Tongues like Swords: American Privilege in Taiwan

Being an American is a funny thing. Because, being an American carries some serious cultural currency in most parts of the world, mostly due to the fact that since the end of WWII the US has held hegemonic power, both militarily and economically. (Not to say we are or are not necessarily well-liked, but that’s a different question altogether). In many parts of the world, the sort of idea that “West is best” has been very pervasive, and this manifests itself in all facets of life. This is…

Taiwanese Aborigines Culture Tour throughout America

"Finding Us: The Real Face of Taiwanese Aborigines" A cultural dance performance showcasing musical pieces from seven aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. The group is currently on a multi-city USA tour to promote Taiwanese Aborigines culture. Schedule: HOUSTON May 16, 2015, Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 PM Asia Heritage Society of Houston 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004 May 16, 2015, Saturday, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Taiwanese Community Center 5885 Point West, Houston TX 77036 May…

Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival near Los Angeles

The 2015 Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival in Los Angeles takes place this year at Barnes Memorial Park in Monterey Park! There will be performances from Taiwan as well as by local talent. Be sure to come out and enjoy a beautiful day celebrating culture and community! And of course, eat some delicious Taiwanese food! You might also win a round trip ticket to Taiwan! Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015 Time: 10:00am - 7:00pm Location: Barnes Memorial Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park,…

World Premiere: Music Video for “Alishan” from the Island X Album

TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to bring you the world premiere of the music video "Alishan"--a collaboration between video production team, Jess Lee & Matt Figler, and Taiwanese American sisters Susan & Emily Hsu. The twin sister duo gained fame in 2009 after their Typhoon Morakot fundraising YouTube video went viral in Taiwan. "Alishan" is first track off their album, Island X. ISLAND X - "ALISHAN" OFFICAL VIDEO from BUBL-T on Vimeo. Producer Jess Lee, also Taiwanese American, together…

[PHOTO] Taiwan: Rush Hour

By Benjamin Dunn PHOTO CAPTION I remember during my childhood I used to have a deep fascination with trains and even had dreams of operating one someday. Whenever I saw a train while on the road, my parents would immediately pull over to the side just so I could watch it pass for a minute or two and hear the click-clack as the train rolled over the tracks. That love for trains has carried over to my journalist endeavors and now I write quite a bit about public transportation and urban development.…

Kavalan Whiskey Tasting with FAPA in SF

When most people hear whiskey or scotch, they think America, Scotland, even Japan. In recent months, Taiwan has entered whiskey conversations with Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique winning the best single malt in the World Whiskies Awards. Join Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) as we discuss whiskey and Kavalan’s ability to compete at the global level while representing Taiwan. We will have the Kavalan single malt and Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask available for tasting. Light…

Taiwan Soul Photography Competition

The Taiwanese American Cultural Festival is hosted annually in San Francisco's Union Square. This year, several of the large booth walls will feature full-sized photo banners that showcase the theme "Taiwan Soul." Here's an opportunity for you to see your beautiful photo printed larger than life for tens of thousands of festival-goers to see! What does "Taiwan Soul" mean to you? HOW TO ENTER: Post your own photo on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1563649320563254/ Winners…

Taiwanese Cookbook Launch with Cathy Erway in SF

Taiwan, an island the size of Massachusetts, has a big presence in food and culture here in the states. Best-selling American authors, NBA stars, chefs, actors, scientists, journalists and many more hold a connection to the island and its traditions. Surprisingly, there has yet to be a collection of food insights and history of Taiwan—until now at least. In The Food of Taiwan, author Cathy Erway brings into focus those foods and the wild array of flavors that define Taiwan. The book serves…

Taiwanese Music Jam with TAP in Austin

Taiwanese American Professionals - Austin (TAP-Austin) is hosting a Taiwanese Music Jam featuring four bands traveling to Austin from Taiwan. We are proud to present OVDS, Sign of Human, DWAGIE and local Taiwanese American artists in concert on Sunday, March 22nd from 1 to 4:30pm. The Taiwanese Music Jam will be held at Salvage Vanguard Theater on 2803 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722. Capacity is limited so get your tickets now! Admission is $5 online or cash at the door. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taiwanese-music-showcase-tickets-15991061696 About…

[PHOTO] Taiwan: Through the Lens of an ABT

By Benjamin Dunn PHOTO CAPTION This past December was my first time traveling back to Taiwan in over nine years. And the last time I went, I was 10, so I honestly don’t remember much from my trip then. It was truly a life changing experience and one that has changed my perspective not only on Taiwan, but also on the United States. And as a photographer, I wanted to document every bit of my journey through Taiwan with my mother and cousin. After visiting my family in Kaohsiung, we decided…