Susan and Emily Present “Island X” – a Collection of Taiwanese Folk Songs

TaiwaneseAmerican.org has been proud to follow and support musicians Emily and Susan Hsu of the indie band Exit Clov for years, and in turn, they've been kind to us as well. Remember them from our Taiwan Typhoon Morakot fundraising campaign a few years back when their video went viral? Ever since then, we (and many of you) have hoped that they would put out a Taiwanese/Mandarin album. So now, we're pleased to announce that they have. Island X. And dare we say that this may be the most amazing Taiwanese…

Interview with Marilyn Fu, Screenwriter of The Sisterhood of Night

by Hanna Huang A graduate of Columbia University’s Film program, Marilyn Fu won the Tribeca Film Fest’s Creative Promise Award for a script entitled The Sisterhood of Night. She is also the inaugural recipient of the William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship. The Sisterhood of Night is a modern re-telling of the Salem witch trials, based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Steven Millhauser. It encourages teen girls and their parents to embrace what makes each of us unique. Catherine…

All Eyes on NBA Sensation Jeremy Lin

To be honest, this post is long overdue. After all, our website is now the go-to place for all things Taiwanese American, and since young point-guard Jeremy Lin, an undrafted Harvard graduate, came off the New York Knick's bench to lead a victory against the New Jersey Nets on February 4, 2012, he has continued to amaze audiences worldwide by achieving career highs with subsequent games and taking a struggling team through a series of wins. His has been a Cinderella story, indeed -- a "Linspirational…

Through the Eyes of Illustrator Julia Kuo

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai takes a look at the work of Julia Kuo, an illustrator who works out of Cleveland for most of the year and Taipei during the winter. She recently gained greater attention for her project "100 Days in Cleveland," which showcases 100 of her favorite things about the city. Many of the sketches are now part of a travel guidebook to Cleveland. Listen to an NPR ideastream interview with Julia about the project here: http://www.ideastream.org/an/entry/40673 Read…

The Big Picture: A Snapshot of Photographer Anna Wu

Meet Anna Wu. She is an amazing photographer, and she has been my friend for over 15 years. She also serves as TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Creative Director and Website Manager, and too often, she works behind-the-scenes while I, as the Founder, get more credit and attention than I deserve for the projects that our team takes on. However, in reality, I know that my big ideas don't happen unless key staffers like Anna take part and bring them to fruition. See this website? In February of 2010,…

Akufuncture Family: Founder Samuel Wang & Musician Kevin Lien

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai chats with YouTube artist Kevin Lien and sponsor Samuel Wang, one of the co-founders of Akuncture Clothing. Both are Taiwanese Americans who hope to make an impact on the greater community by sharing their creative talents. We recently brought together our TaiwaneseAmerican.org team along with some of our co-collaborators in LA to attend one of Akufuncture's OSMOSIS performance series showcasing talented Asian American artists. On this unusually cool…

On Passion & Inspiration with Comedian Yola Lu

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai recently traveled to Seattle to meet with up-and-coming comedian Yola Lu, a 2nd generation Taiwanese American. We recently heard about her when she was interviewed for Northwest Asian Weekly and were impressed with how far she's gone in such a short time. With so few Asian Americans in stand-up comedy, we certainly took notice of Yola. Read the article here: http://bit.ly/pADs8i Only on the scene for less than a year, Yola found her way on to the Seattle…

Stephanie Chuang on Life in Broadcast Journalism

TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to catch up once again with Stephanie Chuang who now is a morning reporter for KPIX (CBS) in the San Francisco/Bay Area. When we first interviewed her in 2008, she was a recent graduate of Northwestern University who majored in broadcast journalism and Asian American studies. One year into her career, we were fortunate enough to extensively interview her about her new life as a reporter and weekend anchor for KSBW Action News 8, an NBC affiliate in the Central…

Words with Poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai takes a few moments to speak with talented spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai about her life and work as a full-time poet. She's been one of our favorite folks to follow over the years, and in the past we've pointed out her frequent touring schedule across the nation as well as her co-productions with filmmaker Karen Lin. This interview takes place during the 2011 North American Taiwanese Women's Association (NATWA) National Conference, which was held…

Erin Li Brings Filmmaking and Storytelling to Life

Guest correspondent Timothy Tau recently met with fellow filmmaker Erin Li at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF). Erin’s film, L.A. Coffin School, which stars Elizabeth Sung, Michelle Krusiec, Jerry Ying, Megan Lee Angela Ai and Danni Lang, had the rare honor of being selected as one of the ten films sponsored by a Visual Communications “Armed With A Camera” Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists. All ten films screened as part of the “VC Digital Posse Ver. 2011” Program…