Ryan Chen


I am the English play-by-play commentator for the P. LEAGUE+ (shorthand “PLG,” pronounced “Plus League”) a professional basketball league in Taiwan that was started in 2020. Given the startup nature of the company, I’m also involved with many other departments: Social Media, Basketball Operations, Business Development, and International Outreach.

My broadcasting career began in 2020 when COVID-19 shut everything down, but the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in Taiwan simply delayed the start of the season, and included free Twitter broadcasts of their games with English commentary. Growing up a baseball fan in Taiwan, I always wanted to do that role! I know people who know people who know people, and was invited to return from California to try it out. So I arrived back in June, and was slated for six Rakuten Monkeys home games in the second half.

In October with no more games to call, the PLG asked me to be the English play-by-play for their YouTube broadcasts in the pre-season. I did a good enough job that the C.E.O. Charles Chen 1. wanted to continue the English broadcasts for the rest of the season 2. wanted to hire me full time.


How does being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American and/or community ally play a role in your life?

Embracing the Taiwanese American identity for me meant giving my time and energy to the community. My camp community, mentoring JTASA kids, festivals, first gen orgs, and conferences. There have been so many things I am lucky enough to participate in, even lead in small parts. All of these circles fuel my extroverted side and give me motivation to keep my arms open to embracing new community members and take on bigger challenges.


If you could teach future generations 1 thing about being Taiwanese/Taiwanese American or Taiwan, what would it be?

Advocate for yourself, and advocate for those you represent. In your own life make sure no one short changes what you’re capable of, and don’t let your group(s) fade away because you didn’t stand up for them. What I mean by that: know the key aspects of your LYF (life) story and practice communicating that story; as for the bigger picture that means going out to events, staying informed, and social media is always free if that’s your thing. That being said: know what fights to take up.


What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?

What I would like it to look like is a community filled with gratitude. Everybody has a part of Taiwan they can hang on to; who else has such a beautiful, safe, and dynamic homeland? And everyone does their part and keeps the faith in a United States that is made for all peoples to thrive in. I do think the gratitude for our parents and elders who have paved the way has been more prevalent across the board and that’s a great thing.


Favorite memory of Taiwan/Taiwanese America?

Hands down the TA summer camp Leading Youth Forward in the Bay Area. Because our family moved to Taiwan when I was so young, I didn’t even identify as Taiwanese American. Spring quarter of my freshman year in college had a lot of low points for me, but someone introduced me to this summer camp that would take place right at the beginning of summer break. 2012 Building Blocks of LYF was such an incredible experience, and I’ve loved the LYF community ever since.


Favorite Taiwanese food?

抓餅夾蛋, it’s the first thing I want to have getting off the plane in TPE at 6 in the morning.

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