The Thrill of the Chase: Get to Know Taiwanese Canadian Actor Chase Tang

Chase Tang’s press coverage has the makings of a fully-fledged biography. From the headlines alone, we get a glimpse of the many communities that take pride in this Taiwanese Canadian actor: his hometown of Bedford; his alma mater, the University of Guelph; Mandarin-speaking netizens clamoring over a new heartthrob to call their own. It’s not surprising (I mean, just look at him) that each wants a claim to Tang’s rising Hollywood fame. IMAGE CREDIT: JUSTIN WU FOR CHASE TANG Born in Taipei,…

An Interview with Cynthia Cheng, the Co-Organizer of Family Style Zine: An AAPI Food Anthology

  Our own Andrea “Chuey” Chu, co-editor of TaiwaneseAmerican.org and Chrysanthemum: Voices of the Taiwanese Diaspora, interviews Cynthia Cheng, co-organizer of Family Style Zine and contributor for Chrysanthemum. Family Style Zine: An AAPI Food Anthology is an anthology promoting education on the diverse histories of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) food. The zine features illustration and writings from 31 AAPI creators sharing the stories behind 20 dishes that shed light on the…

Who Is Arthur Chu? Villain, Hero, or Anti-Hero?

In 2014, I spoke with filmmaker Yu Gu (顾雨) and her co-director, Scott Drucker, as they were gearing up to follow Arthur Chu for his appearance in the Tournament of Champions on Jeopardy! as a part of their documentary, Who is Arthur Chu?. The film centers on this fellow Taiwanese American, who translated his notoriety from the game show into a being a critical voice on issues of social justice and pop culture. After following the film’s progress, I drove up on a rainy day to speak with Gu…

Representation in the Asian American Community: A Roundtable Discussion

There are some pretty cool and accomplished individuals in our Taiwanese American network. During our recent interview with the first Asian American Miss Louisiana, Justine Ker, TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai posed a question to the friends gathered: "In the work you do or the role you hold, what does REPRESENTATION in the ASIAN AMERICAN community mean to you?" In this informal and completely impromptu discussion, Justine Ker (Miss Louisiana 2016 and medical student), Crystal Lee (Miss…

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Taiwanese American Heritage Week!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide during the month of May to honor the cultures, traditions, and achievements of Asian Americans and 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…

Attend the Performing Arts Festival with TAP in Chicago

Do you have an interest in the performing arts? A-Squared, a Chicago based Asian American theater company, is presenting the Asian American Performing Arts Festival from Thursday, 10/20 to Sunday, 10/23. The festival includes nightly performances ranging from spoken word and plays, to music and dance. Please see the link for event details: http://www.a-stw.org/ You can purchase tickets at the above link. The rate is $20 for individual nights or $40 for a festival pass for the whole weekend plus…

The Slants go to Taiwan for new music video!

The Slants—the world's first and only all Asian American dance rock band—filmed their new music video "Heartbeat is Heaven" during a long-awaited tour to Taiwan, where they also performed at Taiwan's legendary outdoor music festival Spring Scream! The Slants have been featured on Conan O'Brien, NPR, BBC, CBS, TIME, and 1500+ radio stations, tv shows, magazines and websites in over 80+ countries. Check out thoughts on their Taiwan adventures below! How did everyone get involved with The…

Intersection of Poetry and Movements: An Interview with Author Kenji Liu

As we celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to feature accomplished individuals of Taiwanese descent who have used their voices and talents to highlight the histories and legacies of our community. Kenji C. Liu is author of Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. His poetry is in, among other places, American Poetry Review, Action Yes!, Split This Rock’s poem of the week series,…

Lunch with Golf Superstar Yani Tseng in Chicago

Join the LPGA and Taiwanese American Professionals - Chicago (TAP-Chicago) along with community partners CABA, CASL, KACC, NAAAP-Chicago, and TJCCC for an exclusive opportunity to meet world-renowned golf superstar Yani Tseng on April 4th at delicious Roy's Restaurant in downtown Chicago. Yani is the youngest player to win five major golf championships, has 27 professional tournament wins, and was ranked #1 in the world from 2011 to 2013. Come for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak with…

Watch “The Assassin” with TAP at the San Diego Asian Film Festival

Every year the Pacific Arts Movement hosts the San Diego Asian Film Festival, a premier showcase for Asian American cinema. It is the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the Western United States. This year, Taiwanese American Professionals - San Diego (TAP-SD) is a community partner for The Assassin, directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, a Taiwanese film director and producer who was voted “Director of the Decade”. Come join us by having dinner and a movie this year! COST $9.50/ticket (normally…