Taiwan Films at CAAMFest 2016

Each year, TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to support the premier Asian American Film Festival in the San Francisco/Bay Area. CAAM Fest, the Center for Asian American Media’s annual festival features not only amazing works in film, TV, and digital media, but now also includes showcases in music and food. This festival is a treasure trove of great Asian American works from established as well as emerging talent. This year, we proudly co-present one of the Taiwan films during this 10 day festival.…

228 and the Power of Storytelling

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="735"] "For those of us who remember that every struggle is for a glory beyond our own." Drawing by Leona Chen, December 2015[/caption] (Amma, I may be studying Walt Whitman, but I am writing my way back to you.) I was born in 1996, the year of Taiwan’s first direct presidential election. Exactly two decades later, we have named the first woman president of Taiwan (and the second female head of state in the history of East Asia). And while we have tremendous…

Meet Jack of All Trades: Actor, Writer, Producer Kelvin Yu

We've been a friend and big fan of Kelvin Yu since his earliest acting roles such as Freddy Gong in the 1999-2001 WB series Popular. He's come a long way since then, accumulating more TV credits with guest spots on Frasier, ER, Las Vegas, Without a Trace, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, CSI: Miami, and Bones. On the big screen, Kelvin can be seen in the 2006 comedy Grandma's Boy and in the 2008 Academy Award-winning biographical political drama Milk. Now, he's gained a larger following than ever…

USC Launches New Taiwanese American Digital Archive

TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to announce our support for a new Taiwanese American Digital Archive hosted by the University of Southern California's Special Collections and Archives and the East Asian Library. Spearheaded by 2nd generation Taiwanese American Joanna Chen Cham, this initiative intends to collect the history and contributions of our community before it is lost. If you are as excited about this project as we are, we encourage you to spread the word and sign on to this document…

Lunar New Year Dinner with TAP in SD

The Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated times of the year. For this year, the year of monkey, Taiwanese American Professionals - San Diego (TAP-SD) will be hosting a Lunar New Year Dinner. We will be bringing catered food from Golden City and performances (music / dance) throughout the night to kick off the new year! Come celebrate with us! We will be releasing more details when they are final. Prepay tickets valid up until Feb. 3 Who: Open to all When : February 6, 2016 5-8pm, doors…

FAPA West Coast Leadership Retreat in NorCal

Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) is planning their first ever West Coast Leadership Retreat! This program is designed to accomplish two goals: 1. Train future leaders in Taiwanese activism through skill-based workshops and discussions 2. Create a platform for Taiwanese activists/advocates to network, exchange ideas and coordinate on major issues We're expecting more than 10 participants from cities such as San Diego, LA, Portland and Santa Barbara. Sample Workshops: Leadership…

Who Is Arthur Chu? This Documentary Tells his Story

Who Is Arthur Chu? is a documentary feature executive produced by 3-time Academy Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris, about the controversial Jeopardy! champion and Taiwanese American internet celebrity. The film follows Arthur from his hometown of Cleveland to Los Angeles (where he competes in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions) and then finally to Taiwan. The film examines Asian American stereotypes, the relevance and impact of TV game shows on society, the changing nature of the American dream…

Over Beef Noodle Soup with Sportscaster Howard Chen

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's special correspondent, Esther, recently met up with Sports Host/Anchor of FOX Sports Southwest in Houston's Chinatown to talk about his career path, family, and passions. As one of the very few Asian Americans in the sports broadcasting industry, he is driven to make change in his hometown and through national broadcasts. It all starts with good bowl of Taiwanese beef noodle soup. We are one of the first customers at Star Snow Ice; it opened just minutes ago at 11:00…

Hanging with Albert Tsai and the Cast of Dr. Ken!

TaiwaneseAmerican.org has always been proud to support and represent not only the Taiwanese community, but also the greater Asian American community. With the groundbreaking success of last season’s Fresh Off the Boat, we’re particularly excited for Dr. Ken, a new family sitcom based on the real life of physician-turned-actor Ken Jeong. Recently, I had the privilege of being invited along with fellow bloggers and writers to meet with the cast of Dr. Ken during rehearsals at Sony Pictures…

Help Us Build a Guide to Taiwanese American & Taiwan-Related Resources!

It's been almost 10 years since TaiwaneseAmerican.org launched online (see above screenshot from the early days!) and grew into what it is today. As we approach 10,000 Facebook followers, we are so grateful to all of you for joining us on this incredible journey. We would also not be here today without the many amazing fellow Taiwanese American and Taiwan-related organizations and sites out there—pursuing their mission with passion and great content.   So on that note—we are building…