Next Media Animation Brings News to Life

Imagine that you are a journalist. A bus accident has just happened in your hometown. The bus’ front, left tire popped. Then, the bus hit a pothole and flipped over. From what you gather, scores are dead. You arrive at the scene of the accident with your photographer. You get a few pictures of the ruined bus; you grab some interviews with the victims’ families, the bus company and the police. Your news station breaks the story at five. Twenty-four hours later, your hometown has gone…

Getting Personal with Lynn Chen

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's guest correspondent Jessica Kung takes time to chat with actor Lynn Chen, best known for for her role in the 2005 hit indie film Saving Face and who currently plays the love interest in the 2011 film Surrogate Valentine. Lynn gets personal and talks about some her own stories and struggles dealing with body image as it relates to her life in Hollywood. Lynn Chen has managed her own personal blog called "The Actor's Diet" sharing her life as a foodie and thoughts about…

A Moment with Michelle Krusiec: Reflections on Life as an Actor

During the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association 2011 Midwest Conference at Northwestern University, TaiwaneseAmerican.org's newest correspondent Esther Hou caught up with actor Michelle Krusiec to talk about her life path and her seasoned acting career. Michelle was first spotted by at a Chinese restaurant, where her parents had her work as punishment for stealing stationary. "My parents didn't have a lot of money," she said, "and I didn't want to ask them for it. So, I…

Interview with Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, Director of “Almost Perfect”

By Timothy Tau, Guest Contributor I am here with Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, whose feature film “Almost Perfect” (2011) (which she wrote and directed), starring Kelly Hu, Edison Chen, Ivan Shaw, Christine Chang, Tina Chen and Roger Rees, will be screening at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) as the Festival Centerpiece Presentation. As a fellow Taiwanese American filmmaker also with a film screening at LAAPFF, I got the opportunity to have Bertha answer some questions about…

Exploring Untapped Cities with Michelle Young

Meet Michelle Young. She is a graduate student in urban planning at Columbia University, holds a B.A. from Harvard in the History of Art & Architecture, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. She can usually be found in New York (where she grew up), Paris, backpacking in South America or Southeast Asia, or in-transit between. She has an obsession with buses, shoots with a Nikon SLR camera, and destroys cellos on stage with her indie rock band. She’s traveled to 35 countries, including…

Face to Face with the Lovely Lynn Chen

Actor Lynn Chen, best known for her role in the 2005 breakout indie film Saving Face alongside fellow actors Michelle Krusiec and Joan Chen, once again graces the screen in her latest feature, Surrogate Valentine, which recently premiered at the South by Southwest Festival. Lynn plays the love interest of the main character, indie musician Goh Nakamura, who plays himself. The film has been well-received and the early buzz is starting to spread. TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai catches…

Author to Author: A Chat with Charles Yu – How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Author Shawna Yang Ryan, on behalf of TaiwaneseAmerican.org, interviews fellow Taiwanese American author Charles Yu during his recent book tour. Charles Yu's debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is a funny, quirky, touching story of a time machine repairman, also named Charles Yu. Set in a science fiction universe, the story cleverly deals with issues of family, the father son relationship, the immigrant experience, regret, and the human tendency to be forever fixated…

A Day in the Life of Model & TV Host Janet Hsieh

Janet Hsieh 謝怡芬, the beautiful model and TV show host of "FunTaiwan" on the Discovery Travel & Living Channel, is one busy girl who is always working and jet-setting worldwide. She shares her explorations with a growing audience in Taiwan and throughout Asia. While in Taipei, TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai drops in to say hello between photo shoots and appointments to hear what she's been up to during her recent adventures. Check out our first interview with Janet back in February…

In the Studio with Singer-Songwriter Elisa Lin

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai along with several staff members recently met up with singer-songwriter Elisa Lin at her recording studio in Taipei, Taiwan to chat about her musical career and background. Elisa is a Taiwan-born musician, producer and composer who grew up in Los Angeles and studied in New York City. During the interview, Elisa recalls her early path to music and the influences around her, which eventually opened up opportunities to pursue her own musical career in Taiwan.…

Former Harvard Running Back is Thankful this Holiday

Video: Watch Harvard Running Back Cheng Ho's Highlights on YouTube >> Cheng Ho is a former college athlete who attended Harvard on a football scholarship and graduated earlier this year. I first met Cheng when I went to watch Jeremy Lin at the home games during the Ivy Conference season earlier this year. Cheering from the stands, Cheng stood out with his enthusiastic (and loud) support for Harvard and humorous heckling of the opposing teams. I later discovered he was a Harvard athlete himself…