An Interview with MeiMeiWaWa

Earlier this year we were able to meet up with Lara and Esther Veronin, two sisters who are starting their own multimedia company in Taiwan. You may have heard of Lara in the past as she's been all over the entertainment industry! She is best known as lead female singer of the band Nan Quan Mama having performed multiple duets with Jay Chou and releasing her own solo albums as well as acting in dramas. We talked about a lot of different subjects from growing up in between Taiwan and the US to…

Author Julie Wu Discusses her Novel, The Third Son

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai briefly interviews author Julie Wu about her latest novel, The Third Son, which is set during martial-law era Taiwan. In 2013, it was an Oprah.com featured favorite, and this year, the paperback version is now available. Julie shares her inspiration behind The Third Son and how culture, heritage, and history influences her work. Segments of this video feature Julie Wu speaking on a panel moderated by TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Kristina Lin at the North America…

Catching Up with Singer-Songwriter Dawen

TaiwaneseAmerican.org has been a proud supporter of talented singer-songwriter Dawen since his journey began in Chicago and then took him to Los Angeles. He began gaining immense popularity after winning Kollaboration Acoustic 4 in 2010 and after releasing his Mandarin covers of several pop songs (including Rebecca Black's "Friday"). Shortly after, he was signed to Universal Records Taiwan. TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Eric Kao recently caught up with Dawen to see how he has been doing since relocating…

An Interview with Jennifer J. Chow, Author of The 228 Legacy

Jennifer J. Chow's fiction writing has appeared in several literary magazines, but now she debuts her full-length novel, The 228 Legacy, which was inspired by stories about the 228 Incident recounted to her by her Taiwanese American husband and relatives. Three generations in an all-female Taiwanese family living near Los Angeles in 1980 are each guarding personal secrets. Grandmother Silk finds out that she has breast cancer, as daughter Lisa loses her job, while pre-teen granddaughter Abbey…

Behind the Scenes with Producer Weiko Lin of 100 DAYS

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Kristina Lin talks to producer and screenwriter Weiko Lin about his work, family, and recent film project. Weiko's personal life story and the tragic death of his mother in 2007 serves as the inspiration behind his original play, and now the recently released movie, 100 DAYS. In Taiwan, there is a Buddhist belief that if a parent passes away before his/her child is married, the child has 100 days to do so to ensure that the parent's soul transitions peacefully or risk the…

Big Bah-Tzangs: The Hungry Monster

Wouldn’t someone dressed up in a giant bah-tzang costume be funny?? This simple image was the inspiration for Karen Lin’s “Hungry Monster,” a web series that gives viewers a creative way to learn about ethnic foods (such as bah-tzangs), their origins, and how they are prepared. Named after the Taiwanese saying yao gui, “Hungry Monster” was created for people of all ages to learn about unfamiliar foods, including Taiwanese foods. Each episode features a different food and a “Hungry…

A Chat with Documentary Filmmaker Anita Chang

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Taiwanese American filmmaker Anita Chang whose latest documentary film, Tongues of Heaven, revolves around the issue of language loss and asks the essential question: "what do you lose when you lose your native language?" Her film explores the challenges of young indigenous peoples of Taiwan and Hawaii in learning the heritage languages of their ancestors — languages that are endangered or facing extinction. Anita was born to parents who immigrated…

[UPDATED] Taiwan’s Sunflower Student Movement

As the events of the Sunflower Student Movement unfold in Taiwan, we've compiled what we hope to be a comprehensive resource of up-to-date articles, analysis, live feeds, social media, and photos and footage of the protests. We know there are numerous other sources out there, so feel free to send us whatever you may find. Please continue checking back as the events of the movement unfold and as this list is continuously updated! LAST UPDATED: 4/9/2014 11:18AM PST THE SITUATION: GENERAL OVERVIEW Democracy…

Building Bridges: An Interview with Organizers of the Taiwan-America Student Conference

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Ho Chie Tsai takes a moment to chat with some of the organizers behind a new student-oriented conference that aims to build bridges across the Pacific by bringing together young spirited leaders from the U.S. and Taiwan. Their vision is broad and meaningful: By connecting ambitious young leaders with established leaders in Taiwan, they plan to explore various contemporary issues relevant to the Taiwanese people and take steps to producing solutions that make an impact. Read…

Kathy Cheng and Thankful Registry: Giving with Heart

TaiwaneseAmerican.org's Managing Editor, Anna Wu, speaks with Thankful founder Kathy Cheng to find out more about her innovative start-up that is helping to personalize the gift-giving traditions around weddings, birthdays, and other events. Anna has also found success as a professional wedding photographer, so both she and Kathy have much in common when it comes to celebrating life's special moments. Read on to find out more behind the motivation and success of Thankful. Anna: Thank you for talking…