Roll Call: Supporting Taiwanese American Creators & Small Businesses During COVID-19

We’re feeling so inspired by Taiwan’s global leadership in managing and extending help for the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to prove that #TaiwanCanHelp, let’s also highlight the ways that #TAsCanHelp (Taiwanese Americans Can Help)! If you’re a Taiwanese American creator, small business, or organization, we’d love to hear about how we can support you – whether that’s by showcasing your online merch, tuning into your next livestream, or sharing your story. Please use our contact form below to share an anecdote/advice, or nominate a small business/organization we can highlight.

We’ll be sharing submissions/features from around our community in the post, updated daily. Please note that, unless otherwise stated, we are not affiliated with these businesses/organizations and do not receive commission if you choose to make a donation or purchase.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/SERVICE

Love Bao | Community Service

How they’re helping: Taiwanese restaurant Love Bao, based in North Carolina, donated 100 popcorn chicken bentos (YUM) to communities in need this week.

Eight Eight Six | Community Service

How they’re helping: Funded by community donations, Taiwanese restaurant 886 has been donating delicious bentos to local New York City hospitals. They’re also fundraising for their staff (link at their Instagram bio).

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In the past 12 hours, we have received more than $4,000 in donation. That's >400 bento boxes! In this time of crisis, you all have inspired us to achieve better and do more. We are currently working on expanding our hospital network so we can feed MORE first responders. It's impossible to say when this pandemic will be over, or when we'll be able to reopen again. But as owners, this is hands down the most rewarding we have ever felt. We opened 886 to show the best side of Taiwanese culture, this week has allowed us to show the best side of humanity. From the teary response of a Columbia Medical Center doctor, to the phones buzzing nonstop with donations, you have restored our faith in society. We will continue to strive forward by making delicious and nutritious food for those fighting in the front lines. Closed tomorrow for delivery/pickup. We will come back better and stronger on Monday.

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Madeleine Editions | Community Service

How they’re helping: Madeleine Editions, launched by Taiwanese American Eva Lou, is offering their entire award-winning collection of multimedia, multilingual stories for children 3-8 completely FREE until March 27th. Download them now via any Apple device, and they’re yours to keep forever.

Scanwell Health | Community Service

How they’re helping: Taiwanese American business owner Stephen Chen and his company are giving away free UTI testing kits (including free shipping) so that friends and family can test from home in an effort to alleviate hospital/emergency crowding.

TAP-Seattle | Community Service

How they’re helping: TAP‘s (Taiwanese American Professionals) Seattle chapter donated Taiwanese lunch boxes (from Monga Cafe) to EvergreenHealth’s health provider and staff.

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Today is Census Day and census is about communities. At TAP-Seattle, we wanted to do something today to give back to our community. As we “stay home, stay healthy”, the healthcare professionals and frontline workers are working hard at saving lives. We wanted to show them our gratitude for their dedication. 🤗 . Today, TAP-Seattle donated 60 delicious Taiwanese lunch boxes (from Monga Cafe) to the EvergreenHealth’s health providers and staff! The Taiwanese/Asian American community thanks you, EvergreenHeatlh~🙌👏🍱 . Please support the many local businesses in your area. Many of them have posted their new opening hours and pickup/delivery options online. Some even have frozen food bulk buy options. If you want to donate meals to hospitals, many are happy to coordinate with you. . And remember, if you haven’t filled out your census, do it! You can do it easily and safely at home online or by phone! 💻☎️ If you identify as Taiwanese, check “Other Asians” and write in “Taiwanese”. . . . #censusday #census2020 #counTA #thankshealthheroes #supportlocal #wegotthis

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TAFNC | Community Service

How they’re helping: TAFNC (Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California) donated face shields to local Bay Area hospitals!

View their website HERE!

YiFang Fruit Tea – Chinatown NY | Community Service

How they’re helping: YiFang Fruit Tea in Chinatown NY set up a GoFundMe where they raised money to send meals, drinks, and N95 masks to NYU Langone Tisch Hospital and to Harlem Hospital.

SMALL BUSINESSES

Kelly Lan & Hello Prosper | Creatives/Small Business

Ways to support: Follow their Instagram at @hello.prosper, and check out their online store, which includes 8×8 framed prints, coloring & conversational printables, and time capsule cards.

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One common question I get asked, “How do you decide which women to feature?” Great question! I’ve taken a lot of thought about how to implement a methodology to help organize the many well-deserved, untold stories of Asian women contributions throughout humankind. I’ve taken learnings from my field of study as a user experience designer, to help tell stories that inform and entertain. Stories should match the following criteria: 1️⃣ Contributed to US history or have made an impact from a world history lens Asian women have a transnational identity. This is a valuable insight when speaking one-on-one. Whether it be that they were born in US and now live abroad, or an adoptee, or have extended family across oceans — the takeaway is that home is where the heart is. I didn’t want to restrict or dismiss the contribution of our figures based on nationality, but by the the figure’s perseverance and barriers broken in their lifetime. 2️⃣ Equal representation of Asian women in various career paths and time periods As a child of Taiwanese immigrants, I knew from a young age that one’s traditions, language, culture can be taken away if one does not fight for it. The island nation of Taiwan has had their history re-written and erased. Today, it’s still a very complicated and passionate topic. I recognize the intricacies and differences in our Asian communities. Therefore, I believe it’s imperative to collaborate with storytellers that grew up in the environment that the figure featured has or had lived. This way we can delivery the most authentic narratives for our consumers. As this project continue to grow and develop, we are constantly making small improvements, pivoting and reframing our approach based on the collected feedback. This weekend, I had a unique opportunity to meet and connect with change-makers of today. The @slashiesummit is an all-day immersive experience serving South Asian hustlers, doers and creators interested in breaking the stigma and creating a new status quo. 📸: @werks_am #asianamerican #asianwomenhistory #UX #methodology #childrensbook #history #changemakers #innovationmeetsstrategy #slashiesummit #entrepreneur #breakingstigma

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Cindy Chu & Creative Queens | Creatives/Small Business

Ways to support: Cindy’s Patreon supports her new podcast, CREATIVE QUEENS, which highlights women of color creatives, as well as her other screenwriting projects that are dedicated to better representing Asian Americans and WOC. QUEENS also has a merch store.

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The 1st episode of @creativequeenspodcast officially dropped 🙌 🔂 When I started in the entertainment industry, I didn't have much guidance, and I was in for a rude awakening on how it'd be for AsAm/WOC. This podcast is a resource for those who wanna know the real deal about creating your own series, sketch comedy, finding community & more. Each ep. I'ma switch off between interviews with WOC creatives & share my personal experiences in the industry. 🔂 Ep. 1 – I share 3 tips on starting out in the industry. Shout out to my homies: @lizzieonig @sourmouthsweetheart & Janey for their feedback on my original pilot. One of the tips I share is to do your best work & be about ya craft so I rerecorded the episode according to their notes ☑️ 🔂 Also I'll be recording more episodes with @listeningpartypresents At @canalstreetmarket 🎉 🔂 Catch our podcast on @spotify , @applepodcasts & wherever y'all listen to podcasts. Check out @creativequeenspodcast for updates on future episodes and upcoming guests. . . . . . #creativequeens #podcast #woc #asianamerican #NYC

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Lillian Liming Calligraphy | Creatives/Small Business

Ways to support: Lillian is a New York-based modern calligrapher who shares this beautiful art form through thoughtfully designed creative workshops and events. She has free printables on her website right now, as well as digital calligraphy worksheets for purchase.

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Happy Friday! Just popping in to say hey to all the new friends around here for #fridayintroductions! It's been a while since I shared some fun/random facts about me so here goes: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1️⃣ I was once a baking food blogger – it's during this time that I picked up photo styling tricks which now come in handy for flatlays 😏 . 2️⃣ I was a stationery collector/hoarder growing up – I want to say it's because my uncle in Taiwan owns a small stationery shop…everytime we visited, he'd send me home with ALL the cute pens, notebooks, and stickers! . 3️⃣ I actually used all that cute stationery to write letters to my pen pals – had quite a few over the years from different camps I attended. . 4️⃣ I grew up in Suffolk County, Long Island – excited to be teaching a workshop over that way this spring! . 5️⃣ The hubs & I teamed up last weekend to take some new portraits for my website – I had a whole shot list prepared but this candid one turned out to be one of my faves 🥰 [Shout out to @speakeasy10562 for the perfect photo shoot space!] . Thanks for reading and following along! I'd love to get to know you – share a fun fact or let me know if we have anything in common. Have a lovely weekend! 💕

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Yardbird Entertainment & Peter Lin | Creatives/Small Business

Ways to support: Taiwanese American musician Peter Lin has an online store for his digital works, as well as a YouTube channel, Yardbird Entertainment, that hopes to bring jazz to a wider audience and empower other musicians to create opportunities in their own communities.

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New standard gig attire. #coronavirus

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Formosa Fine Chocolates | Small Business

Ways to support: This luxury handcrafted chocolatier by Taiwanese American Kimberly Yang is still accepting online orders and local pickup in Emeryville, California!

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A new look for Coconut Crunch bonbon!

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Rayna Lo | Creatives/Small Business

Ways to support: Rayna is a Boston-based calligrapher, illustrator, and educator who explores and shares Taiwanese culture through teaching Chinese calligraphy classes and her avator character – Leon The BearBot. She has a free coloring page of Leon The BearBot on her website right now, as well as stickers for purchase.

Wear First | Small Business

Ways to support: Wear First is a Taiwanese-family owned apparel company selling primarily men’s shorts and t-shirts. Fun fact about the company: 25% of their employees have been with them since day 1 of when the brand was created, April 1994! Items on the site are currently all 30% off!

Stephanie Shih | Creatives

Ways to support: Stephanie Shih is a Taiwanese-American ceramist who explores Asian American nostalgia through recreating “the Chinatown grocery stores of [her] youth”. Visit her website to learn more!

Felicia Liang | Creatives/Small Business

Ways to support: Felicia Liang is a New York-based artist who shares Asian American food, travel, and culture through her illustrations. You can support her on her Etsy page!

 

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