Perspective to Empower: Isa Ho’s “Girls Falling” at Taiwan Academy L.A.

Taiwanese artist Isa Ho opened her first photo exhibition “Girls Falling” at Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles from May 18th to June 30th. This photo exhibit goes beyond the usual perspectives and into a fantastical introspection of the self, with the discussion uniquely immersed in contemporary Taiwanese sensibility. The “Girls” series is referred to by many as the “Falling Down” series. The girls in the photographs along with the girls whom have been transformed into animals are all…

For the Love of the Band: Taiwanese Fans bring British Thrash Metal Onslaught to Taipei!

By Darice Chang Introduction When legendary British thrash metal band Onslaught announced their Asia tour, Taiwan was missing from the list. Undeterred, one diehard fan recruited another and together three Taiwanese decided to bring the band to Taipei themselves. With no previous experience in event organization and driven purely by passion, the three fans - under the pseudonyms Somebody, Nobody, and Everybody - pooled their money and resources to make their dream a reality. Aside…

Intersection of Poetry and Movements: An Interview with Author Kenji Liu

As we celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to feature accomplished individuals of Taiwanese descent who have used their voices and talents to highlight the histories and legacies of our community. Kenji C. Liu is author of Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. His poetry is in, among other places, American Poetry Review, Action Yes!, Split This Rock’s poem of the week series,…

Taiwanese 7-Eleven to Open in Four U.S. Cities Early 2017

The Taiwanese American Dream ... is Coming True First, Din Tai Fung launches in the Bay Area this May. Then, Taiwanese-influenced supermarket 99 Ranch opens its first East Coast locations end of this year. And now, Taiwanese 7-Eleven open their first U.S. locations early next year!!! Right now, news is still early and only being reported in Taiwanese newspapers but confirmed cities include Los Angeles and NYC with a yet undetermined location in the Bay Area. Seattle, Chicago and Houston have…

Taiwanese Dessert Madness 2016: The Sweet Sixteen Edition!

Grab your popcorn (chicken), folks, and sit back ... In the Final Four ("F4" aka 'ef-suh'), Shaved Ice and Bubble Tea went into massive Overtime where "Mango" Shaved Ice hit the final grass jelly shot to win the match in a thrilling Buzzer Beater. Fan favorite underdog Wax "Lembuuu" Apple has been the Cinderella story of the season (Who knew fruit would make it this far??), but it ultimately fell to the mighty Dou Hua. #douhuasgothops Stay tuned for the Championship announcement…

Going Beyond Borders with Daniel Henney

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Hi TaiwaneseAmerican.org! Erica, here. As part of our ongoing Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in Entertainment series, I recently talked to actor and model Daniel Henney about his new show, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Daniel has appeared in everything from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to classic k-dramas like My Lovely Sam Soon, and even graced the cover of GQ Taiwan! Check out my Q&A with him below! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijz0trUj8Kk[/embed] EL: Hi Daniel!…

Taiwan Films at CAAMFest 2016

Each year, TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to support the premier Asian American Film Festival in the San Francisco/Bay Area. CAAM Fest, the Center for Asian American Media’s annual festival features not only amazing works in film, TV, and digital media, but now also includes showcases in music and food. This festival is a treasure trove of great Asian American works from established as well as emerging talent. This year, we proudly co-present one of the Taiwan films during this 10 day festival.…

Meet Jack of All Trades: Actor, Writer, Producer Kelvin Yu

We've been a friend and big fan of Kelvin Yu since his earliest acting roles such as Freddy Gong in the 1999-2001 WB series Popular. He's come a long way since then, accumulating more TV credits with guest spots on Frasier, ER, Las Vegas, Without a Trace, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, CSI: Miami, and Bones. On the big screen, Kelvin can be seen in the 2006 comedy Grandma's Boy and in the 2008 Academy Award-winning biographical political drama Milk. Now, he's gained a larger following than ever…

GREEN ISLAND – A New Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan

A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century. February 28, 1947. Trapped inside their home due to an uprising that has rocked Taipei, Dr. Tsai delivers his youngest daughter, the unnamed narrator of Green Island. A few days later, he is one of the many thousands of people dragged away from their families. Missing for a decade, he eventually returns a haunted man. Feeling a stranger in the midst of his…

Taiwanese Folk Song Re-inspired: Ti-O-O (Dark Dark Skies)

We recently came across this beautifully re-inspired performance of the traditional Taiwanese folk song Ti-O-O 天黑黑: "Dark Dark Sky (With a Touch of Deep Purple)" performed by concert violinist Charles Morey of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (First Violin section! Our Taiwanese grandparents would be proud!). He's also a frequent substitute violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra. It's an energetic and vibrant version of a familiar folk song to all of us. Check it out: Naturally, we were…