Judges Charles Yu and Shawna Yang Ryan select award recipients

We are pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of honorable mentions, finalists, and grand prize winners of the Betty L. Yu & Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes, established in partnership with TaiwaneseAmerican.org in honor of Yu's parents, who are longstanding Taiwanese American community leaders. Their work will be published on TaiwaneseAmerican.org throughout the year.  We received a remarkable number of thoughtful, passionate entries, each of which was carefully reviewed and deliberated…

SPARK Accel: A Virtual Accelerator for Taiwanese American Entrepreneurs

Inspire. Educate. Accelerate. SPARK Accel is a personalized virtual accelerator designed to help Taiwanese American entrepreneurs grow as leaders and scale their businesses. Built by a team of experienced tech professionals across the U.S., the program will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from successful TA founders and business leaders, join a supportive members-only network, and win up to $15,000 with no strings attached. Steven Chen, one of SPARK Accel's co-founders, is Head…

Meet Laura and Olivia, Co-founders of Project EMplify

Photos provided by Olivia Chen Project EMplify, co-founded by Taiwanese Americans Laura Huang and Olivia Chen, is a global non-profit initiative dedicated to addressing inequality and disadvantage through personal empowerment. Their programming includes a book matching program, mentoring sessions, and workshops to help underserved communities discover how they can find and create their edge, as outlined in Huang’s debut book, EDGE: Turning Adversity into Advantage. Their goal is to reach…

National Book Award Winner Charles Yu establishes prize for young Taiwanese American creative writers

TAIWANESEAMERICAN.ORG THE BETTY L. YU AND JIN C. YU CREATIVE WRITING PRIZES TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to announce the inaugural Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes. Created in collaboration with Taiwanese American author Charles Yu, the Prizes are intended to encourage and recognize creative literary work by Taiwanese American high school and college students, and to foster discussion and community around such work. Submissions may be in any literary genre including…

What to Watch: Taiwanese Shows & Movies on Netflix Now

From the ICONIC 2005 Taiwanese series 王子變青蛙 (The Prince Who Turns into a Frog) with its ambitious fulfillment of all classical elements (two exceptionally hot guys, collision-based amnesia) to the highest-grossing LGBTQ+ film in Taiwanese history, Your Name Engraved Herein, we can't wait to watch our way through Netflix's lineup of Taiwanese shows and movies. TV SHOWS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MppKF564QEk Triad Princess 極道千金 (Netflix Original Series)  Language:…

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Taiwanese American Heritage Week!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide during the month of May to honor the cultures, traditions, and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In June of 1977, Congressmen Frank Horton (NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (CA) introduced a House resolution that called upon the President to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. May was chosen because in 1843 during the first week of the month, the first…

The Lintet: A Taiwanese American Trombonist Shows That Jazz Has No Boundaries

Taiwanese American trombonist Peter Lin talks to us about his jazz band The Lintet, how the Taiwanese community has shaped his life, the importance of connecting to the audience and community and being true to oneself—and why he incorporates Taiwanese folk songs into their repertoire. Talk a little bit about The Lintet. How did you start? The Lintet is a band led by yours truly for the past four years; dedicated towards providing quality jazz and soul music for all communities. I often…

Introducing the TaiwaneseAmerican.org Newsletter!

We are excited to introduce our first ever TaiwaneseAmerican.org newsletter! The Summer 2016 edition will be releasing soon. Sign up and join us every month for fun, interesting & remarkable events, happenings and people from around Taiwanese America! *Email and Location required. All information is kept confidential and used solely to develop newsletter content for readers. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own…

Join TaiwaneseAmerican.org!

TaiwaneseAmerican.org is looking for writers, digital media junkies & more to join the global team! TaiwaneseAmerican.org is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, and as the site and community have grown with such wonderful speed and diversity since then, we are exploring ways to expand our efforts this summer. Do you love Taiwanese food, people, culture and travel? Are you interested in community, digital storytelling and marketing? Do you enjoy Totoro--er, internet…

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…