Introducing Singer-songwriter Priska

Meet Priscilla Liang, aka Priska, a Taiwanese American singer-songwriter based in LA. She has been singing since the age of 4, and in 2010, competed in a Taiwanese music competition where she placed 2nd among US competitors. Priska is one of newest additions to the Akufuncture family. We had the opportunity to meet with her during one of the Akufuncture OSMOSIS showcase series hosted at the Factory Tea Bar in Alhambra, CA. She sat down to talk with us about her life and career in music. She's…

Bubble Tea with the Boba Guys

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai and his bubble tea tasting team visit with The Boba Guys, Andrew Chau and Bin Chen. In late 2011, they launched their "pop-up" bubble tea shop in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District to rave reviews. Guest correspondent Kristina Lin from Taipei, Taiwan joins the team and shares her thoughts about the experience. Watch the video, and read on! Having lived six years in Taiwan, the motherland of Pearl Milk Tea / Bubble Tea / Boba, I tried my best…

Interview with Marilyn Fu, Screenwriter of The Sisterhood of Night

by Hanna Huang A graduate of Columbia University’s Film program, Marilyn Fu won the Tribeca Film Fest’s Creative Promise Award for a script entitled The Sisterhood of Night. She is also the inaugural recipient of the William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship. The Sisterhood of Night is a modern re-telling of the Salem witch trials, based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Steven Millhauser. It encourages teen girls and their parents to embrace what makes each of us unique. Catherine…

All Eyes on NBA Sensation Jeremy Lin

To be honest, this post is long overdue. After all, our website is now the go-to place for all things Taiwanese American, and since young point-guard Jeremy Lin, an undrafted Harvard graduate, came off the New York Knick's bench to lead a victory against the New Jersey Nets on February 4, 2012, he has continued to amaze audiences worldwide by achieving career highs with subsequent games and taking a struggling team through a series of wins. His has been a Cinderella story, indeed -- a "Linspirational…

Through the Eyes of Illustrator Julia Kuo

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai takes a look at the work of Julia Kuo, an illustrator who works out of Cleveland for most of the year and Taipei during the winter. She recently gained greater attention for her project "100 Days in Cleveland," which showcases 100 of her favorite things about the city. Many of the sketches are now part of a travel guidebook to Cleveland. Listen to an NPR ideastream interview with Julia about the project here: http://www.ideastream.org/an/entry/40673 Read…

The Big Picture: A Snapshot of Photographer Anna Wu

Meet Anna Wu. She is an amazing photographer, and she has been my friend for over 15 years. She also serves as TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Creative Director and Website Manager, and too often, she works behind-the-scenes while I, as the Founder, get more credit and attention than I deserve for the projects that our team takes on. However, in reality, I know that my big ideas don't happen unless key staffers like Anna take part and bring them to fruition. See this website? In February of 2010,…

Dinner Dumplings with Lisa Lee – Co-founder of ThickDumplingSkin.com

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai takes a dinner break with Lisa Lee, co-founder along with actress Lynn Chen of the website ThickDumplingSkin.com, to talk about Asian American community activism and her personal story of Taiwanese American identity. Lisa previously served as the publisher of Hyphen Magazine and was also recognized by AngryAsianMan.com as one of 30 influential Asian Americans under the age of 30. In May 2011, she received San Francisco's Asian Pacific American Heritage…

Meet Karin Wang, Civil Rights Advocate and Proud Taiwanese American

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Margaret Chen speaks with Karin Wang, a life-long civil rights advocate who currently serves as Vice-President of Programs & Communications at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization serving Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We've followed her work for the past decade and remain impressed with all that she has been able to accomplish. With an excellent track record of leadership, Karin…

Akufuncture Family: Founder Samuel Wang & Musician Kevin Lien

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai chats with YouTube artist Kevin Lien and sponsor Samuel Wang, one of the co-founders of Akuncture Clothing. Both are Taiwanese Americans who hope to make an impact on the greater community by sharing their creative talents. We recently brought together our TaiwaneseAmerican.org team along with some of our co-collaborators in LA to attend one of Akufuncture's OSMOSIS performance series showcasing talented Asian American artists. On this unusually cool…

On Passion & Inspiration with Comedian Yola Lu

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai recently traveled to Seattle to meet with up-and-coming comedian Yola Lu, a 2nd generation Taiwanese American. We recently heard about her when she was interviewed for Northwest Asian Weekly and were impressed with how far she's gone in such a short time. With so few Asian Americans in stand-up comedy, we certainly took notice of Yola. Read the article here: http://bit.ly/pADs8i Only on the scene for less than a year, Yola found her way on to the Seattle…