A Conversation with Tyson Mao, Rubik’s Cube Master

Did you watch Season 2 of the TV reality show Beauty and the Geek? It was a "social experiment" where eight gorgeous but academically impaired women are paired with eight brilliant but socially challenged men to test intellect and social skills - for a chance to win a $250,000 grand prize. One of the favorite couples was Tyson and Thais. Remember them? I recently had the opportunity to interview Tyson Mao, who set the world record for solving the Rubik's Cube BLINDFOLDED in 2005. [Click…

An Interview with twins Emily and Susan Hsu of Exit Clov

I recently crossed paths with two beautiful and musically talented women, Emily and Susan Hsu, of the popular DC indie pop band Exit Clov. After being captivated by their sweet melodic voices and thought-provoking smartly-composed lyrics, I was inspired to find out more about their life paths and what drives them to do what many people only dream of… to be rock stars! Here is my interview with the lead singers of Exit Clov: H: Hi Em and Susan! I've actually known you both for a long time...…

The Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference

Summer conference season is over this year, but what a great time to highlight the reasons that many young Taiwanese American youth and young adults return to these camps year after year. On the West coast, Taiwanese Americans have the TACL and TAYL camps, and on the East coast, TAC/EC and SETAA. The Taiwanese American Foundation, based in the Midwest, has been hosting its week-long summer conference for Taiwanese American grade school through college students since its inception as a 501(c)(3)…

Introducing Will Tiao

You'll never know where you will next see Will Tiao, both on TV or in person... but don't be surprised if you do! In recent months Will has not only been seen more frequently in TV roles, but has also been seen jet-setting across the country promoting his next film project, Formosa Betrayed, the first Hollywood movie set among the stories of Taiwan independence activists both in Taiwan and on US college campuses during the 1970s and 80s. Will Tiao is no stranger to the political world himself,…

Taiwanese American Heritage Week

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide during the month of May to honor the cultures, traditions, and achievements of Asian Pacific Islanders in the United States. In June of 1977, Congressmen Frank Horton (NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (CA) introduced a House resolution that called upon the President to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. May was chosen because in 1843 during the first week of the month, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in…

Meeting Michelle Krusiec

Admit it. You didn't know that she was Taiwanese American, did you? And before her critically acclaimed starring role as Wilhelmina Pang in Alice Wu's 2005 runaway hit film, Saving Face, you weren't quite sure where you had seen that beautiful face before... but you had. And you couldn't quite place that name... but it was somewhat familiar. For over the past decade, she has graced such films such as Sweet Home Alabama, Nixon, Daddy Day Care, and Duplex. And, she has appeared on too many…