Author to Author: A Chat with Charles Yu – How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Author Shawna Yang Ryan, on behalf of TaiwaneseAmerican.org, interviews fellow Taiwanese American author Charles Yu during his recent book tour. Charles Yu's debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is a funny, quirky, touching story of a time machine repairman, also named Charles Yu. Set in a science fiction universe, the story cleverly deals with issues of family, the father son relationship, the immigrant experience, regret, and the human tendency to be forever fixated…

A Day in the Life of Model & TV Host Janet Hsieh

Janet Hsieh 謝怡芬, the beautiful model and TV show host of "FunTaiwan" on the Discovery Travel & Living Channel, is one busy girl who is always working and jet-setting worldwide. She shares her explorations with a growing audience in Taiwan and throughout Asia. While in Taipei, TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai drops in to say hello between photo shoots and appointments to hear what she's been up to during her recent adventures. Check out our first interview with Janet back in February…

In the Studio with Singer-Songwriter Elisa Lin

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai along with several staff members recently met up with singer-songwriter Elisa Lin at her recording studio in Taipei, Taiwan to chat about her musical career and background. Elisa is a Taiwan-born musician, producer and composer who grew up in Los Angeles and studied in New York City. During the interview, Elisa recalls her early path to music and the influences around her, which eventually opened up opportunities to pursue her own musical career in Taiwan.…

Former Harvard Running Back is Thankful this Holiday

Video: Watch Harvard Running Back Cheng Ho's Highlights on YouTube >> Cheng Ho is a former college athlete who attended Harvard on a football scholarship and graduated earlier this year. I first met Cheng when I went to watch Jeremy Lin at the home games during the Ivy Conference season earlier this year. Cheering from the stands, Cheng stood out with his enthusiastic (and loud) support for Harvard and humorous heckling of the opposing teams. I later discovered he was a Harvard athlete himself…

A Video and Interview with Sweet Sweet Alice Tong

We catch up with talented singer-songwriter Alice Tong on a rain-drizzled evening as she completes her recent west coast tour at Mama Buzz Cafe, an artsy hole-in-the-wall joint on the fringes of gritty downtown Oakland, CA. Even though it's cool and brisk outside, she warms the souls of this intimate-sized crowd of fans with her rich beautiful voice. TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to share a video of one of her songs "Sweet Sweet" followed by a brief interview with Ho Chie Tsai. Want…

It’s Prep Time for Actor Dyana Liu!

I recently heard about up and coming actor Dyana Liu through our friends over at 8asians.com and reached out to her when I discovered she was Taiwanese American. Dyana is one of the stars of a new Cartoon Network live-action series, Tower Prep. She plays Suki Sato, a "tech and gadget expert" who also possesses a unique skill of mimicry. Tower Prep is a promising new TV series aimed for the Harry Potter and Heroes generation. Set in a mysterious castle-like boarding school with a futuristic laser-security…

Reflecting on the Taiwanese American Citizens League’s 25 Year History and Legacy

by Erica Ling On a recent summer’s night, over 300 members of the Taiwanese community gathered to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). At the request of Ben Ling (TACL National President), who had been working tirelessly in directing the entire event, several mentors, interns, and board members arrived early to help set up. As we walked through the doors of Café Pinot, it was clear that the hustle and bustle of preparation was well underway (and…

Taiwanese American Comic Book Artists at Comic-Con 2010

TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Ho Chie Tsai takes you to Preview Night of Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, CA to meet with four amazing Taiwanese American comic book artists as they share about their careers, projects, and influences. We follow artists Jerry Ma (Epic Proportions, Secret Identities), Cliff Chiang (DC Comics, Secret Identities), Bernard Chang (Marvel Comics, DC Comics, the BLVD studio), and Sean Chen (Marvel Comics, the BLVD studio) as they prepare for opening day of Comic-Con, a four-day…

An Interview with the Owners of an Atlanta Original: The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Check out the video interview above as TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai stops through Atlanta, GA to meet up with two young entrepreneurs and brothers, Joseph and Matthew Hsiao. They now own and operate the very popular all-day breakfast spot, The Flying Biscuit Cafe. Joseph manages the original historic Candler Park location, while Matthew manages the popular Midtown location. There are currently 12 franchise locations in total, but these first two original locations are most often…

Back Stage with Taiwanese American Pop Star Evonne Hsu at APAHM 2010 Concert

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's founder, Ho Chie Tsai, takes you on location to San Francisco's recent APAHM 2010 Concert featuring Taiwanese American musical artist Evonne Hsu, as well as Taiwan-based pop singer JJ Lin and Asian American DJ, Mike Relm. APAHM Concerts took place in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC during May 2010 in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Watch as we take you to the concert and behind-the-scenes to meet with Evonne. We also…