GREEN ISLAND Author Shawna Yang Ryan on Tour

SHAWNA YANG RYAN is a former Fulbright scholar and the author of the novel GREEN ISLAND, a stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century. She authored a previous novel, Water Ghosts, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her short fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Asian American Literary Review, Kartika Review, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. We've been…

Learn about Tourism in Taiwan with FAPA in NorCal

Tourism has been increasingly lauded as a driver for the Taiwanese economy. Recently, 10,000 people protested in Taipei due to the drop in the number of tourists from China. However, is tourism really a mainstay or future of the Taiwanese economy? Are there greater concerns than just the economy? Join Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) as Ian Rowen shares his research on the impact of tourism on Taiwan. http://geography.colorado.edu/people/grad_student/rowen_ian Please RSVP through…

Author Ed Lin on Tour with New Taiwan-based Novel Incensed

We love smartly-written mystery capers, especially those from the mind of author Ed Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent. We completely appreciate that this one is set (yet again) in the night markets of Taiwan! Ed Lin's latest novel, Incensed, has just been released, and he's also on tour to promote and read from the book. Ed Lin, a journalist by training, is the author of several other books: Waylaid, his literary debut, and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown:…

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…

Annual Meeting with FAPA in San Diego

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA)-San Diego Annual Meeting will be held at Taiwan Center on Saturday, October 1st, from 2PM to 5PM. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. **To allow time for chapter internal affairs, we ask MEMBERS TO BE PRESENT AT 2PM, and NON-MEMBERS to BE PRESENT AT 2:30PM. SPEAKER SESSIONS WILL START AT 2:30PM. Who is FAPA? The long term mission of Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA, fapa.org) is to…

Taiwan Job Fair in NorCal

Participate in the 2016 Contact TAIWAN Job Fair: Taiwan Talent Recruiting Mission. It will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Great America Ballroom in the Santa Clara Convention Center. Come speak with representatives from participating companies and interact with other participants. Everyone is welcome to participate in this event. Just bring your resumes! No registration is required, but registration is encouraged to schedule for interviews to meet one on…

Rally for UN Membership for Taiwan

By Jenny Wang, co-organizer of Keep Taiwan Free “Growing up, my parents always told me that I’m Taiwanese, and to never let anyone tell me otherwise. As I grew older, I started to learn more about the complications of Taiwan and our Taiwanese identities. As a Taiwanese American, I’m always striving to protect my Taiwanese American identity - an identity that I cherish - and by doing so, I became more active in protecting Taiwan and helping to promote Taiwan in the international community.”…

Checking in with Dawen (王大文)

It’s an unbearably hot summer day as I trek through the streets of Taipei, eager to enter an air conditioned building. I search for Eslite Bookstore. That’s where Dawen Wang and I are meeting. The last time we chatted was some five years ago at my alma mater, UIUC. "Back when I had a shaved head and was 20lbs heavier," Dawen would tell me later, as we settled outside a coffee shop. “I was [...] really, really struggling," he reminisced, "Now, I struggle in different ways. But back then, wow…

2016 Taiwanese American Conference West Coast

The Bay Area has the privilege again to host the 2016 Taiwanese American Conference West Coast! We have an exciting lineup of major guests this year including... Room Syracuse 8:30 am Challenges facing and Priorities of TSAI Administration w/ Kharis Templeman 9:20 am Global Taiwan Institute/Taiwan Advocacy w/ Chieh-Ting Yeh葉介庭 10:10 am The Taiwanese American Next Generation: Where are we now? w/ Hochie Tsai 11:00 am Archiving Taiwanese American History: The Time is Now w/ Joanna Cham 1:20…

Taiwan Cinema Spotlight Films in San Diego

Rediscover LGBT classics at the Taiwan Cinema Spotlight, June 25-26! This partnership between Pacific Arts Movement, the Taiwan Academy, and the Museum of Photographic Arts is an annual program at MOPA that focuses on a different aspect of Taiwanese cinema each year, which could be a genre, director, era, or theme. This year's series highlights the pivotal role that LGBT themes have played in the development of recent Taiwanese cinema, and the number of memorable films, as diverse in their approaches…