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…

Taiwan Film Days in SF featuring Hou Hsiao-hsien

This year's edition of Taiwan Film Days, sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society, features a very special spotlight on master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, celebrating his remarkable influence on international art cinema for the last three decades. Director Hou, who received the Best Director prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is expected to attend the series kickoff event. Taiwan Film Days takes place from October 12-13, 2015. Visit the San Francisco Film Society website and to purchase…

Hello Taiwan Concert and Food Bazaar in NYC

Every year, the Hello Taiwan concert showcases top Taiwanese musical talent to the NYC community. This year, the line-up features two Taiwanese groups as well as a local band that’s already making waves in the music scene. As part of the event, there will also be a Taiwanese Food Bazaar featuring delectable and authentic Taiwanese dishes. All proceeds from the event will benefit Taiwan’s Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation. Good food, good music, and a good cause - what else could you ask for? EVENT: Date:…

Hanging with Albert Tsai and the Cast of Dr. Ken!

TaiwaneseAmerican.org has always been proud to support and represent not only the Taiwanese community, but also the greater Asian American community. With the groundbreaking success of last season’s Fresh Off the Boat, we’re particularly excited for Dr. Ken, a new family sitcom based on the real life of physician-turned-actor Ken Jeong. Recently, I had the privilege of being invited along with fellow bloggers and writers to meet with the cast of Dr. Ken during rehearsals at Sony Pictures…

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Celebrate Friends and Family!

The staff of TaiwaneseAmerican.org wishes you, our global family, a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Also known as the Tuan Yuan (團圓, family reunion) Festival and the Moon Festival, because of the bright full moon of the season, it symbolizes the happiness, unity, and harmony of family. This holiday is celebrated in Taiwan and throughout Asia on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, so this year, it lands on September 27, 2015! It's an occasion for outdoor BBQs and reunions…

TaiwaneseAmerican.org Co-presents FOTB and Baby Steps at CAAMFest San Jose

TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to support CAAMfest San Jose, the Bay Area's Asian American Film Festival for the South Bay, organized by the Center for Asian American Media. The festival has a history of presenting amazing works in film, TV, and digital media. TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to co-present two programs: Opening Night: FRESH OFF THE BOAT on Friday, September 18, 2015 @ 7:00pm Feature Film: BABY STEPS on Saturday, Sept 19, 2015 @ 2:30pm Screening location: Camera…

[PHOTO] Taiwan: Immersive

By Benjamin Dunn PHOTO CAPTION My journey soon took me from Taipei in the north all the way down to Kenting in the south. After a one and half hour ride on the high speed rail into Zuoying, it was off to see the beauty of Kenting. One slightly bumpy two hour bus ride later, I found myself standing on the southern beaches of Taiwan, where the light ocean breeze carried the fresh scent of sea salt and sounds of crashing waves. I was stunned by how blue the ocean looked since I’ve grown up…

[PHOTO] Taiwan: Potato Twists

By Benjamin Dunn PHOTO CAPTION Ahhh yes, Shilin Night Market (士林夜市). Among my friends, it’s probably one of the most frequently recommended destinations for anyone visiting Taipei. And definitely for good reason too. Despite the crowded alleyways that seem like huge labyrinths for people like me unfamiliar with the area, it’s enjoyable to seemingly get lost among the hundreds of stores and vendors that line the market, selling everything from your favorite Taiwanese street food, to…

Introducing Treya

Meet Treya -- a Brooklyn-based musician recently discovered by Amazing Artists USA. From the moment you hear her sing the first note, the warmth and strength of her uniquely textured voice will resonate with your soul. Her "voice is compared to Fiona Apple, Billie Holliday and Nina Simone. [She...] has the power to move audiences to tears with her dynamic range, emotional depth, and grace." Amazing CEO Paul Campbell signed her as the very first Amazing Artist, after which her first major show…