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Director Zero Chou on “Spider Lilies” and the Evolution of Taiwanese Queer Cinema

Zero Chou is the director of Spider Lilies, a compelling psychodrama released in 2007 that explores Taiwan’s online culture in the early 21st century. It remains influential to this day as one of the earliest queer films in Taiwan. Winner of the 2007 Teddy Award for Best/Gay Lesbian Feature Film, Spider Lilies was streamed at The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) in a virtual, six-film series celebrating the past and present of queer Taiwanese cinema available September 4-13, 2020…

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…

The Taiwanese American Conversation about #BlackLivesMatter

BY CHRISTINA HU & LEONA CHEN | FEATURE PHOTO BY MIKE VON https://twitter.com/TaiwaneseAm_org/status/1269718346460614656 Taiwanese American yuppies, we’ve got some work to do. This is a long-overdue reckoning. A conversation is not a solution, but a critical place to start. And we believe that showing up imperfectly - with our unsure language, blind spots, and all - is better than not showing up at all.  I thought a lot about the role of Taiwanese Americans in civic society when…

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…

Celebrate Mother’s Day with TaiwaneseAmerican.org

1. Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Support a small business, donate to a non-profit, and celebrate APAHM and Taiwanese American Heritage Week -- all at once!  Treat the 阿姆s in your life to a gorgeous Jasmine Green Tea candle. This custom blend has floral notes of jasmine and fresh and cooling notes of green tea. This limited edition scent was released in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  https://www.instagram.com/p/B_xVbiaFn6A/ For the month of May, 10% of net…