Los Angeles, CA
I am proud of the collective shared experience that I and other Taiwanese Americans have balancing our dominant American identity with a little flair of Taiwanese culture and heritage.
I’m a native of the great city of Springfield, IL, and now live in Los Angeles, CA. I’m a second generation Taiwanese American, and I hope to leave a positive impact on this world.
What do you do?
I work in the film and entertainment industry. I was the associate producer for the first major independent Taiwanese American-funded Hollywood film Formosa Betrayed. Through my own company, Slideshow Pictures, I aim to create and produce media that matters.
I also am active within Taiwanese American organizations — one of them called TAF, short for the Taiwanese American Foundation. It was by attending that summer conference year after year starting in my teens that led to my involvement in other organizations such as the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA), which then led to my professional career in film production, with Formosa Betrayed being the most notable work so far. I also produced the popular “Write in Taiwanese” Census 2010 PSA with friends that I met at TAF, and hope to make more works big and small in the future.
Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?
I am 2nd generation. I am proud of the collective shared experience that I and other Taiwanese Americans have balancing our dominant American identity with a little flair of Taiwanese culture and heritage.
What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?
In the future, I see us as the new Jewish community, being super supportive of each other, excelling in all areas — and then in addition, more than anything, giving back to the world community.
Any additional information you would like to share?
If, by chance, you’re unaware of our 2010 Census Campaign video, check it out here:
I’m a fan! Thanks for all your awesome work, Jon! 🙂