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Field Notes from Pride in Taiwan: LGBTQ*, Taiwanese-American, & Everything In Between

Taiwan was one of the few places worldwide able to celebrate LGBTQ* visibility and acceptance during this year’s Pride Month. Hundreds of participants wearing rainbow masks marched in Liberty Square on behalf of those who could not due to the pandemic. In the face of the recent killings of Black transgender individuals such as Tony McDade, Dominique Fells, and Riah Milton in the United States, this march symbolized community, solidarity, and resilience in necessary times.  This was also…

Taiwan ‘Zhiguang’: Taiwanese & Taiwanese American Athletes to Root For

The term “Taiwan zhiguang,” or “the pride and glory of Taiwan,” has been used to describe the likes of Chien-Ming Wang, Yani Tseng, and Jeremy Lin, among other Taiwanese and Taiwanese American athletes. Their accomplishments range from World Series titles to Olympic gold medals, and in addition to playing their respective sports, these athletes have also become cultural ambassadors for Taiwanese and Taiwanese Americans throughout the world. With professional sports beginning to resume under…

[中英版參考資料] Understanding ‘Black Lives Matter’: Chinese & English Resources

  Editor's Note: This post will be updated frequently. https://twitter.com/TaiwaneseAm_org/status/1269718346460614656 [中英版] The Taiwanese American Conversation about #BlackLivesMatter | 文章+中文資源 | 情點閱此連結 LINK HERE [Master Database] Black Lives Matter 小補帖 (h/t Jocelyn Yang) | 中文資源 | 情點閱此連結 LINK HERE [Graphics Database] TaiwaneseAmerican.org Chinese/English Infographics | 情點閱此連結 LINK HERE COMMUNITY-TRANSLATED…

[中英版] The Taiwanese American Conversation about #BlackLivesMatter

[ 英文版] ENGLISH ARTICLE HERE: The Taiwanese American Conversation about #BlackLivesMatter Note: 我知道很多人有可能不了解這些示威的目標;但是它們有明確的政治訴求. We realize that a lot of our audience may not understand the specific demands of this movement. While we are still looking for/working on Chinese translations, this resource might be helpful. Please help us communicate to our community that the protests have both meaning and intent: https://m4bl.org/policy-platforms/ https://twitter.com/TaiwaneseAm_org/status/1269718346460614656 Taiwanese…

We interviewed “The Half of It” writer & director Alice Wu

  FEATURE PHOTO OF ALICE WU BY K.C. BAILEY When Netflix dropped its trailer for The Half of It almost a month ago, it rocked the internet. People quickly attached themselves to the film’s universally relatable main character Ellie Chu. Ellie is a shy and smart student who devotes her screen time to helping her best guy friend, Paul Munsky, win over Aster Flores, the hottest girl at their high school. Though The Half of It begins with a seemingly conventional premise, it quickly subverses…

An Open Letter to my Hafu Grandfather: My Taiwanese American Story

PHOTO OF DEREK SHAO & HIS GRANDFATHER Dear Ah Gong,  Mom didn’t tell me that you were a hāfu until I was about seven years old, and like most second graders at the time, I was too preoccupied with Wii Sports tennis and Cartoon Network to really think about what that meant. It wasn’t until I had learned more about the history of Taiwan and its relationship with Japan that I began to understand the circumstances surrounding your childhood, while also starting to make sense of experiences…

Glowie Co on Bubble Tea Masks & The Best of Taiwanese Beauty

If you had told me, ten or twenty years ago, how popular and how ubiquitous Asian beauty products and Asian beauty concepts would become in the West, I wouldn’t have believed you. I don’t think many of us would have predicted the rise of Asian cosmetics here. But it’s happened. Luxury, mid-range, and budget Korean and Japanese brands have found their way onto shelves at both specialty retailers like Sephora and at mainstream, mass-market chains like Walgreens. Taiwanese brands have benefited,…

The Overlooked Japanese Roots of Taiwanese Americans

[embed]https://open.spotify.com/episode/6s3umRithl6eQr9trOdCYk[/embed] Ever wonder why old Taiwanese people pick Japanese songs at karaoke (shouldn’t they be picking Chinese songs)? Or perfectly line up their shoes with toes facing out? How about a general affinity for Japanese culture, and their inability to speak Mandarin despite being from Taiwan?  That’s because they’re more Japanese than Chinese, and they should be, if they were born and spent formative years in Taiwan before 1945…

From Taiwanese Californian to Taiwanese Missourian: My Taiwanese American Story

There is only one Taiwanese restaurant in the city of St. Louis. When I introduce Taiwanese culture to my new college friends, I bring them to Tai Ke (台客), and my friends are always surprised when they find themselves eating a dish resembling Chinese food instead of Pad Thai. Yep, they thought Taiwanese people lived in Thailand. In a way, it is kind of funny because this is one of the quintessential experiences of every Taiwanese American: being mistaken as Thai. https://www.instagram.com/p/BbVSRXAjOOz/ Originally…