April 1 is Census Day: This is Who We Are. Make It Count.

FROM THE TAIWANESE AMERICAN CITIZENS LEAGUE To all Taiwanese Americans and Taiwanese living in United States: Today is April 1st, and it is Census Day! If you have not finished your 2020 Census Form, we want to give you a friendly nudge to complete it TODAY.  https://www.instagram.com/p/B9Zn5R8Bcl-/ The United States Census is a count of everyone living in the United States mandated by the U.S. Constitution.  It only happens every 10 years! A few key things to remember: You count,…

Taiwanese Americans: Help Report Anti-AAPI Discrimination

Taiwanese Americans, our responsibility here is two-fold: (1) You or someone you know may have been the target of bias, discrimination, or racism related to anti-Chinese and anti-Asian American sentiments due to Covid-19. Asian Americans of all ages and generations report fear of being perceived as the source or carrier of the disease. Please report all incidents & know that you are not alone. (2) You or someone you know may have been complicit in anti-Chinese rhetoric related to Covid-19…

Roll Call: Supporting Taiwanese American Creators & Small Businesses During COVID-19

We're feeling so inspired by Taiwan's global leadership in managing and extending help for the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to prove that #TaiwanCanHelp, let's also highlight the ways that #TAsCanHelp (Taiwanese Americans Can Help)! If you're a Taiwanese American creator, small business, or organization, we'd love to hear about how we can support you - whether that's by showcasing your online merch, tuning into your next livestream, or sharing your story. Please use our contact form below…

Introducing the OFTaiwan Award: New funding for Taiwanese American student programs

FEATURE IMAGE: ITASA MIDWEST NATIONAL CONFERENCE Seven years ago, my friend Jenny Wang and I graduated from Rutgers University and began our professional lives in New York City. However, we both missed our time back at TASA (Taiwanese American Students Association). Of course one part was the being part of “TASA fam,” but we also couldn’t let go of our passion for creating awareness of Taiwanese culture and community. After years in the Taiwanese and Taiwanese American community, we found…

19 Things That Happened in Taiwan & Taiwanese America in 2019

As the decade draws to a close, we’re sharing just 19 of the many things that happened in Taiwan and Taiwanese America in 2019. PODCASTS & MUSIC (1) Emily Wu launched Ghost Island Media in Taipei Ghost Island Media is a podcasting startup based in Taipei that (1) grows the Mandarin podcasting market in Taiwan, and (2) increases the presence of English content coming from Taiwan. Their first show, Waste Not Why Not, is an English-language science show on environmental policies and…

Census Day is April 1, 2020: “Write in ‘Taiwanese'”

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvKaDOwMzpg&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Every 10 years, the United States counts every person living in the United States -- citizens and non-citizens. The census shapes public policy and funding towards our communities. Counting everyone ensures fair and equal representation. We are calling all who identify as Taiwanese and Taiwanese American to check "Other Asian" and write in "Taiwanese" on the 2020 Census.  Please support the Write In Taiwanese Census Campaign…

Where to Watch LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN examines one of the longest-running summer programs in the world. This feature-length documentary revisits the program's participants and explores the history and popularity of this well-known trip, sponsored by the Republic of China (Taiwan) government, which takes place every summer in Taiwan.  Despite its high-minded aspirations that include classes in Mandarin-language study, martial arts, and brush painting, the program’s popularity stems from another source: its…

Taiwanese American Summer Camp: Does the 3rd Gen Need It?

At the beginning of the summer, I received a Facebook reminder that the early-bird registration discount for TAF (Taiwanese American Foundation—the largest and longest-running summer camp for children and teens of Taiwanese descent in the US and Canada), was ending in just a week. Always a sucker for a good deal, I brought up the idea with my husband about sending our daughter. We both had attended the camp as teenagers and young adults, and considered it an essential part of our formative…

Summer Language Camps in Taiwan: Five Firsthand Accounts

Thinking of bringing your children to Taiwan for the summer to improve their Mandarin Chinese? A refresh of our article from two years ago, “Summer Language Camps in Taiwan: Five Firsthand Accounts,” this time we profile five Taiwanese American families* who enrolled in camps, some a little off the main path, to assist in their children’s Mandarin Chinese learning. Information current as of July 2019. *Some names have been changed Seeking A Cultural Experience - Karen Karen was…

Sharing Spaces: Taiwanese Indigenous Art Connects Tradition with New Audiences

Djanav Zengror’s greeting flies through the air, and then the rest of the Ayi-Yanga troupe fills the cozy lounge of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology with harmonies. Within the intimate room, the music transports us to a wide-open space and readily calls to mind the verdant mountains of Taiwan. Their song, “Home Direction” (指路), starts with the hunter’s call. When his people hear him, they run to welcome him home. Through the interpreter, UC Berkeley student Cynthia Ji, Zengror explains…