Meet Christina Yao, Director of “Empire of Silver”

TaiwaneseAmerican.org guest correspondent Annie Tung interviews Taiwanese American director Christina Yao, director of "Empire of Silver." Set in 1899, "Empire of Silver" follows the story of a carefree young man who must prepare to take over his family's Chinese banking empire. The film stars Aaron Kwok, Jennifer Tilly, and Lantian Chang. It has won 19 prestigious festival awards around the world including "Best Director" at the Shanghai International Film Festival. The film opens nationwide…

Interview with Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, Director of “Almost Perfect”

By Timothy Tau, Guest Contributor I am here with Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, whose feature film “Almost Perfect” (2011) (which she wrote and directed), starring Kelly Hu, Edison Chen, Ivan Shaw, Christine Chang, Tina Chen and Roger Rees, will be screening at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) as the Festival Centerpiece Presentation. As a fellow Taiwanese American filmmaker also with a film screening at LAAPFF, I got the opportunity to have Bertha answer some questions about…

Benjamin Shih – Not Your Ordinary Taiwanese American

Taiwanese American lawyer and National Guardsman goes to London and ends up learning from one of the best bartenders there. He returns to New York and opens two of his own establishments, the Royal Oak and Sweet Ups, in New York's hipster Williamsburg neighborhood. Now, his third venture is a high-end classic French speak-easy serving drinks such as Whisky Tango, Toussaint Rouge, and... Taiwan Beer. Yep. The one and only, Taiwan Beer. And, that's how Benjamin Shih, co-owner of the…

Not Your Ordinary Sunday

Article by: Samantha Lai, freshman at UC Berkeley For a group of people who haven’t spent a lot of time together, much less on public transit, we had a remarkably good time getting acquainted with one another and Los Angeles Times writer Rong-Gong “Ron” Lin II on our August 15 trip in Downtown LA. Time seemed to pass by so quickly, but I know I will not soon forget TACL/JIP’s exciting excursion to meet Ron Lin at the LA Times headquarters. Ten interns met our coordinator Emily…

Letter of Advice from One Intern to Another

Founded in 1988, the North American Taiwanese Women's Association (NATWA) originally served the 1st generation "moms" of our community. Over the subsequent decades, this progressive and forward-thinking non-profit organization grew to more than 1,000 members in America and Canada with fourteen local chapters. Now, with the emergence of the 2nd generation, a core group of visionary leaders has created a young professional arm called NATWA II. The purpose of NATWA II is three-fold: (1) to establish…

Chia̍h-pá—bē? Have You Eaten Yet? A New T-shirt Design… by Us!

Yep! That's right! After more than a year, we're pleased to launch our newest T-shirt design featuring a "ricebowl & chopsticks" concept and highlighting some good ol' fashioned Taiwanese hospitality! Whether you speak Taiwanese or not, if you wander the streets of Taiwan, you're bound to hear folks greet each other with this common phrase, "chia̍h-pá—bē?" which literally means, "have you eaten yet?" For those unfamiliar, it's phonetically written using the Pe̍h-ōe-jī (POJ) system, which…

True Fusion: BaoHaus NYC

Like most other Taiwanese Americans, I love food. But I hate fusion cuisine. The term implies something equally Asian and Western, but have you ever been to a Wolfgang Puck’s, perhaps at an airport? Beyond the superficial addition of some exotic ingredient to some random dish we could find at Applebee’s, there’s nothing Asian about it. Tuna with Miso Sauce? Meh. Wasabi Mashed Potatoes? No thanks. Taste aside, these dishes represent another Western appropriation of Asian culture…food created…

A Conversation with the Taiwan Sons-in-Law

by Audrey Jean What does it mean to be a Taiwanese American? How strong of a tie should we feel towards our parent culture? How much of our life should we devote to exploring and promoting our heritage? These are questions that we all think about and come up with our own answers for. But, however much, or little, we choose to identify with our Taiwanese background, it is after all our heritage, our DNA even, and therefore will always be a part of us. Well, how do you answer these same questions…

Perspectives on Taiwan and the United Nations: A Personal Journey

by Iris Ho On September 15, I will be in New York to take part in the “UN for Taiwan” rally that will take place simultaneously with the one held in Taiwan. I have been looking forward to this event and am excited to see many friends there! It has been 35 years since the people of Taiwan have had any representation in the United Nations. Accordingly, Taiwan is not a member of any other UN-affiliated organizations, such as the World Health Organization, which failed to provide any medical…

Q&A Spotlight on Wesley Du

After a hectic time trying to get our schedules to match, I finally spoke with Wesley Du, a Taiwanese American playwright over the phone. Du is currently busy working on his new one act play, Jupiter and Nebula, which opens on August 9 and runs until the 25th at 8 p.m. at the Actor's Playpen Theater in Hollywood. But Du warned with a laugh, “No ‘Asian people time’ because it’s a small theatre. If you come in late, people can actually see you coming in. You have to walk through the stage,…