Meet Actor Hudson Yang from ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat

I recently met up with Hudson Yang, the young actor who co-stars in the new ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat alongside the first all-Asian American cast since the 1990's TV show All-American Girl. Fresh off the Boat is based on celebrity chef Eddie Huang's memoir of the same title, which recounts the struggles and experiences of his Taiwanese immigrant family living in Orlando through his rise and success as the restauranteur behind the NYC Lower East Side's BaoHaus. Known for their classic…

FASCINOMA: This Musical Taiwanese Cat Can Sing The Beatles

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai catches up with Taiwanese American singer-songwriter Alanna Lin aka Fascinoma as she works on her latest project recording covers of Beatles songs. She has had a strong following since her days performing shows around Los Angeles and since one of her songs became "quasi-famous amongst fans of American Dad on FOX". The ballad, "I'm Walking This Road Because You Stole My Car (Don't Go)," was used for a love scene between a boy and a cat. Seriously, the song is…

100 DAYS Opens in LA

100 DAYS Officially opens theatrically in LA at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on Friday, December 12, 2014. Filmed in the village of Qinbi on the Taiwanese island Matsu, it's a beautiful love story that also highlights Taiwan's culture, settings, and traditions. Mark your calendars as packing every showing that opening weekend is crucial for the movie to have a longer run in the theaters! Director Henry Chan will be at various Q and A's that weekend. His credits include NBC's new show…

#ChampChu

At the beginning of this year, America met Arthur Chu. As a contestant on the long-running game show, Jeopardy!, he was, rather unexpectedly, the target of social media backlash, allegedly for his style of play. Since then, it’s become abundantly clear that Arthur’s game strategy could not have been the only factor in his notoriety. So why is it, when there have been other players in Jeopardy!’s history that have also used the “Forrest Bounce,” that Mr. Chu gets the heat? This is the…

KANO Screenings in USA

KANO is a 2014 Taiwanese baseball film directed by Umin Boya and co-produced by Wei Te-Sheng (director of Cape No.7, the second highest grossing film in Taiwanese history, and the epic Warriors of the Rainbow). KANO is crowd-pleasing inspirational film, which has won the Audience Award at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 2014 Taipei Film Festival. It was an Official Selection at the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and is a Best Picture Nominee for the 2014 Golden…

Charlie Chang Releases New Album to Combat Domestic Violence

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai recently caught up with singer-songwriter Charlie Chang. In 2010, he was featured as one of our 100 Passionate People in the community. This month, he launches a new album with beautifully-inspired tracks and will be donating a portion of the sales from this CD to V-day, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women around the world. We talk about the inspiration behind this project. H: Hi Charlie! It's really nice to catch up with you again!…

Anita Chang’s Tongues of Heaven Screens in SF/Bay Area

Taiwanese American filmmaker Anita Chang's most recent 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. TaiwaneseAmerican.org is proud to be a Co-presenter of this limited theatrical…

Fresh and Accidental: Two Voices in Taiwanese America

Eddie Huang’s much anticipated series, Fresh Off the Boat, is the first sitcom featuring an Asian American family in over 20 years. Huang’s unabashed voice has been a refreshing streak in the conversation about the Asian American, and particularly the Taiwanese and Chinese American, experience. In an article regarding the series, the memoir it’s based off on, and his critics, Huang expresses his belief that “It’s not enough for one person to represent us. We need many people. People are…

An Interview with Ed Lin, Author of Ghost Month

Ed Lin is the author of Ghost Month, a new mystery novel set in Taipei. He is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. TaiwaneseAmerican.org's editorial director Anna Wu sat down with Ed while he was on a book tour in Berkeley, California, and they talked about his book, the politics of Taiwan, and how he became a novelist. * * * Anna Wu: Hi Ed. Could you tell us a bit about your novel, Ghost Month? Ed Lin: My latest novel Ghost Month was published by Soho Crime, actually…

Linsanity Movie Screening in LA for Kaohsiung Disaster Relief

On July 31st, 2014 a 100-ton gas leak caused a chain of massive explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan which instantly killed 28 people and injured over 300. Streets were caved in, and cars were blown into buildings. The disastrous aftermath left thousands of devastated people in need of power, food, and medical supplies. Please join the combined effort of Miss Taiwanese American, Taiwan Center, and the producer of Linsanity to help raise disaster relief funds. Linsanity is a documentary on a Taiwanese…