2016 Taiwan Gay Pride Parade in NY

HELP Taiwan be represented at the 2016 New York Gay Pride Parade! Did you know that Taiwan is the home of Asia’s largest Gay Pride parade? But the last time there was a float representing Taiwan in the New York Pride Parade was in 2010! There hasn’t been a Taiwan float these past couple of years because registration fees and the cost of a putting together a float are quite high. Now more than ever, in the wake of the June 12th shooting at the Orlando nightclub Pulse, we need to show our support…

“Taiwan in Literature” Forum in Berkeley

Taiwan is a magical place at the heart of Asia. An island nation, it has famous night markets, adventurous terrain, hot spring resorts, a bamboo skyscraper—and one of the world's most beautiful bookstores. These four authors, of Taiwanese descent or writing about Taiwan, include two very different novelists, a photographer/poet, and one of Asia's best guidebook writers. Join us as they talk about how "place" becomes character in their writing. (And yes, they will take questions about travel tips.) Featuring…

For the Love of the Band: Taiwanese Fans bring British Thrash Metal Onslaught to Taipei!

By Darice Chang Introduction When legendary British thrash metal band Onslaught announced their Asia tour, Taiwan was missing from the list. Undeterred, one diehard fan recruited another and together three Taiwanese decided to bring the band to Taipei themselves. With no previous experience in event organization and driven purely by passion, the three fans - under the pseudonyms Somebody, Nobody, and Everybody - pooled their money and resources to make their dream a reality. Aside…

Love Boat: Taiwan

If you're Taiwanese American or have friends who are, you've certainly heard of "Love Boat"--the summer program that brings hundreds of young high school and collegiate-aged Taiwanese Americans back to Taiwan for an experience they'll never forget. For the parents who sent their child to this six-week summer camp in the homeland, it's an opportunity to expose their kids to Taiwan for a substantially subsidized fee. For the young Asian American participants, it's a liberating experience discovering…

Taiwan to ‘Update’ its Garbage Truck Music

Taiwanese garbage trucks gettin' that makeover like an Asian drama heroine It's no secret Taiwanese garbage trucks are renowned for playing tinkly charming music that lures local residents far and wide ... to go outside and throw out their trash. That sonorous melody is both super useful (Taiwanese citizens are required to "hand deliver" their trash) and a prime source of nostalgia. For years, that catchy ice-cream truck-like music has run the gamut from childhood piano favorites to Beethoven's…

Taiwanese 7-Eleven to Open in Four U.S. Cities Early 2017

The Taiwanese American Dream ... is Coming True First, Din Tai Fung launches in the Bay Area this May. Then, Taiwanese-influenced supermarket 99 Ranch opens its first East Coast locations end of this year. And now, Taiwanese 7-Eleven open their first U.S. locations early next year!!! Right now, news is still early and only being reported in Taiwanese newspapers but confirmed cities include Los Angeles and NYC with a yet undetermined location in the Bay Area. Seattle, Chicago and Houston have…

GREEN ISLAND – A New Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan

A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century. February 28, 1947. Trapped inside their home due to an uprising that has rocked Taipei, Dr. Tsai delivers his youngest daughter, the unnamed narrator of Green Island. A few days later, he is one of the many thousands of people dragged away from their families. Missing for a decade, he eventually returns a haunted man. Feeling a stranger in the midst of his…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Performs in Berkeley

Set against the expansive panorama of Taiwan's living, breathing rice paddies, pioneering Chinese choreographer Lin Hwai-Min's production "Rice" creates an immersive landscape for the dancers of his company, the esteemed Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Trained in meditation, martial arts, modern dance, and ballet, the dancers transform ancient aesthetics into transporting modern celebrations of motion, here exploring the human drama of environmental devastation and resurrection through the life…

Taiwanese Folk Song Re-inspired: Ti-O-O (Dark Dark Skies)

We recently came across this beautifully re-inspired performance of the traditional Taiwanese folk song Ti-O-O 天黑黑: "Dark Dark Sky (With a Touch of Deep Purple)" performed by concert violinist Charles Morey of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (First Violin section! Our Taiwanese grandparents would be proud!). He's also a frequent substitute violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra. It's an energetic and vibrant version of a familiar folk song to all of us. Check it out: Naturally, we were…