Taiwanese Americans Presenting at New Communities Symposium at Purdue

If you're in the area, be sure to check out some of these Taiwanese American artists who are breaking ground in their respective fields: singer-songwriter Dawen, filmmaker and founder of TurtlistMedia.com Jason Lee, and spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai! The New Communities Symposium is an event intended to: raise awareness of the growth and reconceptualization of the field of Asian American Studies in the Midwest; explore unique characteristics of Asian American Midwestern identity; discuss…

San Jose Mercury News: “Taiwanese-Americans spread word to increase 2010 census numbers”

By Joe Rodriguez [email protected] When Grace Hwang Lynch fills out the census questionnaire that arrived at her San Jose home recently, she will think back to how her father greeted a census taker 30 years ago and follow his lead: She will ignore the box marked Chinese, and carefully write in "Taiwanese." "He felt that strongly about his Taiwanese identity," Hwang said, "and he's told every census since then that he's Taiwanese." Hwang is joining a growing Taiwanese-American movement…

Literary author Francie Lin talks about a different kind of Foreigner

Francie Lin may have never visited the Taiwanese criminal underworld or sang in a seedy karaoke bar, but she has written an acclaimed debut novel, The Foreigner, set in the hidden alleys of Taipei. Emerson Chang is a 40-year-old Taiwanese American virgin who has met his mother for dinner every Friday night for fifteen years. But after her unexpected death, long-buried secrets and family loyalty will take him on an unpredictable journey back to Taiwan—and to the rebellious younger brother lost…