Sunflower Movement Student Leaders Tour in CA, DC, and NY

Several key leaders of Sunflower Movement in Taiwan are on tour throughout the US to talk about the current political landscape. On March 18th 2014, civic groups and student demonstrators stormed Taiwan's parliament floor to protest the government's ratifying a controversial trade agreement with China without proper democratic processes. The sit-in, known as the Sunflower Movement, demanded that the government be accountable to the people, and lasted over 20 days. The occupation ended, and…

How I Became More Involved With the Taiwanese American Community

by Nikki DePaola When I first moved to Los Angeles three years ago, I didn’t know very many people outside of my job and a few cousins. Growing up in Kansas, I was excited to be in a place known for the best Taiwanese food outside of Taiwan, and with so many options to connect with the Taiwanese American community. There are plenty of opportunities in LA for a young Taiwanese American woman. Organizations like TAP (Taiwanese American Professionals), TACL (Taiwanese American Citizens’…

Building Bridges: An Interview with Organizers of the Taiwan-America Student Conference

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai takes a moment to chat with some of the organizers behind a new student-oriented conference that aims to build bridges across the Pacific by bringing together young spirited leaders from the U.S. and Taiwan. Their vision is broad and meaningful: By connecting ambitious young leaders with established leaders in Taiwan, they plan to explore various contemporary issues relevant to the Taiwanese people and take steps to producing solutions that make an impact. Read…

ITASA Stories: Connect, Inspire, and Empower

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's HoChie Tsai sits down with Ada Chen, the 2013-2014 national president for the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) to talk about the national network and their initiatives for the coming year. Their mission is to provide events and resources that explore and celebrate Taiwanese American identity in order to connect, inspire, and empower an organic, thriving Taiwanese American community. Since 1991, Taiwanese American collegiate students have organized…

Magic Continues at TACL-LID Camp

It ended with a pinch, a squeeze, or even a simple hand on a shoulder. “Touch somebody who has made an impact on your life. Touch somebody who made you laugh. Touch somebody who is now your friend”. Such a simple gesture left 42 youths with a deep connection and impact after attending TACL-Leadership Identity Development (LID) Camp at UC San Diego during the month of August. It had been 10 years since I last attended LID Camp and it was now my first time serving as a camp counselor. I was…

On Two Decades of Blacklava and Celebrating the “Other”: A Taiwanese American Perspective

I recently attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Blacklava, an online store for “all things Asian American,” which was founded by Japanese American Ryan Suda. I had heard about this event at least a month prior, and even though it was taking place in Los Angeles, I was compelled to fly down from the San Francisco Bay area, where I live, in order to celebrate this occasion. “But it’s just a T-shirt company,” you may say. “And it’s not even a Taiwanese American thing…” I’m…

In Memory of my Son, Keimay Yang – A Devoted Supporter of ITASA

I am Agnes Wu, and I would like to share a story about my son, Keimay Yang, which happened nearly five years ago… one month before he passed away. As Ho Chie Tsai, the founder of TaiwaneseAmerican.org and a friend of my son, shared with me, “Keimay spent more time thinking about others, not just friends and family, but even strangers. His true character really shined.” It is this story about Keimay’s values that I hope will resonate with the ITASA community: One late afternoon in September…

Heart and Soul: Introducing American Citizens for Taiwan

Recently, I stopped by Seattle and caught up with a couple of the organizers behind a new advocacy-oriented website and organization called American Citizens for Taiwan. In a quiet corner of a University of Washington cafe, Brock and Julie Freeman sat with me and shared their perspectives on and motivation for creating this online social media tool to mobilize the broader American community in support of Taiwan's democracy. As I listened to each share about their own personal thoughts and journeys,…

A Snapshot of the Taiwanese American Community and Immigrant Diaspora

I recently came across the website Migration Information Source, which provides analysis of international migration data and trends. They recently published a document entitled "Taiwanese Immigrants in the United States," using the most recent Census data, including the more comprehensive 2010 American Community Survey. As many of you might remember, TaiwaneseAmerican.org and many of our community's organizations worked hard to encourage people to check the "Other" box and write in "Taiwanese"…

Inside NATWA II: An Interview with Co-founder Joann Lo

Guest contributor Hanna Huang, interviews Joann Lo, one of the two founding co-coordinators of the North American Taiwanese Women's Association 2nd generation group (NATWA II) during their 2011 National Convention, which took place in St. Louis, MO. NATWA II's mission consists of establishing a network for 1.5- and 2nd-generation Taiwanese American and Canadian women in order to cultivate and promote talents among young Taiwanese American and Canadian women and to preserve Taiwanese culture and identity.…