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Alana Nichols (travel show host)

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Alana Nichols
Alana Nichols air.jpg
Alana Nichols in Follow Alana Australia
BornOctober 10th
Taipei, Taiwan
NationalityTaiwanese-American
OccupationTravel show host
Years active2016-present
Home townTaipei

Alana Nichols (b. Chinese: 鄭雅文; pinyin: Zhèng Yǎwén; October 10, 1991[1]) is a Taiwanese-American, a travel show host[2] and a philanthropist.  She was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 8-months-old.  Alana’s hearing loss was classified as profound[2], which is the most severe category.  She had her cochlear implant surgery in Australia and learned to speak English through Auditory-verbal therapy.[3] Shortly after her successful experimental surgery, her parents founded the Children’s Hearing Foundation in Taiwan.  She is now the host of the travel show Follow Alana.[4]

Early life and family[edit | edit source]

Born in Taipei, Taiwan[5], Alana is the daughter of Kenny Cheng, a businessman and philanthropist and Joanna Nichols.[6]  Her father is Taiwanese, while her mother is American.  She has one sister, Joy Nichols, who is three years older.  As an infant, her parents noticed that Alana did not react to sounds, including her own name, thus bringing her to the hospital for a check-up[7].  She was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of deafness known as a common cavity malformation.  Therefore, they consulted experts around the globe, many who refused to operate on Alana due to the severity and rareness of her case.  Finally, they found a doctor in Australia who agreed to perform the experimental cochlear implant[8][3] surgery despite the grim outlook.  Alana spent much of her childhood in intensive verbal therapy learning to hear and spea[9]k.  Alana attended Taipei American School in Taiwan and university in Australia.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hsieh, Chi-Jun (2006). The Sound of Love. Taiwan: Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd. p. 23. ISBN 978-986-417-668-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brown, Joshua Samuel (2018-06-13). "Follow Alana to Taiwan and Beyond". Taiwan Scene.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hsieh, Chi-Jun (2006). The Sound of Love. Taiwan: Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd. p. 28. ISBN 978-986-417-668-7.
  4. "Home | Alana". Home | Alana. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. "ALANA-About".
  6. Hsieh, Chi-Jun (2006). The Sound of Love. Taiwan: Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd. p. 10. ISBN 978-986-417-668-7.
  7. Hsieh, Chi-Jun (2006). The Sound of Love. Taiwan: Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd. p. 24. ISBN 978-986-417-668-7.
  8. Han, Cheung (July 4, 2018). "Following Alana". Taipei Times.
  9. Hsieh, Chi-Jun (2006). The Sound of Love. Taiwan: Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd. p. 33. ISBN 978-986-417-668-7.


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