50 Books for Your Taiwanese American Library

During the second full week of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month each May, we proudly recognize and celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week! In the past decade, more than a handful of authors, writers, creatives, and poets have emerged to write the many stories of our patchwork community into being. Below, we have compiled a list of nearly 50 titles from this talented pool. Many of the authors themselves are Taiwanese Americans or have ties to Taiwan. Some of these books have Taiwanese…

For the (Re)Cord: An Interview with Leona Chen

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1050"] Book of Cord coverage in World Journal, article by Emily Lin, book photography by Tinfish Press, family portrait by Andy Kuno[/caption] Leona Chen is the author of Book of Cord, her debut poetry collection from Tinfish Press. The poems tackle family, culture, language, migration and history in a non-prescriptive way, relying instead on emotions embedded in precise, culturally coded details--quotidian (but not ordinary) objects such as tiger balm,…

Advantage, Team Taiwan: Jason Jung–Men’s Tennis Gold

"Sports" is not what usually comes to mind first when people think about Taiwan, but in August, thousands of student athletes landed in Taiwan to compete in the 2017 Summer Universiade, hosted in Taipei and the surrounding municipalities. Taiwan ranked 3rd at the competition with 90 medals, including 26 gold medals! TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Eric Kao chatted with Taiwanese American tennis player Jason Jung who competed for Taiwan at the Universiade and did quite well for himself. Read on! *…

Keep Taiwan Free Rally in NYC

The first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. A thriving youth civil society. An evolving post-colonial national identity. Taiwan has much to celebrate. But as we cheer the achievements of Taiwan's democratic government and civil society, our celebration is bittersweet. We are appalled by the PRC government's increasingly aggressive initiatives to discredit Taiwan's achievements and legitimacy in the global arena. We mourn the loss of diplomatic relations with two more nations…

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…

Summer Language Camps in Taiwan: Five Firsthand Accounts

Thinking of sending your children to Taiwan to study Chinese but don’t know where to begin? In this article, we profile five Taiwanese-American families, detailing their language-learning goals, which camps they chose, and their recommendations and tips for others looking to do the same. (Side note: If you’re in Taiwan and have time to kill while your kid is at camp, read this article: 9 Beef Noodle Soup Restaurants to Try While Your Child is at Summer Camp in Taipei) First-Timers - Cathy Cathy…

Commingle with Taiwan and US Professionals in South Bay

BGBridges (Build Great Bridges) and its first hub BGBAT (Build Great Bridges Around Taiwan), based in Taipei, Taiwan, would like to welcome you to our first Commingle in California's South Bay! Come get to know what BGBridges & BGBAT's about; how we connect talent to opportunities; look at how life, work, and the startup scene compare between the Silicon Valley & Taiwan; and join us in exploring how you and your family can best utilize your summers to build bridges with Taiwan & Asia. We'll…

Commingle with Taiwan and US Professionals in SF

BGBridges (Build Great Bridges) and its first hub BGBAT (Build Great Bridges Around Taiwan), based in Taipei, Taiwan, would like to welcome you to our first Commingle in San Francisco, California! Join us on Thursday, August 10th, to look at how life, work, and the startup scene compare between San Francisco and Taiwan as a window to Greater Asia. We'll look at the various factors that top global talent consider when choosing where to live and work: career opportunities, living costs, children's…

Watch Taiwanese Bands Perform in San Francisco

Come out and watch Fire EX. Taiwan’s representative Punk Rock Band and Fake Your Own Death (FYOD) band perform in San Francisco! 滅火器  Fire EX. from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was established in 2000. The band consists of lead vocalist Sam, guitarist Orio, bassist Jc, who were classmates in high school; drummer Ti Wu joined them in 2012, and completed the band. As of today, they have released four full albums and many singles; Fire EX. combines the base tones of punk rock with lyrics reflecting…

Taiwan Documentary Film Screening with TAP in Boston

Have you ever seen different parts of Taiwan from a bird eye view? Join Taiwanese American Professionals - Boston (TAP-Boston) as we watch Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8viB52KsUuc), a documentary with breathtaking images of Taiwan and learn about the effects of urbanization on this beautiful island. This event is held in collaboration with NEACP in memory of the director Chi Po-Lin, who passed away in an accident last month. RSVP below so we can know to expect…