Tribute to Edward Yang

Taiwanese American filmmaker, Edward Yang, passed away last week due to complications from a seven year battle with colon cancer. Mr. Yang was best known for his critically acclaimed film, Yi Yi, about a Taiwanese family coping with the serious illness of their elderly mother. Yang's first major success "Taipei Story," gained world-wide attention in 1985. He followed that success with several other award winning films. Known for focusing on modern Taiwanese life and realistic problems, Yang's…

An Op-Ed Letter from Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian

The Shunning Of a State By Chen Shui-bian Taken from the Washington Post, Friday, May 11, 2007; A19 In recent years the outbreak and spread of avian flu has brought illness, death and economic peril to countries in Asia and elsewhere. Memories of the fear, pain and suffering that accompanied the 2003 SARS outbreak -- after failed cover-ups by the Chinese government -- are still vivid in many places. While disease heeds no national borders, Taiwan has had to fight pandemics without help from the…

A Generation of New Taiwanese American Writers Emerge

An interesting thing happened over the past two years. And it’s an occurrence our Taiwanese American community hasn’t seen before. Since 2005, five emerging Taiwanese American authors have garnered attention in many facets of the literary mainstream with their wonderfully reviewed books! The writers creatively use diverse narrative structures, from fictional short stories to first-person accounts, and target a wide range of audiences, from children and young adults to a general adult literary…

The Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference

Summer conference season is over this year, but what a great time to highlight the reasons that many young Taiwanese American youth and young adults return to these camps year after year. On the West coast, Taiwanese Americans have the TACL and TAYL camps, and on the East coast, TAC/EC and SETAA. The Taiwanese American Foundation, based in the Midwest, has been hosting its week-long summer conference for Taiwanese American grade school through college students since its inception as a 501(c)(3)…