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…

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…