Catching Up with Singer-Songwriter Dawen

TaiwaneseAmerican.org has been a proud supporter of talented singer-songwriter Dawen since his journey began in Chicago and then took him to Los Angeles. He began gaining immense popularity after winning Kollaboration Acoustic 4 in 2010 and after releasing his Mandarin covers of several pop songs (including Rebecca Black's "Friday"). Shortly after, he was signed to Universal Records Taiwan. TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Eric Kao recently caught up with Dawen to see how he has been doing since relocating…

ART FOR ADVOCACY: Bringing Taiwan's Sunflower Movement to Brooklyn

By Dana Ter On a damp New York evening on May 22, just a stone throw away from Bushwick Collective on Troutman Street – a street filled with graffiti murals turned into an art gallery of sorts, the open-air Bat Haus Coworking Space was abuzz with artsy hipster types. They were holding Brooklyn Brewery beers and admiring photographs and paintings of sunflowers. Speaking in Mandarin with a smattering of English, the attendees, mostly young people in their 20s and 30s, were discussing the role of…

ART FOR ADVOCACY: Bringing Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement to Brooklyn

By Dana Ter On a damp New York evening on May 22, just a stone throw away from Bushwick Collective on Troutman Street – a street filled with graffiti murals turned into an art gallery of sorts, the open-air Bat Haus Coworking Space was abuzz with artsy hipster types. They were holding Brooklyn Brewery beers and admiring photographs and paintings of sunflowers. Speaking in Mandarin with a smattering of English, the attendees, mostly young people in their 20s and 30s, were discussing the role…

An Interview with Jennifer J. Chow, Author of The 228 Legacy

Jennifer J. Chow's fiction writing has appeared in several literary magazines, but now she debuts her full-length novel, The 228 Legacy, which was inspired by stories about the 228 Incident recounted to her by her Taiwanese American husband and relatives. Three generations in an all-female Taiwanese family living near Los Angeles in 1980 are each guarding personal secrets. Grandmother Silk finds out that she has breast cancer, as daughter Lisa loses her job, while pre-teen granddaughter Abbey…

Behind the Scenes with Producer Weiko Lin of 100 DAYS

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Kristina Lin talks to producer and screenwriter Weiko Lin about his work, family, and recent film project. Weiko's personal life story and the tragic death of his mother in 2007 serves as the inspiration behind his original play, and now the recently released movie, 100 DAYS. In Taiwan, there is a Buddhist belief that if a parent passes away before his/her child is married, the child has 100 days to do so to ensure that the parent's soul transitions peacefully or risk the…

Big Bah-Tzangs: The Hungry Monster

Wouldn’t someone dressed up in a giant bah-tzang costume be funny?? This simple image was the inspiration for Karen Lin’s “Hungry Monster,” a web series that gives viewers a creative way to learn about ethnic foods (such as bah-tzangs), their origins, and how they are prepared. Named after the Taiwanese saying yao gui, “Hungry Monster” was created for people of all ages to learn about unfamiliar foods, including Taiwanese foods. Each episode features a different food and a “Hungry…

A Chat with Documentary Filmmaker Anita Chang

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Taiwanese American filmmaker Anita Chang whose latest 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. Anita was born to parents who immigrated…

More Taiwanese American Heritage Week Poster Award Winners

TaiwaneseAmerican.org and the Formosan Association for Public Affairs’ Young Professionals Group (FAPA-YPG) are pleased to announce additional winners of our recent “Designing Taiwan” Art Contest! Alan Tung of Jersey City, NJ was the 2nd Place finalist whose Taiwanese bubble tea theme impressed our panel of five guest judges from multiple community organizations. He will be awarded the $500 Prize. Allison Chang of Northville, MI was our Youth category winner with a creative drawing…

Taiwanese American Heritage Week 2014 Poster

TaiwaneseAmerican.org and the Formosan Association for Public Affairs' Young Professionals Group (FAPA-YPG) are pleased to announce the 1st place winner of our recent "Designing Taiwan" Art Contest: Tracy Chen of Fremont, CA. We received so many impressive and inspiring submissions, which made the judging challenging for our panel of five guest judges from multiple community organizations. Tracy's design, however, was consistently highly-rated and praised for its quality, theme, and potential…

2014 DESIGNING TAIWAN: Taiwanese American Heritage Week Contest

Calling all artists, designers, photographers and anyone creative who loves Taiwan! Family, friends, language, beef noodle soup, shaved ice, bubble tea, Taipei 101, night markets, Taroko Gorge—what does being "Taiwanese American" mean to you? For Taiwanese American Heritage Week this May 2014, FAPA [Formosan Association for Public Affairs] and TaiwaneseAmerican.org are proud to present DESIGNING TAIWAN, a competition that translates creative talent into a celebration of the rich and diverse…