Take a Stance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault!

Check out this PSA in support of The Center For The Pacific Asian Family. Among the YouTube stars, you'll see some recognizable Taiwanese Americans including Phil Wang & Ted Fu of Wong Fu Productions, Vanness Wu of Taiwanese boy band F4, and singer-songwriter Dawen among many of our YouTube friends. Take a stance against domestic violence and sexual assault. It affects every community, including our own unfortunately. Chances are someone you know, a family member or friend, is suffering…

Behind the Big Screen with Composer George Shaw

How many Taiwanese and Asian Americans do you know who took piano lessons? Too many to count? For sure! How many went on to pursue music full-time as a career? Perhaps not that many. Well, meet young Taiwanese American composer, George Shaw, who studied composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, taking part in its world-class Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. Now, he's an award-winning musician with Gold Medal recognitions…

The Return of TACL’s Leadership In Development Camp: A Glimpse Behind-the-Scenes

It's 5:30 pm on a Sunday afternoon in July , and I've walked into a loft building in a rather shady-appearing part of downtown Los Angeles. I'm greeted at the door by a friendly young man, Jason Tsai, who is one of the co-directors of this year's Taiwanese American Citizens League's Leadership in Development camp, fondly known as TACL-LID camp. A planning meeting is taking place upstairs in one of the beautiful loft spaces, and 15 or so counselors-to-be have gathered here from all around the greater…

A Conversation with Singer-songwriter Dawen

Taiwanese American singer-songwriter and independent producer Dawen describes his music as "neo-soul with socially conscious lyricism" that he hopes "will further the dialogue on racism and social injustice in American society." And sure enough, if you listen closely to his lyrics, you'll find that it speaks directly from his personal experience as an Asian American and challenges us to reflect on issues that have shaped our collective "American" consciousness. I recently caught up with R&B…

Chris Lin’s Mandy and Pandy Say “Ni Hao Ma?”

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Chris Lin, a 2nd generation Taiwanese American who grew up near Ann Arbor, Michigan, who in recent years created the cartoon characters Mandy and Pandy as a means to teach Mandarin to children. Since publishing the books, the entrepreneurial endeavor has taken a life of its own as Chinese animation production powerhouse CCTV Animation and North American production company PorchLight Entertainment have entered a co-development agreement to develop…

Shawna Yang Ryan Brings Water Ghosts, an Asian American Novel, to Life

TaiwaneseAmerican.org is excited to share an exclusive personal interview with Taiwanese American author Shawna Yang Ryan whose new novel, Water Ghosts, hit mainstream bookstores starting April 16th, 2009. We caught up with her just after the book release and just before she embarks on a multi-stop reading tour at several bookstores around the west coast! She has been actively supporting the Taiwanese American community in and around the San Francisco Bay area (including this very website!) and…

Mixing It Up with DJ ShOOey!

TaiwaneseAmerican.org recently caught up with Jenny Shu, known in the club scene and among the Burning Man crowd as "DJ ShOOey." Perhaps one of the coolest and most colorful DJ's out there, she's definitely all about using her talents to promote non-profit organizations and to increase awareness about various issues. Originally from Chicago, she can now be found in the San Francisco nightlife scene rocking the house at odd hours of the night. I recently sat down with Jenny Shu for a lunch interview…

An Afternoon with Girl Geek Angie

In the high-tech arena of Silicon Valley, "techies" and "geeks" are a dime a dozen. So how does one stand out above the white noise in a city so abundant with tech-heavy ideas, industries, and people? Well, one way is to be a girl geek and then gather all the women around you to create a network to support each other professionally. Now that will get guys' heads to turn... I recently sat down with Angie Chang, co-founder of Women 2.0, a San Francisco Bay Area organization committed to increasing…

A Chat with Actor Kelvin Yu

I recently met up with Taiwanese American actor and friend Kelvin Yu in Los Angeles. I've known him for years, even before he started his acting career, so it has been a privilege to see him find success in Hollywood over the past decade. Kelvin's studies range from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television to London University at Goldsmiths in New Cross to Carter-Thor Studios in Los Angeles. Television credits include Popular, The Shield, Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, ER, Studio…