“Keep Taiwan Free” Facebook Campaign

For those of you on Facebook, you may be interested in joining this grassroots campaign to let people know that Taiwan is not China. Sponsored by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Young Professional Group, here is what the Facebook group says: On SUNDAY, MAY 9th, 2010, which marks the beginning of Taiwanese-American Heritage Week, join the campaign: (1) Change your profile picture to the "Taiwan is not China" logo, the picture for this Facebook event. (2) Post the following…

“Other Asian”

Check out this article by Dmae Roberts, a two-time Peabody award-winning independent radio artist and writer who has written and produced more than 400 audio art pieces and documentaries for NPR and PRI programs. She has written an essay titled "Other Asian" for The Asian Reporter about how our recent Census 2010: Write in "Taiwanese" campaign re-inspired her to identify as a biracial Taiwanese American. From The Asian Reporter, V20, #14 (April 19, 2010), pages 6 & 7. "Other Asian" When…

The Staff of TaiwaneseAmerican.org Say “We Count!”

It's officially Census Day in the United States! And our staff, board members, and partners (TurtlistMedia.com, tafLabs, TASC) celebrate our Taiwanese American identity by proudly saying, "we count, too!" Did you catch our group photo on AngryAsianMan.com's recent 2010 census family portrait contest? Check it out here: http://www.angryasianman.com/2010/03/all-across-america-2010-census-family.html Accurate Census enumeration of Taiwanese Americans is extraordinarily important because the Census…

Reexamining Taiwan’s 228 Massacre: A Discussion on the U.S. Role in Taiwan Then and Now

The Human Rights for Taiwanese organization in Seattle made a great and detailed transcript of their 2/28 Event held at the University of Washington. Participating on the panel is Jonathan Manthorpe, author of Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan and International Affairs columnist for the Vancouver Sun; Dr. Sam Small, Vice-Chairman of the Taiwan Veterans Badge of Honor Association; and Bryan Chou, second-generation Taiwanese-American, active in the Taiwanese-American community and in the group,…

“I am Taiwanese American” Say the Bloggers!

We randomly came across some bloggers out in the interwebs who have posted something about the 2010 Census and supporting the Taiwanese American campaign to check the "Other Asian" box and write in "Taiwanese." Here's what a little cross-section of the voices in internet space have to say: http://www.sandyalamode.com/2010/03/16/census-2010-write-in-taiwanese/ http://ilhaformosaaltomtaiwan.wordpress.com/2010/03/20/be-counted/ http://populasian.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/2010-us-census/ http://andiecinema.blogspot.com/2010/03/taiwanese-be-recognized.html http://www.8asians.com/2010/03/08/psa-write-in-taiwanese-on-the-2010-us-census/ http://peachies.net/2010/03/07/taiwanese-american/ http://teresapalooza.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-taiwanese-american-anthem.html http://annawu.com/blog/2010/03/behind-the-scenes-census2010-write-in-taiwanese/ http://www.angryasianman.com/2010/03/us-census-2010-write-in-taiwanese.html http://indiac.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html Got…

TaiwaneseAmerican.org Hosts First National Board & Staff Meeting in Austin, TX

We've come a long way in just four years. What started out as just an idea to create a simple starting point to find Taiwanese American organizations and events on the web has now grown to something bigger and better with the help of some amazing and dedicated volunteer staff members! During the weekend of March 26-28, 2010 at the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) Midwest Conference hosted by UT Austin, the collegiate attendees may notice several young professional…

Remember 228, Celebrate Identity, and Make History!

Hello friends of TaiwaneseAmerican.org! It’s a huge weekend ahead in our community for many reasons. I’m not sure this message alone can do it justice, but I’m sure going to try! First and foremost, it is a weekend of remembrance for the estimated 20,000 lives lost during Taiwan’s February 28th Incident and subsequent months, sparking the beginning of the longest period of martial law in the history of the world, from 1947 to 1987. We acknowledge this history because the …

A Message from Will Tiao, Producer of Formosa Betrayed

Dear Fellow Taiwanese, This coming weekend, February 26-28, a new movie about Taiwan will be coming to theaters. Formosa Betrayed is the first American film to ever deal with US-Taiwan relations and explore the issues of democracy, identity, and justice during the White Terror period in Taiwan. The movie was largely funded by Taiwanese all over the United States and Canada, who invested over $6 million into the film. This makes Formosa Betrayed one of the largest pro-Taiwan projects ever funded…

Why You Need to Pick up A Pen/Brush/Camera

When Jeff Daniels’ documentary about Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer was scheduled to be shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2009, the Chinese consulate requested that the film be withdrawn. Festival organizers refused. In response, a number of Chinese directors pulled out of the festival and hackers—posting the Chinese flag, among other actions—managed to shut down the festival website. Not only did the Chinese government disagree with the content of the film, they did not…

Taiwanese Brothers and Sisters, Global Edition

Picking me out of my high school senior class photo is a short game of "Where's Waldo?" Representing 50% of the Asian American families in Small Town, OH, my family had many things, in addition to physical appearance, that helped us stick out: taking our shoes off at the front door, bee-hwun for New Year's, and our militancy about our Taiwaneseness. The older I get the more I realize that the things that made me stick out like a sore thumb in Ohio are the very things that connect me to other Taiwanese…