Wendy Hsu on Issues of (In)visibility and Asian American Identities

TaiwaneseAmerican.org has followed Wendy Hsu's work since discovering her Asian American music blog, yellowbuzz.org, several years ago. We also found it fascinating that she founded Dzian!, a vintage pan-Asian garage and surf rock band (Dzian! means "super-cool" in Taiwanese) around the time we asked our musical artist friends to help support the 2009 Typhoon Morakot fundraising relief efforts for hard-hit Taiwan. Her band revived and paid tribute to the Taiwanese grassroots performance style known…

Reinventing Thanksgiving

This is a story about Thanksgiving traditions and my hidden talent. (More on the talent later.) Those of us who can’t trace our ancestry to the Mayflower are left to create our own Thanksgiving traditions. As a result, I think I had the best Thanksgivings of anyone I know. To understand, we have to start at the beginning-- 1965, when my parents came from Taiwan as chemistry graduate students. They left the heat and humidity of Taipei for very unfamiliar surroundings in Providence, Rhode Island,…

Mixed Roots Thanksgiving

What does the next generation of Taiwanese Americans look like? All I have to do is take a look at my kids for some clues. Like my sons, a growing number of third-generation Taiwanese Americans are mixed-race. I started my blog, HapaMama, in 2008 after many conversations with friends – many of them Gen X Taiwanese Americans like myself—and realizing that we had many similar experiences of navigating cross-cultural relationships and raising children in a multicultural environment. In case you’re…

Johnny Hi-Fi’s Eric Hsu and NBA Player Jeremy Lin at Kollaboration SF

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's special correspondent Annie Tung takes you to Kollaboration SF's red carpet to greet two Taiwanese American stars: Eric Hsu, lead singer of Johnny Hi-Fi, and Jeremy Lin, NBA player for the Golden State Warriors. Kollaboration is an annual event produced by young Asian and Pacific Islander (API) professionals and students to promote a strong API presence in entertainment and media. Their shows take place in cities across the nation and showcase emerging talents in the…

Stephanie Chuang on Life in Broadcast Journalism

TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to catch up once again with Stephanie Chuang who now is a morning reporter for KPIX (CBS) in the San Francisco/Bay Area. When we first interviewed her in 2008, she was a recent graduate of Northwestern University who majored in broadcast journalism and Asian American studies. One year into her career, we were fortunate enough to extensively interview her about her new life as a reporter and weekend anchor for KSBW Action News 8, an NBC affiliate in the Central…

Register for TANG East Coast Conference

Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) is dedicated to the development of Taiwanese Americans from middle-school to young professionals. In 2003, TANG was formed under TACEC (Taiwanese American Conference – East Coast) to create a formal program for future Taiwanese American youth. TANG’s programs are centered around four themes: identity, community, growth, and family. Each summer, TANG hosts a summer conference parallel with the Taiwanese American Conference -East Coast (TAC-EC). Date/Time:…

Formosa Prix Fixe Menu: An Adventure in Taiwanese Cuisine

Every once in a while, our readers ask us where to find the best Taiwanese food. Well, we don't have the best answer to that question yet, but today, we offer you the next best thing: Websites and Blogs that explore the finest in Taiwanese cuisine! We sent the interns (and our mascot) of TaiwaneseAmerican.org off on a mission to scour the web and find five websites that piqued their interest and taste buds. Here's what they came back with! Check out some of the website links and decide for yourself.…

Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce Seminar Event in Florida

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011 Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Location: Roger's House Address: 16806 NW 83 Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33016 Hosted by: TJCC Miami Chapter (Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce - Miami) Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=204112579627993 Join Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce Miami Chapter as they share their knowledge of the real estate business. Fang and Keith Oliver will be presenting a seminar on "First Time Home Buyers" and "How to Start Your…

First FORMOSArt Exhibition in Pomona, CA

Join Taiwanese American Professionals - Los Angeles at the opening reception of their first official FORMOSArt Exhibition - The People of Today, the Memories of Tomorrow. Date: Saturday, June 18- Sunday, June 26th, 2011 Time: 4-9:30 pm Opening Reception: June 18th, 2011 from 6 pm-9 pm Location: Museum X of Contemporary Art Address: 1458 W. Holt Ave, Pomona, CA Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155552221178535 Admission: General: $10 Students: $8 (with valid student…

Erin Li Brings Filmmaking and Storytelling to Life

Guest correspondent Timothy Tau recently met with fellow filmmaker Erin Li at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF). Erin’s film, L.A. Coffin School, which stars Elizabeth Sung, Michelle Krusiec, Jerry Ying, Megan Lee Angela Ai and Danni Lang, had the rare honor of being selected as one of the ten films sponsored by a Visual Communications “Armed With A Camera” Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists. All ten films screened as part of the “VC Digital Posse Ver. 2011” Program…