took on modeling work, gaining fame in entertainment. What many people don’t know is that Joanne was born in Australia. She has mixed-race heritage, with an Australian father and Taiwanese mother. Her great love affair with Go began at age 6, when her mom gave her a chance introduction to the game. And she hasn’t stopped playing since. Today in our Sunday special report, we kick off a three-part introduction to Taiwan’s Goddess of Go.

Taiwanese-Australian Joanne Missingham was born on May 26, 1994, in Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. Her Chinese name is Hei Chia-chia.

Her father is Errol Mark Missingham, an Australian, and her mother was the Taiwanese Hei Nan-ping: a cross-cultural love story.

Their first daughter was Hei Hsuan-hsuan, and little Joanne, their second daughter, was born two years later.

Joanne Missingham
Taiwan Go player
My mom went to study in Australia, to graduate school. My dad was a professor there. That’s how they met. My sister and I were born in Australia. Later, they decided we would move to Taiwan, mainly because my parents really wanted us to be bilingual.

Hsuan-hsuan Missingham
Sister of Joanne Missingham
My dad would get home from work, and my sister was great at being all cutesy. She would say, “Daddy, you’re home!” and rush straight at him, and push him over to get the cash out of his pocket!

It was a happy family. The Missinghams believed in supporting their daughters’ interests, and so the girls had many hobbies.

Joanne Missingham
Taiwan Go player
Our parents wanted us to develop wide interests. They took us to lots of classes, we could find our own interests among them.

Joanne studied gymnastics, ballet, and the pipa lute in the Chinese orchestra. Her first experience of a Go lesson was at the age of 6.

Joanne Missingham
Taiwan Go player
I started at 6. Actually, originally I wanted to study Gomoku. But my mom couldn’t find a Gomoku class for me. So she took my sister and me to try a Go class. I got really into it. My sister thought it was really boring, just black and white tiles.

Based in Yonghe, Chou Ko-ping had founded “Dongdong Children’s Go Studio.” He was Joanne’s first Go teacher, and it was he who inspired her talent to blossom.

Chou Ko-ping
Teacher of Joanne Missingham
What was different about Joanne was how focused she was in class, with amazing reactions. She was better at Go than other children right from the very beginning. Perhaps her mind is very clear in that regard.

Joanne Missingham
Taiwan Go player
I saw a very famous anime when I was about 8. It’s called “Hikaru no Go.” Watching it gave me more of an idea of the world of professional Go players. Before that, I knew my teacher was a pro. But I didn’t really know what that meant, or what he actually did. After I’d seen “Hikaru no Go,” I thought, “Wow, you can have a job as cool as playing Go!” “I can just do what I want to do, play Go And someone will pay me for it!”

Joanne’s mother supported her dream. She searched for an advanced teacher, who would help Joanne hone her skills.

Lin Sheng-hsien
Joanne Missingham’s Go teacher
When children play Go, generally they try to capture their opponent’s stones. But Joanne was lucky because her teacher was a professional, a colleague of ours. So her very first teacher taught her to think more about “territory.” So, unlike other children, she wasn’t so fixated on capturing stones. That’s very helpful for later study.

Joanne Missingham
Taiwan Go player
I think what first attracted me was capturing stones. Capturing stones was great fun. Then I realized, capturing stones is just a tiny part of Go. In the end, it’s about who has more territory, i.e. more unoccupied points. Along the way, you need a lot of tactics to gain territory. You have almost unlimited choices. Go has been played for thousands of years.

Joanne was a bright and talented child. Her grades were excellent, and she was popular at school.

Cheng Chao-ching
Joanne Missingham’s third and fourth grade class teacher
Joanne’s schoolwork was excellent. You could see how hard-working she was, how brave she was in expressing her opinions. She was quick-thinking and creative. So her grades were always very good, among the best in the class. She liked to help others, to stand up for justice. All her classmates liked her. She was fun, humorous and sweet. She looked so cute and did so well in school that she was never short of friends. All the other children liked to play with her.

With her mother’s attentive guidance, Joanne excelled in literacy, playing the pipa, Go, calligraphy and art.

Cheng Chao-ching
Joanne Missingham’s third and fourth grade class teacher
In a moment you can see a photo of Joanne’s handwriting, which is beautiful. Her characters are so neat. She worked very hard on her homework. In her essays, you could see lots of little creative flourishes. She was full of imagination. In natural science, we grew silkworms. All the kids were afraid of them. But Joanne seemed to think they were cute, they were so soft and white. In an essay, she wrote how a classmate had eaten one of the baby silkworm’s poos! Apparently, in traditional Chinese medicine, silkworm waste is a medicinal ingredient. So she put that interesting story in her essay.

With her angelic and unusual looks, those big eyes and glossy hair, Joanne became a child star, shooting commercials and music videos, and appearing in many TV variety shows.

But commercial shoots can run into the night. Joanne’s mother thought school came first. When Joanne was 10, her mother encouraged her to join the school swim class, as a way to gain strength for Go. But as soon as she began, Joanne qualified for the first 100, and joined the school team.

Huang Yi-hsi
Joanne Missingham’s elementary swim teacher
She had good flexibility, good coordination and a sense for the water. She performed better in all those areas than the other kids who tried out. So, of course she was chosen for the swim team.

But joining the swim team meant bidding goodbye to her precious long locks!

Huang Yi-hsi
Joanne Missingham’s elementary swim teacher
We don’t want the kids’ swim training to have an impact on their normal schooling. So usually we ask the girls in the team to cut their hair short, if possible. It cuts the time spent changing and drying hair. It lessens the risk of getting sick. We want them to get back to class promptly, and get back to their normal lessons.

Next was a grueling training regime. Joanne got up at 6 a.m. on schooldays. She would swim 3,000 meters at school to build strength, before classes began.

Joanne Missingham
Taiwan Go player
I swam from third to sixth grade. So I got to school before the other kids. I might get up at 6, and get there before the others to swim.

Hsuan-hsuan Missingham
Sister of Joanne Missingham
I think she’s very strong! Because, if I remember right, she trained before class in the morning, and after class in the evening. The pool at Xiulang Elementary didn’t have any heating at first. It was freezing in winter. I think she’s amazing!

Huang Yi-hsi
Joanne Missingham’s elementary swim teacher
Her first strength was tolerating pain, hard work.She had a very strong will. When we did the aerobic stamina training, which is the worst, she could just grit her teeth, and persevere through whatever I set for her. Some kids are easier on themselves and give up. That means they stop and drop out of the team.

The tough swim training was energizing. Joanne’s will and stamina belied her years. That desire to excel applied to Go, as well. By age 11, she had an amateur 6 dan rank, and often went abroad for Go contests.

Chou Chun-hsun
The “Red-faced Go Master”
I met Joanne in 2004 at the World Youth Go Championship. She was on the Taiwan Youth Go team. I was invited to be the tutor for the team at that championship. So from 2004 on, we played a weekly game of Go, and after each game, I helped her analyze it. In 2005 I went with her to Barcelona, Spain, for the World Youth Go Championship.

As Joanne’s Go skills progressed, just before she finished elementary school, her father was sent to the U.S. for a job. The family moved with him, and Joanne was thrown out of her comfort zone. Next week in our Sunday special report, join us as we follow her into an alien Western country and struggles to continue her pursuit of Go.

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圍棋女神 黑嘉嘉 (一)

2024-06-09

外型亮麗的黑嘉嘉,才貌雙全,是台灣目前段位最高的女棋士,擁有圍棋職業七段資格,二十多歲起,經常代言、拍廣告,活躍於演藝圈,其實很多人不知道,黑嘉嘉在澳洲出生,父親是澳洲人、母親是台灣人。從小多才多藝,學過芭蕾、體操、游泳和琵琶等多項的才藝。之所以情有獨鍾,愛上圍棋,是因為母親無心插柳,在她六歲那一年,讓她去上課學圍棋,從此開啟了黑嘉嘉的圍棋之路。一連三個禮拜,我們將為您介紹黑嘉嘉的故事。

1994年5月26六日,本名Joanne Missingham的台澳混血兒,中文名黑嘉嘉。出生於澳洲昆士蘭州的布里斯本。

父親Errol Mark Missingham澳洲人,母親黑南萍是台灣人。父母親異國戀曲,開花結果。

生下大女兒黑萱萱,以及小女兒黑嘉嘉,姊妹倆相差兩歲。

[[台灣圍棋選手 黑嘉嘉]]
“當時其實是媽媽去澳洲留學,去念研究所,爸爸是裡面的教授,是這樣認識的,後來就在澳洲生了姊姊還有我,主要是因為我父母很希望,我們能夠學會兩種語言,所以後來決定搬回台灣住”

[[黑嘉嘉姐姐 黑萱萱]]
“以前他(爸爸)可能下班之後,因為妹妹是非常會撒嬌的人,她就會說DADDY你回來了,可能就撲上去之類的,會故意把他撲倒,因為要把他口袋裡面的零錢滾出來。”

家庭氣氛和樂融融,父母教育理念,適性發展,因此從小兩姊妹就展現多才多藝。

[[台灣圍棋選手 黑嘉嘉]]
“小時候爸爸媽媽希望我們多元發展,所以有讓我跟姊姊去上很多課程,讓我們在中間去找到興趣”

黑嘉嘉自幼學體操、跳芭蕾,加入國樂隊彈琵琶,動靜相宜,人生第一次接觸圍棋,拜師學藝,是在六歲那一年。

[[台灣圍棋選手 黑嘉嘉]]
“是從六歲開始,其實一開始想要學的是五子棋,因為媽媽說,她找不到學五子棋的地方,所以就帶我跟姊姊去試上了一堂圍棋課,上完之後我就非常感興趣,姊姊覺得這個只有黑色跟白色,覺得很無聊”

在永和開設「冬冬兒童圍棋教室」的周可平,是黑嘉嘉第一個圍棋老師,也是啟蒙恩師。

[[黑嘉嘉啟蒙恩師 周可平]]
“嘉嘉跟普通小朋友不一樣的地方是,她上課很專心反應也很好。圍棋本身的話,她一開始就下得比其他小朋友好,這個方面可能是她頭腦很清楚。”

[[台灣圍棋選手 黑嘉嘉]]
“應該是在我差不多八歲的時候,我看了非常有名的一部動畫片《棋靈王》。看完那部之後,我才對職業棋士這個行業有比較深的了解。因為過去我知道我的啟蒙老師是職業棋士,但我其實不太知道職業棋士到底是什麼概念,或者是他們是做什麼的。在看完《棋靈王》之後,我才想說原來世界上,有職業棋士這麼好的工作,我做我喜歡的事情,我下棋還會有人付錢給我。"

黑嘉嘉的母親,為了替女兒圓夢,四處找尋優秀師資,教課指導,精進棋力。

[[黑嘉嘉圍棋老師 林聖賢]]
“一般來講,小朋友下棋,都會比較想去吃人家的棋子,嘉嘉好處是她的啟蒙老師,也是職業棋士,我們的同事,所以她啟蒙的時候,就已經教比較多「地」的觀念,所以她跟別的小朋友不太一樣,不會那麼貪吃棋子。對日後的學習就有很大幫助。

[[台灣圍棋選手 黑嘉嘉]]
“一開始被圍棋吸引的應該是它「吃子」的部分,我覺得吃子這件事情非常地好玩,再後來就發現吃子,只是圍棋當中的一小部分而已,因為圍棋最終比的是誰的地盤比較大,也就是誰的空比較多,中間其實要用非常多的戰略,去取得地盤”

黑嘉嘉自小資質聰穎,才華洋溢,在校學業成績表現優異,是班上的風雲人物。

[[黑嘉嘉國小三四年級班導 鄭昭清]]
“嘉嘉在學校功課非常地好,可以發現她學習很認真,很勇於表達自己的意見,思考很靈活、有創意,所以她在班上的功課領先群,名列前茅,她很喜歡幫助別人、仗義執言,同學們都很喜歡她,幽默風趣又可愛,長得很可愛、功課又好,因此她的人緣非常好”

在母親諄諄教導之下,黑嘉嘉不論國字、作文,琴棋書畫,樣樣精通。

[[黑嘉嘉國小三四年級班導 鄭昭清]]
“嘉嘉的字,等一下可以看一下照片,非常地漂亮,字體非常地整齊,她寫功課是非常認真。再來是在她的作文當中,你可以發現很多小小的創意,很具巧思,我們自然課會養蠶寶寶,大家對於蠶寶寶都覺得很恐怖,可是我覺得嘉嘉好像對於蠶寶寶白白嫩嫩的,覺得很可愛,她裡面還寫到說,我們班上有個同學,居然把蠶寶寶的便便吃下去,聽說其實蠶寶寶的便便,在中藥是一個很好的良方,所以她就把這件有趣的事情寫下來”

有張洋娃娃的天使臉孔,深邃大眼、秀麗長髮,黑嘉嘉曾是童星,拍過廣告、歌、MV,還錄影電視綜藝節目,邀約不斷。

接拍廣告,日夜作息顛倒,黑嘉嘉母親認為必須以課業為重,黑嘉嘉十歲那一年,鼓勵她參加學校的游泳班,藉此訓練圍棋體力,沒想到,黑嘉嘉一考,就擠進百人初試,考進校隊。

[[黑嘉嘉國小游泳班教練 黃以錫]]
“她的柔軟度,她的協調性還有水感,在這幾個方面她都表現得比一般來甄選的同學還要好,所以當然她自然就會被甄選上游泳班。"

加入游泳班,首先,黑嘉嘉必須先割捨,一頭及腰的招牌長髮!

[[黑嘉嘉國小游泳班教練 黃以錫]]
“我們希望小朋友除了游泳練習之外,盡量不要耽誤她正常的課業學習,所以通常在成班的時候,我就會要求女生盡量剪短頭髮,因為可以縮短換裝、吹頭髮的時間,也比較不會感冒,再來希望能夠準時回到教室,上一般的室內課程”

割愛剪髮,接下來面對的是,一連串的魔鬼體能訓練。上學日,黑嘉嘉都六點起床,先到學校晨游三千公尺,勤練體力。

[[台灣圍棋選手 黑嘉嘉]]
“我三年級到六年級的時候,都是游泳班,所以等於會比別人早去上學,可能六點起床,比一般的同學早去上學,是為了去游泳”

[[黑嘉嘉姐姐 黑萱萱]]
“我覺得她超強的啊!因為等於她上學前,如果我沒記錯的話,她們是早上訓練一次,放學之後再訓練一次。秀朗國小的游泳池,最一開始的時候,我記得是沒有溫水。冬天真的很冷。我覺得她好厲害!"

[[黑嘉嘉國小游泳班教練 黃以錫]]
“第一個優點是,她自己很能夠吃苦耐勞,她有很強的意志力,當我們在進行最累的有氧耐力的時候,她很能夠咬緊牙關,堅持地把我出的訓練內容游完。有的小朋友可能對自己比較好,就會放掉,放掉的結果就是中間停下來掉隊”

將游訓吃苦當吃補,黑嘉嘉展現超齡的耐力與意志力,圍棋實力則不斷精益求精,年僅十一歲,黑嘉嘉的棋力已達業餘六段,經常出國參賽。

[[紅面棋王 周俊勳]]
“我跟嘉嘉是2004年,因為世界青少年的比賽認識,那年她是台灣少年組代表,剛好我受邀擔任那屆比賽,青少年組的指導老師,所以2004年開始,大概陪嘉嘉每個禮拜會下一盤棋,幫她覆盤。包括隔年2005年,也陪著她一起去西班牙巴塞隆納,參加那屆世界青少年圍棋賽”

就在黑嘉嘉棋力穩定進步,國小畢業前夕,黑嘉嘉的父親因為工作職務調動,因此,舉家搬遷赴美。下周,帶您一窺黑嘉嘉如何在陌生環境的西方國家,摸索圍棋,並踏出人生另一個里程碑。

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