We are pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of honorable mentions, finalists, and grand prize winners of the Betty L. Yu & Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes, established in partnership with TaiwaneseAmerican.org in honor of Yu’s parents, who are longstanding Taiwanese American community leaders. Their work will be published on TaiwaneseAmerican.org throughout the year.
We received a remarkable number of thoughtful, passionate entries, each of which was carefully reviewed and deliberated by the judges, and each was its own important testament to how gifted young Taiwanese American writers are. Through these prizes and virtual events, we hope to foster community and discussion with writers like you, and to encourage and support your work. As Ho Chie Tsai, founder of TaiwaneseAmerican.org said, “I hope one day this leads to a Taiwanese American authors, writers, journalists, and storytellers conference of some sort. I seriously think we might get to that point within a few years.”
The Prizes are named in honor of Betty Lin Yu and Jin-Chyuan Yu for their service to the Taiwanese-American community, including establishment of TACL LID Youth Camp in Southern California, co-founding of the South Bay Taiwanese-American School, the first school in the United States specifically for the purpose of Taiwanese Language instruction, establishment of North America Taiwanese Engineering Association, Southern California Chapter (NATEA-SC) and longtime support for other organizations including Formosa Association for Public Affair (FAPA), North America Taiwanese Women Association (NATWA), and Taiwan American Association (TAA).
The winners are: