FASCINOMA: This Musical Taiwanese Cat Can Sing The Beatles

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai catches up with Taiwanese American singer-songwriter Alanna Lin aka Fascinoma as she works on her latest project recording covers of Beatles songs. She has had a strong following since her days performing shows around Los Angeles and since one of her songs became "quasi-famous amongst fans of American Dad on FOX". The ballad, "I'm Walking This Road Because You Stole My Car (Don't Go)," was used for a love scene between a boy and a cat. Seriously, the song is…

Healthy Living and Eating: Advice from Taiwanese American Health Professionals

A few recent publications by 2nd generation Taiwanese American health professionals caught our attention this year so we've compiled a brief interview with each of the authors asking about their background and motivation behind their work. If you're looking for some solid advice on diets, exercise, and proactive healthy lifestyles, check out these titles below! They are available for purchase online through Amazon.com. The Ping Pong Diet by Chris Ko, MD Who are you? I'm a board certified…

100 DAYS Opens in LA

100 DAYS Officially opens theatrically in LA at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on Friday, December 12, 2014. Filmed in the village of Qinbi on the Taiwanese island Matsu, it's a beautiful love story that also highlights Taiwan's culture, settings, and traditions. Mark your calendars as packing every showing that opening weekend is crucial for the movie to have a longer run in the theaters! Director Henry Chan will be at various Q and A's that weekend. His credits include NBC's new show…

KANO Screenings in USA

KANO is a 2014 Taiwanese baseball film directed by Umin Boya and co-produced by Wei Te-Sheng (director of Cape No.7, the second highest grossing film in Taiwanese history, and the epic Warriors of the Rainbow). KANO is crowd-pleasing inspirational film, which has won the Audience Award at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 2014 Taipei Film Festival. It was an Official Selection at the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and is a Best Picture Nominee for the 2014 Golden…

Charlie Chang Releases New Album to Combat Domestic Violence

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai recently caught up with singer-songwriter Charlie Chang. In 2010, he was featured as one of our 100 Passionate People in the community. This month, he launches a new album with beautifully-inspired tracks and will be donating a portion of the sales from this CD to V-day, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women around the world. We talk about the inspiration behind this project. H: Hi Charlie! It's really nice to catch up with you again!…

Inside the Taipei Office of PicCollage

Create. Connect. Collage. That's the simple premise behind PicCollage, one of the most downloaded photo collage apps on iOS and Android smartphones today. The app allows free-form collage editing with or without the use of templates, and it has attracted a huge user-base globally--primarily young female tweens. Gone are the days of printing, cutting, and pasting on posterboard. Its simplicity and intuitive gesture-based photo manipulation is also its greatest strength. Add colorful backgrounds,…

Anita Chang’s Tongues of Heaven Screens in SF/Bay Area

Taiwanese American filmmaker Anita Chang's most recent documentary film, Tongues of Heaven, revolves around the issue of language loss and asks the essential question: “what do you lose when you lose your native language?” Her film explores the challenges of young indigenous peoples of Taiwan and Hawaii in learning the heritage languages of their ancestors — languages that are endangered or facing extinction. TaiwaneseAmerican.org is proud to be a Co-presenter of this limited theatrical…

Support Youth Programs with Purchase of Taiwanese Homestyle Cookbook

We love Taiwanese food… It fuels us. We bond around it. Our friends and family ask us “chia̍h-pá—bē?” or “have you eaten yet?” as an expression of hospitality. Most importantly, it reminds of us home, family, and what it means to be of unique Taiwanese heritage. Last year, TACL-LYF and NATWA-NC joined together to create the second edition of Homestyle Cooking of Taiwan. The book includes suggested menus for various occasions and quick guidelines for prep time, complexity level,…

Mandarin Dinner Series with TAP in Atlanta

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Time: 6:00pm Location: Ah-Ma's Taiwanese Kitchen Address: 931 Monroe Dr Suite A-108, Atlanta, GA Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455692474702123/ Looking for more opportunities to practice your Mandarin? Make your parents proud and come 練習中文 with us over a delicious dinner! Join us for this month's dinner at Ah-Ma's Taiwanese Kitchen, a new Taiwanese restaurant in Midtown, and enjoy an exclusive $20 tasting menu featuring delicious…

Summer Beach Party and Bonfire with TAP in LA

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014 Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Dockweiler State Beach Address: 12501 Vista Del Mar, CA, Playa Del Rey, CA Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/948683685157814/ Come and celebrate the end of summer with us on Saturday, August 23rd at Dockweiler Beach! We'll start the party at 5 PM with some daytime beach activities including beach volleyball, cornhole, relay races, and other fun activities. Once it gets dark, we'll start a bonfire and make s'mores,…