Talking Taiwan

By Felicia Lin

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Talking Taiwan is an audio magazine (podcast) about interesting people who are connected to Taiwan and what they are doing. Hosted by author Felicia Lin, Talking Taiwan seeks to introduce you to the interesting and diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community – in Taiwan, the US, and around the world. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher - or on www.talkingtaiwan.com.

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Ep 149 | Jiho Chang: City Councilman Talks About his Career in Taiwan Politics
47:56

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is Keelung City Councilor, Jiho Chang. Jiho spoke with me about his work as a city councilman, and how his interest and involvement in Taiwan’s politics dates back to his time as a university student, and the 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait missile crisis that happened after KMT presidential candidate Lee Teng-hui visited his alma mater Cornell University and before Taiwan’s first direct presidential election in 1996.

Jiho was among the activists who occupied the Legislative Yuan during the Sunflower movement. He's also one of the co-authors of The Oral History of Su Beng (史明口述史), a biography of the late revolutionary and lifelong Taiwan independence activist Su Beng. We’ll have him back on another episode to talk about all that.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Jiho’s background and upbringing
  • How/why he decided to return to Taiwan after spending 10 years in Canada
  • His study of political science at university in Canada and Taiwan National University
  • The 1995-1996 missile crisis in Taiwan
  • How he was involved with the 2014 Sunflower movement
  • How his first attempt to get elected as a neighborhood warden aka borough warden aka village warden (里長) failed
  • How he previously worked as a speechwriter for presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen
  • How he got elected as Keelung City Councilor in 2018
  • How he got in trouble for posting about his work on as a speechwriter for President Tsai on Facebook
  • What his work as a city councilor involves
  • How Keelung is one of the smallest cities
  • What it took to campaign for the position of city councilor
  • Why he ran as a DPP candidate
  • The Taiwan People Party and New Power Party
  • How long each city councilor position term lasts
  • The Ghost Month in Taiwan
  • What Jiho finds most rewarding about his work as city councilor
  • How Jiho advocated for and helped the widow and family of a man in his constituency to obtain NT$1,000,000 in compensation for his death from his employer of 20 years
  • Jiho’s future political aspirations

 

Related Links:

 

Jiho Chang’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JihoTiun/

 

Taiwan’s first direct presidential election (1996): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Taiwanese_presidential_election

 

Taiwan’s cross strait missile crisis of 1995-1996: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis#:~:text=The%20Third%20Taiwan%20Strait%20Crisis,1995%20to%2023%20March%201996.

 

Lee Teng-hui: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Teng-hui

 

Sunflower Movement: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

 

President Tsai Ing-wen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iingwen

 

Tsai Ing-wen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ing-wen

 

DPP (Democratic Progressive Party): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Progressive_Party

 

https://www.dpp.org.tw/en/about

 

Taiwan People Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_People%27s_Party

 

New Power Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Power_Party

 

KMT (Kuomintang): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuomintang

 

Ghost Month: https://oftaiwan.org/culture/ghost-festival/

 

Taiwan News article, “12 Ghost Month taboos to watch out for in Taiwan”: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3990308

 

Su Beng: http://aboutsubeng.com/

Sep 20, 2021
Ep 148 | Taiwanese Census Campaign Challenges The Pew Research Report: Our Interview with Christina Hu and Chieh-Ting Yeh
48:13

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In April of this year, reports published by the Pew Research Center analyzing Asian American communities included footnotes stating that data for “  ‘Chinese’ includes those identifying as ‘Taiwanese.’ ” Soon after, in May, the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign published an open letter and petition on TaiwaneseAmerican.org asking Pew Research to issue an apology to the Taiwanese American community, and to re-publish its findings with Taiwanese as a separate category.

 

Upon hearing this, I reached out to Christina Hu, Director of the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign asking to interview her about this. She was working on getting an apology and correction from Pew, so I agreed to wait until she got an official response from Pew to do the interview.

 

For months, the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign team worked on getting a response from Pew Research and by July Christina told me that she was hoping to get an official response.

 

On Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Pew Research reissued their report on Asian American communities which had previously misrepresented the Taiwanese. To be clear it was a correction, not an apology. Data for 2000, 2010 and 2019 included the categories of “Chinese, with Taiwanese,” “Taiwanese,” “Chinese, except Taiwanese” and “Okinawan.”

 

I spoke with Christina Hu, the Director of the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign and Chieh-ting Yeh, the Media Director of the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign about what transpired after the Taiwanese American community’s response to Pew Research’s initial report on Asian communities, and what led to Pew to re-issue their report.

 

We also spoke about the 2020 Write in Taiwanese Campaign and the decades long advocacy work of the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL), that started in 1990 to educate the Taiwanese American community to complete the US Census by not only checking the “Other Asian” box, but also writing in “Taiwanese.”

 

 

The Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign Team:

 

 

Christina Hu

 

Director, Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign

 

Director of Civic Engagement, Taiwanese American Citizens League

 

 

Chieh-Ting Yeh

 

Media Director, Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign

 

Editor-in-Chief, Ketagalan Media

 

 

Leona Chen

 

Creative Director, Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign

 

Editor-in-Chief, TaiwaneseAmerican.org

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Christina got involved in the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign
  • How Ting (Chieh-ting) got involved in the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign
  • The background and history of the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign
  • The evolution of the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign since it started in1990
  • Why it’s important to be counted on the U.S. census
  • It wasn’t until 1960 that people could select their own race on the U.S. census
  • Why it is important for Taiwanese Americans to be counted on the U.S. census
  • How the Pew Research Reports which used U.S. census data misrepresented the Taiwanese
  • The Pew Research Report on Asian American communities that included a footnote stating that data for “ ‘Chinese’ includes those identifying as ‘Taiwanese.’ ”
  • The communications that the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign and Christina had with Pew Research and Neil Ruiz, the Associate Director of Race and Ethnicity
  • The open letter and online petition (posted on TaiwaneseAmerican.org) asking Pew Research to issue an apology to the Taiwanese American community, and to re-publish its findings with Taiwanese as a separate category
  • The various groups that signed the online petition and supported the Taiwanese American community’s campaign to ask Pew Research for an apology and correction of their reports that did not include Taiwanese as a separate category
  • How Christina discovered that the Pew Research report had disappeared Okinawans as a separate category
  • What happened in the four months that the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign tried to get an official response from Pew Research
  • The conversations that Christina had with Neil Ruiz about why it was important for her personally, to identify as Taiwanese, and why Pew could say they were confused by self-reported data from the Taiwanese American community that unequivocally indicated that people wanted to be identified as Taiwanese
  • The slogan of the Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign

 

 

Related Links:

 

Key facts about Asian origin groups in the U.S. (from Pew Research): https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/04/29/key-facts-about-asian-origin-groups-in-the-u-s/

 

Response to Pew Research Reports Hiding Taiwanese Identity: “We made it count. Now tell our stories.” (The open letter and online petition that appeared on TaiwaneseAmerican.org): https://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/2021/05/pew-research-center-taiwanese-american-statement/

 

Some of the responses on Twitter to Pew Research Reports Hiding Taiwanese Identity: https://twitter.com/search?q=taiwanese%20census%202020%20pew&src=typed_query&f=top

 

Pew Research reissues report on Asian Americans after misrepresenting Taiwanese Americans: https://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/2021/09/pew-research-reissues-report-on-asian-americans-after-misrepresenting-taiwanese-americans/

 

Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/write.in.taiwanese.census

 

Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/write.in.taiwanese.census/

 

Write in Taiwanese Census Campaign videos on TACL’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/tacitizensleague/videos

 

Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL): https://tacl.org/

 

TACL Census 2020 “Write in Taiwanese” Campaign: https://tacl.org/census-2020/

 

How many Taiwanese live in the U.S.? It’s not an easy question to answer: https://medium.com/pew-research-center-decoded/how-many-taiwanese-live-in-the-u-s-its-not-an-easy-question-to-answer-315c042839dc

 

Write in "Taiwanese" - US Census 2010 You Tube video: https://youtu.be/mcFLfw73O30

 

The changing categories the U.S. census has used to measure race (from the Pew Research Center): https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/02/25/the-changing-categories-the-u-s-has-used-to-measure-race/

 

Christina Hu’s You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdfvPGT3zqZPP3rfAFAGLdw

 

Ketagalan Media: https://ketagalanmedia.com/

 

Taking Taiwan interview with Ho Chie Tsai the Founder of TaiwaneseAmerican.org: https://talkingtaiwan.com/tt025-ho-chie-tsai/

Sep 13, 2021
Ep 147 | Yao Huang: Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Founder of The Hatchery
22:15

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Happy Labor Day! We’ve decided to take a break ourselves, so we are sharing one of our past episodes that I think really stands the test of time. In 2013 I interviewed entrepreneur Yao Huang. That year, she was involved with the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition, which was organized by the Taiwanese American Professionals, New York Chapter and the Taiwan Merchants Association. Yao talked about how she went from a career in pharmacy to venture capital, and how she founded The Hatchery to grow Silicon Alley, New York City’s tech community. I think you’ll find that the perspective and advice that she offers in this interview sound and still relevant today.

Yao is the founder of The Hatchery and she’s been named by Forbes one of 11 women at the center of New York’s digital scene. Her entrepreneurship has been written about in Fortune magazine, and various publications.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Yao’s connection to Taiwan
  • Yao’s involvement with the TAP-NY’s (Taiwanese American Professionals, New York chapter) and Taiwan Merchants Association’s Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC)
  • Yao’s career prior to becoming an entrepreneur
  • How she advised one of the companies competing in the ECC
  • The first company she started
  • How she made the transition from pharmacy in to entrepreneurship and venture capital
  • What is venture capitalism
  • What The Hatchery does
  • How The Hatchery has been integral in growing New York’s tech community
  • The Hatchery’s incubator program
  • Why Yao founded The Hatchery
  • Silicon Valley vs. Silicon Alley
  • What it was like leaving her job in pharmacy to start a company
  • What advice she has for people who want to start a business
  • What she loves the most about what she does
  • Her passion project, Win4Causes
  • What she finds so rewarding about what she does

 

Related Links:

Yao Huang on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yaohui/

 

The Hatchery website: https://hatchery.vc/

 

The Hatchery’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thehatchery/

 

The Hatchery on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thehatchery

 

2013 Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC) organized by the Taiwanese American Professionals, New York Chapter and the Taiwan Merchants Association: https://bit.ly/3DMaVpd

 

Nomz, the company that Yao advised during the ECC: https://www.eatnomz.com/

 

Talking Taiwan Episode 30, TAP-NY’s Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition: https://talkingtaiwan.com/tt026-tapny/

 

Yao Huang’s TED Talk, Talent incubator: Yao Huang at TEDxBroadway: https://youtu.be/qjFR0F_5K4g

 

Yao Huang’s TED Talk, I for Innovation: https://youtu.be/jbjQYQ3IXj8

Sep 06, 2021
Ep 146 | Tiffany Yu: Empowering the Disabled Through Diversability
01:03:21

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Tiffany Yu is a disability activist, CEO and founder of Diversability, and host of Tiffany & Yu, a social impact podcast. She’s also on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council, a three-time TED Talk speaker and has a list of many more impressive accomplishments that appear on her Wikipedia page.

 

She spoke with tremendous vulnerability about her disability origin story, the trauma she’s experienced, dealing with shame, and her continued healing.

 

Tiffany also shared about the many exciting projects she’s working on for Diversability and in the disability space.

 

 

CORRECTION: At x:xx when Tiffany mentioned a TED Tallk “The Danger of a Single Narrative” she was referring to the TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story.”

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How Tiffany spearheaded the Taiwan Necklace Project to raise money for ITASA (Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association)
  • Tiffany’s disability origin story
  • How she came up with the idea for her company Diversability in 2009 while a student at Georgetown University
  • The work that Diversability does
  • How Diversability went from a side hustle to something fulltime years later in 2017
  • How Diversability is about improving the lives and well-being of disabled people
  • How can Diversability make disability a reason to belong and not a reason to exclude
  • What happened in 2019 that made Tiffany realize that she was experiencing PTSD and how she dealt with it
  • Tiffany’s thoughts on her first TED Talk
  • What has changed since Tiffany started Diversability
  • How Tiffany was able to get the mayor of San Francisco to declare July Disability Pride Month in 2020
  • How Tiffany has evolved since she first founded Diversability
  • News about Diversability
  • The “Disability is not a bad word” T-shirt campaign
  • The Diversabillity Leadership Collective
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) goal of economic self-sufficiency
  • How Tiffany has launched an endowment fund at Georgetown University for disability-related initiatives
  • The comments that Tiffany’s mom made about Diversability in 2018
  • How Tiffany deals with her mother’s opinion of the work she does with Diversability
  • Tiffany’s podcast Tiffany & Yu, which she started in 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Tiffany’s favorite episode of her podcast Tiffany & Yu
  • Laverne Cox’s term “possibility model”
  • The term ableism
  • How Tiffany enjoys making Tik Tok dance videos
  • The accomplishment that Tiffany is most proud of
  • How the Paralympics may be used as a reason not to care about disability
  • The term inspiration porn
  • How paralympican Rebecca Meyers’ request to have a personal care assistant accompany her was denied

 

Related Links:

 

Tiffany Yu’s website: https://www.tiffanyyu.com/

 

Tiffany and Yu podcast: https://www.tiffanyyu.com/podcast

 

Tiffany Yu on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imtiffanyyu/

 

Tiffany Yu on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imtiffanyyu

 

Tiffany Yu on Twitter: https://twitter.com/imtiffanyyuv

 

Tiffany Yu on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffanyayu/

 

Tiffany Yu on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/tiffanyayu

 

Tiffany Yu on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_Yu

 

Diversability: https://mydiversability.com/

 

Diversability Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/diversabilitycommunity

 

Diversability Leadership Collective: http://diversability.mn.co

 

 

Diversability Facebook page: http://facebook.com/diversability

 

Diversability on Twitter: http://twitter.com/diversability

 

Diversability on Instagram: http://instagram.com/diversability

 

Disability Empowerment Endowment Fund to support disability initiatives in perpetuity at Georgetown University: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1686/18/giving.aspx?sid=1686&gid=4&pgid=3975&cid=5816&dids=534.144&bledit=1&sort=1&unit=34&appealcode=21HW001312

 

The Georgetown Voice article, “Alumna Tiffany Yu looks to cement legacy of disability justice as students push for Disability Cultural Center” about the endowment fund for disability related initiatives at Georgetown University that Tiffany is raising money for:

https://georgetownvoice.com/2021/08/09/alumna-cements-legacy-of-disability-justice-students-push-for-cultural-center/

 

Tiffany’s first TED Talk, The Power of Exclusion: https://www.ted.com/talks/tiffany_yu_the_power_of_exclusion?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

Tiffany’s second TED Talk, The Truths About Being A Pioneer: https://www.ted.com/talks/tiffany_yu_the_truths_about_being_a_pioneer?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

Tiffany’s third TED Talk, The Problem with Positivity: https://www.ted.com/talks/tiffany_yu_the_problem_with_positivity?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talk): https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder): https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/ptsd/what-is-ptsd

 

Post-traumatic growth (PTG): https://www.apa.org/monitor/2016/11/growth-trauma

 

Dr. Robert Bullard: https://drrobertbullard.com/

https://www.unep.org/championsofearth/laureates/2020/robert-bullard

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): https://adata.org/learn-about-ada

 

Tiffany &Yu Episode 18, Disability Pride, ADA30 & Diversability’s D-30 Disability Impact List ft. Alex Locust (Glamputee): https://www.tiffanyyu.com/podcast/018

 

Laverne Cox Calls Herself a 'Possibility Model' on Katie Couric: https://taggmagazine.com/laverne-cox-on-katie-couric/

 

Laverne Cox On Why She Still Has Something To Prove: https://www.forbes.com/sites/moiraforbes/2016/06/30/laverne-cox-on-why-she-still-has-something-to-prove/?sh=433c972b5638

 

Talila Lewis’ Working Definition of Ableism: https://www.talilalewis.com/blog/january-2021-working-definition-of-ableism

Tiffany &Yu Episode 17, Leadership Lessons from Yoga Journal Racism & Controversy ft. Nicole Cardoza (Anti-Racism Daily): https://www.tiffanyyu.com/podcast/017

Stella Young’s TED Talk, I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much: https://youtu.be/8K9Gg164Bsw

 

Paralympian Rebecca Meyers’ Op Ed in USA Today, “Paralympic swimmer: I don't want to pull out of Tokyo Games, but I've been given no choice”: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/07/20/paralympic-swimmer-becca-meyers-covid-19-tokyo-olympic-games/8006062002/

 

Paralympian Rebecca Meyers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Meyers

 

Tiffany and the Taiwan necklace project featured on Outreach for Taiwan (2014): https://oftaiwan.org/2014/11/13/talk4tw-tiffany-yu/

 

Tiffany talks about being Taiwanese, ITASA and the Taiwan necklace project: https://youtu.be/uaZC9fgdRwo

 

Taiwanese American.org:  https://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/

 

ITASA (Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association): https://itasa.org/

 

TACL (Taiwanese American Citizens League): https://tacl.org/

Aug 30, 2021
Ep 145 | The Golden Age of Taiwan Studies: Our Interview with University of London’s Dr. Dafydd Fell
45:08

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

This week I’m welcoming back Dr. Dafydd Fell to talk about the SOAS Center of Taiwan Studies at the University of London. They just had their summer school program in July, which is free and open to the public. It’s a tremendous resource for people interested in learning more about Taiwan. The program included speakers on the topics of Taiwan’s anti-nuclear movement, environmental activism and movements, Taiwan’s Post New Wave Cinema, how to write about Taiwan for a general audience, the campaign to end the death penalty in Taiwan, just to name a few. You can check out their YouTube channel which has videos from the summer school program and other SOAS Center of Taiwan Studies events. Dr. Fell and I talked about how Taiwan studies has changed over the past 20 years and some of the challenges faced by Taiwan studies programs in general.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The establishment of the SOAS Taiwan Studies Program at the University of London
  • How there weren’t any other Taiwan Studies programs in Europe when the SOAS Taiwan Studies Program at the University of London was established in 1999
  • SOAS Taiwan Studies program was founded by Professor Robert Ash
  • Establishment of European Association of Taiwan Studies in 2004
  • Taiwan Studies programs in Europe
  • How we are currently in a Golden Age of Taiwan Studies
  • Taiwan studies programs in Europe vs. the U.S.
  • The collaboration between SOAS Taiwan Studies program and the University of Texas at Austin Taiwan Studies program
  • The challenges faced by Taiwan Studies programs
  • How the SOAS Taiwan Studies program’s focuses on Taiwan Studies teaching  programs and publication (of books that come out of conferences)
  • The types of classes and programs offered at the SOAS Taiwan Studies Program
  • Prominent political figures from Taiwan that have been invited to speak at SOAS
  • The second world congress of Taiwan Studies at SOAS (with 80 speakers and 500 in person attendees)
  • How the SOAS Taiwan Studies Program organizes 50-70 events per year
  • How the events present interesting opportunities for students to actually meet some of the figures on their reading lists
  • What graduates of the SOAS Taiwan Studies Program have gone on to do
  • The major research contributions that have some out of SOAS Taiwan Studies Program
  • The challenges of funding Taiwan Studies programs
  • Whether more Taiwan Studies degree programs will be developed worldwide
  • The relationship between Chinese and Taiwanese studies programs
  • The SOAS Taiwan Studies Program Summer School which has been running since 2007

 

Related Links:

 

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies’ website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/taiwanstudies/

 

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/

 

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies’ Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlZZGmE1e_6PI2e-HOPOQw

 

Professor Robert Ash: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff30582.php

 

European Association of Taiwan Studies: https://www.eats-taiwan.eu/

 

North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA): https://www.na-tsa.org/

 

International Journal of Taiwan Studies: https://brill.com/view/journals/ijts/ijts-overview.xml

 

Taiwan Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/eastasia/asian-studies-at-ut/Taiwan-program.php

 

Brill Series in Taiwan Studies: https://brill.com/view/serial/BSTS

 

Routledge Research on Taiwan Series: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Research-on-Taiwan-Series/book-series/RRTAIWAN

 

Camphor Press: https://camphorpress.com/

 

Taiwan Studies Revisited, Edited By Dafydd Fell, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao: https://www.routledge.com/Taiwan-Studies-Revisited/Fell-Hsiao/p/book/9780367201722


Taiwan’s Contemporary Indigenous Peoples, Edited By Chia-yuan Huang, Daniel Davies, Dafydd Fell: https://www.routledge.com/Taiwans-Contemporary-Indigenous-Peoples/Huang-Davies-Fell/p/book/9780367553579

 

Tsai Ing-wen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ing-wen

 

Peng Min-Ming: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peng_Ming-min

 

Frank Hsieh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Hsieh

 

Su Tseng-chang: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su_Tseng-chang

 

Second World Congress of Taiwan Studies held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) June 18-20, 2015: https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem94890.html

 

Reflections on the Second World Congress of Taiwan Studies (held in 2015): https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem104787.htxml

 

Academia Sinica: https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en

 

Hakka singer Lin Sheng-hsiang: https://www.soas.ac.uk/taiwanstudies/events/07jul2016-music-of-lin-sheng-hsiang.html

 

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies 2021 Summer School program: https://www.soas.ac.uk/taiwanstudies/summerschool/

 

The Fourth World Congress of Taiwan Studies (2022) in Seattle, Washington, USA: https://wcts.sinica.edu.tw/wctsIV/zWelcome.html

Aug 23, 2021
Ep 144 | Taiwan's Green Parties and Alternative Politics in Taiwan: A Discussion with Author Dr. Dafydd Fell
43:31

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Dr. Dafydd Fell is the author of Taiwan’s Green Parties Alternative Politics in Taiwan. He spoke with me about his book, which he started working on in 2012. Topics covered in this episode include the Green Party concept, and the impact that Taiwan's Green Parties have had on Taiwan's other political parties and social movements. Dr. Fell's not only talks about some of the most his most interesting research findings, but how he was personally impacted by the subject matter of his book.

 

He’s also the Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies at the University of London and we’ll have him back on another episode to talk about the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies.  

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How Dr. Fell got interested in Taiwan’s politics
  • The Green Party concept and origin
  • Global Greens Network
  • When Taiwan’s Green Party was established
  • Dr. Fell’s bookParty Politics in Taiwan
  • The focus groups with Green Party activists that led Dr. Fell to write Taiwan’s Green Parties
  • How Dr. Fell is working on a Chinese language version of his book, Taiwan’s Green Parties
  • The main accomplishments and impact of Taiwan’s Green Party
  • How Taiwan’s Green Party compares to other Green Parties around the world
  • The role of Taiwan’s Green Party in the anti-nuclear movement in Taiwan
  • How Taiwan’s Green Party was the first party to advocate same sex marriage and nominate openly LGBT candidates
  • How Taiwan’s Green Party raises alternative issues (death penalty, euthanasia for terminally ill)
  • The Taiwan Green Party’s influence on mainstream political parties
  • How the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has poached figures from the Green party
  • The Taiwan Green Party’s electoral performance
  • Taiwan’s alternative parties
  • The splinter Green Parties, the Trees Party and GPT-Social Democratic Alliance
  • The most surprising or interesting finding that Dr. Fell discovered in his research for his book, Taiwan’s Green Parties
  • How Taiwan could participate in the Green Party’s global network and gain some international visibility
  • The Asia Pacific Greens network
  • Keli Yen, Global Greens Convenor (2017-2020)
  • How England and Wales Green Party Leader Penny Kemp went to Taiwan in 1996 to show support
  • The current status of Taiwan’s Green Party
  • How Dr. Fell’s book offers a different perspective on Taiwan’s history through the lens of small political parties and social movements
  • How Dr. Fell is now working on the Chinese language version of his book, Taiwan’s Green Parties with three Taiwanese scholars who were formerly leaders of Taiwan’s Green Party
  • How Dr. Fell started working on the book, Taiwan’s Green Partiesin 2012

 

 

Related Links:

 

Taiwan’s Green Parties by Dr. Dafydd Fell: https://www.routledge.com/Taiwans-Green-Parties-Alternative-Politics-in-Taiwan/Fell/p/book/9780367650315

 

Dr. Dafydd Fell on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dafyddfell

 

Facebook Page for Taiwan’s Green Parties: https://www.facebook.com/Taiwans-Green-Parties-Alternative-Politics-in-Taiwan-101639718636953

 

Wild Lily Student Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Lily_student_movement

 

https://oftaiwan.org/social-movements/wild-lily-student-movement/

 

1989 Elections in Taiwan: https://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/03/world/nationalists-lead-taiwan-elections.html

 

Global Greens Network: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Greens

 

Taiwan’s Green Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Party_Taiwan

 

 

Taiwan’s first direct presidential election (1996): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Taiwanese_presidential_election

 

Taiwan’s cross strait missile crisis of 1995-1996: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis#:~:text=The%20Third%20Taiwan%20Strait%20Crisis,1995%20to%2023%20March%201996.

 

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2626754

 

Party Politics in Taiwan by Dr. Dafydd Fell: https://www.routledge.com/Party-Politics-in-Taiwan-Partay-Change-and-the-Democratic-Evolution-of-Taiwan/Fell/p/book/9780415650700

 

Blocking of Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_Taiwan

 

Reuters article, “Taiwan to halt construction of fourth nuclear power plant”:  https://www.reuters.com/article/taiwan-nuclear/taiwan-to-halt-construction-of-fourth-nuclear-power-plant-idUKL3N0NJ08C20140427

 

Keli Yen, Global Greens Convenor (2017-2020): https://www.asiapacificgreens.org/profile/keli-yen

 

England and Wales Green Party Leader Penny Kemp: https://greenworld.org.uk/article/obituary-penny-kemp-1949-2021

 

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Progressive_Party

 

https://www.dpp.org.tw/en/about

 

Ko Wen-je: https://en.xn--wikipeadia-65a.org/wiki/Ko_Wen-je

 

Taiwan’s People Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_People%27s_Party

 

Kuomintang (KMT): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuomintang

Aug 16, 2021
Ep 143 | Auntie Sewing Squad 3: It's Only Retirement It's Not Goodbye
41:49

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

In May of 2020 I interviewed Valerie Soe and Kristina Wong about the Auntie Sewing Squad, a sewing circle that was formed on March 24th during the global Coronavirus pandemic. Initially the group sewed masks for frontline medical and essential workers, and then for vulnerable marginalized communities. From the outset, Kristina described the Auntie Sewing Squad as a stop gap measure, and said that she had no intention of turning it into a nonprofit. In fact, she stated that the nature of what the Auntie Sewing Squad does is not sustainable in the long run and that the goal would be for the group to eventually retire.

The work of the Auntie Sewing Squad, has gone beyond mask making. So, when I learned that the Auntie Sewing Squad had set a date to retire, I had to invite Valerie and Kristina back on to talk about the Auntie Sewing Squad’s retirement.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Why and when the Auntie Sewing Squad is going into retirement
  • The work that the Auntie Sewing Squad has done aside from sewing masks
  • How the Auntie Sewing Squad is spending $10,000 on N-95 masks for farmworkers who have to work during the wildfires
  • How Kristina and the Auntie Sewing Squad allocates food and supplies from the L.A. food bank to communities in need
  • The Super Aunties of the Auntie Sewing Squad
  • How the Auntie Sewing Squad is not the alternative to FEMA
  • The other ways that Aunties are trying to support communities in need
  • Dealing with the recent passing of Auntie Sally
  • Super Auntie Constance Parng’s breakout case of COVID
  • How Kristina has been able to do more to affect change as an Auntie than an elected official
  • The statement that the Auntie Sewing Squad put out after the Atlanta Spa Shootings
  • The book about the Auntie Sewing Squad that will be coming out this fall (The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care and Racial Justice)
  • The full-length documentary being made about the Auntie Sewing Squad (We Go Down Sewing)
  • How COVID hospitalizations have affected people in need of other medical treatments/procedures
  • The Auntie Sewing Squad retirement party
  • How the Auntie Sewing Squad is nonhierarchical
  • The term mutual aid
  • The unique community and bonds that have formed amongst the Aunties and members of Auntie Sewing Squad
  • What will happen to the group after it retires, and will the community still exist online
  • Kristina’s show about the Auntie Sewing Squad which is set to be performed in New York in November

 

Related Links:

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s website: http://auntiesewingsquad.com/

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/AuntieSewing

 

Auntie Sewing Squad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2764362993676831/

 

Auntie Sewing Squad Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/auntiesewing

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQrlwkZu_l6F1d9D_M5ZnGQ

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s book, The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care and Racial Justice, 30% off code 17M6662, valid for UC Press website only: https://bit.ly/3iwyEBb

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s HQ (list of notable Aunties): http://auntiesewingsquad.com/about/what-is-hq/

 

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/

 

World Harvest Food Bank: https://www.worldharvestla.org/

 

Mutual Aid:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_aid_(organization_theory)

 

Super Auntie Constance Parng’s Talking Taiwan interview: https://talkingtaiwan.com/constance-parng-super-auntie-to-native-nations-of-the-auntie-sewing-squad-ep-108/

 

Atlanta Spa Shootings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Atlanta_spa_shootings

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s Statement on Rising Anti-Asian Hate and Violence: http://auntiesewingsquad.com/blog-posts/anti-aapi-hate-statement/

 

Kristina Wong’s website: http://kristinawong.com/

 

Kristina Wong’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ilovekristinawong/

 

Kristina Wong’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYVB9L

 

Valerie Soe’s blog: https://beyondasiaphilia.com/

 

Valerie Soe’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Valerie-Soe-1397194727164610

 

Valerie’s previous Talking Taiwan interview about her documentary film, Love Boat Taiwan: https://talkingtaiwan.com/love-boat-taiwan-interview-asian-american-studies-professor-film-maker-valerie-soe-ep-66/

 

Talking Taiwan Episode 75: Auntie Sewing Squad Combats Covid-19 One Mask at a Time: https://talkingtaiwan.com/auntie-sewing-squad-combats-covid-19-one-mask-at-a-time-ep-75/

Talking Taiwan Episode 107: Auntie Sewing Squad 2: Supporting Communities On the Fringe Through Caring: https://talkingtaiwan.com/auntie-sewing-squad-2-supporting-communities-on-the-fringe-through-caring-ep-107/

Aug 09, 2021
Ep 142 | Sergeant Steven Lee: NYPD Whistleblower Fights to Reform Police Corruption Part 2
25:07

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

This is part two of my interview with Sergeant Steven Lee, a 16-year veteran of the NYPD, and whistleblower fighting to reform police corruption. Previously, in part one, we talked about Sergeant Lee’s undercover work and the police corruption that he’s witnessed.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear part one, you might want to go back and listen to it first. In part two Steve talks about what happened after his undercover work and the related court case, his thoughts on how to combat corruption within the NYPD, and why he plans to run for State Assembly next year.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What happened to Steve after his undercover work and the related court case
  • The corruption that Steve has seen in Internal Affairs Bureau of the NYPD
  • Steve’s suggestions for how to independently monitor the NYPD and Internal Affairs Bureau
  • How Steve believes that the police should identity with culture and customs of the communities they work in, and that there are enough police able to speak the languages spoken in their precincts
  • How Steve deals with the pressure of being a whistleblower
  • Steve’s 2020 run for State Assembly in District 40 and how he’s running again next year
  • What changes Steve has seen with the NYPD since the murder of George Floyd
  • Hoops over Hate
  • Ron Kim, Steve’s opponent for State Assembly in District 40

 

Related Links:

 

Ostracized NYPD whistleblower runs for state office in Queens: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-steven-lee-ron-kim-assembly-20200211-mp26mhghpnen5altiqxahree3m-story.html

 

Queens Daily Eagle article, " ‘You can't have cops watching cops' — NYPD officer, ex-cop lawyer sue NYC": https://queenseagle.com/all/cops-corruption-harassment-nypd-lawsuit-lee-murray

 

NYPD 109th Precinct: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/109th-precinct.page

 

https://twitter.com/nypd109pct?lang=en

 

https://www.facebook.com/NYPD109PCT/

 

Queens Daily Eagle article, "Flushing assembly race gets ugly with claims of ‘cyberbullying’ burner accounts": https://queenseagle.com/all/flushing-assembly-race-gets-ugly-amid-claims-of-cyberbullying-burner-accounts

 

Steven Lee on Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Steven_Lee_(New_York)

 

Edwin Raymond: https://www.edwinraymond.com/

https://nypost.com/2020/06/28/cop-suing-nypd-for-racial-profiling-running-for-city-council/

 

NY Post article, "Teen assaulted in anti-Asian attack on Queens basketball court": https://nypost.com/2021/03/17/teen-assaulted-in-anti-asian-attack-on-queens-basketball-court/

 

Hoops over Hate: https://www.facebook.com/events/1811972852291087?ref=newsfeed

 

https://www.facebook.com/asiansinamericainc/posts/111180254400558

 

NY Assemblyman Ron Kim: https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Ron-Kim

 

Crime + Punishment (the award-winning Hulu original documentary): https://youtu.be/C6lB9HQnSac

Aug 02, 2021
Ep 141 | Sergeant Steven Lee: NYPD Whistleblower Fights to Reform Police Corruption Part 1
57:47

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Sergeant Steven Lee is a 16-year veteran of the NYPD. He’s a whistleblower fighting to reform police corruption and he shared his story with me.

This is part one of my interview with Steve.  In part two, next week, you’ll hear what happened to him after his undercover work and the related court case, how he’s dealt with the pressure, his thoughts on how to combat corruption within the NYPD, why he ran for State Assembly in 2020 and his plans to run again next year.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What Steve was doing before becoming a police officer
  • How Steve became a police officer
  • Scandals involving police officers writing fake summons
  • What led Steve to go undercover
  • The police corruption that Steve saw when he was undercover
  • What happened during the two years that Steve was undercover

 

Related Links:

 

Ostracized NYPD whistleblower runs for state office in Queens: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-steven-lee-ron-kim-assembly-20200211-mp26mhghpnen5altiqxahree3m-story.html

 

Crime+Punishment (the award-winning Hulu original documentary): https://youtu.be/C6lB9HQnSac

Jul 26, 2021
Ep 140 | The Afara Collective: CoFounder Liz Williams Builds A Bridge for Systemic Racism Education
28:30

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Liz Williams is one of the co-founders of The Afara Collective and Jennifer Ho, heads Afara’s film club team. Seeing how the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others last year sparked Black Lives Matter protests globally, and led to greater dialogue about systemic oppression and anti-racism, Liz and her co-founder Jules Sanders were inspired to create Afara.

 

Afara invites everyone, regardless of ethnic background to work on their personal biases

 

Liz and Jen talked about why the work of Afara matters to them, the types of training and programs that Afara will offer, and how Afara is about creating safe, brave spaces to have difficult conversations about systemic oppression, racism and bias.

 

Liz has been a guest on Talking Taiwan. In episode 88 she and Elissa Russell talked about Being Black in Taiwan and Racism in the United States.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • What inspired Liz and her co-founder Jules Sanders to create The Afara Collective?
  • What is the mission of The Afara Collective?
  • How Afara is about including everyone (regardless of ethnicity, not just Blacks and Whites) in the work of being an anti-racism
  • What does the word afara mean?
  • What is anti-racism?
  • How Afara is about creating safe spaces to discuss racism and bias
  • What have been the challenges in running The Afara Collective?
  • Their approach to working with and managing their team of volunteers
  • Afrara’s film club and book club
  • Afara’s See and Unseen Film Club
  • How Afara creates safe brave spaces for people to discover personal biases
  • The types of training, courses and programming that Afara offers
  • Afara’s Go Fund Me crowdfunding campaign
  • Afara’s vision of empathy in action

 

 

Related Links:

 

The Afara Collective’s Go Fund Me campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/The-Afara-Collective-antiracism?qid=68c382c4dac86653f790901ee54ada06&fbclid=IwAR1DTLBW2pLMC5Brdt2KwsNwdqgpYm34KqIL9r4ZLh9epnXzI-RoIFH-A-U

 

The Afara Collective: http://www.weareafara.org/

 

The Afara Collective on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weareafara/

 

The Afara Collective on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weareafara

 

George Floyd: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Floyd

 

Breonna Taylor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_Breonna_Taylor

https://www.nytimes.com/article/breonna-taylor-police.html

 

BBC News article, “Ahmaud Arbery: What do we know about the case?” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52623151

 

March 16, 2021 Atlanta Spa Shootings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Atlanta_spa_shootings

 

Liz Williams and Elissa Russell’s Talking Taiwan interview about Being Black in Taiwan and Racism in the United States: https://talkingtaiwan.com/being-black-in-taiwan-and-racism-in-the-united-states-ep-88/

Jul 19, 2021
Ep 139 | Covid 19 Taiwan Fundraiser: Raising Money for Society's Most Vulnerable
35:14

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

When Taiwan went in to soft lockdown in May, a group of diaspora who had moved there decided a Covid 19 Taiwan fundraiser for organizations assisting society’s most vulnerable was needed. They created the Taiwan Covid Relief Fundraiser and before they launched it, I spoke with three of the seven organizers- Catherine, Kevin and Jane.

 

We talked about how the charities benefitting from the fundraiser provide direct assistance to the homeless, disabled, migrant workers and survivors of domestic violence, and how all donations will go directly to the participating organizations. The fundraiser’s organizing team has pledged to match the first $10,000 donated. The team’s novel approach to organizing the Taiwan Covid Relief Fundraiser has given the charity organizations greater exposure to English language speakers and international donors.

 

The #TaiwanCovidRelief Fundraiser Organizing Team:

 

Catherine Chou is a second-generation Taiwanese-American who writes on Taiwanese history and identity, and tweets at @catielila.

 

Kevin Lin is the Co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer of Twitch. He was born and raised in New Orleans. Through co-founding groups like Gold House, Kevin is giving back to communities that he cares about through sustainable investing, hoping to support creators of all shapes and sizes. @kevinlin


Jane W. Wang is founder of Build Great Bridges Around Taiwan (BGBAT) and a self-actualization coach who helps multiculturalites navigate their Multicultural Hero's Journey, so they can find home within and live their joy & purpose. 

 

Remaining Members of the #TaiwanCovidRelief Fundraiser Organizing Team  (not shown):

 

Jonathan Liao

 

Kathy Cheng @trickytaipei

 

Laura Huang @laurahuangla

 

Tait Sye

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Catherine, Kevin and Jane, three of the organizers of the Taiwan Covid Relief Fundraiser met and their connection to Taiwan
  • How they came up with the idea for the fundraiser
  • Who’s on the organizing team
  • What it’s been like being under soft lockdown in Taiwan
  • How the fundraiser is meant to benefit vulnerable communities affected by COVID in Taiwan
  • The five charity organizations that that will benefit from the fundraiser: Homeless Taiwan, Hsichulun Hpme, 1919 Foodbank, Serve the People, and Garden of Hope
  • Donations will go directly to the organizations
  • How the Taiwan COVID Relief Fundraiser committee will be matching the first $10,000 of donations made
  • How Catherine approached 15 organizations initially about being a part of the fundraiser
  • How the five charity organizations had to build English landing pages to receive foreign donations
  • NetiCRM, the company that worked with the charities to create new landing pages and donation websites
  • How the Taiwan COVID Relief Fundraiser will help the five charities to internationalize their donor market
  • The fundraiser was initially targeted at diaspora, but it is also for one who may not be able to read Chinese language websites, are primarily English speakers, and friends of Taiwan around the world

 

Related Links:

 

The Taiwan Covid Relief Fundraiser: www.taiwancovidrelief.com

 

 

ITASA (Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association): https://itasa.org/

 

TaiwaneseAmerican.org feature about ITASA - Inspire, Empower, and Activate: ITASA’s “Coming of Age”: https://www.taiawaneseamerican.org/2011/01/inspire-empower-and-activate-itasas-coming-of-age/

 

BGBAT (Build Great Bridges Around Taiwan): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1798268263828078/

 

Articles related to the April 2, 2021 Hualien train crash:

 

NPR article, "More Than 50 Dead, Dozens Injured As Taiwan Train Derails Inside Tunnel": https://www.npr.org/2021/04/02/983763089/nearly-50-dead-as-taiwan-train-derails-inside-tunnel

 

The News Lens article, "Taiwanese American Investors Hold Fundraiser To Support Taroko Train Crash Victims" (about the fundraiser Kevin organized for the April 2, 2021 Hualien train crash): https://international.thenewslens.com/article/149825

 

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/

 

Tiltify: https://tiltify.com/

 

NetiCRM, a Taiwanese constituent relationship management system for non-profits: https://netivism.com.tw operated by NETivism: https://neticrm.tw

Jul 12, 2021
Ep 138 | Biking in Taiwan with Blogger Michael Turton
35:12

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

A few months ago, before Taiwan went on COVID alert level 3, I spoke with Michael Turton, about biking around Taiwan. I remember when there was a push to make Taiwan more bike-friendly and it became popular for people to bike around the island or along the coast. Michael shared why he loves biking around Taiwan and how it is one of the best places to bike in the world. Surprisingly he advised avoiding cycling route number 1, which is the bicycle route around the island of Taiwan developed by the Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communications. He also talked about what he’s learned about Taiwan’s history and aborigines by biking around Taiwan.

 

Michael is a political commentator, Taipei Times columnist and blogger. We’ve had Michael on Talking Taiwan previously in episode 119 when he spoke with me about China’s ban of Taiwan’s pineapples.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What brought Michael to Taiwan
  • How/why he started biking
  • Michael’s website about Taiwan in the 1990s which led to his blog
  • Blogs that have inspired him
  • How he’s learned things about Taiwan’s local history and aborigines while biking around Taiwan
  • How interacting with the land is a way to get to know the land
  • How biking is a way to discover and learn about Taiwan
  • Why Taiwan is one of the best places to bike
  • Tips on how to get around the island easier with a bike
  • How long it takes to bike around the entire island
  • The lighthouse to lighthouse bike ride
  • How he’s able to track changes in Taiwan by regularly biking certain routes
  • The difference between driving around in a car vs. riding around on a bike
  • How Taiwan and Madagascar are the only tropical places in the world that have Badlands
  • Where he recommends you should bike or not
  • Taiwan’s steep bike routes

 

Related Links:

 

Michael Turton’s blog: http://michaelturton.blogspot.com/

 

U.S. Peace Corps: https://www.peacecorps.gov/

 

Michael Fahey: http://www.winklerpartners.com/?page_id=622

 

Scott Sommers/Summers: https://www.intellectbooks.com/scott-sommers

 

TC Lin’s blog: http://poagao.org/pjournal/

 

Roland Soong’s blog East West North South: http://www.zonaeuropa.com/weblog.htm

 

Andrew Kerslake’s blog: https://taiwanincycles.blogspot.com/

 

The award winning Wikipedia page on Taiwan aborigines that Andrew Kerslake wrote: https://bit.ly/3qSTFbS

 

Bunun tribe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunun_people

 

The film, Island Etudehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Etude

 

Yushan aka Jade Mountain (Taiwan’s highest peak): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Shan

 

Sun Moon Lake Swim: https://www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw/en/event/calendardetail/673

 

Sun Moon Lake: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Moon_Lake

 

Taroko: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taroko_National_Park

 

https://wikitravel.org/en/Taroko_Gorge

 

Badlands: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badlands

 

Moonscape area of Tainan aka Taiwan’s Badlands: https://spectralcodex.com/exploring-the-badlands-of-southern-taiwan/

 

Taiwan Cycling Route 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_Cycling_Route_No.1

 

Taipei Times article, “Ride to the clouds” by Mark Roche: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2021/03/11/2003753620

 

Mark Roche’s Blue Sky Adventures: http://www.blueskiestaiwan.com/

 

Alishan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alishan_National_Scenic_Area

 

Alishan tea farms: https://www.teafromtaiwan.com/blog/alishan-tea-districts/

Jul 05, 2021
Ep 137 | Lee Wong: American Patriot Bears His Chest for Asian Discrimination
44:18

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Lee Wong, is an elected official and Chairman of the board of trustees in West Chester Township, Ohio. During a meeting of the West Chester Township Board of Trustees on March 23rd he stood up and literally bared his chest to make a point about the discrimination and hate that Asian Americans have experienced. That moment was caught on video and went viral. Mr. Lee spoke with me about what compelled him to speak up that day and what’s happened since.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Lee’s upbringing in Malaysia (previously British Borneo)
  • What brought him to the U.S.
  • The Asian hate incident that happened to Lee in 1972 and how that changed the trajectory of his life
  • Lee’s 20 years of service in the U.S. army and the chest injuries he sustained during that time
  • How Lee first got elected to the West Chester Township Board of Trustees
  • What prompted him to speak up at the March 23rdmeeting
  • The feedback and reaction that Lee has gotten since the video clip of him went viral
  • The problem with Asians being perceived as a model minority
  • How Lee works with the Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce to promote Asian culture and to build more bridges between Asian Americans and the community at large
  • Lee’s message of hope to Asian Americans in these times of increased Asian hate incidents
  • How Lee is now working on writing his memoir
  • The website for Lee Wong that is in the works: wwe.LeeWong.us
  • The voicemail that Lee received from another military service man that recognized Lee after his March 23rdvideo went viral

 

Related Links:

 

The video of Lee Wong speaking at the March 23rd meeting of the West Chester Township Board of Trustees that went viral: https://abc7ny.com/lee-wong-scars-asian-american-hate-west-chester-ohio-military-service/10454881/?fbclid=IwAR0tx9rs7QdKwaANPO0wwohb3UJA3_n0CLchV4sEu_qekuAsJSbK6WE68rA

 

Atlanta Spa Shootings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Atlanta_spa_shootings

 

The voicemail Lee received from another military service man who recognized Lee after his March 23rd video went viral: https://www.facebook.com/759509573/posts/10159651061469574/?d=n

 

Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midwestchamber

 

The Sun Poem by Sara Ting: http://worldunityinc.org/thesunpoem.html

Jun 28, 2021
Ep 136 | How the Term Wuhan Virus Contributed to Anti Asian Sentiment: Minnie Sun of Taiwan Mix
48:52

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Minnie Sun is one of the co-founders of Taiwan Mixed, a platform that aggregates English content on Taiwan. She was in Taipei when I spoke with her recently about Taiwan Mixed and her perspectives on how Taiwan or the Taiwanese Can Help when it comes to the stigmatization of COVID-19 which has been attributed to the recent rise in anti-Asian sentiment.  How #CanTaiwanHelp #StopAsianHate?

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Where the idea for Taiwan Mixed came from
  • Project Taiwan
  • How Taiwan Mixed provides TLDR (too long didn’t read) articles in English about Taiwan
  • How Taiwan Mixed got started
  • The 228, Decolonization and Transitional Justice event that Taiwan Mixed hosted on Clubhouse in March
  • The challenges they’ve experienced with Taiwan Mixed
  • How Taiwan Mixed chooses its partners and news sources to feature
  • What feedback Taiwan Mixed has gotten so far
  • What she hopes to accomplish with Taiwan Mixed
  • The future of Taiwan Mixed
  • The origin of the hashtag #TaiwanCanHelp
  • The CommonWealth article, #TaiwanCanHelp curb anti-Asian sentiment: stop saying "Wuhan pneumonia" written by Minnie Sun
  • The #StopAsianHate community forum hosted by Taiwan Mixed
  • What the Taiwanese can do to combat anti-Asian sentiment
  • The criticisms of and reactions to Minnie’s CommonWeath article
  • How to apply to be a partner of Taiwan Mixed

 

 

Related Links:

 

Taiwan Mixed: https://www.taiwanmixed.org/

 

Taiwan Mixed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taiwanmixed

 

Taiwan Mixed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tw.mixed/

 

Taiwan Mixed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tw_mixed

 

Project Taiwan: https://www.projecttaiwan.org/

 

Taiwan Can Help: https://taiwancanhelp.us/

 

The article, #TaiwanCanHelp curb anti-Asian sentiment: stop saying "Wuhan pneumonia" written by Minnie Sun: https://english.cw.com.tw/article/article.action?id=2962

 

Video of a DPP Representative, at a forum in Dubai on COVID-19, explicitly using the term “Wuhan Virus” in English: https://twitter.com/tw_mixed/status/1385142073188229122

 

Taiwan Mixed’s Twitter Conversation Thread about the article, #TaiwanCanHelp curb anti-Asian sentiment: stop saying "Wuhan pneumonia" written by Minnie Sun: https://twitter.com/tw_mixed/status/1385140250922557440

Jun 21, 2021
Ep 135 | Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry: Our Talk with Founder Lisa Cheng Smith
54:33

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan, Lisa Cheng Smith, has channeled her love of Taiwanese food, cooking and premium ingredients into creating Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry. Yun Hai sources premium ingredients for Taiwanese cooking, directly from artisans, farms, and soy sauce breweries in Taiwan. 

In this interview Lisa not only talks about how and why she started Yun Hai, and her vision for the business, but she shares her favorite Taiwanese restaurants, cookbooks, and some great resources for tips on Taiwanese cooking. 

Taiwanese food lovers, this episode is definitely for you!

I initially spoke with Lisa earlier this year but so much has happened with Yun Hai since then, so a week or so ago we spoke again to get some updates. Be sure to listen to the end of the interview to hear about all of the exciting developments. 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in the podcast:

 

  • What inspired Lisa to start Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry
  • Where Lisa’s love of Taiwanese food comes from
  • The chili sauce that inspired her to start Yun Hai
  • The slow food movement
  • What Lisa loves about the food in Taiwan
  • How long it took Lisa to set up Yun Hai
  • The story behind the name Yun Hai
  • The challenges of running a small online business
  • How Lisa met her business partner
  • Yun Hai’s collaboration with Rose Bakery for the Lunar New Year
  • Lisa’s favorite Taiwanese holidays and festivals
  • Lisa’s Taiwanese cookbook recommendations
  • Other sources recommended by Lisa for Taiwanese recipes (blogs, YouTube)
  • Products offered by Yun Hai
  • New products
  • How Lisa choses products for Yun Hai
  • Yun Hai’s connection to Win Son
  • Lisa’s Taiwanese restaurant recommendations
  • Future plans for Yun Hai
  • The short documentary that Yun Hai produced about soy sauce makers in Taiwan
  • The newest developments with Yun Hai since the initial interview with Lisa earlier this year
  • Yun Hai’s Kickstarter campaign for Yun Hai Selection Dried Fruit Line (pineapple, mango, guava)
  • New products that Yun Hai is introducing
  • How Yun Hai has been growing
  • Yun Hai’s plans to open a store in East Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
  • The Yun Hai Stories newsletter

 

 

 

Related Links:

 

Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry website: https://yunhai.shop/

 

Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yunhaishop/

 

Sign up for the Yun Hai newsletter: https://yunhai.substack.com/

 

Yun Hai’s mini-documentary, Time, Terroir, Taiwan: Soy Sauce Brewing in XiLuo:
https://youtu.be/UhJ5wU1jY0E

 

Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yunhaishop

 

“9 Recipes for a Vibrant Lunar New Year Celebration” by Lisa Cheng Smith for Bon Appétit Magazine: https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/lunar-new-year-menu-lisa-cheng-smith

 

Taipei Times article about Yun Hai Pantry: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2019/07/13/2003718573

 

Yun Hai + Rose Bakery Year of the Ox Collaboration: https://yunhai.shop/blogs/articles/year-of-the-ox-yun-hai-rose-bakery

 

Dover Street Market: https://www.doverstreetmarket.com/

 

Alice Waters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Waters

 

Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway: https://www.amazon.com/Food-Taiwan-Recipes-Beautiful-Island/dp/0544303016/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Food+of+Taiwan&qid=1623571715&s=books&sr=1-1

 

All Under Heaven cookbook by Carolyn Phillips: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=All+Under+Heaven&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

 

Carolyn Phillips’ blog, Madame Huang’s kitchen: https://www.madamehuang.com/blog

 

Choochoo-ca-Cchew (Taiwanese recipes with locally sourced ingredients): https://www.choochoocachew.com/

 

Taiwan Duck (Taiwan Cooking) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TaiwanCooking

 

Win Son Restaurant and Bakery: https://winsonbrooklyn.com/

 

Trigg Brown and Josh Ku of Win Son: Taiwanese Restaurant in NYC: https://talkingtaiwan.com/trigg-brown-josh-ku-win-son-taiwanese-restaurant-nyc/

 

Ho Foods restaurant: https://www.hofoodsnyc.com/

 

886 restaurant: https://www.eighteightsix.com/

 

Happy Stony Noodles (restaurant in Elmhurst Queens): https://www.happystonynoodle.com/

 

Q Town restaurant: https://www.qtownasiancuisine.com/

 

Pulau Pinang restaurant: https://menupages.com/pulau-pinang-malaysian-and-taiwanese-cuisine/82-84-broadway-elmhurst

 

Taipei Times Columnist Michael Turton Talks About the Taiwan Pineapple Ban by China: https://talkingtaiwan.com/taipei-times-columnist-michael-turton-talks-about-the-taiwan-pineapple-ban-by-china-ep-119/

 

Taipei Times article about China’s ban of Taiwan’s pinapples, “PRC bans import of Taiwan pineapples”: 

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2021/02/27/2003752913

 

Yun Hai’s Kickstarter campaign for Yun Hai Selection: Dried Pineapple, Mango, Guava from Taiwan: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yunhaishop/dried-fruits-made-in-taiwan

Jun 14, 2021
Ep 134 | Why the Surge in Taiwan's Coronavirus Cases? An Interview with Courtney Donovan Smith
31:50

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

There has been a surge in Taiwan's coronavirus cases since about mid-May, and Taiwan is now on COVID alert level 3, one level before full lockdown. I’ve invited Courtney Donovan Smith on to Talking Taiwan to talk about what led to the increase in COVID cases, the current situation and what’s happening with Taiwan’s efforts to acquire COVID vaccines. Courtney Donovan Smith is the central Taiwan correspondent for ICRT News, and one of the co-founders of the Taiwan Report, which I highly recommend as a really great news resource for what’s happening in Taiwan.

 

Since Courtney and I spoke on June 3rd, Taiwan remains at COVID alert level 3, on Friday, Japan sent over one million doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Taiwan, and the U.S. has promised to donate 750,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • The current situation and atmosphere in Taiwan since COVID cases started to spike
  • How the increase in COVID cases were linked to commercial airline pilots who stayed at the Novotel airport hotel
  • Taiwan is currently at COVID alert level 3
  • What does COVID alert level 3 entail
  • What’s happened since Taiwan has been at COVID alert level 3
  • How the increase in COVID cases in Taiwan are due to the more virulent UK variant of COVID
  • How one of the factors to determine whether Taiwan will go to level 4 (full lockdown), is the number of cases with unknown origin and what constitutes a case of known or unknown origin
  • Taiwan is tentatively going to remain at level 3 until June 14
  • Reasons for the low COVID vaccination rate in Taiwan
  • Why Taiwan has not been able to procure Pfizer vaccines from German firm BioNTech and what happened to the deal
  • What China's Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group (which claims to handle the Greater China market which includes Taiwan) has to do with Taiwan’s efforts to access COVID vaccines
  • The Chinese made COVID vaccine
  • China’s interference in Taiwan’s efforts to secure COVID vaccines
  • China’s reaction to the Japan’s offer to donate vaccines to Taiwan
  • How China interfered with relief efforts during the 921 Earthquake in Taiwan
  • The most well-known cases of COVID outbreaks in Taiwan involving the Taipei Wanhua district teahouses and “Grape Mother”

 

Related Links:

 

Taiwan Report: https://report.tw/

 

Taiwan Report News Brief – Covid conundrums: https://youtu.be/YCFkROxHjcM

 

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control press releases: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En

 

Taiwan tightens 5 rules under Level 3 alert: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4210925

 

Taiwan announces 1st local coronavirus case in 254 days (Latest domestic COVID-19 infection is woman who came in close contact with New Zealand pilot): https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4084077

 

2 women in Taipei tea houses test positive for COVID: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4201655

 

Taiwan, feuding with China, gets vaccines from Japan: https://apnews.com/article/europe-china-taiwan-business-japan-0c31ddf65eaa81ac101f592ec5697c37

 

‘Urgent need’: US to donate 750,000 Covid vaccine doses to Taiwan: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/06/us-taiwan-covid-vaccine-doses-senators-visit-tsai-ing-wen

Jun 07, 2021
Ep 133 | What to Do if You Are the Target of Asian Hate Part Two
58:25

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In celebration of Asian heritage month (which takes place in May), Talking Taiwan participated in United We Stand, the 42nd Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, and on May 17th, organized a Panel Discussion and Q&A on the topic: What To Do If You Are The Target Of Asian Hate.

 

The event was recorded and this is Part 2, which features the Q&A portion with panelists- Chris Kwok, Steve Lee, Suelain Moy, and Peter Yang Zhao. If you don’t want miss out on any of the useful information shared be sure to go back and listen to Part 1, which was the opening discussion with our panelists and shared in the previous episode, Episode 132.

 

Panelist bios:

Christopher M. Kwok, is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, Board Director and Issues Committee Chair for the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College/CUNY and New York City College of Technology/CUNY.

Sergeant Steven Lee, is a 16-year veteran of the NYPD, a whistleblower fighting to reform police corruption, and Anti-Asian Hate Crime Activist.

Suelain Moy, is a New York City mother, writer, journalist, author, and editor who wrote “The 16 Safety Guidelines for the Parents of Asian Children.”

Peter Yang Zhao, is an Anti-Asian Hate Crime and Tourette Activist.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How we have to fight the legacy of law that perceived nonwhites as legal nonpersons
  • What should/can bystanders or upstanders do if they witness a hate crime
  • Hollaback organization
  • Why panelist Steve Lee does not recommend carrying mace or pepper spray
  • Why panelist Steve Lee recommends carrying around a tactical flashlight
  • What constitutes self-defense
  • The Flushing Bakery case
  • Suggestions of what items are acceptable or not to carry for self-defense
  • What constitutes a hate crime
  • What was done to get Patrick Mateo of the Flushing Bakery case charged with a hate crime and what you can do get an Asian hate crime prosecuted
  • Adopt a case that you want to rally behind or support
  • No matter what your immigration status is you are protected under the law if you are the target of Asian hate
  • Police officers are not allowed to ask about your immigration status
  • It should take 24-48 hours for a police report to be in the system
  • The difference between harassment, assault, and reckless endangerment
  • The stabbing of an Asian man in the Seattle area
  • The importance of connecting with non-Asian communities
  • Suggested action items for event participants from the panelists
  • The importance of self-care and mental health

 

Related Links:

 

United We Stand- 42nd Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival: Https://beacons.ai/aapifest

 

An example of now nonwhites were not considered human or to have the same rights: The 1854 Supreme Court of California case of People v. Hall, which reversed the murder conviction of George W. Hall, “a free white citizen of this State,” because three prosecution witnesses were Chinese: https://www.aabany.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1513147

 

Hollaback: https://www.ihollaback.org/

 

Flushing Bakery incident: [INSERT the 2 jpgs]

 

The stabbing in Seattle that Jolene referred to: Asian American groups push for Bothell murder to be investigated as hate crime: https://www.king5.com/article/news/crime/john-huynh-asian-american-advocates-hate-crime-investigation/281-fd824596-7856-4dc4-ab96-dfc3956764ff

 

Reaction to the murder of an Asian Man being stabbed in Bothell. WA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=794MprgRsRA

 

CeFaan Kim: https://abc7ny.com/about/newsteam/cefaan-kim/

https://twitter.com/CeFaanKim

 

Dion Lim: https://abc7news.acom/about/newsteam/dion-lim/

https://twitter.com/DionLimTV

 

Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA): http://capaonline.org/

 

Korean American Story: https://koreanamericanstory.org/

 

Project by Project: https://www.projectbyproject.org/

 

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA): https://www.apalanet.org/

 

OCA-NY Asian Pacific American Advocates: http://www.oca-ny.org/contact.html

 

Asian Women Giving Circle: http://asianwomengivingcircle.org/

 

Free yoga class that panelist Suelain Moy mentioned that she took with Joyce Wu, "Gentle Yoga for Terrible Times":  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gentle-yoga-for-terrible-times-tickets-107646048228

More about the class: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/gentle-yoga-for-terrible-times-offers-hour-long-wellness-session/ar-BB17kInE

Joyce's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneandonlyjoyce/

Asian Mental Health Collective: https://www.asianmhc.org/

Jun 01, 2021
Ep 132 | What to Do if You Are the Target of Asian Hate Part One
01:09:03

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

May is Asian heritage month and Talking Taiwan was one of over 100 organizations and groups that participated in United We Stand, the 42nd Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, organized by CAPA the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. Usually festival is a one-day outdoor event held in New York City, but this year it was run virtually online for the entire month of May.

 

As I thought about how Talking Taiwan could go beyond just being another virtual booth in the festival, and give back to the community, I realized that we could put together an online event simply by inviting some of our past guests, namely Suelain Moy, Steven Lee and Peter Yang Zhao for discussion and Q&A on the topic of: What to do if you are the target of Asian hate. And with the help of my friend Chris Chen, who’s a part of CAPA, the festival’s organizing committee, we added another panelist Chris Kwok, an attorney doing a lot of great work related to anti-Asian hate.

 

The event was held on May 17th and recorded. We are sharing it here in two parts. This is part one featuring a discussion with our panelists. Part two will be the Q&A discussion that followed.

 

Panelist bios:

Christopher M. Kwok, is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, Board Director and Issues Committee Chair for the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College/CUNY and New York City College of Technology/CUNY.

Sergeant Steven Lee, is a 16-year veteran of the NYPD, a whistleblower fighting to reform police corruption, and Anti-Asian Hate Crime Activist.

Suelain Moy, is a New York City mother, writer, journalist, author, and editor who wrote “The 16 Safety Guidelines for the Parents of Asian Children.”

Peter Yang Zhao, is an Anti-Asian Hate Crime and Tourette Activist.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • United We Stand, the 42ndAnnual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, organized by CAPA the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Panelist Suelain Moy talks about an anti-Asian hate incident that happened to her and her son
  • Suelain’s practical tips for dealing with harassment on the street
  • How parents should talk to their kids about how to protect themselves
  • Where to report Asian hate incidents
  • When reporting a hate crime, what constitutes a hate crime
  • When reporting a crime it is important to mention all the details and speak up about what exactly happened
  • Why Asian hate crimes have been underreported
  • You don’t have to file a police report in the precinct where it happened
  • The anti-Asian hate incident that happened to panelist Peter Yang Zhao’s wife
  • Peter’s Tourette activism and mention that May 15-June 15 is Tourette’s Syndrome month
  • Why what happened to Peter’s wife was considered a criminal case
  • The difference between a criminal and civil case
  • How AALDEF does not offer personal direct legal services but does impact litigation
  • What is impact litigation
  • The MinKwon Center does offer personal direct legal services, but only in very specific areas
  • How the timing and prevalence of Asian hate crimes impacted how Peter’s wife’s case was handled
  • When filing a police report the perpetrator is given your information by the district attorney’s office within 48 hours, so it’s not necessary to give all of your personal information (e.g. address or date of birth), you can just give  your first name and an email address
  • How Asians need to be more politically active and speak up

 

 

Related Links:

 

United We Stand- 42nd Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival: Https://beacons.ai/aapifest

 

Panelist Suelain Moy’s 16 Safety Guidelines for the Parents of Asian Children: https://suelain.com/2021/03/25/16-safety-guidelines-for-the-parents-of-asian-children/?fbclid=IwAR2tbE5J3vbKAASQwZBdxEiZRsnyQ34phgyyqxCyX-4NX2ztxRPY-FCYZJk

 

Panelist Peter Zhao’s Op Ed about the Anti-Asian Hate crime that happened to his wife: https://asamnews.com/2021/03/23/oped-finding-real-solutions-to-ending-anti-asian-hate-crimes/
 
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): https://www.aaldef.org/

 

MinKwon Center for Community Action: http://minkwon.org/

 

Flushing  Bakery Incident:

 

Queens County's District Attorney, Melinda Katz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melinda_Katz

May 31, 2021
Ep 131 | How Eva Lou Runs a Multi-Lingual Children's Book Publishing Company
01:05:09

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

My guest on this episode is Eva Lou a writer and publisher and the founder of Madeleine Editions, a multi-lingual children’s book publishing company, that offers books in English, French and Mandarin Chinese. Madeleine Editions published Monster Dance, a children’s book created to help children deal with and understand the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. For every copy of Monster Dance sold, a donation will be made to Donate PPE.

 

Eva spoke with me about the uniqueness of what Madeleine Editions is doing with their digital books, which are a multisensory experience, that combines animation, and the beauty of the spoken word and music. She shared a particularly memorable story that involved the recording of music for the book, The Little Baby Airplane.

 

We also spoke about her personal writing projects and her perspectives on what It takes to be a writer.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Madeleine Editions got involved in publishing the children’s book, Monster Dance
  • What it took to get Monster Dancepublished so quickly and in a timely fashion
  • What inspired Eva to start Madeleine Editions
  • How Madeleine Editions publishes multi-lingual books in three languages: Chinese, English and French
  • The Taste of a Strawberry, the first book that led to the creation of Madeleine Editions’
  • How Madeleine Editions’ books combine animation, the spoken word and music
  • How Madeleine Editions collaborated with Deutsche Grammophon:
  • How 3-7 years of age is a critical time for children to be exposed languages
  • How Taiwanese supermodel Chiling Lin (林志玲) got involved as the Chinese narrator for Monster Dance
  • How Eva’s personal background set her on the path to run a multi-lingual publishing house
  • How Eva relates differently she when speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and French
  • Eva’s connection to Taiwan
  • The many different languages spoken in Eva’s household
  • The joys and challenges of running Madeleine Editions
  • What it was like working with illustrator Guy Gilchrist
  • One of the highlights of her work with Madeleine Editions involved the recording of music for the book, The Little Baby Airplane
  • The uniqueness of what Madeline Editions does as a multilingual children’s book publisher
  • How Madeleine Editions’ books can expose children to other nonnative languages
  • The musicality of language
  • Eva’s career as a writer
  • The novel that Eva has been working on that is related to Taiwan
  • Madeleine Editions’ plans to adapt The Little Princefor children 3-7 years of age
  • The series of essays that Eva is working on about homes vs. houses
  • Eva’s writing routine
  • The difference between a career in publishing vs. being a writer
  • Eva’s perspective on being a writer and what it takes to be a writer

 

 

Related Links:

 

Madeleine Editions: https://madeleineeditions.com/

 

Madeleine Editions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeleineEditions

 

Madeleine Editions on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madeleine_editions/

 

Monster Dance (On the Apple App Store): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/monster-dance/id1533424890

 

Monster Dance on Apple iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/monster-dance/id1533431014

 

Monster Dance on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Monster-Dance-Eva-Lou/dp/0578747707

 

Monster Dance on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madeleineeditions.ebook.monsterdance&hl=en_US&gl=US

 

Monster Dance’s Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madeleineeditions/monster-dance

 

The Taste of a Strawberryhttps://madeleineeditions.com/stories/the-taste-of-a-strawberry/

 

Deutsche Grammophon: https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/

 

The Little Baby Airplanehttps://madeleineeditions.com/stories/little-baby-airplane/

 

Guy Gilchrist's website: https://www.aguygilchristproduction.com/

 

d'extases rapture by Eva Lou: https://www.amazon.com/dextases-rapture/dp/2851573047

 

228 (February 28, 1947 incident): https://www.taiwandc.org/228-intr.htm

 

Donate PPE: https://donateppe.org/

 

Talking Taiwan Episode 120: Dr. Karen Tsai Brings Monster Dance Children’s Book to Life: https://talkingtaiwan.com/dr-karen-tsai-brings-monster-dance-childrens-book-to-life-ep-120/

May 24, 2021
Ep 130 | Richard Chen: The History of Social Injustice and Discrimination Toward Asian Americans
32:46

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

The wave of Anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year have largely been attributed to blaming the Chinese for the spread of the Coronavirus. However, Asian Americans have experienced hate, social injustice and discrimination since they started immigrating to the U.S. I’ve invited Richard Chen on to the podcast to talk about the history of discrimination toward asian americans, and some of the major events that have galvanized Asian Americans in the past. Richard is Creator of StopAAPIHate.us, Board member of Asian American Action Fund.

Founding moderator of the FB group Asians Now a FB group of Asian diaspora for social awareness.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What motivated Richard to create StopAAPIHate.us
  • Why the model minority myth is problematic
  • Asiatic exclusion league
  • Yellow Peril
  • Page Act
  • Chinese Exclusion Act
  • Geary Act
  • Tydings–McDuffie Act
  • Asiatic Barred Zone Act
  • Immigration Act of 1924
  • Burning of Santa Ana Chinatown
  • Japanese internment camps
  • The Murder of Vincent Chin
  • Rodney King Incident and the 1992 LA Riots

 

 

Related Links:

 

Richard Chen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/richardc020

 

Asian American Action Fund: https://aaafund.org

 

AsiansNOW, a 14,000 member Facebook group to raise the Asian diaspora's social awareness: http://facebook.com/groups/asiansnow 

 

StopAAPIHate.us: https://stopaapihate.us

 

Xenophobia and racism related to the COVID-19 pandemic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophobia_and_racism_related_to_the_COVID-19_pandemic#New_York

 

Anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Chinese_sentiment_in_the_United_States

 

Atlanta Spa Shootings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Atlanta_spa_shootings

 

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA): https://www.aaja.org/

 

Asiatic Exclusion League: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_Exclusion_League

 

1875 Page Act: https://www.history.com/news/chinese-immigration-page-act-women#:~:text=On%20paper%2C%20the%20Page%20Act,for%20the%20purposes%20of%20prostitution.%E2%80%9D

 

Why Santa Ana, CA Deliberated Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906: https://www.ocweekly.com/santa-ana-deliberately-burned-down-its-chinatown-in-1906-and-let-a-man-die-to-do-it-6446664/

 

'Model Minority' Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/04/19/524571669/model-minority-myth-again-used-as-a-racial-wedge-between-asians-and-blacks

 

The model minority myth says all Asians are successful. Why that's dangerous: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/model-minority-myth-says-asians-are-successful-dangerous-rcna420

 

Geary Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geary_Act#:~:text=An%20Act%20to%20prohibit%20the,persons%20into%20the%20United%20States.&text=The%20Geary%20Act%20was%20a,Congress%20on%20May%205%2C%201892.

 

https://immigrationhistory.org/item/geary-act/

 

Tydings–McDuffie Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tydings%E2%80%93McDuffie_Act

 

Asiatic Barred Zone Act aka the Immigration Act of 1917 and the Literacy Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1917

 

Immigration Act of 1924: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924

 

Angel Island: https://bit.ly/3wjiW0m

 

Japanese Internment Camps: https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/japanese-american-relocation

 

Murder of Vincent Chin: https://www.history.com/news/vincent-chin-murder-asian-american-rights

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): https://naacp.org/

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): https://www.aclu.org/

 

Asian Americans (PBS documentary): https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkIjSx2Ax0U

 

We Need To Talk About Anti-Asian Hate: https://youtu.be/14WUuya94QE

 

Anti-Asian violence has surged in the US since COVID-19. But it didn't start there: https://www.today.com/news/anti-asian-violence-history-anti-asian-racism-us-t210645https://www.today.com/news/anti-asian-violence-history-anti-asian-racism-us-t210645

May 17, 2021
Ep 129 | Living with Tourette Syndrome: Peter Yang Zhao
01:19:33

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

May 15 to June 15th is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. Tourette Syndrome is usually diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. According to the Tourette Association of America 1 out of every 160 children between the ages of 5-17 in the United States has Tourette Syndrome and 1 out of every 100 children has Tourette Syndrome or another Tic Disorder.

 

In doing research for this interview, I visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Tourette Association of America websites. On these websites, I noticed that resources for children with Tourette Syndrome and their parents to deal with bullying were prominently displayed. It’s an important reminder that there needs to be more awareness, tolerance and understanding of Tourette Syndrome, but not just in childhood but in society in general, amongst people of all ages.

 

My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is Tourette Activist, Peter Yang Zhao who we’ve had on previous episodes with Sergeant Steven Lee to talk about the topic of Asian hate. In this in depth interview, Peter explains what living with Tourette Syndrome is, how he got diagnosed, and speaks frankly about the challenges he’s had to overcome as a Touretter, and how he advocates for more awareness of Tourette Syndrome.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Peter’s connection to Taiwan
  • Georges Gilles de la Tourette
  • What is Tourette Syndrome
  • Coprolalia
  • The Tourette Syndrome iceberg
  • People with Tourette Syndrome are often affected by another co-occurring condition like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression
  • The connection between OCD and Tourette Syndrome
  • How Peter’s mother dealt with his Tourette Syndrome
  • Peter’s evolution of vocal tics and how he changed his vocal tics over years
  • How Peter was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome
  • How tics can change over time
  • Cognitive behavior training
  • Peter’s first tic which appeared at 8 years old
  • The stress Peter experienced while being bullied at school
  • The reflexology treatment that Peter initially received to treat his Tourette Syndrome
  • How Peter had to fight other students at school to defend himself and stop  the bullying
  • What happened when Peter started taking an antipsychotic drug (pimozide) to control his tics
  • Coprographia
  • How Peter’s mother and doctors reacted to his complaints of increased intrusive thoughts
  • The physical and mental addiction that Peter developed to the drug
  • How tics are triggered
  • How Peter’s only escape from his intrusive thoughts was to sleep
  • How Peter started having suicidal thoughts
  • How Peter decided to stop taking the antipsychotic drug
  • What happened when Peter quit taking the drug
  • How Peter’s tics are seasonal
  • Tourette Association of America which is located in Bayside, NY
  • How Peter didn’t want to have kids because he was afraid of passing along the genes for Tourette Syndrome
  • Tourette’s Facebook support groups
  • How Peter was interviewed for the Tourette Syndrome podcast
  • #7DaysOfTourettes movement
  • The article Peter wrote about Ted Cruz’s tweet about Tourette Syndrome

 

 

Related Links:

 

Georges Gilles de la Tourette: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Gilles_de_la_Tourette

 

Coprolalia: https://bit.ly/2RhyGl9

 

John Hopkins Medicine: What causes Tourette Syndrome and How Tourette Syndrome can occur differently in boys and girls: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/tourettes-disorder#:~:text=It%20is%20an%20autosomal%20dominant,gene%20on%20to%20each%20child.

 

Tourette Association of America: https://tourette.org/

 

CDC data and statistics on Tourette Syndrome: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/tourette/data.html

 

Dr. Arthur K. Shapiro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_K._Shapiro

 

Twitch and Shout: A Touretter’s Tale by Lowell Handler: https://www.amazon.com/Twitch-Shout-Touretters-Lowell-Handler/dp/0816644519

 

Coprographia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coprographia

 

Pimozide: https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a686018.html

 

Jumaane Williams: https://bit.ly/3ebDRvW

 

Jumaane Williams talks about Tourette Syndrome: https://council.nyc.gov/jumaane-williams/2017/07/12/jumaane-williams-talks-about-tourette-syndrome/

 

Tourette's Podcast group on Facebook 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/664680327265761/?ref=share

 

Tic and Tourette's support page 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/477065749007938/?ref=share

 

Tourette's Syndrome support group

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/tourettessyndromesupport/?ref=share

 

Tourette's Podcast page

 

www.Tourettespodcast.com 

 

https://asamnews.com/2021/01/30/oped-asian-am-with-tourette-tired-of-being-punch-line/

 

Asian In New York: http://www.asianinny.com/

 

ORIENTED.com: http://oriented.com/

 

The Sunflower Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_MovementA note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

May 10, 2021
Ep 128 | Fight to Stop Asian Hate Crimes Part 2: Peter Yang Zhao and Sergeant Steven Lee
57:54

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In this episode I’m welcoming back Peter Yang Zhao and Steve Lee to continue talking about the topic of Asian hate picking up after part 1, episode 125. Both have been active in the fight to stop Asian hate crimes, and have lots to share on the topic. Peter Yang Zhao, is an anti-Asian hate crime activist, and Tourette’s syndrome activist. Sergeant Steven Lee is a 16-year veteran of the NYPD, a whistleblower fighting to reform police corruption and anti-Asian hate crime activist. In 2020 he ran for State Assembly in District 40.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What happened to Peter’s wife after she was punched in the face and the police came
  • Why Peter’s wife was handcuffed by police and remained handcuffed when taken to the hospital to get stitches
  • Bail reform
  • What happened when Peter reached out the Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Ron Kim and the MinKwon Center for help
  • How Peter’s wife’s case was classified as a criminal case instead of a civil case
  • How the case was delayed and dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How Peter wrote an article for AsAmNews about what happened with his wife
  • What a COP program is
  • The Guardian Angels
  • Flushing block watch groups Main Street Patrol and PSP
  • 5 D’s of self-defense: deter, detect, delay, deny defend
  • What is considered self-defense
  • Why Asian hate crimes are underreported
  • What can people do to help stop Asian hate crime
  • Why Steve is fighting police corruption

 

 

Related Links:

 

Peter Yang Zhao on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fabulously_tourette/

 

Peter’s account of the anti-Asian crime involving his wife: https://asamnews.com/2021/03/23/oped-finding-real-solutions-to-ending-anti-asian-hate-crimes/

 

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALEDF): https://www.aaldef.org/

 

MinKwon Center for Community Action: http://minkwon.org/

 

Shomrim (Jewish COP): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shomrim_(neighborhood_watch_group)

 

Guardian Angels: http://guardianangels.org/

May 03, 2021
Ep 127 | Eric Chang on China's Breach of Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone: Threat or Bluff?
01:13:12

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is Eric Chang, a writer for Taiwan News. On April 18th we spoke about China’s April 12th incursion into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, the largest one to date at the time. We also spoke about the longstanding military threat that China poses for Taiwan and the Asia Pacific region, what this means for Taiwan, how Taiwan has responded, the U.S.’s response and why it matters, and how the support and cooperation from neighboring countries is essential to keeping peace in the region.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The difference between a country’s airspace and ADIZ (air defense identification zone)
  • When Taiwan’s ADIZ was set up
  • When China’s ADIZ was set up
  • How China’s air intrusions increased during the last year of Trump’s presidency
  • What prompted China’s April 12th incursion into Taiwan’s ADIZ
  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent comments about Taiwan
  • The Taiwan Relations Act
  • What the median line is
  • When Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense started to publicly report China’s incursions into Taiwan’s ADIZ
  • How many incursions there have been this year by China to Taiwan’s ADIZ
  • The significance of Alex Azar (24th U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary) and Keith Krach’s (Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment) visits to Taiwan
  • Taiwan’s response to China’s incursions
  • What damage China can do to Taiwan with their fighter planes
  • The strategy/motivation behind China’s incursions
  • The war of attrition
  • Gray zone tactics
  • China’s history of military aggression aimed at Taiwan
  • China’s reaction to Taiwan’s first direct presidential election in 1996
  • How willing China is to attack Taiwan
  • How concerned people in Taiwan are about the China’s military threat
  • China’s increasing military aggression in the Asia region
  • Taiwan’s defense abilities
  • The new multimission amphibious ships that Taiwan recently launched
  • Asymmetric warfare capabilities and how Taiwan can defend itself
  • U.S. arms sales to Taiwan
  • How the Biden administration has reacted to China’s April 12th incursion
  • How Taiwan can benefit from cooperation and intelligence sharing with neighboring countries in the Asia Pacific region
  • Good sources to learn about Taiwan’s military situation

 

Related Links:

 

Eric Chang on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahbying

 

Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force:

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/taiwan-reports-largest-incursion-yet-by-chinese-air-force-2021-04-12/

 

25 Chinese military aircraft intrude into Taiwan’s ADIZ:

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4175573?fbclid=IwAR3m993hnw9io6q-IOayFBd2ljslUV4HgENika9nj2hshgFrPlAerfXlw_w

 

The Taiwan Relations Act: https://www.ait.org.tw/our-relationship/policy-history/key-u-s-foreign-policy-documents-region/taiwan-relations-act/

 

Biden sends unofficial delegation to Taiwan in ‘personal signal’: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-delegation-idUSKBN2C02MS

 

U.S.  President Biden and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s April 16th meeting in Washington D.C.: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/17/biden-and-japans-suga-project-unity-against-chinas-assertiveness.html

 

Taiwan’s first direct presidential election in 1996 and China’s missile tests aimed at Taiwan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Taiwanese_presidential_election

                                                                                                                            

Ian Easton – Project 2049 Institute: https://project2049.net/author/ianeaston/

 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken calls Taiwan ‘country’: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4148761

 

Taiwan launches new amphibious vessel with anti-ship missiles: https://bit.ly/3no5Xa9

 

Taiwan’s National Ministry of Defense on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mondefense

 

Taiwan’s National Ministry of Defense’s real-time updates of military activity around its borders:

https://bit.ly/3nnkK4U

 

Focus Taiwan: https://focustaiwan.tw/

Apr 26, 2021
Ep 126 | Mars Rover Driver Dr. Jeng Yen Discusses The Age of Space Exploration
01:13:03

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Dr. Jeng Yen is a NASA scientist and the “driver” of the Perseverance Mars rover. I initially interviewed Dr. Yen on April 9th. We spoke about how he was first inspired to join NASA by the first Mars rover Sojourner, what’s been discovered about Mars since then, the age of space exploration, the work of Mars rover Perseverance and the Mars helicopter Ingenuity which is poised to be the first aircraft to fly on Mars.

 

I spoke with Dr. Yen again this past Friday, April 16th and he gave me an important update on the Mars helicopter Ingenuity which has had to delay the date of its first flight on Mars.

 

We are excited to learn that on Monday April 19th Ingenuity has indeed made history as the first aircraft humans have flown on another planet- Mars! You can watch the first flight of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter live from mission control here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p1KolyCqICI 

 

I’m so pleased to be sharing my full interview with Dr. Yen on this momentous day. 

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Dr. Yen’s interest in working for NASA was inspired by the first rover on Mars the Sojourner in 1997
  • How Dr. Yen’s previous work in Minnesota on army high performance computing involved vehicle design
  • What it’s like to live and work in Mars time
  • The Mars helicopter Ingenuity
  • The four Mars exploration missions that Dr. Yen has been on and what each accomplished
  • Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity’s discovery that there was past surface water on Mars
  • Mars rover Curiosity and where it is in relation to the Perseverance rover
  • What the interface used to drive the rover is like
  • The Phoenix lander mission
  • The InSight mission which is still running and learning about the core of Mars
  • What happens if a part of the Perseverance rover breaks
  • What happened when the Curiosity rover dropped its drill
  • How long Perseverance will be on Mars
  • The power that Perseverance runs on that allows it to last for years
  • What is involved in landing a rover
  • How video footage of Perseverance’s landing was captured
  • How the Mars helicopter Ingenuity communicates with the Perseverance rover
  • China’s plans to land a rover on Mars
  • How Perseverance will be taking samples from Mars to see if there is any evidence of life on Mars and how these samples will be found and retrieved by a future rover
  • If Elon Musk’s SpaceX could be the first to land humans on Mars
  • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin
  • Will it be possible to colonize Mars in the next 30 years
  • Which planet surface will NASA explore next
  • The Europa clipper
  • Why NASA uses the discovery of water as a standard to explore for life
  • The Phoenix lander mission
  • Where the name “Perseverance” for the current Mars rover came from
  • Who names the Mars rovers
  • The quest to answer the question are we alone in this universe
  • STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education
  • How Dr. Yen founded the San Marino High School FRC (First Robotics Competition)
  • Dr. Yen’s advice for people interested in working in the field of space exploration or aeronautics

 

 

Related Links:

 

About Dr Jeng Yen: https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Jeng_Yen/personFull.cfm

 

NASA Website: https://www.nasa.gov/

 

NASA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLA_DiR1FfKNvjuUpBHmylQ

 

NASA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NASA

 

NASA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASA

 

NASA on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/nasa

 

Watch NASA’s Perseverance Rover Land on Mars! (Full video and reporting on NASA’s Perseverance Rover): https://youtu.be/gm0b_ijaYMQ

 

Nasa Mars rover: Key questions about Perseverance:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53129281

 

First Flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Live from Mission Control: https://youtu.be/p1KolyCqICI

 

Sojourner NASA’s first rover on Mars:

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/july-4-1997-sojourner-arrives-on-the-red-planet

 

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/nasas-first-rover-on-the-red-planet

 

Info about the Mars rovers: https://go.nasa.gov/2QG5Uuo

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_rover

 

Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars-exploration/missions/mars-exploration-rovers/

 

Mars rover Curiosity: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

 

Europa Clipper: https://europa.nasa.gov/

 

Phoenix Mars lander: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/main/index.html

 

InSight mission: https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InSight

 

Who names NASA’s Mars Rovers? https://share.america.gov/who-names-nasas-mars-rovers/

Apr 19, 2021
Ep 125 | Peter Yang Zhao and Steven Lee Fight to Stop Asian Hate Crimes Part 1
39:28

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

My guests on this episode of Talking Taiwan about the topic of Asian hate are Peter Yang Zhao and Steve Lee. Both have been active in the fight to stop Asian hate crimes, and have lots to share on the topic of Asian hate. Peter Yang Zhao, is an anti-Asian hate crime activist, and Tourette’s syndrome activist.

A quick glance at his Instagram handle @fabulously_tourette reveals how outspoken he is on these topics. We will have him back on as a guest on a future episode to talk about his Tourette’s syndrome and advocacy work. Sergeant Steven Lee is a 16-year veteran of the NYPD, a whistleblower fighting to reform police corruption and anti-Asian hate crime activist. In 2020 he ran for State Assembly in District 40.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The 89-year-old woman who was set on fire in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York on July 14, 2020
  • They Can’t Burn Us All rallies and movement
  • Guardian Angels
  • How early on in the COVID-19 pandemic Steve donated N-95 masks to seniors
  • Early reactions within the Asian community when the Chinese started being blamed for spreading the Coronavirus
  • How Steve posted about crimes against Asians on Facebook saying that we need to start neighborhood block watches
  • How Steve created Asians in America which donated cooked food to first responders
  • The two block watch programs in Flushing: Main Street Patrol and PSP
  • How the Asian Hate Crime Task Force is volunteer-based and not an actual official unit
  • The pushback that the Asian Hate Crime Task Force is getting from cops
  • How cops need to understand the culture of neighborhoods that they work in
  • Peter’s various encounters with Taiwanese after moving to the U.S from China where he was born and raised
  • The Asian hate crime that happened to Peter’s wife

 

Related Links:

 

Peter Yang Zhao on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fabulously_tourette/

 

Elderly woman set on fire in Brooklyn: https://abc7ny.com/woman-set-on-fire-elderly-attack-89-year-old-attacked-bensonhurst-crime/6333749/

 

BREAKING: Teen Suspects Arrested, Charged After 89-Year-Old Woman Set on Fire in Brooklyn: https://nextshark.com/bensonhurst-brooklyn-suspects-arrested-89-year-old-grandma/

 

#TheyCantBurnUsAll: https://www.theycantburnusall.org/

 

Guardian Angels: http://guardianangels.org/

 

The first They Can’t Burn Us All/Asian Unity Rally that started in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York: https://asamnews.com/2020/08/02/asian-americans-rally-to-protest-hate-crimes-in-bensonhurst-neighborhood/

 

The second They Can’t Burn Us All Rally that started in New York’s Washington Square Park: https://nextshark.com/china-mac-second-protest-nyc-chinatown/

 

Asian In New York: http://www.asianinny.com/

 

Su Beng, the Taiwan Independence Revolutionary: http://aboutsubeng.com/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su_Beng

 

Talking Taiwan on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingtaiwan

Apr 12, 2021
Ep 124 | NASA's Mars Ingenuity Helicopter: First Flight Attempt on Mars
04:47

A Note From Talking Taiwan Host Felicia Lin:

 

I just interviewed Dr Yen the driver of Mars Rover Perseverance for Talking Taiwan and he shared some exciting news with me. 

 

My full interview with Dr. Yen will be published Monday April 19th.

Talking Taiwan is pleased to be the first podcast to interview the NASA scientist.

 

Don’t miss this important and historic interview!

 

Related Links:

 

6 Things to know about NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/6-things-to-know-about-nasas-ingenuity-mars-helicopter

 

Apr 11, 2021
Ep 123 | Dr Karen Tsai: How the CoFounder of Donate PPE Raised $150,000 for Covid-19
33:33

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

It’s been nearly a year since we started publishing episodes of Talking Taiwan on a weekly basis at the beginning of this pandemic, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the listenership grow.

 

I’d like to acknowledge our listeners here, especially those who have reached out to me directly. One listener who reached out, said that episode 99 with Professor Scott Simon was particularly eye opening.

 

That led me to think about how to cover the topic of Taiwan’s indigenous people and to interview Tony Coolidge (in episodes 112 and 113) about discovering his indigenous roots and his work with the indigenous people of Taiwan. The two episodes I did with Tony are now among the most listened to.

 

Recently we’ve also gotten some wonderful anonymous reviews from listeners: “Amazing podcast. Really enjoy listening to it, love the variety of people that come on!” and just a few days ago, another listener wrote: “Love all the topics that has been discussed in Talking Taiwan!”

 

We are so grateful for all of this feedback. Your reviews help Talking Taiwan to get discovered. It’s great to know that we have a regular listener base, and that our content is resonating with you. Thank you for reaching out and letting us know how we’re doing!

 

This week’s episode features part two of my interview with Dr. Karen Tsai about her work with Donate PPE, a nonprofit that she has co-founded and that has raised over $150,000 to date. This is part two of my interview with her after speaking with her previously in episode 120 about how she spearheaded the creation of Monster Dance, a children’s book created to address the needs of children dealing with a world changed by COVID-19.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How and why Dr. Tsai started the nonprofit organization Donate PPE with Deyu Kong                                                                                                             
  • How the Donate PPE team is entirely Asian American
  • The work of Donate PPE and how it has delivered PPE to different low income, communities in need
  • The various companies and organizations that Donate PPE has worked with to get donations distributed
  • How Donate PPE has made donations internationally
  • How Donate PPE has adjusted as the situation with the pandemic has changed over time
  • How Donate PPE’s initially targeted hospitals and health care workers but later expanded to nursing homes, free clinics, schools, underprivileged communities, Navajo Nations, rural areas in the Midwest, vaccination sites
  • Asian hate crime advocacy organizations
  • The different distribution challenges that Donate PPE has had to deal with
  • How Donate PPE dealt with the distribution challenges presented by the partnership with Norwex to Distribute a Million Masks to Healthcare Workers and how Citizens of Humanity assisted
  • How Donate PPE got its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status during the pandemic by May 2020
  • How Dr. Tsai has worked full-time as a physician while running Donate PPE
  • How the Donate PPE website has changed over time
  • What’s in the future for Donate PPE once COVID-19 gets more under control

 

 

Related Links:

 

Donate PPE: https://donateppe.org/

 

Donate PPE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donateppeorg/

 

Donate PPE on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donateppe/

 

Donate PPE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/donateppe

 

Guy Gilchrist’s Doodles, the FREE coloring pages he created to educate kids about COVID: https://donateppe.org/doodles/

 

DonatePPE.org has Partnered with Norwex to Distribute a Million Masks to Healthcare Workers: https://donateppe.org/2020/04/18/donateppe-org-has-partnered-with-norwex-to-distribute-a-million-masks-to-healthcare-workers/

 

For anyone in need of PPE email Donate PPE at: info@donateppe.org

 

Hate Is A Virus: https://hateisavirus.org/

 

Stop AAPI Hate: https://stopaapihate.org/

Apr 05, 2021
Ep 122 | Suelain and Otter: How to Combat Asian Hate Attacks
51:17

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Since the beginning of the pandemic I’d been hearing about more and more cases of Asian hate attacks that seemed to be related to blaming the Chinese for spreading COVID.  It’s been a year so you could say that I’m kind of late to the game in addressing it here.

 

Perhaps it’s because there wasn’t a single galvanizing event like the murder of George Floyd that mobilized the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

So why now? It wasn’t because of the Atlanta spa shootings that left 8 dead, 6 of whom were Asian women. It was due to a text conversation between friends.

 

In early March, my friend Ariane reached out to me on a group text conversation expressing how troubled she was about all the attacks on Asians and wondering what she could do stop it.

 

Last summer I’d found myself asking similar questions after the murder of George Floyd which is why I specifically sought guests who could talk about Black Lives Matter and what had led up to this latest iteration of the movement and the deeply rooted historical background. I realized that we all need to speak up when we see things like this happening and to let others know that it will not be tolerated. We need to create more awareness with whatever resources and platforms we have.

 

Now it’s time for me to walk the talk on the issue of Anti-Asian hate attacks by addressing it here on Talking Taiwan.

 

I don’t think what’s been happening is strictly a COVID-related issue that is going to go away. Actually, anti-Asian sentiments have been around and have surfaced and resurfaced in many different forms in the past. This will be the first of a few episodes about Asian hate.

 

For this episode I’ve invited Suelain Moy and her son Otter on to the podcast to talk about how they recently dealt with being the target of Asian hate.

 

About Suelain Moy

 

Suelain Moy is a New York City mother, writer, journalist, author, and editor. Her writing has appeared in many outlets, including Parenting, American Baby, Entertainment Weekly, aMagazine, Good Housekeeping, The Fiscal Times, and the New York Daily News. She is the author of Names to Grow On: Choosing A Name Your Baby Will Love. She graduated from Yale, where she earned a BA in English and studied with bell hooks. Suelain was the first Asian face in the Children's Division of Ford Models. She comes from a long line of merchants, small business owners, teachers, and law enforcement officers in the Chinatown community, where her family has lived for generations since 1922. She wrote "The 16 Safety Guidelines for the Parents of Asian Children" in 2021, during a wave of anti-Asian violence and hate crimes in the U.S. They are based on her experiences with racism and misogyny on the streets of New York. You can read her personal essays, including the safety guidelines, at suelain.com.

 

About Otter Lee

 

Otter Lee is a queer actor, comedian, writer, and voiceover artist born and raised in New York City. He currently plays Otter Lin on Stephen Colbert Presents: Tooning Out the News, a political cartoon on Paramount+ that airs as part of The Late Show. His standup, sketch, and improv have appeared at such venues as Buzzfeed, UCB, Face-Off Unlimited, Caveat, Union Hall, The Magnet, and The Asian American Writer’s Workshop. Otter co-produced, hosted, and took the stage for NYC’s First Asian Comedy Festival at the PIT in January 2020, selling out multiple blocks and empowering numerous comedians and groups. He followed this with Crazy Talented Asians and Friends, a virtual showcase at Flushing Town Hall. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in acting, playwriting, and history, Otter also trained extensively in the disciplines of classical and musical theatre, improv, and voice acting.  Otter’s performances and projects have been written up and featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, AsianCrush, and World Journal.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Suelain and Otter’s account of an Asian hate crime incident that happened to them while in New York City’s SoHo district in February of this year
  • How and why Suelain and Otter reacted to their harasser the way that they did
  • How Suelain and Otter’s past experiences with hate crimes has prepared them to react
  • The bystanders who stopped check on Suelain and Otter and offered to help
  • How the incident was the second Asian hate speech incident in a week that happened to Otter
  • The strategies that Suelain’s father suggested to protect her when she had to ride the New York City subway alone after commuting to school in Manhattan from Long Island
  • How Suelain learned to protect herself on the New York City subway
  • What Suelain wants to share with parents and others about how they can handle incidents Asian hate speech or crimes
  • What defines something as a hate crime
  • What defines something as Asian hate speech vs. an Asian hate crime
  • How a lot of incidents seem to happen when people are standing on the corner
  • How parents need to talk to their kids about a safety plan
  • What bystanders can to if they witness someone being attacked
  • How Asian hate speech and crimes are sometimes not taken seriously due to the model minority myth
  • How Suelain once turned the tables on a man who sexually harassed her
  • How summoning your middle-aged indignation or “Mommy shaming” can be strategies to deal with harassers
  • What reactions and press Suelain and Otter have gotten since sharing what happened to them on social media
  • The segment on Stephen Colbert Presents “Tooning Out The News” in which Otter talks about the incident that happened to him and his mother
  • The media coverage that Suelain and Otter have gotten
  • How Asian hate incidents transcend race, social class
  • How Suelain’s list of safety guidelines has grown from 12 to 16 items, and has been translated into Chinese and distributed in schools
  • How the New York City website for Asian hate crimes does not clearly indicate where you can report a crime
  • The under reporting of Asian hate crimes
  • How Asians are easy targets because they are visible minorities
  • How the majority of Chinatown’s residents have been wearing masks since the beginning of the pandemic but they are being blamed for the spread of COVID

 

 

Related Links:

 

Suelain Moy’s blog: https://suelain.com/

 

Suelain’s safety guidelines: https://suelain.com/2021/03/25/16-safety-guidelines-for-the-parents-of-asian-children/?fbclid=IwAR2tbE5J3vbKAASQwZBdxEiZRsnyQ34phgyyqxCyX-4NX2ztxRPY-FCYZJk

 

Suelain on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suelain

 

Suelain on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suelain_moy/

 

Suelain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SuelainMoy

 

Otter on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/otterleemoy/

 

Otter on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Otter.Lee

 

Otter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OtterLeeMoy

 

 

Lee Statsberg sense memory acting technique: https://strasberg.edu/blog/breaking-down-lees-work-with-david-lee-strasberg/

 

Woman Who Fought Back During Attack to Donate Nearly $1M Raised for Her to Combat Anti-Asian Racism: https://people.com/crime/xiao-zhen-xie-fought-back-alleged-attacker-donate-1-million-raised-combat-anti-asian-racism/?fbclid=IwAR3IgKr6JpP_Myw001DuoIILDSdVEJeHFSLWXnXrSB80DGzgmbuNy_FV-4w

 

Author Min Jin Lee: https://www.minjinlee.com/

 

Otter’s segment on Stephen Colbert Presents “Tooning Out The News”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaHM699cT20&t=260s

 

Crazy Talented Asians and Friends: Triumphing Over Quarantine: https://flushingtownhall.org/crazy-talented-asians-friends-live-comedy

 

Asian Comedy Festival 2021: https://asiancomedyfest.com/

 

New York City's Toolkit for Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/community/stop-asian-hate.page

 

The Analysis of Anti‐Asian Hate Crime Reported to Police in America’s Largest Cities: 2020 (done by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino): https://www.csusb.edu/sites/default/files/FACT%20SHEET-%20Anti-Asian%20Hate%202020%203.2.21.pdf

 

Cefaan Kim’s reporting and articles: https://muckrack.com/cefaan-kim/articles

 

Chinese Exclusion Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act#:~:text=The%20Chinese%20Exclusion%20Act%20was,all%20immigration%20of%20Chinese%20laborers

 

https://www.history.com/topics/immigration/chinese-exclusion-act-1882

 

 

Japanese American Internment Camps: https://www.britannica.com/event/Japanese-American-internment

 

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/japanese-american-relocation

Mar 29, 2021
Ep 121 | Eric Chang on the Occupation of the Executive Yuan During the Sunflower Movement
28:05

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

March 23rd will mark the seventh anniversary of the short-lived occupation of the Executive Yuan by students involved in the Sunflower Movement of 2014. The Sunflower Movement began when students and activists occupied the Legislative Yuan on March 18, 2014 in an effort to block the passage of a trade pact between Taiwan and China. At a press conference on March 23, then President Ma Ying-jeou stated his resolve in passing the trade pact. This led to the students attempt to occupy the Executive Yuan. Five days afterward, on March 28, 2014, I spoke to Eric Chang also known as Ahbying, who was there that night about what he saw firsthand and experienced that night.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • His candid conversation with a cop at the Executive Yuan before the scene turned violent
  • His firsthand account of what he saw and experienced the night that students tried to occupy the Executive Yuan
  • How he reacted when the police hit him
  • The media’s coverage of what happened on March 23rdat the Executive Yuan
  • His thoughts of the occupation of the Legislative Yuan and Sunflower Movement

Related Links:

 

Eric’s Ahbying YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ahbying

 

Sunflower Movement: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

Mar 22, 2021
Ep 120 | Dr. Karen Tsai Brings Monster Dance Children's Book To Life
31:22

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Learn about the Taiwan connection (namely a physician, publisher and supermodel) that made Monster Dance children’s book story come to life. Monster Dance was created to help children deal with and understand the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Dr. Karen Tsai is a physician based in Los Angeles who has spearheaded the creation of the children’s book, and she spoke with me about how she got some heavy hitters involved in the project like cartoonist and illustrator Guy Gilchrist (best known for his work with the Muppets), Eva Lou (founder of the multi-lingual children's book publishing company Madeleine Editions, which published Monster Dance), actor Denis O’Hare (who did the English narration for the book) and Taiwanese supermodel Chiling Lin (林志玲) who did the Mandarin Chinese narration. For every copy of Monster Dance sold, a donation will be made to Donate PPE.

Dr. Tsai is a co-founder of Donate PPE a nonprofit that has already raised over $150,000. In part two of my interview with her we will talk about her work with Donate PPE.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Dr. Tsai’s connection to Taiwan
  • What motivated Dr. Tsai to initiate the creation of children’s book, Monster Danceto help children to deal with COVID
  • How Dr. Tsai got Guy Gilchrist (cartoonist and illustrator), Eva Lou (founder of the multi-lingual children's book publishing company Madeleine Editions), actor Denis O’Hare and Taiwanese supermodel Chiling Lin (林志玲) involved in Monster Dance
  • How things started with Guy Gilchrist’s drawings as coloring pages that educated children about social distancing, handwashing, mask wearing and other thing related to COVID
  • Free coloring pages drawn by Guy Gilchrist to educate kids about COVID are available on https://donateppe.org/doodles/
  • How Dr. Tsai was able to get Monster Dancepublished in short time to be relevant for the pandemic
  • How Monster Danceis available in English and Mandarin Chinese
  • How they came up with the title and concept for Monster Dance
  • How Dr. Tsai, Guy Gilchrist and Eva Lou worked on Monster Dancevirtually and have never met in person
  • How Monster Dancestarted as a Kickstarter campaign
  • How Monster Dancehas helped children to deal with COVID
  • For every copy of Monster Dancesold a donation will be made to Donate PPE
  • How copies of Monster Dancehave been donated to children’s hospitals
  • How Monster Dancehas a presence in Taiwan with the Mandarin Chinese version through the involvement of Taiwanese supermodel Chiling Lin (林志玲)

 

Related Links:

 

Monster Dancehttps://madeleineeditions.com/stories/monster-dance/

 

Monster Dance Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madeleineeditions/monster-dance

 

Monster Dance on the Donate PPE website: https://donateppe.org/monster-dance/

 

Access FREE coloring pages created by Guy Gilchrist to educate kids about COVID: https://donateppe.org/doodles/

 

Madeleine Editions (International children’s publisher): https://www.facebook.com/MadeleineEditions

 

Madeleine Editions (International children’s publisher): https://www.instagram.com/madeleine_editions/

 

Donate PPE: https://donateppe.org/

 

Guy Gilchrist, cartoonist and illustrator (best known for his work with the Muppets) at the Whitehouse 1984.
 
 
 
Taiwanese supermodel Chiling did the Mandarin Chinese narration for Monster Dance.
Taiwanese supermodel Chiling's Charity Foundation: https://www.chilicngjj.org/
 
 
Eva Lou founder of the multi-lingual children's book publishing company Madeleine Editions, which published Monster Dance: https://madeleineeditions.com/
 
 
Actor Dennis O'Hare did the English narration for Monster Dance.
 
Mar 15, 2021
Ep 119 | Taipei Times Columnist Michael Turton Talks About the Taiwan Pineapple Ban by China
32:51

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Michael Turton is a political commentator, writer and Taipei Times columnist based in Taichung, Taiwan.  I first learned about him through his long running blog, The View From Taiwan when I lived in Taiwan myself and started blogging about living there. I’ve invited him on to the podcast to talk about China’s recent Taiwan pineapple ban. We talked about what’s really behind the ban and how trade issues between China and Taiwan led to the 2014 Sunflower Movement and occupation of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan building.

 

CORRECTION: At 1:28 when Michael says “over in Xiamen” he meant to refer to Fujian. There several towns in Fujian- Yongfu and Qingliu but not Xiamen, that are now using agricultural techniques learned from Taiwan. See link to the CommonWealth Magazine article, “Is Taiwan’s Farm Sector Selling Out to China” for reference.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Why China banned pineapples imported from Taiwan
  • What has happened since the ban
  • How the ban will impact Taiwan
  • What are the larger issues behind what happened and why China banned Taiwan’s pineapples
  • What can people overseas can do to support Taiwan, aside from buying Taiwan pineapples
  • How consumption is related to Taiwanese identity
  • What trade issues with China have to do with the Sunflower Movement
  • What precipitated the occupation of the Legislative Yuan building by the Sunflower Movement activists in March 2014
  • How the caucus system in Taiwan is set up to slow down the legislature
  • The problems with Taiwan’s constitution
  • How the spat between then President Ma Ying-jeou and Speaker Wang Jin-pyng contributed to the occupation of the Legislative Yuan by the Sunflower Movement activists in March of 2014
  • How the Sunflower Movement strengthened the Taiwanese identity of a generation that grew up in a democratic Taiwan vs. those who previously grew up under Kuomintang rule in the 1970s and 80s

 

Related Links:

 

Taipei Times article, “PRC bans import of Taiwan pineapples”: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2021/02/27/2003752913

 

Taipei Times article, “China pineapple ban offset in four days”: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2021/03/03/2003753138

 

Guardian article, “Taiwanese urged to eat ‘freedom pineapples’ after China import ban”: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/02/taiwanese-urged-to-eat-freedom-pineapples-after-china-import-ban?fbclid=IwAR226v7PM6yXUM7UqWsPOyD_jwwpkQNKWpyFnXakMYUgDbtTNJd_OKsWxgc

 

Taiwan News article, "Japanese with 'Taiwan pineapple fever' empty store shelves": https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4145007?fbclid=IwAR0TLArguULOz7Y3iiZ0VIBHRjFrChPosZu8-fTbqxSJGxAnw6AKe7ANE1g

 

CommonWealth Magazine article, “Is Taiwan’s Farm Sector Selling Out to China”:

https://english.cw.com.tw/article/article.action?id=965

 

Michael Turton’s podcast, Taiwan Contexthttps://anchor.fm/taiwancontext/episodes/Taiwan-Context--Human-Rights-Defender-epmtsm

 

Michael Turton’s blog, The View From Taiwanhttps://michaelturton.blogspot.com/

 

Ian Rowen’s research on Chinese tour groups in Taiwan: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.ntu.edu.sg/dist/f/1564/files/2017/12/Rowen-2014-Tourism-as-territorial-strategy-x64350.pdf

 

Sunflower Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

 

An article about Taiwan’s pineapple industry in 1960: https://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=8%2C8%2C29%2C32%2C32%2C45&post=14054&fbclid=IwAR1bP4UHEg3rbTacOf9g9N4lPd7rQaSPFOWrcc1lR6a4GMIWV3KuOH6JV8I

 

Mar 08, 2021
Ep 118 | Dr. Michi Fu Straddles Between Living in Taiwan and the U.S.
01:16:02

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Dr. Michi Fu is a professor, psychologist, writer, public speaker and experience creator. She spoke with me about how her mother’s decision to retire in Taiwan led her to decide to take a one-year sabbatical in Taiwan and to apply for Taiwan citizenship- which proved to be an arduous process but well worth it in the end. It has allowed her to more easily travel and straddle between living in the U.S. and Taiwan. As she’s spent more time residing in Taiwan, she’s faced challenges adulting in Taiwan due to limited language and cultural proficiency. We spoke in depth about how she’s dealt with all this by learning to let go of cultural norms and expectations, and found ways to build a community for herself in Taiwan.

 

While in Taiwan she’s connected with expat communities like the Black lives Matter and Burning Man Taiwan communities, participated in a bilingual version of the Vagina Monologues, and she’s also been invited to participate in the 228 Transitional Justice Project. I found that to be a timely topic of conversation indeed, with the 74th anniversary of the 228 Incident having just passed.

 

Also referred to as The 228 Massacre, or The 228 Uprising, 228 is February 28, 1947, the date that the arrest of a cigarette seller in Taipei sparked protests over the corruption and repression of the ruling Kuomintang party at the time. What followed were the disappearance and execution of thousands by the Kuomintang. Some say up to 20 thousand were murdered. It led to the declaration of martial law and it was the beginning of the reign of White Terror in Taiwan that lasted for decades.

 

CORRECTION: At the 45-minute mark of Michi’s interview when she stated that she had arrived on holiday for her dissertation, she had arrived during the Dragon Boat Holiday for her sabbatical not her dissertation.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Michi’s upbringing and where she grew up
  • Michi’s connection to Taiwan
  • The study tour that Michi has co-organized with Dr. Tsuann Kuo (Founder of NATWA II)
  • How Michi’s perception of Taiwan has changed over time
  • How she’s met expats who have made Taiwan their home and out be interested in applying for citizenship in Taiwan
  • The reason why Michi decided to apply for citizenship and residency in Taiwan, and to split her time between the U.S. and Taiwan
  • What’s involved in the process to apply for citizenship and residency in Taiwan if you have a Taiwan birthright (i.e. parents born in Taiwan, and have residency and citizenship in Taiwan)
  • What the Yo yo card is and how to use it
  • Residency status that children of Taiwanese nationals can apply for to stay longer than a passport visa
  • The number of days required to stay in Taiwan in order to able to apply for citizenship
  • Michi’s sense of Taiwanese and Taiwanese American identity
  • Michi’s participation in the 228 Transitional Justice Project
  • The challenges of learning a language later in life
  • How Michi sometimes feels like a Third Culture Kid
  • How Michi has learned from cultural misunderstandings
  • How Michi has connected with and made friends through the expat community in Taiwan
  • What Michi misses about the U.S. when she’s in Taiwan
  • What Michi misses about Taiwan when she’s in the U.S.
  • What advice Michi has for those considering applying for Taiwan residency and citizenship
  • What advice Michi has for those considering spending more of the calendar year living in Taiwan
  • The different cultural expectations of Taiwan and the U.S.
  • The challenges of adulting in Taiwan with limited language and cultural proficiency
  • The wage gap for certain professions in Taiwan vs. the U.S.
  • The things Michi considers in deciding to live in Taiwan full-time
  • How Michi built her own sense of community by connecting with the expat community and Facebook groups

 

 

Related Links and Terms:

 

Michi’s Psychology Today Profile: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/los-angeles-county-monterey-park-ca/73177

 

The local love boat program that Michi attended: The 2006 Overseas Young Health Professionals Program OCAC Taipei, Taiwan

 

Love Boat Study Tour Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Boat_(study_tour)

 

OCAC (Overseas Community Affairs Council): https://www.ocac.gov.tw/OCAC/Eng/

 

NATMA (North American Taiwanese Medical Association): https://www.natma.org/

 

NATWA (North American Taiwanese Women’s Association): http://www.natwa.com/

 

NATWA II: http://natwa.com/natwa2/about.html

 

TECO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office)

 

TECRO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States): https://www.taiwanembassy.org/us_en/index.html

 

Yo yo card 悠遊卡 (Pinyin: Yōu-yóu Kǎ) aka EasyCard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EasyCard

https://www.easycard.com.tw/en/about

 

Hong Kong’s Octopus card: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus_card

www.octopus.com.hk

 

Shēnfènzhèng (民身分證) the national identification card of Taiwan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_identification_card_(Taiwan)

 

What is 228?: http://www.taiwandc.org/228-intr.htm

https://228massacre.org/

 

Third culture kid: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_culture_kid

 

Thrive Tour (private) Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/491147317734655/


A video from the first class of a tour that Michi organized for the Masters of Global Health program for NTU (National Taiwan University): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K70K9OKd80&feature=youtu.be

 

A list of the Facebook groups that Michi joined and that connected her with the expat community in Taiwan:

 

Taiwan Foodie Girls Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/302771153463762/about

 

Formosa Improv Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/FormosaImprovGroup

 

Women Anonymous Reconnecting Mentally Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/323198761492476

 

Subtle Taiwanese Traits Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/583249345764112/

 

COVID-19 group for returnees Facebook group (in Mandarin Chinese): https://www.facebook.com/groups/889736338130271

 

The play White Rabbit Red Rabbit: https://www.nassimsoleimanpour.com/whiterabbitredrabbit

 

Burning Man community in Taiwan: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BurningManTaiwan

 

Black Lives Matter community in Taiwan: https://www.facebook.com/BLMTaiwan

 

 

Our Talking Taiwan listeners may be interested in these other related episodes:

 

Love Boat Taiwan: Interview with Asian American Studies Professor and Filmmaker Valerie Soe Ep 66: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/love-boat-taiwan-interview-asian-american-studies-professor-film-maker-valerie-soe-ep-66/

 

An Interview With Author Jennifer J. Chow About The 228 Legacy and Her Other Books Ep 65: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/interview-author-jennifer-j-chow-228-legacy-books-ep-65/

 

Black Lives Solidarity Global Initiative: Founders Stefanie Davis and Patrick Springer Ep 84: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/black-lives-solidarity-global-initiative-founders-stefanie-davis-and-patrick-springer/

 

Jaleea Price Talks About Living in Taiwan Ep 90: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/jaleea-price-talks-about-living-in-taiwan-ep-90/

 

Boba: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/what-is-boba-bubble-tea-tapioca-balls

 
Mar 01, 2021
Ep 117 | Anthony Kao of Cinema Escapist Recommends Films About Taiwan
22:11

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

This week we welcome back Anthony Kao, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Escapist to Talking Taiwan. I’ve asked him to recommend films that help familiarize people with Taiwan. He’ll be recommending films about Taiwan that best represent certain decades, eras or significant historical events.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Anthony’s recommendations are of films made after the lifting of martial law in Taiwan 1987
  • In selecting films to recommend Anthony tried to select a variety of film genres to suit the different tastes of Talking Taiwan listeners
  • The films Anthony recommends represent a diverse array of Taiwan’s culture and historical phenomena
  • The five films that Anthony recommends: A City of Sadness (1989), Yi Yi (1999), Cape No. 7 (2008)
  • The historical and political relevance of Anthony’s film recommendations
  • The Taiwan history film trilogy by film director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢): A City of Sadness (1989), Good Men, Good Women (好男好女1995), The Puppetmaster (1993)
  • New Taiwanese Cinema
  • Second New Wave of Taiwan Cinema

 

Related Links:

 

Cinema Escapist: https://www.cinemaescapist.com/

 

Cinema Escapist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cinemaescapist

 

Cinema Escapist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinemaescapist

 

 

A City of Sadness (1989): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_City_of_Sadness

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096908/

 

 

Good Men, Good Women (好男好女 1995): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Men,_Good_Women

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113256/

 

 

The Puppetmaster (1993): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Puppetmaster_(film)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107157/

 

 

Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢), Film Director: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou_Hsiao-hsien

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0396284/

 

 

Yi Yi (1999): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Yi

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244316/

 

 

Edward Yang (楊德昌), Film Director: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0945981/

 

 

Three Times (2005): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Times

 

 

Cape No. 7 (2008): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_No._7

 

 

Seediq Bale (2011): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warriors_of_the_Rainbow:_Seediq_Bale

https://www.imdb.com/title/att2007993/

 

 

We Te-sheng, Film Director: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei_Te-sheng

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0917669/

 

 

On Happiness Road (2017): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Happiness_Road

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7543904/

 

 

Hsin Yin Sung, Film Director: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3403663/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

 

 

 

New Taiwanese Cinema: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Taiwan#New_Taiwanese_Cinema,_1982%E2%80%931990

 

 

Second New Wave of Taiwan Cinema: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Taiwan#New_Taiwanese_Cinema,_1982%E2%80%931990

 

 

The 10 Best Taiwanese Movies of 2019: https://www.cinemaescapist.com/2019/12/best-taiwanese-movies-2019/

Feb 22, 2021
Ep 116 | Anthony Kao of Cinema Escapist Often First Publication to Cover Taiwanese Films
35:45

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Anthony Kao is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Escapist, which is often the first or only publication that covers Taiwanese film or television shows. I’ve found it has some really great reviews and recommendations of films from and about Taiwan. Cinema Escapist also covers films from all around the world and takes a look at their social and political context. Anthony spoke with me about how he started Cinema Escapist and their unique approach to discussing film. Next week we’ll have Anthony back to recommend films about Taiwan that represent different decades or historical events significant to Taiwan.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Where Anthony’s interest in film comes from
  • Film as a way to explore the world
  • Cinema Escapist’s focus on international films and the social and political context of films
  • Anthony’s interest in Taiwanese film and television
  • How Cinema Escapist is often the first or only publication that covers Taiwanese film or television shows
  • Publications about Taiwan recommended by Anthony
  • Anthony’s approach to writing about film
  • When and why Anthony started Cinema Escapist
  • How Cinema Escapist has changed over time
  • What’s behind the name “Cinema Escapist”
  • The challenges of running Cinema Escapist which has a completely volunteer staff
  • The interesting experiences and people that Anthony has met through Cinema Escapist
  • Cinema Escapist’s plans to go into podcasting

 

Related Links:

 

Cinema Escapist: https://www.cinemaescapist.com/

 

Cinema Escapist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cinemaescapist

 

Cinema Escapist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinemaescapist

 

Goodbye Lenin (film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301357/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Bye,_Lenin!

 

Yi Yi (film): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Yi

 

New Bloom Magazine: https://newbloommag.net/


CommonWealth Magazine: https://english.cw.com.tw/

 

The News Lens: https://international.thenewslens.com/

 

Talking Taiwan Episode 91 about the Austin Asian American Film Festival: Prismatic Taiwan: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/austin-film-festival-prismatic-taiwan-a-series-celebrating-queer-taiwanese-cinema-ep-91/

 

Film Director Jean Luc Godard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Godard

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000419/

 

Cinema Escapist articles on The News Lens: https://international.thenewslens.com/author/Cinema%2520Escapist

 

The Great Buddha+ (film): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Buddha%2B

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7010412/

 

The 10 Best Taiwanese Movies of 2019: https://www.cinemaescapist.com/2019/12/best-taiwanese-movies-2019/

Feb 15, 2021
Ep 115 | A Discussion with Jason Wang on Covid and STC NextHealth's Antimicrobial Mask Combo
10:18

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

This week’s guest is Jason Wang who we’ve had on Talking Taiwan previously. In Episode 102 Jason spoke with me about how his advisory firm Cypress Rivers started producing PPE to support health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, through an effort called Face Shields for the First Line. At the time he mentioned that Face Shields for the First Line would be transitioning into the making of face masks. So we’re welcoming Jason back to tell us what’s happened since we last spoke.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The continuing spread of COVID-19 and new variants which necessitates continuing to practice safe hygiene measures such as social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks
  • The double mask that STC Next Health is producing which consists of an outer shell and inner filter
  • The masks are antimicrobial due to the use of nano-coated silver
  • Other products that STC Next Health produces like antimicrobial zinc oxide tape for use on common high touch/high traffic areas such as door handles or hand railings
  • Talking Taiwan listeners can use the code: talkingtaiwan at checkout to get a 10% discount off their purchase of items from STC Next Health

 

Related Links:

 

STC Next Health: https://stcnext.health/

 

STC Next Health’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stcnexthealth/

 

STC Next Health’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/stcnext_health/

 

Talking Taiwan Episode 102 featuring Jason Wang: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/jason-wang-how-his-advisory-firm-makes-coronavirus-face-shields-for-the-front-line/

Feb 08, 2021
Ep 114 | An Interview with Charles Yu, Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction
38:56
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Charles Yu is a Taiwanese American writer, author of the novel Interior Chinatown, and winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. He spoke candidly with me about how he and his family are dealing with the pandemic, his writing process, what it was like appearing on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and how he transitioned from a career as a lawyer to television writing.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

·      How Charles and his family are doing during the pandemic

·      The piece that Charles wrote for The Atlantic about life during the pandemic

·      How Charles first started writing poetry as a child

·      How Charles’ Taiwanese parents’ reactions to his interest in writing have changed over time

·      How Charles recently found some of the poetry that he wrote when at Berkeley

·      Charles’ connection to Taiwan

·      How Charles started writing Interior Chinatown in 2013 and the concept changed over time

·      How/why Interior Chinatown is written in a screenplay-type format

·      Charles’ approach to writing

·      His appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

·      Charles’ writing for TV

·      How Charles was previously a lawyer and quit to work in TV in 2014

·      The difference between writing books and for TV

·      Charles’ interest in writing his own TV series

·      How Charles feels about being compared to Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams

·      Why/What motivates Charles to write

·      What themes inspire Charles to write

·      Advice Charles has for some struggling to write their first book

·      Why it took Charles seven years to write Interior Chinatown

 

 

Related Links:

 

Charles Yu’s website: https://www.charlesyuauthor.com/

 

 

Charles Yu’s Atlantic article “ The Pre-pandemic Universe Was the Fiction”: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/04/charles-yu-science-fiction-reality-life-pandemic/609985/

 

 

Order a copy of Interior Chinatown here: https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Chinatown-Novel-Charles-Yu/dp/0307907198/

 

 

TAF (Taiwanese American Foundation): https://www.tafworld.org/

 

 

TACL (Taiwanese American Citizens League): https://tacl.org/

 

 

Charles’ interview on TaiwaneseAmerican.org: http://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/?s=charles+yu

 

 

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe | Charles Yu | Talks at Google: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckmJt3AsU4c

 

 

Charles’ appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0afVYOb4kA

 

 

Charles on Twitter: https://twitter.com/charles_yu

Feb 01, 2021
Ep 113 | Tony Coolidge Talks About his Work with Indigenous Bridges
43:42

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

This is part two of my interview with Tony Coolidge. Tony is the Founder of the Atayal organization, which is named after his mother’s indigenous tribe. In this interview Tony talks about his work with Indigenous Bridges through his nonprofit, the Atayal organization, and shares his perspectives on some of indigenous people he’s interacted with from around the world.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • The work of Indigenous Bridges
  • Why Tony moved back to Taiwan in 2009
  • How Indigenous Bridges serves to connect indigenous people from all over the world
  • How the mission of the Atayal organization shifted from sharing the culture of indigenous people to connecting indigenous people with each other
  • How Indigenous Bridges is about building trusted relationships based on shared cultures and cultural exchange
  • The sister city relationship between Orlando, Florida and Tainan, Taiwan
  • Sister tribe programs that are being developed
  • The indigenous youth ambassador program of Indigenous Bridges
  • Virtual cultural exchanges and conferences that are now being developed due to the onset of COVID-19
  • The common experiences and challenges of indigenous people
  • Possible solutions to the economic hardship that is often experienced by indigenous people around the world
  • How the rights of indigenous people in the U.S. compares to Taiwan and other parts of the world
  • The connection between the Maori indigenous people of New Zealand and the indigenous people of Taiwan
  • The migration of Austronesian people and how they originated from Taiwan
  • What Tony learned from the Maori indigenous people of New Zealand
  • How the Maori are a source of pride for New Zealand
  • The government’s role in preserving indigenous culture
  • How indigenous rights are protected by the United Nations and indigenous people can create treaties with each other
  • The struggles in trying to return property to the indigenous people of Taiwan
  • How the recognition of tribes gives them access to resources
  • The fight over resources between the different indigenous people of Taiwan
  • How Tony hopes that his work reveals that Taiwan is a far more diverse and interesting place than people have originally thought
  • How former President Lee Teng-hui’s role in changing the perception of indigenous people in Taiwan
  • Tony’s experience representing indigenous people at the UN headquarters in New York

 

 

Related Links:

 

Indigenous Bridges programs of the Atayal organization: https://www.indigenousbridges.org/

 

Voices in the Clouds, the documentary based on Tony’s 2004 trip to Taiwan: https://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/5485/Voices-in-the-Clouds?fbclid=IwAR1qjJPdz9cglu_NIK3X399mbSiZiAsTT4hztaHXbRDbYX1nZBo_vbqbk2A

 

A link to the “Village in the Clouds” article about Tony’s trip to Taiwan in 1996 that led him to discover his indigenous roots: https://indigenousbridges.blogspot.com/2021/01/village-in-the-clouds.html

 

Video footage from indigenous language competitions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpdlwzeeA3YU19JZsJMbYqA/videos

 

General information about Taiwan’s indigenous people: https://oftaiwan.org/taiwan-101/taiwan-indigenous-people/

 

A video produced about Tony's work creating the Taproot Cultural Exchange program with New Zealand Maori: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV64quV53m0
 
 
A blog page about the Taproot Cultural Exchange program with New Zealand Maori: http://aceca-taiwan.blogspot.com/
Jan 25, 2021
Ep 112 | Tony Coolidge: Finding his Indigenous Roots in Taiwan
58:35

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Did you know that there are 16 indigenous tribes officially recognized in Taiwan and up to 29 self-identified tribes?  Also, Taiwan’s current President Tsai Ing-wen’s paternal grandmother was from the Paiwan tribe. 

 

My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is Tony Coolidge. Tony is the Founder of the Atayal organization, which is named after his mother’s indigenous tribe. In this interview Tony talks about finding his indigenous roots and the indigenous people of Taiwan. This is part one of a two part interview.

 

In part two of our interview, Tony will talk about his work with Indigenous Bridges through his nonprofit, the Atayal organization.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How Tony discovered his indigenous roots
  • Tony memories of his mother and the lessons she taught him
  • Tony’s mother’s connection to Taiwan and her indigenous roots
  • The first time that Tony visited Taiwan and met his mother’s family
  • Tony’s mother’s village Wulai
  • The documentary film that was made about Tony’s month-long trip to Taiwan with his brother during which time he met with several indigenous peoples and learned more about the culture
  • Tony’s mother’s struggles as an indigenous person and why she may have hidden her indigenous background from him
  • The pressure that Tony’s grandfather (his mother’s father, who was the chief/mayor of Wulai) had to show allegiance to the Chinese under the Kuomintang regime
  • How the indigenous peoples’ identity was suppressed under the Kuomintang regime and led to discrimination and abuse of indigenous people
  • The discrimination that indigenous people faced under the rule of the Kuomintang and Japanese
  • How the discrimination and abuse of indigenous people has changed over time
  • Tony’s desire to preserve indigenous culture
  • How policies of former President of Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian and the changing attitudes of the media contributed to changing people views of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan
  • Some key facts about the Atayal tribe (that Tony’s mother belonged to)
  • The mountainous and lowland indigenous tribes of Taiwan
  • How many indigenous tribes are presently recognized in Taiwan
  • The story of how the Atayal tribe’s custom of headhunting was ended
  • How Tony’s sons are learning the Atayal language
  • Tony started his nonprofit organization in 2001
  • In 2004 Tony’s nonprofit had its first indigenous cultural festival in Orlando, Florida
  • Alice the teacher of indigenous cultures that Tony met in 2004 and how she was instrumental in arranging the trip during which much of the documentary about Tony’s life was filmed
  • Tony’s trip to Taiwan in December 2004- January 2005 with his brother and the documentary film crew
  • How the trip to Taiwan affected Tony’s brother
  • How the death of Tony’s father-in-law happened in the middle of the trip and film
  • The challenges that Tony and his brother faced during the trip
  • The similarities and differences amongst Taiwan’s indigenous tribes
  • How the lives of indigenous peoples changed overnight when the Japanese removed them from their villages in the mountains
  • How have the indigenous peoples of Taiwan have adjusted over time
  • Social issues facing young indigenous peoples
  • The story of an indigenous policeman, Sakino who created a hunting, survival club through with he passed down indigenous knowledge
  • The most memorable moments of Tony’s 2004 trip to Taiwan
  • The abandoned village in the mountains (in Pintung) that Tony visited in the documentary film
  • How the 16 tribes now recognized in Taiwan were mostly originally mountainous tribes because the lowland tribes have been assimilated so long ago
  • Research has shown that more than 70% of Taiwanese have some indigenous DNA

 

 

Related Links:

 

A link to the “Village in the Clouds” article about Tony’s trip to Taiwan in 1996 that led him to discover his indigenous roots: https://indigenousbridges.blogspot.com/2021/01/village-in-the-clouds.html

 

Film Director Wei Te-sheng: 

 

Voices in the Clouds, the documentary based on Tony’s 2004 trip to Taiwan: https://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/5485/Voices-in-the-Clouds?fbclid=IwAR1qjJPdz9cglu_NIK3X399mbSiZiAsTT4hztaHXbRDbYX1nZBo_vbqbk2A

 

Indigenous Bridges programs of the Atayal organization: https://www.indigenousbridges.org/

 

Video footage from indigenous language competitions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpdlwzeeA3YU19JZsJMbYqA/videos

 

General information about Taiwan’s indigenous people: https://oftaiwan.org/taiwan-101/taiwan-indigenous-people/

Jan 18, 2021
Ep 111 | Elena Liao of Te Company: Running a Tea Room in the West Village
26:37

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

When I first interviewed Elena in 2013, she had just won the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition. She was launching her Taiwanese tea business Té online.  Since then, I’ve wondered how she was doing and a couple of years later, I learned that Elena had opened a tearoom in the West Village.

 

I’ve visited the tearoom and it is a place of pure zen where tea drinking becomes a ritual. A true ambassador of tea, Elena sees the tearoom as a way to connect with others, to experience tea, and to demonstrate how it is brewed. Many of her customers are dedicated tea drinkers who first cultivate their tea drinking habits there. In this space, tea drinking is an activity of tranquil introspection.

 

In October of 2017 I invited Elena back on to Talking Taiwan for an update.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in the podcast:

 

  • What’s happened since the last time Elena was interviewed on Talking Taiwan in 2013
  • What it was like opening and running the tea shop
  • The tea education and tea tastings that Té offers
  • How Elena was able to get press for Té
  • Advice for people who want to open a brick and mortar store like Té
  • What’s next, her future plans for Té

 

 

 

Related Links:

 

Té Company: https://www.te-nyc.com/

 

Té Company on Instagram: www.instagram.com/tecompany/

 

Té Company on Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tecompany

 

Té Company on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tecompany

 

Elena’s 2013 interview on Talking Taiwan: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/tt027-elena-liao/

Jan 11, 2021
Ep 110 | Supei Liu: Her Experiences with Nomi Network and Entrepreneurship
01:02:34

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

The last time I had my guest Supei Liu on was six years ago to talk about her work with Nomi Network. Supei is the VP of Global Initiatives and Co-founder of Nomi Network.  Nomi Network combats human trafficking by creating pathways to safe employment, empowering women and girls to break cycles of slavery in their families and communities.

 

After spending seven years based in Cambodia and India, she’s relocated to the U.S. Last week we got caught up and talked about what’s she’s learned from her experience working with Nomi Network, and how she’s come to see herself as an entrepreneur. She also shared some thoughts on how to navigate parent-child relationships.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Nomi Network has grew and developed up to 2014
  • What learnings there have been for Nomi Network since 2014
  • How Nomi Network focused on providing job skills training
  • How Nomi Network faced a bottle neck after 2016 and switched from trying to create employment opportunities to partnering with businesses or organizations that have employment opportunities
  • How world view and the definition of success varies depending on cultural context
  • What Supei has learned about happiness, fulfilment and success (from working and living in Asia for seven years)
  • Supei’s return and relocation from Asia to the U.S.
  • Personal stories of how women have grown and been helped by Nomi Network’s training
  • How Nomi Network started doing virtual training through Zoom
  • How the Coronavirus pandemic affected Nomi Network
  • How Nomi Network selected 240 graduates of their training programs to become community outreach workers; these community outreach workers were trained to become contact tracers, and they would educate and inform the community about the best health and safety practices related to COVID-19
  • Since May of 2019 Nomi Network has been able to reach 160,000 people through its 240 community outreach workers and staff
  • Supei’s upbringing and background
  • How Supei was able to work through parent-child issues with her mother when she lived with Supei in Cambodia for three years
  • Supei’s transition from the corporate to nonprofit world in 2008
  • When Supei realized that she’s an entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurship as the pursuit of solving problems
  • How Supei worked with a distillery to create liquor from a cashew apple fruit
  • Supei’s proudest accomplishments
  • How Supei’s work is going to change now that she’s relocated to the U.S.
  • Why Supei has decided to return to the U.S.
  • What Supei is working on beyond and outside of Nomi Network
  • How courage is not the absence of fear

 

 

Related Links:

 

Nomi Network: https://nominetwork.org/

 

Nomi Network products: https://www.buyherbagnotherbody.com/

 

Nomi Network on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nominetwork

 

Nomi Network on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nominetwork/

 

Nomi Network on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nominetwork

 

Nomi Network on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7UaUlyqMy2B1KL1S2_l5HQ

 

Supei’s previous interview on Talking Taiwan: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/nomi-network-cofounder-supei-liu-discusses-human-trafficking-ep-104/

Jan 04, 2021
Ep 109 | Talking Taiwan Top 5 of 2020 End of Year Review
17:06

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Since March of this year, we’ve been publishing new episodes of Talking Taiwan on a weekly basis, so for our last episode of 2020, we thought it would be fun to look back and see which were the top five episodes of the year. It comes as no surprise that 2 of the episodes are related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Through it all, it’s been amazing to see our listenership grow. In fact, I’ve really enjoyed hearing from listeners who’ve reached out to tell me how much they’ve enjoyed listening to Talking Taiwan. Thanks for all of the positive feedback. We look forward to continuing to deliver new episodes about interesting people and stories connected to Taiwan.

Which episode was your favorite of 2020? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Don’t forget to check out our new feature starting in the new year called “Talking Taiwan Shorts.” We will be creating 100 short one-minute videos for our YouTube channel highlighting a GREAT segment from one of our podcast episodes. Be sure to check out Talking Taiwan’s YouTube channel, or go to our website here for “Talking Taiwan Shorts.”

Below are links to the top five Talking Taiwan episodes of 2020. Wishing you a wonderful rest of 2020, and a Happy New Year!

 

CORRECTION: At the 15:32-minute in the interview, Dr. Keating remarks, “We are 75 years at the end of World War I.” What he meant to say is that, "We are 75 years at the end of World War II."

 

Related Links:

 

Number 5 Talking Taiwan Episode of 2020

 

Number 4 Talking Taiwan Episode of 2020

 

Number 3 Talking Taiwan Episode of 2020

 

Number 2 Talking Taiwan Episode of 2020

 

Number 1 Talking Taiwan Episode of 2020

Dec 28, 2020
Ep 108 | Constance Parng: Super Auntie to Native Nations of the Auntie Sewing Squad
01:14:24

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Constance Parng, an actress, writer and healer who’s earned the title of Super Auntie to Native Nations of the Auntie Sewing Squad. Constance spoke with me about her work to support the highly vulnerable Native American communities and her connection to Taiwan. Through this conversation she reveals that the lack of access to basic things like running water and proper health care on reservations have deeply rooted origins. COVID-19 has exposed this reality that existed pre-pandemic. She hopes that bringing awareness to systemic injustices like this can lead to more people taking action to rectify the situation.

 

As Constance put it “by doing acts of compassion we are not only helping and saving others but also helping and saving ourselves."

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Constance’s connection to Taiwan
  • How Constance got involved with the Auntie Sewing Squad
  • Why Constance prefers to use the term Native Nations instead of First Nations, Native American, Tribal Nations, Indigenous Nations, Native Communities
  • The living conditions of the Navajo Nation reservation
  • How 35-40% of the Navajo Nation reservation does not have running water
  • Families need to travel a distance to get water which they must then ration for cooking, drinking or washing their hands
  • How violations of treat rights and Systemic racism have contributed to the current living conditions on reservations
  • Why the Lakota Well Being Project is fundraising for an additional ambulance
  • How reservations are like third world nations within the United States
  • How people can donate to the Lakota Well Being Project
  • Medshare providing medical supplies to Standing Rock
  • Constance estimates that she’s been responsible for getting 60,000 masks too indigenous communities
  • Winter coat drive for Standing Rock
  • The conditions at Standing Rock
  • The discrimination that exists in the border towns outside of reservations
  • Constance’s call out to people who have supported the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests to support Standing Rock now in their time of need during COVID
  • South Dakota has one of the lowest life expectancy rates in the U.S.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
  • The lack of adequate health care and the long term effects on the native peoples who live on the on a reservation
  • The April 20th conversation Constance had a with Bettina who was connected to a group of seamstresses who sew for Navajo Nations
  • The uranium mining that has happened on native reservations and its hazardous health effects
  • How people can help by donating to the ambulance fund, the Auntie Sewing Squad, art supplies for kids, winter coats
  • How Constance has been connected to many amazing people from all walks of life through this work she’s been doing for the Native Nations
  • The difference between the Navajo Nation and Hopi Nation
  • How deliveries of supplies and essentials are coordinated
  • The “fortress of gratitude” where donations can be dropped off
  • How acts of compassion not only help others but actually can serve to help ourselves
  • How the mother of one of Constance’s contacts at Navajo Nation has COVID-19
  • The impact of curfews that have been imposed on reservations
  • The CARES Act
  • Mutual aid and nonprofit groups that Constance has worked with have told her that the Auntie Sewing Squad and Lakota Well Being Project have done more for them than their own tribal government or the federal government

 

Related Links:

 

Ways to donate to Lakota Well Being Project and Standing Rock:

 

Lakota Well-Being Project (Thanks to a generous matching gift, every dollar you give will be matched up to $10,000): https://bit.ly/3mBMYHn

 

Donate to Standing Rock via Donorbox: https://donorbox.org/standingrockrelief

 

The Lakota Well Being Project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakotawellbeing

 

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Access_Pipeline_protests

 

 

 

The Fortress of Gratitude where items to be donated to the Navajo and Hopi Nations via the Auntie Sewing Squad are dropped off

 

Portable handwashing stations being delivered to Navajo Nations by the Auntie Sewing Squad

 

Ways to donate to the Auntie Sewing Squad:

Tax-deductible donation link thanks to Art2Action who has waived the fiscal sponsor fees:  https://donorbox.org/auntie-sewing-squad

 

Kristina Wong PayPal General Donations using (Friends & Family):  k@kristinasherylwong.com

 

Kristina Wong Venmo General Donations HERE: “GiveKristinaWongMoney”

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s website: http://auntiesewingsquad.com/

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s Core Values: http://auntiesewingsquad.com/about/#ourcorevalues

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/AuntieSewing

 

Auntie Sewing Squad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2764362993676831/

 

Auntie Sewing Squad Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/auntiesewing

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQrlwkZu_l6F1d9D_M5ZnGQ

 

The Tom’s model: https://bit.ly/3oPzNUJ

 

World Harvest Food Bank (LA)

 

Siwa Murti Healing Institute: www.siwamurtihealing.com

 

Dec 21, 2020
Ep 107 | Auntie Sewing Squad 2: Supporting Communities on the Fringe Through Caring
53:10

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Kristina Wong and Valerie Soe are back to talk about the Auntie Sewing Squad. When they were last here (on episode 75) the Auntie Sewing Squad was about two months old with over 600 members. A lot has happened with the Auntie Sewing Squad since then.

As you listen to the episode, you might be wondering why is there a dog crying in the background as Kristina talks to us? And what major announcement is Valerie going to make about yet another off-shoot project? You might want to go back and listen to episode 75 first or at least read this description of the Auntie Sewing Squad from their website:

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad was founded on March 24, 2020 by performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong as a casual effort to connect with other friends sewing homemade masks for essential workers due to the Federal Government’s failure to prepare them with proper personal protective equipment.

 

Auntie Sewing Squad has been featured on CNN, NBC, KCRW, Washington Post, Good Morning America and many more. We Go Down Sewing, a cross between an anthology, memoir, and a visual record of the work of the Auntie Sewing Squad will be published in Fall 2021 by University of California Press. The Aunties also collaborated with the Kronos Quartet on the film “Radical Care: The Auntie Sewing Squad” which uses music by Kronos and testimony and footage provided by the Aunties. We are a college course at San Francisco State University. We also have hosted two rounds of an online summer mask sewing camp for kids. Our relationship with various First Nations has extended to include fundraising and sending them sewing and relief supplies. We have sent several vans filled with sewing and hygiene supplies to the Seamstresses United Navajo & Hopi Nation for distribution throughout both reservations.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How the Auntie Sewing Squad has developed and changed since we last spoke
  • How Kristina’s role has changed
  • How masks, mask wearing and mask making have become a political statement
  • How the Auntie Sewing Squad’s work is about supporting communities forgotten by the federal government such as first nations, incarcerated communities, poor communities of color, migrants at the border
  • How sewing masks is a political statement for many of the aunties
  • The Auntie Sewing Squad’s Core Values
  • The Auntie Sewing Squad’s fiscal sponsor Art2Action which allows donations received by the Auntie Sewing Squad to be tax deductible
  • Historian Shakedown Auntie Rebecca Solnit
  • The Karl Marx quote that applies to the Auntie Sewing Squad
  • How Auntie Care started with an offering of hand salve
  • The Auntie Sewing Squad’s collaboration with the Kronos Quartet on the eight-minute short film, “Radical Care: The Auntie Sewing Squad”
  • The press that the Auntie Sewing Squad has received
  • Kristina’s Good Morning America appearance
  • The coat and clothing drives that the Auntie Sewing Squad has organized for Lakota Nation and the Navajo Nation
  • The book about the Auntie Sewing Squad, We Go Down Sewing
  • The full-length documentary film about the Auntie Sewing Squad that’s in the works
  • The crazy requests for masks that the Auntie Sewing Squad still receives
  • Monk robe fabric that was donated to make masks
  • How the Auntie Sewing Squad has become a sort of national network that supports various communities in need- from people affected by California wildfires to migrants in need of masks in Tijuana
  • How Kristina’s show and live tour “Kristina Wong for Public Office” became a Zoom and an online experience
  • The Auntie Sewing Squad’s Kid Sewing Summer Camp

 

Related Links:

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s website: http://auntiesewingsquad.com/

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s Core Values: http://auntiesewingsquad.com/about/#ourcorevalues

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/AuntieSewing

 

Auntie Sewing Squad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2764362993676831/

 

Auntie Sewing Squad Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/auntiesewing

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQrlwkZu_l6F1d9D_M5ZnGQ

 

 

Ways to donate to the Auntie Sewing Squad:

Tax-deductible donation link thanks to Art2Action who has waived the fiscal sponsor fees:  https://donorbox.org/auntie-sewing-squad

 

Kristina Wong PayPal General Donations using (Friends & Family):  k@kristinasherylwong.com

 

Kristina Wong Venmo General Donations HERE: “GiveKristinaWongMoney”

 

 

Kristina Wong with set pieces from her show “Kristina Wong for Public Office”

Kristina Wong’s website: http://kristinawong.com/

 

Kristina Wong’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ilovekristinawong/

 

Kristina Wong’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYVB9LCGQewhp4LxlachKPQ

 

Kristina and Valerie’s previous Talking Taiwan interview about the Auntie Sewing Squad: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/auntie-sewing-squad-combats-covid-19-one-mask-at-a-time-ep-75/

 

 

Valerie with a screen shot of “Radical Care: The Auntie Sewing Squad”

 

Valerie Soe’s blog: https://beyondasiaphilia.com/

 

Valerie’s previous Talking Taiwan interview about her documentary film, Love Boat Taiwan: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/love-boat-taiwan-interview-asian-american-studies-professor-film-maker-valerie-soe-ep-66/

 

 

We Go Down Sewing, a cross between an anthology, memoir, and a visual record of the work of the Auntie Sewing Squad will be published in Fall 2021 by University of California Press

 

The Tom’s model: https://bit.ly/3oPzNUJ

 

Art2Action’s website: http://www.art2action.org/

 

Art2Action’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/art2action/

 

 

 

Kronos Quartet musician wearing a mask made by the Auntie Sewing Squad

 

Kronos Quartet musicians wearing masks made by the Auntie Sewing Squad

 

The Kronos Quartet: https://kronosquartet.org/

 

 

Historian Shakedown Auntie Rebecca Solnit’s article for The Guardian, “The way we get through this is together: the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus,” which features a mention of the Auntie Sewing Squad: https://bit.ly/2LDuK8d

Dec 14, 2020
Ep 106 | CoFounders Gary Reloj and Bonnie Chan Raise $30,000 for PPE Relief Initiative and What's Next
01:00:05

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

My guests on this episode of Talking Taiwan are Gary Reloj and Bonnie Chan, co-founders of the PPE Relief Initiative (PRI). I had Gary on as a guest previously in episode 79, only a couple of months into the COVID-19 pandemic. He talked about his own personal battle with COVID and the PPE Relief Initiative’s crowdfunding campaign. Since then, the PPE Relief Initiative has surpassed its goal of raising $30,000, and has also been selected by GoFundMe to be a featured campaign on their COVID page.

 

When asked about the mistakes they’ve made and lessons they learned, Gary responded that he’s not afraid of failure and embraces it as long as there’s something that can be learned from it.  Gary and Bonnie talked how they’ve tweaked things since phase one of the crowdfunding campaign and shared some of the work productivity tools that PRI uses. Bonnie offered some general advice for people interested in doing crowdfunding for a cause. The two also shared a lot of exciting updates.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What’s happened with the PPE Relief Initiative (PRI) since we first interviewed Gary about it
  • Bonnie’s role in creating a strong brand identity for the PPE Relief Initiative
  • How the PPE Relief Initiative got selected by GoFundMe to be a featured campaign and what it means for the campaign
  • The PPE Relief Initiative’s next fundraising goal is $15,000 to support an additional 1,000 healthcare workers
  • How the PPE Relief Initiative has grown and recruited new volunteers
  • How the support that the PPE Relief Initiative is not only supplying healthcare workers with PPE but giving them emotional and moral support
  • Some of the biggest challenges they faced in trying to reach their initial fundraising goal of $30,000
  • The failures and lessons learned during phase one of the PPE Relief Initiative’s crowdfunding campaign
  • How some of the healthcare workers that PPE Relief Initiative has worked with who have had to resort to wearing garbage bags, bed covers, and men’s old clothing as PPE
  • How important it is to have the right team of people working together to achieve goals together
  • What they did when contributions to the GoFundMe Campaign plateaued and stalled
  • How they tell and capture the stories of healthcare workers through their “Stories from the Frontlines” videos
  • The note that went viral - written by KP Mendoza, a healthcare worker featured in one of PRI's "Stories from the Frontlines" videos
  • The shift from first focusing more on individual donors, to phase two in which they are planning to focus more on partnerships with e.g. community organizations, businesses, and student groups
  • Why Gary embraces failure
  • How PPE Relief Initiative learned from the mistakes it made during its first phase and has improved its processes
  • The work productivity tools that PPE Relief Initiative uses
  • The importance of organization and setting up an infrastructure
  • The goals of the second phase of PPE Relief Initiative’s Go Fund Me campaign
  • The difference between GoFundMe and GoFundMe Charity
  • The Promise Society, fiscal sponsor of the PPE Relief Initiative
  • General advice for anyone interested in running a crowdfunding campaign
  • The importance of email campaigns and data to PRI’s fundraising campaign
  • PPE Relief Initiative’s plans to partner with a local politician to hold a virtual roundtable with healthcare workers giving testimony on their experiences
  • PRI’s plans to make an impact on policy regarding healthcare worker protection

 

Related Links:

 

PPE Relief Initiative’s (PRI) website: https://pperelief.org/

 

PRI’s social media accounts:

PRI on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ppe.relief/

 

PRI’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ppe.relief.initiative/

 

PRI’s LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ppe-relief-initiative/

 

PPE Relief Initiative’s Go Fund Me crowdfunding campaign: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/every-superhero-needs-armor-ppe-relief-for-healthcare-workers-fighting-covid-19

 

PPE Relief Initiative’s volunteer page: https://pperelief.org/join-our-team/

 

Healthcare workers (in New York and New Jersey) who’d like to apply for PPE can STILL do so here: https://pperelief.org/apply

 

Belinda and Mary (Mother & Daughter share their stories) with PRI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNlmUL6iAMo

 

The note from healthcare worker KP Mendoza that went viral: https://helphopehonor.org/thank-you-to-our-heroes/kp-mendoza---do-not-call-me-a-hero-listen-to-an-icu-nurses-plea-for-fighting-the-coronavirus.html

 

PPE Relief Initiative’s YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/channel/UC_ncFI3RKutGY1D6QQL8cow

 

 

Recommended websites to recruit volunteers from:

 

Idealist: https://www.idealist.org/en/

 

Volunteer Match: https://www.volunteermatch.org/

 

 

Productivity tools that PPE Relief Initiative uses:

 

Workplace: https://www.workplace.com/

 

Asana: https://asana.com/

 

Google Drive:  https://www.google.com/intl/en_in/drive/

 

The Promise Society:  http://www.thepromisesociety.org/

Dec 08, 2020
Ep 105 | Jason Chew Talks About Being a Filmmaker
55:28

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

On this episode of Talking Taiwan I speak with Jason Chew about being a filmmaker. We talked about how he veered away from his traditional Taiwanese upbringing and parents’ expectations that he become a lawyer.

As a filmmaker, he’s worked with several different clients in both Taiwan (a funeral home and cosmetics company) and the U.S. He shared how one project with the NYPD required him to wear a bulletproof vest while cruising around with the NYPD to the scene of a crime.

When asked I him what inspires his creativity, Jason responded by asking “where don’t you find inspiration… everything could be inspiration.”

Check out the show notes on the Talking Taiwan website for some of the great film directors that have inspired Jason and a few of the classic films about Taiwan that he recommends.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Jason’s connection to musician Treya, who we interviewed in episode 55
  • Jason’s “traditional Taiwanese upbringing” and what a “traditional Taiwanese upbringing” means to him
  • How he went from being on the path to attend law school to applying for film school
  • What it was like attending NYU Film School in Singapore
  • What Jason’s film career has been like so far
  • The difference between film editing, shooting, and directing
  • What sets someone apart as a director
  • What is cinematography
  • Jason’s short films
  • The music video he worked on for Treya’s song Magic
  • The work that Jason did on the NYPD’s Domain Awareness System (DAS) which is a sort of monitoring service
  • How Jason and his colleagues rode around in an NYPD police car to crime scenes in response to alerts from the Shot Spotter, which is a series of microphones that listen for shots fired
  • Jason’s thoughts on Black Lives Matter
  • Jason’s work with Taiwanese companies
  • Jason’s parents’ reaction to his choice to pursue a career as a filmmaker instead of law
  • What inspires him as a cinematographer
  • The crowdfunding campaigns on student films that he’s worked on
  • Jason’s favorite films about Taiwan
  • Films that he recommends for people who would like to know more about Taiwan
  • Jason’s work on the short film A Father’s Son – A 90s Chinatown Noir Thriller, which is based on the characters from Henry Chang’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels
  • What Jason enjoys the most about filmmaking
  • How the pandemic has affected Jason
  • What Jason is currently working on
  • Jason’s advice for people interested in pursuing filmmaking
  • Jason’s advice on how to push through tough challenging times

 

Related Links:

 

Jason Chew’s website: https://www.jasonchew.com

 

Jason Chew on Instagram: @chewchomp

 

Roaming Dogs of Taiwan (short film): https://www.jasonchew.com/#/roaming-dogs/

 

The music video for Treya’s song Magic: https://www.jasonchew.com/#/treya-lam-magic/

 

Treya’s Talking Taiwan interview (episode 55): https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/treya-lam-talking-taiwan-ep-55/

 

Apartment Therapy: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/

 

Film Director Tsai Ming-liang https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ming-liang

 

Film Shop: https://www.thefilmshop.org/

 

Ava Duvernay (Film Director): http://www.avaduvernay.com/

 

The short film project: A Father’s Son - A 90s Chinatown Noir Thriller, which is based on the characters from Henry Chang’s NYPD Detective Jack Yu crime series novels: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chenxihao/a-fathers-son-a-90s-chinatown-noir-thriller

 

Stanley Kubrick (Film Director):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick

 

Akira Kurosawa (Film Director): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kurosawa

 

Cohen Brothers (Film Directors): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coen_brothers

 

Bong Joon-ho (Film Director): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bong_Joon-ho

 

 

Classic Films about Taiwan that Jason recommends:

 

Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111797/

 

Yi Yi (Edward Yang film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244316/

Nov 30, 2020
Ep 104 | Nomi Network CoFounder Supei Liu Discusses Human Trafficking
37:39

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In the spirit of giving, with Thanksgiving approaching and the holiday season soon upon us, I thought I’d share this interview from 2014 with Supei Liu one of the co-founders of Nomi Network. Hear Supei tell the story of how the desire to create more awareness about human trafficking led to the creation of Nomi Network, an organization which gives economic opportunities to empower women and to protect them from human trafficking. Last year, the organization celebrated its tenth year.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The work that Nomi Network does
  • The story of the Cambodian girl who inspired Diana Mao, Supei Liu and Alissa Moore-Williams to found Nomi Network
  • How their desire to raise awareness of human trafficking grew into creating an organization
  • How Diana, Supei and Alissa all had full-time jobs when they started Nomi Network
  • How Supei became the first full-time employee of Nomi Network
  • Supei’s background in corporate America
  • What Supei does for Nomi Network
  • How Nomi Network is about creating economic opportunities for women and children at risk of being trafficked
  • Prevention as one of the keys to dealing with human trafficking
  • How Supei works directly with the women that Nomi helps
  • How Nomi Network started a program in India in 2012
  • The social issues that the women Nomi Network helps have to deal with
  • The challenges that the Nomi Network has faced
  • Nomi’s “Buy Her Bag Not Her Body” campaign
  • Products made by survivors and women at risk
  • Nomi’s key accomplishments
  • How Nomi was awarded one of the top nonprofits in 2014
  • Supei’s connection to Taiwan
  • Sex trafficking in other parts of the world including Taiwan
  • How her early experiences have shaped her
  • Supei’s advice for those wanting to create an organization or to work for a specific cause

 

Related Links: 

 

Nomi Network: https://nominetwork.org/

 

 

Nomi Network products: https://www.buyherbagnotherbody.com/

 

Nomi Network on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nominetwork

 

Nomi Network on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nominetwork/

 

Nomi Network on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nominetwork

 

Nomi Network on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7UaUlyqMy2B1KL1S2_l5HQ

Nov 23, 2020
Ep 103 | Andrew Yang Venture for America U.S. Presidential Candidate Talks Entrepreneurship
22:31

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In 2013 I spoke with Andrew Yang who was the CEO of Venture for America at the time. He was at his office and multi-tasking during our interview, so when you listen to the interview, you’ll hear some background noise and typing. At the time he talked about being invited to the White House amongst several things.

 

Who would have predicted that a few years later that he would be running as a Democrat for the 2020 U.S. President election?

 

Many now know him as the Presidential candidate who proposed something called the “Freedom Dividend.” With the 2020 U.S. Presidential election results unfolding, and Joe Biden recently declared President-elect, some say that there may place for Andrew in the Biden administration. I thought it would be a good time to share this interview that I did with Andrew.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Andrew’s involvement with the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition and connection with the Taiwanese American Professionals
  • What is Venture for America?
  • What it was like for Andrew to be invited to the White House and speak to President Barack Obama about Venture for America?
  • How Venture for America was modeled after Teach for America
  • What cities Venture for America was in (at the time of the interview) and where they were planning to expand to
  • What types of startups Venture for America works with
  • How long is the bootcamp that Venture for America fellows are required to go through and what are they taught
  • How many fellows there were in Venture for America (at the time of the interview)
  • What are some of the things that the fellows have done/accomplished
  • How Jeff Weiner the CEO of LinkedIn has agreed to join Venture for America’s investment council
  • The highlights of being involved with Venture for America for Andrew
  • What’s the most challenging thing about running an organization like Venture for America
  • What motivates Andrew with Venture for America
  • Who are some of Andrew’s role models in the nonprofit space
  • What’s the difference between a struggling and successful entrepreneur
  • What advice Andrew has for someone wanting to start a community-based organization
  • What Andrew’s future plans are for Venture for America
  • Andrew’s book Smart People Should Build Things
  • Andrew’s thoughts on Taiwan and the entrepreneurship of the Taiwanese people

 

Related Links:

 

Venture for America: www.ventureforamerica.org

 

Teach for America: https://www.teachforamerica.org/

 

Charity Water: https://www.charitywater.org/

 

Donors Choose: https://www.donorschoose.org/

 

Angela Lee Duckworkth’s TED talk about Grit: https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

 

Smart People Should Build Things by Andrew Yang: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B00DB3D7EY&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_BVrSFb10ZBV39

 

Andrew Yang’s campaign website for the 2020 U.S. Presidential election: https://www.yang2020.com/

 

Taiwanese American Professionals- New York (TAP-NY): https://tap-ny.org/

Nov 16, 2020
Ep 102 | Jason Wang: How his Advisory Firm Makes Coronavirus Face Shields for the Front Line
41:51

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Jason Wang, the Founder of Cypress River Advisors spoke with me about how his advisory firm which is normally not in the business of producing PPE, was able to start the production of face shields at scale in four weeks in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort which is called Face Shields for the First Line, donates face shields to health care and essential workers.

 

We also talked about how they cut down on the shipping costs and minimized waste by using polypropylene a material lighter in weight than acrylic and flat packaging due to the origami design of the face shield.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What’s it been like being in Taiwan during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Jason’s, upbringing and career path before he relocated to Taiwan and founded Cypress River Advisors
  • What brought Jason back to Taiwan
  • What Cypress River Advisors does
  • How Cypress River Advisors has been impacted by COVID-19
  • How this advisory firm had no prior experience producing PPE but its Face Shield for the First Line effort was able to produce and ship their first face shields in four weeks
  • Why Jason decided to start Face Shields for the First Line
  • How Face Shields for the First Line began with producing intubation shields and then face shields
  • The origami design of the face shields and light-weight materials used to cut down on shipping costs
  • What bra elastic has to do with Face Shields for the First Line
  • What’s been most challenging with Face Shields for the First Line
  • What’s been most rewarding about Face Shields for the First Line
  • How Jason manages the business of Cypress River Advisors and Face Shields for the First Line
  • How fatherhood has changed his outlook on life
  • The future direction of Face Shields for the First Line

 

Related Links:

 

Face Shields for the First Line Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/faceshieldsforthefirst

 

 

Face Shields for the First Line donated to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY

 

Face Shields for the First Line on Spotfund:

https://spot.fund/faceshieldsforthefirst

 

Cypress River Advisors:

https://www.cypressriveradvisors.com/

 

A conversation between Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen and Ellen J. MacKenzie (Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) on Friday, April 24, about Taiwan’s early and effective response to the coronavirus. Chen Chien-jen received a Doctor of Science degree in epidemiology and human genetics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1982. Chen and MacKenzie discussed the specific measures Taiwan took to control the spread of the virus and how Vice President Chen’s public health training played a role.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReI6ROZNbkk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR27S_KP92dg_hotNY0SD89V76gbPQKw-_9U76MfuXzUVo-HizO6dpslOMs

 

TECRO: www.taiwanembassy.org/us_en/index.html

 

The open source intubation shield box (aka "Aerosol Box") designed by Taiwanese doctor, Lai Hsien-yung: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vWPikcRHVE8YUmZlvgHyb2Nj6hvtxof8

 

Cypress River Associates COVID-19 Tracker Dashboard: https://cypressriveradvisors.shinyapps.io/covid-19/

 

 

Quick video of how to put together the Face Shields for the Front Lines origami face shield: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=207286267217061

Nov 09, 2020
EP 101 | Dr. Peter Tsai N95 Mask Inventor Helps to Fight Covid-19
42:22

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In part two of my interview part two with Dr. Peter Tsai, he talks about how he was called out of retirement to help address the shortage and demand for N95 masks with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Tsai is the Taiwanese American inventor of the N95 mask technology who has come out of retirement to figure out how to sterilize N95s for reuse, and to help scale up production of the masks.

 

Special Thanks to HoChie Tsai of TaiwneseAmercan.org for making this interview possible. 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Dr. Tsai was contacted and came out of retirement because of the demand and shortage of N95 masks
  • How he tested whether or not N95 masks could be sterilized
  • The shelf life of N95 masks
  • The experiments that Dr. Tsai conducted to determine how to sterilize N95 masks so that they could be reused
  • COVID-19 can survive for 28 days on smooth surfaces
  • If N95 masks get wet, submerged in water, or come into high humidity it won’t have charge decay, however if washed with soap and water N-95 masks will lose their effectiveness
  • The stories of how people found Dr. Tsai
  • How Dr. Tsai has worked harder than he did before retiring
  • Dr. Tsai’s relationship with Oak Ridge Labs, and how he was able to help them scale up their production of N95 masks
  • Why there’s been a shortage of N95 masks
  • How he’s been nicknamed the “screwdriver professor”
  • Research-oriented vs. industry-oriented science
  • Why Dr. Tsai decided to come out of retirement to work on N95 technology and what’s next

 

 

Related Links:

 

TaiwaneseAmerican.org article about Dr. Peter Tsai, “Our Dad Invented the N95 Mask: Our Taiwanese American Story”:

http://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/2020/09/peter-tsai-n95-inventor/

 

Washington Post article about Dr. Peter Tsai, “The retired inventor of N95 masks is back at work, mostly for free, to fight covid-19”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/07/07/peter-tsai-n95-mask-covid/

 

NBC News article about Dr. Peter Tsai, “Taiwanese immigrant who invented N95 mask on working amid COVID-19 racism”: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/taiwanese-immigrant-who-invented-n95-mask-working-amid-covid-19-n1233777

 

CNN News Article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/15/health/n95-mask-inventor-coronavirus-sanjay-wellness-trnd/index.html

Nov 02, 2020
Ep 100 | Dr Peter Tsai N95 Mask Inventor: The Man Who Created the Technology
47:15

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Dr. Peter Tsai is the Taiwanese American inventor of the technology behind the N95 mask, the piece of personal protective equipment that has become such a part of our everyday vernacular since the onset of the global Coronavirus pandemic. With the shortage of N95 respirators at the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Tsai was called out of retirement to figure out how to sterilize N95s for reuse, and to help scale up production of the masks. In part one of my interview with him he talks about his roots and early career. Dr. Tsai also explains how the technology behind the material of N95s works, offers some suggestions on how to make more protective D.I.Y. masks, and why everyone should wear masks.

 

Next week we’ll be sharing part two of my interview with Dr. Tsai next week, in which he talks about how he was called out of retirement and what has happened since.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What it was like growing up as one of 10 children
  • One of his early childhood inventions
  • Why he decided to pursue further studies in the United States
  • What it was like when he first arrived in the U.S. and what his expectations were
  • The biggest challenge Dr. Tsai faced when first arriving in the U.S.
  • The tough decision that Dr. Tsai had to make about his two daughters while he was still working on obtaining his PhD degree
  • When and how Dr. Tsai started working on the material that is now used for the N95 mask
  • How adding an electrostatic charge to fibers improves their filtration efficiency
  • How the “corona charge” (yes, the same word “corona” but different in meaning from the Coronavirus “corona”) when added to microfibers improves filtration efficiency by 10 times
  • The first use of this charged fabric technology was for air filtration in 1992
  • In 1995 the U.S. was set to issue new standards for respirators, which is now called the N95
  • The 95 of “N95” mask refers to the fact that it needs to filter out 95% of submicron particles
  • How the science behind charging fibers works
  • The misconception that the size of a fabric’s pores need to be smaller than particles to block them
  • Electrostatic charged media is good material for respirators
  • The comparison between cloth masks (which are made of woven material) and N95 masks (which are made of nonwoven material)
  • Cloth masks with higher filtration efficiency must be compactly woven, thicker or higher weight
  • How cloth masks are good shields to contain the virus inside a mask avoid infecting others
  • Cloth masks are not ideal but they can contain the spread of the virus to others
  • Dr. Tsai’s recommendations regarding wearing cloth masks
  • The most commonly found types of nonwoven materials that can be used as a filter for a D.I.Y. mask
  • How to test if a fabric is hydrophobic
  • How a MERV 14 home use filter (typically used for air filters) is electrostatically charged and hydrophobic and good to use as a filter for a D.I.Y. mask
  • Dr. Tsai explains why he thinks everyone needs to wear a mask (whether its cloth or N95)
  • How Dr. Tsai is working on making high filtration efficiency materials more breathable
  • Research on the material used for the N95 mask began in 1987, then in 1992 the technology used for the N95 mask was first developed
  • The material has been improved from 1992-2018
  • How Dr. Tsai is motivated to innovate by the changing needs of the industry

 

Related Links:

 

TaiwaneseAmerican.org article about Dr. Peter Tsai, “Our Dad Invented the N95 Mask: Our Taiwanese American Story”:

http://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/2020/09/peter-tsai-n95-inventor/

 

Washington Post article about Dr. Peter Tsai, “The retired inventor of N95 masks is back at work, mostly for free, to fight covid-19”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/07/07/peter-tsai-n95-mask-covid/

 

NBC News article about Dr. Peter Tsai, “Taiwanese immigrant who invented N95 mask on working amid COVID-19 racism”: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/taiwanese-immigrant-who-invented-n95-mask-working-amid-covid-19-n1233777

Oct 26, 2020
Ep 99 | Professor Scott Simon: Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples and Their Connection to Ecology
24:19

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Earlier this year, I spoke with Professor Scott Simon about his research on Taiwan’s indigenous peoples. He is a Professor in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies and Co-holder of the Research Chair in Taiwan Studies at the University of Ottawa. He’s done research in Taiwan since 1996, spent an accumulated 10 years of residence in the country, and published 3 books about Taiwan. We talked about Taiwan as the cradle of Austronesian peoples and culture, and what the designation of a group of people as “indigenous” means from an international law perspective. What’s interesting to me is how Professor Simon’s work invites us to think of Taiwan as a Pacific island nation rather than a renegade province of China.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Professor Simon got interested in the indigenous peoples of Taiwan
  • How there were a lot of changes pertaining to the indigenous peoples of Taiwan around 1996
  • The indigenous people that Professor Simon met while in Taiwan
  • What brought Professor Simon to Taiwan initially in 1996
  • How Professor Simon had initially planned to obtain his PhD in China but ended up doing it in Taiwan
  • How Professor Simon's research on Taiwan’s indigenous peoples and economic development led him to study the ecology and environment, and the study of Austronesian peoples
  • The connection between the Bhatani Islands of the Philippines and Taiwan
  • The similarity between the CHamoru language (of the people of Guam) with the Truku language of the Taiwanese indigenous people and Tao language spoken in Taiwan’s Orchid Island
  • Looking at Taiwan as a Pacific island nation and not just as connected to China
  • Taiwan’s connection to Guam, Marieta Islands, Carolina Islands, Maori of New Zealand and Easter Island
  • Book recommendations for people wanting to learn more about Taiwan’s indigenous peoples
  • The difference between categorizing a group of people as indigenous vs. an ethnic minority
  • The three nations in Asia that recognize indigenous peoples
  • The political implications that come with a group of people being declared indigenous

 

 

Related Links:

 

Professor Scott Simon’s author page on The Center for International  Policy Studies of the University of Ottawa website: https://www.cips-cepi.ca/author/scott-simon/

 

Undoing Fieldwork in a Time of Epidemic by Scott Simon: https://cascacultureblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/20/undoing-fieldwork-in-a-time-of-epidemic/

 

Professor Scott Simon’s books:

 

Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture: https://books.google.com/books/about/Tanners_of_Taiwan.html?id=ostwAAAAMAAJ

 

Sweet and Sour: Life-Worlds of Taipei Women Entrepreneurs: https://books.google.com/books/about/Sweet_and_Sour.html?id=gFyqAuPTAgkC

Oct 19, 2020
Ep 98 | Dr. Jerome Keating's Books: Mapping, Paradigm Shifts, and his Favorite Quotes
41:58

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In part two of my conversation with Dr. Keating, we spoke about his other books on mapping and paradigm shifts.  Dr. Keating also shared some of his favorite quotes including the one that encapsulates why he writes about Taiwan. And he talked about meeting with Trigg Brown and Josh Ku the owners of the popular Taiwanese American restaurant Win Son, who I interviewed in episode 60.

Since his book, Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus features some great photos of him with several influential Taiwanese celebrities, politicians and individuals, I asked him to reflect on some of the most memorable individuals he’s met.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Keating’s books about Taiwan, that were written before Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus
  • How Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus will probably be the last book Dr. Keating will write about Taiwan
  • Keating’s book about the mapping of Taiwan
  • What maps can tell us about the mapmaker, trade, and economies
  • The role that the Spice Islands played in bringing the West to Asia
  • Dutch settlement of Anping, Taiwan
  • Spanish occupation of Taiwan
  • How the Portuguese named Taiwan “Ilha Formosa”
  • Keating’s book about paradigms, The Paradigmsthat Guide Our Lives and Drive Our Souls
  • The three realms of paradigms: science, metaphysics/teleology, phenomenology
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Examples of paradigm shifts that have happened in the world of physics (science)
  • What Dr. Keating plans to write about next
  • Coronavirus and the paradigm shift that it has caused
  • Keating’s writing process and why he writes
  • Keating’s favorite quotes
  • How the owners of the Taiwanese American restaurant Win Son (featured in episode 60), Trigg Brown and Josh Ku sought out Dr. Keating for his perspective on Taiwan’s history
  • Keating’s thoughts on the late president Lee Teng-hui and on some of well-known politicians and personalities from Taiwan that he’s met
  • An African quote that sums up why Jerome writes about Taiwan
  • Where you can buy Dr. Keating’s books and learn more about him

 

 

Dr. Jerome Keating’s website: http://www.jeromekeating.com/

 

Related Links:

 

Dr. Keating’s book, The Mapping of Taiwan, Desired Economies, Coveted Geographies

 

Anping, Taiwan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anping_District

 

 

Dr. Keating’s book, The Paradigms that Guide Our Lives and Drive Our Souls:

 

Thomas Kuhn (The American physicist and philosopher who introduced the term paradigm shift): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kuhn

 

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Thomas-S-Kuhn

 

Jonathan Edwards (Puritan Theologian): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(theologian)

 

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jonathan-Edwards

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Transcendentalist Essayist, Philosopher and Poet): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Waldo_Emerson

 

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/emerson/

 

https://www.biography.com/writer/ralph-waldo-emerson

 

Alfred North Whitehead (Mathematician Philosopher, and notable figure in process philosophy):https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/whitehead/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_North_Whitehead

 

 

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer: https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-Thoughts-Movements-Perennial/dp/0060505915

 

 

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs

 

 

Henry David Thoreau (Essayist, Philosopher and Poet):

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau

 

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Henry-David-Thoreau

 

 

Episode 60 of Talking Taiwan featuring Trigg Brown and Josh Ku of the Taiwanese American restaurant Win Son: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/trigg-brown-josh-ku-win-son-taiwanese-restaurant-nyc/

 

 

Dr. Keating’s piece written in memoriam, Lee Teng-Hui: https://taiwaninsight.org/2020/08/08/in-memoriam-lee-teng-hui/?fbclid=IwAR03XDnv4-SMpaWQMuLDlDGUCsmcQohq6aK8R0DWS1Cll8OvSnr1ZuX8gYc

 

Lee Teng-hui: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Teng-hui

 

Su Beng: http://aboutsubeng.com/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su_Beng

 

Peng Ming-min: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peng_Ming-min

 

Taiwan Foreign Correspondents Club: https://taiwanfcc.org/

 

 

 

Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus: http://www.smcbook.com.tw/smc/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61651&search=Taiwan+The+Struggle+Gains+Focus

 

 

Taiwan, the Search for Identity

 

 

Taiwan, the Struggles of a Democracy  

 

 

Island in the Stream http://www.smcbook.com.tw/smc/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=55&search=island+in+the+stream

Oct 12, 2020
Ep 97 | Understanding the History of Taiwan through Dr. Jerome Keating
37:14

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Dr. Jerome Keating has been living in Taiwan for over 30 years. Initially he came over to Taiwan to work on the MRT. He has written several books about Taiwan. We invited him on to the podcast to talk about this latest book, Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus. Dr. Keating also reflected on how Taiwan has changed in the past 30 years, and we discussed things past and present including Taiwan’s complicated international status, amendment of the constitution, changing the official name of Taiwan (which is the Republic of China) and redesigning the passport and flag of Taiwan.

 

In part two of our interview, Dr. Keating will talk about his other writings, what he plans to write next, and how the owners of a popular New York-based Taiwanese American restaurant sought his advice before opening their restaurant.

 

CORRECTION: At the 14:40-minute in the interview, Dr. Keating remarks, “We are 75 years at the end of World War I.” What he meant to say is that, "We are 75 years at the end of World War II."

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What motivated Dr. Keating to write his latest book, Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus
  • Who the book was intended for and who Dr. Keating writes for
  • How Taiwan has changed in the last 30 years
  • The semi-martial-like atmosphere of Taiwan when Dr. Keating arrived in 1988
  • Keating’s first book Island in the Stream and what motivated him to write it
  • What intrigues Dr. Keating about Taiwan as a subject matter
  • How the San Francisco Peace Treaty (signed in 1951) left Taiwan in a limbo status
  • How the US position on Taiwan 75 years after World War II is still undecided
  • The circumstances surrounding “Taiwan” aka the Republic of China losing its seat in the United Nations in 1971, which included a proposal to have 2 Chinas in the United Nations
  • The Republic of China and People’s Republic of China’s claims on China
  • How Taiwan has never had a seat in the United Nations
  • The Republic of China framework and constitution that Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang brought to Taiwan
  • Keating’s thoughts on amending Taiwan’s constitution
  • Changing the official name and flag that represent Taiwan
  • Submissions for the new Taiwan passport cover design
  • The Taiwan Civil Government wanting to make Taiwan the 51st state of the United States
  • How Dr. Keating sees Taiwan’s future

 

 

Related Links:

 

Dr. Jerome Keating’s website: http://jeromekeating.com

 

 

Dr. Jerome Keating’s books:

 

 

 

Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus: http://www.smcbook.com.tw/smc/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61651&search=Taiwan+The+Struggle+Gains+Focus

 

 

 

 

Island in the Stream: http://www.smcbook.com.tw/smc/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=55&search=island+in+the+stream

 

 

 

Taiwan, the Struggles of a Democracy

 

 

 

Taiwan, the Search for Identity

 

 

 

The Mapping of Taiwan, Desired Economies, Coveted Geographies

 

 

 

The Paradigms that Guide Our Lives and Drive Our Souls

 

 

Ma Ying-jeou (former President of Taiwan): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Ying-jeou

 

The Sunflower Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

 

Submissions for the new Taiwan passport cover design: https://taiwanpassport.tw/publish_page/international_standard/page=1

 

The winning design for Taiwan’s new passport cover: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/taiwan-demotes-republic-of-china-reference-on-new-passports?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&fbclid=IwAR1Kr3MQb9g2-xXto_udk7Sbez0v5gSTFvxqeT0eZOscdvfxywHhukTmAxE

 

San Francisco Peace Treaty: http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sanfrancisco01.htm

 

About the Taiwan Civil Government: https://international.thenewslens.com/article/85225

Oct 05, 2020
Ep 96 | Professor Andrew Morris: The Relationship Between Taiwan Baseball and its History
01:03:36

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

With major league baseball playoffs soon upon us, we thought that this episode might appeal to our baseball fans. It seems like a distant memory now, when about a month into the Coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan was the only place on the planet where live professional baseball was being played. My guest on this episode is Professor Andrew Morris whose research on baseball in Taiwan presents a fascinating new angle and way of seeing Taiwan’s history. I came across his writings and research when I when I was doing some research for my interview (episode 77) with Richard Wang the English-speaking broadcaster of CPBL games in Taiwan.

 

How important is baseball to Taiwan? Did you know that there’s a baseball related image featured on Taiwan’s currency or that Taiwan’s little league baseball team won 17 times from 1979 to1996?

 

Interestingly, Professor Morris began our interview by sharing his own mistaken assumption of baseball as a symbol of American culture in Taiwan. He went on to explain that baseball was introduced to Taiwan by Japan, while it was a colony of Japan from 1895-1945. We covered a broad range of topics including how baseball survived the arrival of the Kuomintang in Taiwan, the rise of Taiwan’s little league team, the establishment of a professional baseball league in Taiwan (CPBL) which has had its ups and downs, and the short-lived Taiwan Major League.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Professor Morris got interested in the topic of baseball and the history of Taiwan
  • How baseball in Taiwan is not as it seems on the surface, a symbol of American culture in Taiwan
  • What were some of the most surprising and interesting things that Professor Morris has learned about baseball in Taiwan over the course of his research
  • The role of Taiwan’s Indigenous people in the game of baseball in Taiwan
  • What baseball tells us about Taiwan’s Japanese colonial era
  • How Chiayi (嘉義) is known as the spiritual home of baseball and how that was captured in the film Kano
  • How “Kano,” is the nickname of the old Chiayi Agricultural and Forestry Vocational High School, which comes from the two Japanese words “Ka-gi No-rin”
  • The Kano baseball team became the best team in Taiwan and is remembered by the Japanese
  • How Kano is remembered as an example of the success of Japan’s colonialism in Taiwan
  • Baseball as a pathway for Indigenous peoples during Taiwan’s Japanese colonial period
  • Professor Morris’ thoughts about the film Kano and its historical accuracy
  • The Japanese influence that we still see in Taiwanese baseball today
  • How after the Kuomintang arrived in Taiwan, around 1946, they tried to remove and erase Japanese culture, but baseball was allowed to remain
  • What happened to baseball after the Kuomintang arrived in Taiwan
  • How baseball games were played in the aftermath of the 228 massacre and a famous baseball coach was killed in the 228 massacre
  • Taiwan’s little league baseball team and how it served to bolster Republic of China (ROC) nationalism
  • The 1968 legend of what led Taiwan creating a little league team and participating in the little league world series
  • How in 1969, the Taiwanese little league team played in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, PA for the first time and won
  • Between 1969-1996 the Taiwanese little league team won the Little League World Series 17 times and became a source of pride for the Taiwanese who watched the games late at night
  • The story (from the 70s) of how a coach of a little league team comprised mostly of Black players sensed the anti-Chinese and anti-Taiwanese sentiment against the Taiwanese little league team
  • How the Taiwanese little league team became a source of Taiwanese pride (different from ROC pride)
  • How the KMT hired Chinatown thugs to beat up the pro-Taiwanese little league fans and fights would break out between them after little league games
  • What happened to Taiwan’s little league team
  • The legacy of Taiwan’s little league team
  • How the American little league teams that were able to beat Taiwan’s little league team were celebrated an ESPN made a 30 for 30 film about this
  • The story behind the image of the youth baseball team that appears on Taiwan’s 500 dollar bill
  • The establishment of the CPBL and its game throwing and gambling scandals
  • The short-lived Taiwan Major League (TML) and how it differed from the CPBL
  • How baseball has been tied to Taiwan’s national identity in the past but that has changed as Taiwan has become more democratic
  • The research that Professor Morris is working on now
  • Professor Morris’ recommendations of other books on the subject of baseball in Taiwan

 

Related Links:

 

Professor Andrew Morris’ Cal Poly webpage:
https://history.calpoly.edu/faculty/andrew-morris

Professor Andrew Morris’ Digital Commons page (which has full text of some of his articles):
http://bit.ly/ADMorrisDC

 

Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan (Asia Pacific Modern Book 6) by Andrew D. Morris: https://amzn.to/3cALcmf

 

 

Kano vocational school of forestry and agriculture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Chiayi_University

 

 

Kano (film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2247566/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kano_(film)

 

 

ESPN Films 30 for 30: Little Big Men

(A film about the Kirkland National Little League of Kirkland, Washington, which defeated the Puzih little league of Chiayi County, Taiwan. The Kirkland, Washington team, was the first American little league team to win the Little League World Series in over a decade): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1717745/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_Little_League_World_Series

 

 

Book recommendations about baseball in Taiwan:

 

Playing in Isolation: A History of Baseball in Taiwan by Junwei Yu: https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Isolation-History-Baseball-Taiwan/dp/0803211406

 

Empire of Infields: Baseball in Taiwan and Cultural Identity, 1895-1968 by John J. Harney: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=John+J.+Harney%2C+Empire+of+Infields%3A+Baseball+in+Taiwan+and+Cultural+Identity&ref=nb_sb_noss

 

Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia by Joseph Reaves: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Joseph+Reaves%2C+Taking+in+a+Game%3A+A+History+of+Baseball+in+Asia&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

 

 

Taiwan’s professional baseball league the CPBL’s English website: http://www.cpbl.com.tw/eng/history/

 

Watch Taiwan’s professional baseball league CPBL teams Rakuten Monkeys and Uni Lions on the Eleven Sports Taiwan Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/ElevenSportsTW

Sep 28, 2020
Ep 95 | Raising Blasian Kids Part 2: A Conversation with Rolla Chng and Eileen Lin-Goutier
01:12:33

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

This week’s episode of Talking Taiwan features part two of my conversation with Eileen Lin-Goutier and Rolla Chng about raising Blasian kids. This was definitely the longest interview that I’ve done for Talking Taiwan to date, which is why we split it up into two parts. In this episode, Eileen talks about the Facebook group for Taiwanese Moms with Blasian kids, and Rolla talks about her son and daughter’s cross-country road trip and the different concerns that she, their father Frantz and their uncle Tim had.

 

While much of conversation focused on parenting, we also got into a discussion about racism, the understanding of the Black experience amongst Taiwanese and Taiwanese Americans, and human rights.

 

About Eileen Lin-Goutier:

 

Eileen was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and moved to U.S. when she was in high school. While at the University of Virginia she founded the Taiwanese Language Club and served as the president of Taiwanese Student Association. She later kicked off her nonprofit career by working at the Formosan Association of Public Affairs (FAPA) for three years (2010-2013) managing FAPA’s Young Professionals Group (FAPA-YPG). Eileen has also served on the board of Taiwanese American Association of America’s (TAA) Greater Washington Chapter for several years by helping to plan local cultural events and Taiwanese American Heritage Week. Her nonprofit career was been guided by her belief in fighting for social justice, equity and human rights. Eileen met her Haitian American husband, Edwin through a love for food, family and passion for social and environmental causes. She currently lives in Washington D.C. with her family.

 

About Rolla Chng:

 

Rolla Chng was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she established the Taiwanese American Students Club (TASC) and helped to found the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA). Rolla has been involved with the Taiwanese American Conference- East Coast (TAC/EC) in the 90s and early 2000s. She organized the second generation program for TAC/EC in 1998 and 2003, and has been a strong supporter of TAC/EC’s new iteration, Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG). She raised her Haitian-Taiwanese American daughter and son in Baltimore City with their father, Master Frantz Cadet, owner of Cadet Martial Arts and Fitness. She began teaching math in Baltimore City Public Schools and community college when her children reached school age. After her children graduated from high school, she returned to her pre-family career of civil engineering.

 

About Rolla's children:

 

Her daughter, Uiseng Francois, is on pandemic hiatus from her New York City gig playing a Jet in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. She is a second year BFA student in dance at Peabody Institute, and is currently continuing her studies, virtually, as she travels cross country. Rolla's son Evains traveled with Uiseng during the first week of her cross-country trip, before entering his second year of a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The Facebook group for Taiwanese Moms with Blasian kids that Eileen is a member of and what she’s learned from it
  • Topics commonly discussed in the Facebook group for Taiwanese Moms with Blasian kids
  • Skin colorism
  • How Eileen and Rolla balance educating their kids about both of their cultural backgrounds
  • How Rolla wanted to make sure that her kids were exposed to the Taiwanese language at an early age and that they visited Taiwan
  • How Eileen plans to teach her kids Taiwanese with the help of her parents and by planning to take them to Taiwanese school
  • The importance of language in understanding and connecting to one’s culture
  • Thoughts on the term “color blind” and raising kids to be “color blind”
  • People’s different reactions to using the term “Black”
  • Incidents that Rolla’s kids have had with the police or authorities
  • How Rolla’s kids feel about the police
  • The advice that Frantz would give his and Rolla’s kids and how it is different from Rolla
  • The concerns that Tim, Rolla’s brother and Frantz her partner have about Uiseng and Evains’ cross-country trip
  • How Rolla and Frantz co-parent
  • The importance of teaching your kids negotiation skills
  • Asian Black relations
  • The racism that Asians have toward Blacks
  • The understanding of the Black experience amongst Taiwanese and Taiwanese Americans
  • Minority relations
  • How doing the right things and having an education does not exempt you from experiencing racism
  • Advice for parents of Blasian kids
  • Rolla’s advice for parents and her parenting philosophy
  • What the job of a parent is in raising their kids

 

Related Links:

 

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA): https://itasa.org/

 

Taiwanese American summer camps and conferences:

 

Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG): http://tangeneration.org/

 

Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF): https://www.tafworld.org/

 

Formosan Association of Public Affairs (FAPA): https://fapa.org/

 

Formosan Association of Public Affairs- Young Professionals Group (FAPA- YPG) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fapaypg

 

FAPA- YPG LA/OC Chapter Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/54085939954

 

FAPA- YPG NY/NJ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nynjypg

 

FAPA- YPG San Francisco/Bay Area Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fapaypgsf

 

Taiwanese Association of America (TAA): https://www.taa-usa.org/


Taiwanese American Conference- East Coast (TAC/EC): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_American_Conference

Sep 21, 2020
Ep 94 | Raising Blasian Kids Part 1: A Conversation with Rolla Chng and Eileen Lin-Goutier
01:04:30

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

My guests on this episode of Talking Taiwan are Eileen Lin-Goutier and Rolla Chng. Both are Taiwanese American women with Black partners and are parents of Blasian kids. Eileen is a relatively new parent with a two-year-old daughter and Rolla has two grown children who are 19 and 20 years old. I thought it would be a good idea to bring together these two women at very different stages of the parenting journey to have a conversation about their perspectives on raising Blasian children. 

 

There was so much to discuss that we’ve decided to split up the conversation into two parts. Join us next week for the second part of the conversation when Eileen will talk about the Facebook group for Taiwanese Moms with Blasian kids that she’s a part of, and what she’s learned from being a part of that group. Rolla will talk about her son and daughter’s cross-country road trip and the discussions that she, their father Frantz had their uncle Tim had with them about it, beforehand.

 

About Eileen Lin-Goutier:

 

Eileen was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and moved to U.S. when she was in high school. While at the University of Virginia she founded the Taiwanese Language Club and served as the president of Taiwanese Student Association. She later kicked off her nonprofit career by working at the Formosan Association of Public Affairs (FAPA) for three years (2010-2013) managing FAPA’s Young Professionals Group (FAPA-YPG). Eileen has also served on the board of Taiwanese American Association of America’s (TAA) Greater Washington Chapter for several years by helping to plan local cultural events and Taiwanese American Heritage Week. Her nonprofit career was been guided by her belief in fighting for social justice, equity and human rights. Eileen met her Haitian American husband, Edwin through a love for food, family and passion for social and environmental causes. She currently lives in Washington D.C. with her family.

 

About Rolla Chng:

 

Rolla Chng was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she established the Taiwanese American Students Club (TASC) and helped to found the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA). Rolla has been involved with the Taiwanese American Conference- East Coast (TAC/EC) in the 90s and early 2000s. She organized the second generation program for TAC/EC in 1998 and 2003, and has been a strong supporter of TAC/EC’s new iteration, Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG). She raised her Haitian-Taiwanese American daughter and son in Baltimore City with their father, Master Frantz Cadet, owner of Cadet Martial Arts and Fitness. She began teaching math in Baltimore City Public Schools and community college when her children reached school age. After her children graduated from high school, she returned to her pre-family career of civil engineering.

 

About Rolla's children:

 

Her daughter, Uiseng Francois, is on pandemic hiatus from her New York City gig playing a Jet in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. She is a second year BFA student in dance at Peabody Institute, and is currently continuing her studies, virtually, as she travels cross country. Rolla's son Evains traveled with Uiseng during the first week of her cross-country trip, before entering his second year of a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How their parents/families first react to learning that their partner was Black
  • When their parents’ perceptions changed
  • How to deal with people’s reactions to them and their Blasian kids
  • Dealing with people’s perceptions of their kids as primarily Black
  • Acknowledging that as a parent you may unintentionally do things that hurt your kids
  • How they co-parent with their partners
  • Learning about the Black experience through their partner’s personal experiences
  • The Taiwanese experience and the role social justice in Eileen and Rolla’s lives
  • The importance of acknowledging the privilege that you have compared to other groups of people
  • Preparing their kids for encounters with the police or authority figures
  • The importance of instilling confidence in your kids to be comfortable with who they are
  • How to prepare your kids for any racism or bias they may encounter and make sure that they are safe
  • “The talk” that Black parents have with their kids
  • How Asian identity is perceived in the U.S.
  • The acceptance of Blasian people’s Asian identity
  • The participation of Rolla’s kids in Taiwanese American conferences and summer camps
  • Dealing with microaggressions that they have experienced
  • Eileen’s parenting questions for Rolla and Rolla’s advice

 

Related Links:

 

The Watts Riots (aka Watts Riots): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watts_riots

http://history.com/topics/1960s/watts-riots

 

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA): https://itasa.org/

 

Taiwanese American summer camps and conferences:

 

Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG): http://tangeneration.org/

 

Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF): https://www.tafworld.org/

 

Formosan Association of Public Affairs (FAPA): https://fapa.org/

 

Formosan Association of Public Affairs- Young Professionals Group (FAPA- YPG) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fapaypg

 

FAPA- YPG LA/OC Chapter Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/54085939954

 

FAPA- YPG NY/NJ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nynjypg

 

FAPA- YPG San Francisco/Bay Area Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fapaypgsf

 

Taiwanese Association of America (TAA): https://www.taa-usa.org/

 

Taiwanese American Conference- East Coast (TAC/EC): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_American_Conference 

Sep 14, 2020
Ep 93 | A Discussion with Dr. Eunice Yuen About Asian American Mental Health
36:56

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Unfortunately, suicide is a very real issue for the Asian American community. According to the Office of Minority Health, in 2017 the leading cause of death in young Asian Americans in the US was suicide. My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is passionate about promoting emotional wellness and a prevention model for mental health.

 

Dr. Eunice Yuen is, a child and adult psychiatrist who specializes in Asian American mental health. She sat down to speak to me about the stigma of mental health and the reluctance of Asian Americans to seek help. Dr. Yuen noted that prevention through mindfulness of emotional wellness are especially important for teenagers and young adults, which is the age at which mental illness often first manifests.

 

Dr. Yuen is working on an innovative tool called CHATogether that helps to resolve conflicts between Asian American parents and children. More than ever, tools like CHATogether are useful to address heightened child-parent conflicts during COVID-19, and discussions about racism. Please note that any of the advice or content shared in the episode is not meant to be taken as medical advice or psychiatric treatment. 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Why Dr. Yuen decided to enter the field of child and adult psychiatry and where her special interest in promoting emotional wellness in the Asian American community comes from
  • The difference between emotional wellbeing and a mental health issue
  • How building emotional resilience is important to help deal with everyday stress
  • How daily routines and structure is important for emotional wellbeing especially during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • How to identify when someone is dealing with a mental health issue and needs to seek help
  • Some individuals may display physical symptoms e.g. a stomachache, diarrhea, headache, while being able to function
  • What should you do if you think that someone you know (e.g. a friend or family member) is in need of help with a mental health issue
  • What the project Dr. Yuen CHATogether is about
  • How CHATogether is based on a paper published by Brazilian theater director, Augusto Boal in the 1980s called “Theater of the Oppressed”
  • What ages CHAT has been developed for
  • The concept of mentalization
  • The CHATogether community
  • What type of feedback CHATogether has gotten from its’ participants
  • How Chatogether has addressed child-parent conflict during COVID-19, talking about Black Lives Matter and racism
  • The concept of regulating emotions
  • The 3 R’s: Recognize your emotions, Realize where the emotions are coming from, Regulate your emotions
  • The importance of labeling your emotions and talking about your feelings
  • How to overcome the stigma of mental health within the Asian American community

Related Links:

 

Dr. Eunice Yuan’s bio: https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/eunice_yuen/

 

CHATogether website: https://yale.edu/chatogether/ 

 

CHATogether Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CHATogetherWithUs/

 

CHATogether Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRX2Nzv65ekzHikAaiyG6YQ

 

QR Code to connect to Cchatogether on social media:

 

A bio of Augusto Boal, the Brazilian dramatist who created the Theatre of the Oppressed:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Augusto-Boal 

 

An article about Theater of Oppressed in medical education:

http://www.ijme.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/1909-5.pdf

 

Yale School of Medicine Magazine article about CHATogether: https://medicine.yale.edu/news/yale-medicine-magazine/chating-about-problems-before-they-turn-toxic/

 

Woodblock press article about CHATogether: https://www.woodblock-press.com/asianvoices/chatting-through-vignettes-with-dr-eunice-yuen

Sep 07, 2020
Ep 92 | Small Talk at LGBTQ Film Festival: An Interview with Director Huang Hui-chen
01:01:40

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

A relationship between mother and daughter that was so stonewalled that it took 20 years and a camcorder to make a breakthrough- this was the subject of Huang Hui-chen’s first feature documentary film, Small Talk. Small Talk is one of two documentary films being screened at the Austin Asian American Film Festival’s Prismatic Taiwan (September 4-13), a virtual, six-film series celebrating the past and present of queer Taiwanese cinema. Hui-chen spoke candidly about this deeply personal film that she described as a letter to her mother. She also revealed what’s happened in the aftermath of the film. Her film and personal story give hope to others dealing difficult parent-child relationships. Special thanks to the Austin Asian American Film Festival and Stacey Pai for providing translation.

 

To purchase tickets to watch Small Talk and learn about the other films featured in Prismatic Taiwan visit: www.aaafilmfest.org/ Talking Taiwan listeners will get $2 off when they use the code TALKING. The Prismatic Taiwan Queer Film Series, features six LGBTQ Taiwan films spanning from 1970 to 2016. You can watch all six films for under $15. To learn more Prismatic Taiwan check out last week’s episode, episode t.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Hui-chen’s work as an activist
  • When she got interested in documentary filmmaking
  • How it took her so long (20 years) to make Small Talk into a movie that her mother and relatives didn’t think she’d actually be able to do it
  • The footage of her nieces discussing whether their grandma (Hu-Chen’s mother) is a boy or a girl
  • How she got her mother to finally talk
  • How she got other family members and her mother’s girlfriends to talk in the film
  • The one person who she would have like to interview for the movie, but did not
  • How the film, Small Talk is like a letter to her mother
  • Why Hui-chen’s husband doesn’t appear in the film
  • While Hui-chen’s now ex-husband doesn’t appear in Small Talk he will be in her next film which will be about the relationship between love and social activism
  • Hui-chen’s mother’s reaction to the film after watching it
  • How Hui-chen’s mother’s reacted when Small Talk was screen at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards
  • How the film Small Talk has affected her and mother’s relationship with their relatives
  • What was Hui-chen’s sister’s reaction to Small Talk
  • How the film Small Talk has affected Hui-chen’s relationship with her mother
  • How Hui-chen’s relatives reacted to and dealt with to her mother’s lesbianism
  • How Hou Hsiao-hsien took a leap of faith when he got involved and became the executive producer of Small Talk
  • What filmmaking advice Hou Hsiao-hsien gave her
  • How Hui-chen feels about Small Talk having been selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards
  • Hui-chen’s book about her mother that reveals more that the film did not

 

Related Links:

 

PURCHASE tickets to watch Small Talk

LEARN More About Prismatic Taiwan and the September 5th live, virtual roundtable discussion event with Asian Cinevision and director Zero Chou, entitled “Creating Transnational Queer Asian Spaces”: https://www.aaafilmfest.org/prismatic-taiwan

Huang Hui-chen’s book, about her mother, 我和我的T媽媽 (available in Chinese):

https://readmoo.com/book/210085132000101

https://www.books.com.tw/products/E050053049

Austin Asian American Film Festival: https://www.aaafilmfest.org/

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AAAFF/

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaafilmfest/

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AAAFF

Aug 31, 2020
Ep 91 | Austin Asian American Film Festival: Prismatic Taiwan, A Series Celebrating Queer Taiwanese Cinema
31:01

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Prismatic Taiwan, is a virtual, six-film series celebrating the past and present of queer Taiwanese cinema, co-presented by the Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF). I recently spoke with Hanna Huang, the Executive Director of the Austin Asian American Film Festival and Josh Martin of the special programs team about the lineup of films that span 1970-2016. As you’ll hear in the interview, a lot of research and thought went into the film selections. The films offer a different perspective on Taiwan’s history and insight into Taiwan’s LGBTQ history. You can watch all six films for under $15 and Talking Taiwan listeners can also get an additional $2 off when they use the code: TALKING.

 

Next week’s episode will feature my interview with one of the film directors, Huang Hui-chen about her film, Small Talk, a deeply personal documentary that was 20 years in the making.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How the Austin Asian American Film Festival has screened many Taiwanese films throughout the years
  • The retrospective of six Hou Hsiao-hsien films at the Austin Asian American Film Festival in September 2018
  • How a Taiwan Queer Film Retrospective has actually been in the works since 2018
  • The Austin Asian American film festival started in 2004, but was known as the Austin Asian film festival until 2007 when an Asian American organizer, Masashi Niwano stepped in
  • The mission of the Austin Asian American Film Festival, which is to bring to light Asian and Asian American stories through cinema
  • Their programming is year round
  • The main film festival is usually held in June, but this year they had a short film online festival featuring 36 short films
  • Prismatic Taiwan, a six film retrospective of queer films spanning 1970-2016
  • A retrospective of Asian American films is being planned for the late fall (November)
  • The meaning behind the name Prismatic Taiwan
  • How they translated the word prismatic with the Chinese word for kaleidoscope, therefore Prismatic Taiwan A Queer Film Series has been translated into Chinese as: 萬花同志電
  • How the first film of Prismatic Taiwan, The End of the Track from 1970 was thought lost but has been recovered and is being reintroduced to audiences
  • How they narrowed down the film selection from over 20 films to 6
  • The one film that they couldn’t include in Prismatic Taiwan when the Austin Asian American Film Festival went online, Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet
  • The second film in the series, Outcasts (aka The Outsiders) as made in 1986 right before martial law in Taiwan was lifted
  • How they selected films that were not that easy to find
  • The River, was set in 1997 around the emergence of the gay club scene in Taipei
  • Not Simply a Wedding Banquet, set in 1997 is a documentary
  • Spider Lilies (2007) and Small Talk(2016) feature female gay characters whereas The River and Not Simply a Wedding Banquet feature male gay characters
  • September 5th live event, a Transnational Queer Activism Panel featuring Film Director Zero Chou in collaboration with Asian Cinevision along with others from the U.K. and Taiwan
  • Small Talk (2016) is a documentary film that was 20 years in the making and was executive produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Taiwan’s submission to the Academy Awards
  • These films tell the story of Taiwan’s history and queer history
  • How Director Tsai Ming-Liang, made the film I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone in Malaysia but it was banned there
  • Previously Tsai Ming-Liang had said that he wasn’t comfortable having his films in a queer film festival but that has changed since the legalization of gay marriage in Taiwan
  • How there were film distributors or filmmakers who didn’t want their film to be a part of the queer series
  • The background of Mou Tun-Fei the director of The End of The Track
  • How the design of the poster for Prismatic Taiwan was inspired by Kaohsiung’s Love River
  • Prismatic Taiwan is offering a SPECIAL DISCOUNT to listeners of Talking Taiwan, just use the code: TALKING to get $2 off when you purchase your tickets from August 38-September 13

 

Related Links:

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival: https://www.aaafilmfest.org/

 

 

Purchase tickets to Prismatic Taiwan and for more info on the September 5th live event, virtual roundtable discussion event with Asian Cinevision and director

Zero Chou, entitled “Creating Transnational Queer Asian Spaces”: https://www.aaafilmfest.org/prismatic-taiwan

 

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AAAFF/

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaafilmfest/

 

Austin Asian American Film Festival on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AAAFF

Aug 24, 2020
Ep 90 | Jaleea Price Talks About Living in Taiwan
43:11

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Jaleea Price, spoke with me about a broad range of topics beginning with her arrival and time in Taiwan. While in Taiwan she worked on the ICRT morning news show, co-founded D.A.P. (Descendants of African Peoples) with Elissa Russell (who was a guest on episode 88), and had two daughters. Now an arts educator based in Thailand, Jaleea she had recently gone through quarantine in Thailand and the U.K. when we spoke. She also spoke to me about TCKs, the racism that she’s experienced in the U.S. and Taiwan as a biracial woman and her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement.  

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Jaleea talks briefly about quarantining in Thailand and the U.K.
  • What brought her to Taiwan
  • Her connection to the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan
  • Arriving in Taiwan alone without a cell phone and going to Internet cafes to communicate with her friends and family
  • What it was like working on the ICRT morning show
  • What it was like having young children in Taiwan
  • People’s reactions when they asked where she was from and she said that she was American
  • Her involvement with D.A.P. The Descendants of African Peoples group
  • The different ways that Black people from other parts of the world (e.g. Canada, France) identify themselves vs. American
  • The racism and discrimination that she’s experienced in the U.S. and Taiwan
  • Her thoughts on the murder of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter
  • Her experience of the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.K. and Thailand
  • Her privilege as a light-skinned woman of color
  • K-pop group BTS’s support of Black Lives Matter and takeover of #whitelivesmatter
  • What a TCK is
  • The Eastern and Western cultural differences in the birthing process
  • What she misses most about Taiwan

 

 

Related Links:

 

Jaleea on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jaleea-price

 

Jaleea on Instagram: instagram.com/jaluthegreat

 

Jaleea on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jaleeajoie

 

Taipei Times article about D.A.P. (Descendants of African Peoples): https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2004/07/12/2003178672

 

BBC New article about the K-pop group BTS that donated $1m to the Black Lives Matter movement and took over the hashtag #whitelivesmatter: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52960617

Aug 17, 2020
Ep 89 | Quarantine in Taiwan: An Interview with Diana Lee
48:01

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In this episode of Talking Taiwan, we’ll be sharing two different perspectives on the Taiwan quarantine experience in this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. I spoke with Diana Lee, the co-founder and president of Asian in New York and one of the founders and organizers of Hello Taiwan. She recently traveled back to Taiwan with her two young children and was quarantined with them in Kaohsiung at her parents’ home. We’ll also hear from JD Chang who went back to Taiwan earlier this year. JD was a guest on Episode 80 of Talking Taiwan. He had a very different experience since he traveled and quarantined alone. He spoke with us about his quarantine experience back in May.

Special thanks to Jane Wang for providing the recording of JD. 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Hello Taiwan and what it does
  • How Diana prepared for her trip back to Taiwan with 2 young kids (the travel and quarantine preparations)
  • Permits required for entry into Taiwan at the time
  • The Facebook group Diana consulted for advice on how to prepare for her trip back to Taiwan
  • The PPE Diana prepared for her and her kids to wear during their travel back to Taiwan
  • JD’s travel preparations and quarantine experience as a solo traveler
  • The different types of quarantine accommodations that people can opt for
  • The most important tip for anyone traveling back to Taiwan and undergoing quarantine, which Diana mentioned and that ended up delaying JD for an extra hour at the airport
  • The procedure upon arrival at the airport and before getting transported in a quarantine taxi or bus to your final destination
  • What happens once you’re in quarantine
  • How Diana kept her kids occupied during quarantine
  • How JD kept himself occupied during quarantine
  • The US $33,000 fine for breaking quarantine

 

Related Links:

Asian In New York: http://www.asianinny.com/

 

Asian In New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AsianInNYFans

 

Hello Taiwan: http://www.hellotaiwan.us/

 

Hello Taiwan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HelloTaiwanWorld/

 

Taiwanese COVID-19 Traveling Back to Taiwan Facebook Group (台灣海外Covid-19自救會): https://www.facebook.com/groups/889736338130271/?ref=share

 

Episode 80 with JD  Chang Founder of Crushing The Myth: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/jd-chang-founder-of-crushing-the-myth-ep-80/

Aug 10, 2020
Ep 88 | Being Black in Taiwan and Racism in the United States: Elissa Russell and Elizabeth Williams
55:56

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Elissa Russell and Elizabeth Williams are my guests on this episode of Talking Taiwan. We spoke about their experiences of living in Taiwan, the racism that they’ve experienced in Taiwan vs. the U.S. and Black Lives Matter. One thing that’s abundantly clear is that Taiwan has a very special place in their hearts. Liz and Elissa spoke candidly on the topic of Black Lives Matter and the state of race relations in the United States. Thank you Liz and Elissa for your open-heartedness and for inviting my audience to continue the conversation with you. Contact info for Elissa and Liz is listed below in the Related Links section.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What brought Elissa and Liz to Taiwan
  • Elissa and Liz talk about their experiences living in Taiwan
  • The racism that Liz and Elissa have experienced in Taiwan vs. the United States, and how they have handled it
  • Elissa and Liz share their perspectives on the segregation in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles
  • Liz and Elissa offer their perspectives on Black Lives Matter
  • Elissa and Liz discuss how the killing of Ahmaud Arbery felt especially personal
  • The anti-racism initiative that Liz is working on
  • Being an ally vs. an accomplice
  • What actions people can take to support the Black Lives Matter and too educate themselves
  • How to have conversations with others about the Black Lives Matter movement

 

Related Links:

 

Elissa Russell's contact info:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/janquilrussell/

 

https://www.instagram.com/im_readi/

 

https://www.facebook.com/elissa.j.russell

 

 

Elissa Russell's business info:

 

www.consultreadi.com

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/consultreadi/

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/readi-consulting-llc

 

 

Elizabeth Williams' contact info:

 

Personal website: https://www.theycallmeliz.com/

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-williams-370510/

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizzyworld/

 

 

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liz.williams.52090 An article about the arrest and jailing of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/us/21gates.html

 

An Open Letter for Black Lives Matter (which has been translated into over 30 different languages): https://lettersforblacklives.com/

 

An article about the arrest and jailing of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/us/21gates.html

 

Liz’s appearance on the Taiwan TV show Super Idol: https://youtu.be/vzQpANhYAeI

 

Liz singing a bit of Peking Opera during her appearance on the Taiwan TV show Super Idol [Start watching at 4:09]: https://youtu.be/cFEz19varyo

 

Aug 03, 2020
Ep 87 | This is My Brain in Love: A Conversation with Author I.W. Gregorio
55:13

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

July is Black, Indigenous, People of Color Mental Health Awareness Month, so I thought this would be good time to invite Dr. Ilene Wong, who writes as I.W. Gregorio on to Talking Taiwan to talk about her latest novel, This is My Brain in Love. Dr. Wong has described the novel as a happy book about mental illness across cultures. We spoke about how she balances her medical and writing careers and her first book, None of the Above.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Why she writes under the pen name “I.W. Gregorio”
  • How she went from being a doctor to a YA author and which came first
  • How she balances her career in medicine with her writing
  • How her medical career informs her writing
  • How much of her novel draws from her personal life
  • Her thoughts on the model minority myth and stereotypes
  • What she thinks of the media’s focus on suicide as the endpoint of depression
  • YA books and movies that romanticized death by suicide
  • The difference between being down in the dumps and clinically depressed
  • How difficult was it for Ilene to come out about her mental health issues
  • Why she felt compelled to write this book now
  • How her family dealt with her depression
  • The paradoxical views that some doctors have about medicating for mental health issues
  • How we might de-stigmatize mental health
  • The difference between passive and active suicide ideation
  • Her writing process and the importance of having critique partners
  • The feedback that she’s received on the book
  • Her first book None of the Above
  • What the term “intersex” means
  • Why she writes for YA audiences
  • Her advice for aspiring authors
  • Ilene’s connection to Taiwan

 

Related Links:

 

Ilene’s website: www.iwgregorio.com

 

I.W. Gregorio on social media:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IWGregorio

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iwgregorio/

 

Tumblr: https://iwgregorio.tumblr.com/

 

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month: https://www.mhanational.org/BIPOC-mental-health-month

 

Suicide hotlines:

 

Crisis Text Line (Text HOME to741741 from anywhere in the USA, at any time)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)

 

The Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386)

 

For suicide hotlines by country: International Association for Suicide Prevention https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

 

 

Mental Health Resources:

 

Mental Health America https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (1-800-662-4358 https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/)

 

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America https://adaa.org/

Jul 27, 2020
Ep 86 | The Coming Collapse of China: Gordon Chang Discusses his Books
25:08

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In 2015, I spoke with Gordon Chang, author and political commentator about his views on China and his books, The Coming Collapse of China, and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World. I recently invited him back on Talking Taiwan, to listen to that episode, check out episode 85.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Gordon went from practicing law to writing The Coming Collapse of Chinaand becoming a political commentator who focuses on news about China
  • How Gordon’s views of China changed after he worked and lived there from 1996-2001
  • How the Chinese Communist Party is going in the wrong direction
  • What kind of reactions Gordon’s book, The Coming Collapse of Chinareceived
  • What’s going to happen if China does collapse?
  • China’s predatory trade policies
  • How China’s ban of certain websites and social media platforms delegitimizes the Chinese Communist Party
  • Gordon’s impressions of Taiwan
  • How Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement was inspired by Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement
  • Dissent in Hong Kong, Tibet and the Uighurs in Xinjiang
  • Gordon’s book Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World
  • How Gordon believes that the U.S. should be calling out China on North Korea
  • Gordon’s thoughts on the premise of the film The Interviewand the cyber hacks on Sony
  • If Gordon has another book in the works

 

 

Related Links:

 

Gordon Chang on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gordongchang

 

Gordon Chang’s website: www.gordonchang.com

 

Gordon’s book Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400062942/qid=1134270260/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-9747648-7111228?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

 

Gordon’s book, The Coming Collapse of Chinahttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/037550477X/qid=1134270217/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl14/002-9747648-7111228?n=507846&s=books&v=glance

 

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: https://qz.com/1714897/what-was-hong-kongs-umbrella-movement-about/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbrella_Movement

 

Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-asian-studies/article/inside-taiwans-sunflower-movement-twentyfour-days-in-a-studentoccupied-parliament-and-the-future-of-the-region/DB4A7B57538A6F06DC6C8CF0058C8040

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

 

The Interviewhttps://www.netflix.com/title/70305895

 

https://www.cnn.com/2014/12/27/world/asia/north-korea-the-interview-reaction/index.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/08/-sp-north-koreans-review-the-interview

Jul 20, 2020
Ep 85 | Hong Kong Security Law: An Interview with Political Commentator Gordon Chang
20:14

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Gordon Chang is an author and political commentator. I first learned of him when I heard about his book The Coming Collapse of China. Then in 2015, I met and interviewed him for the Talking Taiwan podcast. We will re-share that episode at a later time. Recently, I invited Gordon back on to share his thoughts on the Hong Kong Security Law, India’s ban of TikTok, Zoom’s ties with China and the confirmed case of bubonic plague in China’s Inner Mongolia. Will the U.S. ban Tiktok? At the time this interview was recorded that question was unanswered.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What is the Hong Kong Security Law?
  • What does the Hong Kong Security Law mean for Hong Kong and its democracy movement?
  • What has happened since the law was enacted?
  • What has been the reaction to the law by people in Hong Kong and around the world?
  • China’s violation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed on December 19, 1984 
  • How can the international community hold China accountable for what’s happening to Hong Kong?
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s offer to give British citizenship to up 3 million people from Hong Kong
  • Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen’s offer to provide refuge to the people of Hong Kong
  • What the Hong Kong Security Law means for Taiwan
  • How willing and able is China to take Taiwan by force?
  • India’s ban of 59 different Chinese apps including Tiktok and WeChat
  • Why the concern over Chinese apps?
  • The Chinese Communist Party’s 2017 National Intelligence Law
  • How Tiktok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company which is subject to the National Intelligence Law
  • How Zoom has sent information back to China, and canceled the accounts of activists who used Zoom to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square
  • The confirmed case of bubonic plague in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the G4 Swine Flu
  • China’s handling of COVID-19

 

Related Links:

 

Gordon Chang on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gordongchang

 

Gordon Chang’s website: www.gordonchang.com

 

The Hong Kong Security Law: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/world/asia/hong-kong-security-law-explain.html

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-52765838

 

Articles about concerns that the Chinese Communist Party could be mining the data of Tiktok users: https://qz.com/1613020/tiktok-might-be-a-chinese-cambridge-analytica-scale-privacy-threat/

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/06/26/warning-apple-suddenly-catches-tiktok-secretly-spying-on-millions-of-iphone-users/#69134f8934ef

 

https://theprint.in/tech/tiktok-caught-spying-on-iphone-users-in-india-and-around-the-world/450339/

 

Zoom’s data has gotten routed through China: https://www.businessinsider.com/china-zoom-data-2020-4

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/04/03/warning-zoom-sends-encryption-keys-to-china-sometimes/#4a901a0d3fd9

 

Why Zoom closed an account of a group that held a Zoom event commemorating the 31st anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre: https://www.axios.com/zoom-closes-chinese-user-account-tiananmen-square-f218fed1-69af-4bdd-aac4-7eaf67f34084.html?fbclid=IwAR2-8R2Jz9bb_iskXAJcO4mmBXrAeltYKs7CfZNna4h0Ko7TakrLB1sgH7k

 

 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike’s appearance on Laura Ingram’s Fox News Show stating that the US is considering banning Tiktok: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2020/07/07/tiktok-app-china-us-pompeo.cnnbusiness/video/playlists/business-news/

 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/mike-pompeo-tik-tok-china-communist-social-media-spying-fox-ingraham

Jul 13, 2020
Ep 84 | Black Lives Solidarity Global Initiative: Founders Stefanie Davis and Patrick Springer
01:11:06

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Stefanie Davis and Patrick Springer are the founders of the Black Lives Solidarity Global Initiative, which organized a rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on June 13th in Taipei’s 228 Peace Park. I spoke to Stefanie and Patrick about their experiences living as people of color in Taiwan and the U.S., the activities planned for the rally and their personal views of Black Lives Matter.

 

Here’s a description of the Black Lives Solidarity Global Initiative rally from their Facebook event page:

 

We cannot sit around as the stories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Iyanna Dior, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown Jr., Pamela Turner, Atatiana Jefferson, and countless others become common occurrences- background noise to the daily news, their lives summarized as sound bites between the weather and sports updates.

 

We cannot sit idly by and watch as police brutality against innocent black and brown bodies continues to go unchecked around the world.

 

It is time for us to take a stand and make our voices known that we demand action against racism both abroad and at home. That injustice against one of us, is an injustice to all.

 

Join us in a legal and peaceful rally Saturday, June 13th, at 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei as we come together to lend our support and our voices to those around the world fighting for equality and for others right to simply breathe.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What brought Stefanie and Patrick to Taiwan and how long they have been here
  • The racism that they have experienced in Taiwan and how it compares to what they’ve experienced in the U.S.
  • How they talk to their students about race and nationality
  • Patrick’s bar Arts & Crafts (in Taichung)
  • How the Black Lives Solidarity Global Initiative (BLSGI) came about
  • The events and activities planned at the June 13 BLSGI rally
  • The Taipei Is Listening Forum
  • How the BLSGI rally has put Taiwan on the map as one of the countries that has had a rally about the injustices happening to Black people in the U.S.
  • The feedback they’ve received about the rally
  • What Stefanie and Patrick hope that people take away from the experience of being at the rally or what they learned at the rally
  • Common stereotypes that people have about Black people
  • Facts and statistics that demonstrate some of the discrimination that Blacks in the U.S. experience
  • The shooting of Atatiana Jefferson and arrest of Sandra Bland
  • Where the funds raised at the rally went
  • Patrick and Stefanie’s personal experiences with Black Lives Matter
  • What advice Stefanie or Patrick have for non-Black people who want to understand the Black experience or who want to be allies
  • What Black Lives Matter means to Stefanie and Patrick
  • Facts and statistics based on US data and research that were shared at the BLSGI rally:

 

  • More than 1/2 of young Black Americans know someone, including themselves, who has been harassed by the police.
  • Black students are 3 times more likely to be suspended than white students for similar infractions.
  • Black drivers are 30% more likely than white drivers to be pulled over by the police.
  • For every $100 earned by white
  • families -> Black families earn $57.30.
  • Blacks Americans make up 13% of the nation's population.
  • Blacks Americans make 40% of prison populations.

 

 

Related Links:

 

 

 

Black Lives Solidarity Global Initiative Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/BLSGlobal/

 

Brothas & Sistas of Taiwan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1728788584038273/

 

Taipei Is Listening Forum: https://www.facebook.com/events/2570056726428424/

 

An article about the Taipei Is Listening Forum: https://ketagalanmedia.com/2020/06/11/is-taipei-listening-black-lives-matter-taiwan-gears-up-for-weekend-rally/

 

 

Patrick’s bar Arts & Crafts’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAndCraftsBar/

 

 

To follow Patrick's bartending recipes, videos, photos and his Virtual Happy Hour booking information visit: https://www.inhousebartender.com/

Jul 06, 2020
Ep 83 | What Led to Taiwan's Same Sex Marriage?
24:00

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In 2017 I interviewed Professor Wen Liu about the historic news of May 24, 2017, that Taiwan’s Constitutional Court had ruled that marriage is not strictly defined as being between a man and a woman. This paved the way for same sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan in 2019. Since the Stonewall uprising, which began on June 28, 1969, led to the international gay rights movement, June has become recognized as worldwide Pride month. In recognition of Pride month, I’d like to re-share my interview with gender studies Professor Wen Liu.

 

Here's a link to the original post of this interview: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/gender-studies-professor-wen-liu-talking-taiwan-ep-58/

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The May 24th ruling by the Constitutional Court in Taiwan that same-sex marriage could be legalized
  • Mr. Chi Chia-wei who’s lawsuit led to the May 24th ruling
  • The history of the same-sex marriage battle and family law in Taiwan
  • Major turning points in Taiwan’s LGBTQ movement
  • The history behind Taiwan’s gay pride parade
  • How Taiwan compares to other Asian countries on LGBTQ issues
  • The next steps after the May 24th ruling
  • The marriage equality bill, civil partnership bill, multiple family bill
  • Other work that needs to be done in Taiwan for the LGBTQ community

 

Related Links:

Wen Liu’s writings on New Bloom Magazine: http://newbloommag.net/author/wen-liu/

An article about the LGBTQ movement in Taiwan: https://outreachfortaiwan.org/taiwan-101/social-movements/lgbtq-movement-in-taiwan/

Jun 29, 2020
Ep 82 | Taiwan Pride Parade for the World: Speaking with Organizer Darien Chen
29:17

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

On June 28, 2020, Taiwan Pride Parade for the World will be held in Taipei at 3pm to celebrate Pride Month and the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots. While in-person Pride events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will likely be one of the few if only in-person Pride events to be held in the world during Pride Month. I spoke with the organizer of Taiwan Pride Parade for the World, Darien Chen about what motivated him to organize the event.

 

Darien also told me about how he participated in Mr. Gay World as Mr. Gay Taiwan and how he hopes that the parade will give people around the world hope and keep the torch and spirit of Pride alive.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Darien competed as the first Mr. Gay Taiwan at Mr. Gay World
  • His involvement in the first Gay Pride Parade in Taiwan
  • His involvement with the NTU (National Taiwan University) gay student club GayChat
  • What motivated Darien to organize Taiwan Pride Parade for the World
  • The challenges and obstacles he faced in trying to organize the event
  • How Taiwan will be the only place in the world that will be able to host a live in-person Gay Pride Parade in June (worldwide Pride Month), on the anniversary of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riots
  • That there are several Pride parades/events organized at the local level in Taiwan’s various counties
  • Activities planned on the day of the event
  • If there will be a live stream of the event
  • Darien’s co-organizer Mamasan drag queen Magnolia La Manga
  • How this rally will compare to the annual Gay Pride Parade that takes place in Taiwan in October
  • What the annual Gay Pride Parade that takes place in Taiwan in October is like and how it compares to the Gay Pride March in New York and other major cities

 

 

Related Links:

 

Taiwan Pride Parade for the World Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/277051990005355/

 

A Live stream of the event (Taiwan Pride Parade for the World) will be available on the Taiwan Pride Parade for the World Facebook event page or on Cookie the Drag Queen’s YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2Vr2VW6

 

Here’s where you can watch Global Pride 2020: https://www.globalpride2020.org/watch/

 

GLOBAL PRIDE 2020: COVID-19 relief PERFORMANCES WITH TODRICK HALL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HhzcnTFfjE

 

Mr. Gay World: https://mrgayworld.com/

 

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2016: http://www.anastasialin.com/bio

 

A Taipei Times article about NTU’s (National Taiwan University) student club GayChat: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2015/09/27/2003628678

Jun 28, 2020
Ep 81 | Black Lives Matter: A Conversation with Jalesa Tucker
26:28

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

After the murder of George Floyd sparked protests in Minneapolis, here in New York, across the country, and around the world, I wanted to have a conversation on Talking Taiwan about what precipitated all of this social unrest, the Black Lives Matter movement and what we, especially non-Black people can do at this time.

 

This led me to invite Jalesa Tucker to be a guest on Talking Taiwan. I met Jalesa when I did some work for a nonprofit that educates young people about healthy relationships.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • Who was George Floyd and why his death has led to massive protests across the U.S. and globally
  • Recent incidents in the U.S. that led up to the protests over the murder of George Floyd (May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota): the killing of Ahmaud Arbery (February 23 in Brunswick, Georgia), Breonna Taylor (March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky), a dispute between Chris Cooper and Amy Cooper in New York City’s Central Park (May 25)
  • The death of Trayvon Martin (February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida) that led to the Black Lives Matter movement
  • The start of the hashtag Black Lives Matter
  • What is taught about Black history or the lack thereof in U.S. high schools
  • The Black Lives Matter movement’s call to defund the police and what that means
  • Resources to learn more about racial inequality in the U.S.
  • Why Black Lives Matter is about humanity and how we treat each other

 

Related and Recommended Links:

 

Netflix documentary film, directed by Ava DuVernay 13th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8&t=210s

 

 

Malcom X: https://www.malcolmx.com/biography/

 

 

James Baldwin: https://www.biography.com/writer/james-baldwin

 

 

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem: https://www.resmaa.com/books

 

 

Emmanuel Acho’s YouTube channel video series, Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man: https://www.youtube.com/user/Eacho18/videos

Jun 22, 2020
Ep 80 | JD Chang: Founder of Crushing the Myth
36:55

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Crushing The Myth (CTM) is an Asian American speaker series that shares Asian American stories and perspectives with a global audience. Established in January of 2019, CTM aims to connect Asian Americans and allies to each other.

 

I spoke with the Founder of Crushing The Myth, JD Chang about why he created CTM, and its mission.

 

Crushing The Myth is about showing that Asian America today is more than just the “Model Minority” label and telling Asian American stories that make people LISTEN, LEARN, and INSPIRED.

 

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • JD’s experience of the model minority myth
  • What Crushing The Myth is about and what it represents
  • What is the mission of Crushing The Myth (CTM)
  • How JD started his career as a film line producer
  • What JD thinks about TED Talks
  • South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference
  • What Crushing the Myth offers to its participants (prospective speakers)
  • What’s the biggest challenge JD has experienced with Crushing The Myth
  • The highlights of working on Crushing The Myth
  • How people can sign up to do a Crushing The Myth talk
  • The training that Crushing The Myth provides to its speakers
  • JD’s tips for public speaking
  • JD’s tips for looking good on video
  • Where you can watch the CTM talks

 

 

 

Related Links:

 

Crushing The Myth’s website: https://www.crushingthemyth.com/

 

Crushing The Myth on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crushingthemyth/

 

Crushing The Myth YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLyCJ6sOp72YB2iXJhd9DA

 

 

 

JD Chang on social media:

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdchang360/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdchang360

 

 

 

APEX for Youth: https://www.apexforyouth.org/

 

Asia Society: https://asiasociety.org/new-york

 

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference: https://www.sxsw.com/

 

TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks

Jun 15, 2020
Ep 79 | Gary Reloj Coronavirus Survivor Delivers PPE
57:18

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Gary Reloj is Co-founder of the PPE Relief Initiative, an entrepreneur in the tech startup and restaurant industry, a founding board member of The Promise Society, and a COVID-19 survivor. 

 

In late March, Gary shared a public Facebook post, that was a very well-documented account of COVID-19 symptoms he’d experienced, the toll it took on his body, and specific things that he did to cope with the physical discomfort, and anxiety that it brought on. He had come down with symptoms early on, even before New York City went on lockdown and when testing was still not widely available. It was clear that he had written his post as a way to help others who had also contracted COVID-19 or were worried about possibly contracting it. In the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, every little cough, sniffle or bit of malaise sent a lot of us into a panic. 

 

Around that time, I also learned that Gary was spearheading an effort to get PPE (personal protective equipment) to health care workers. That effort became the PPE Relief Initiative (PRI) with a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise $30,000 to give PPE kits to 400 healthcare workers. 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Gary dealt with and recovered from having COVID-19
  • The Facebook post that Gary wrote and publicly shared detailing his COVID-19 symptoms and the regime he followed in dealing with his symptoms
  • What motivated Gary to start looking for a way to deliver PPE to healthcare workers
  • Gary’s PPE Relief Initiative Co-founder Dr. Joanne Kwan
  • How they determined what to include in the PPE Relief Initiative supply kit that they were going to give health care workers
  • The challenges they encountered in obtaining high quality PPE
  • The PRI team
  • Why the PRI supply kits are delivered directly to health care workers rather than to hospitals
  • The GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for PRI to raise $30,000 to support 400 healthcare workers
  • There is still room for around 200 for healthcare workers that live or work in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area and are dealing with COVID-19 patients to apply for the PRI supply kits
  • How they prioritize which healthcare workers will receive the PRI supply kits first
  • The partnership with The Promise Society on the PRI’s GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign
  • PRI’s support for Black Lives Matter protesters and tips for how protestors should protect themselves and be safe while protesting during this pandemic
  • Being prepared for a possible second wave of COVID-19 cases
  • What’s next for PRI after the GoFundMe campaign
  • How having COVID-19 has affected Gary’s outlook on life

 

Related Links:

PPE Relief Initiative’s GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign: http://pperelief.org/donate or https://bit.ly/2Y7JguX

 

Eligible healthcare workers can apply for the PRI supply kits here: www.pperelief.org/apply

 

PPE Relief Initiative’s website: https://pperelief.org/

 

PRI’s social media accounts:

 

PRI on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ppe.relief/

 

PRI’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ppe.relief.initiative/

 

Cuomo's words really resonated with me and I used the phrase “New York Tough” to help get my mind right and out of the negative mental trench I was in. If you have Covid-19 or someone you know has it, and you’re looking for someone to talk to about the experience, please don’t hesitate to reach out. When I was at my worst, I was partly in a bad place mentally because I felt so helpless and clueless as to how long my symptoms were going to last. I seriously wish I had someone I could talk to at a human level that could relate to what I was experiencing so if I could do that for you, please let me know.

That said, here is the full list of symptoms I experienced...
-Fever (ranged between 100 and 102). My fever lasted for four days.
-Chronic dry coughing. It came from deep within my chest and at times, would have bad coughing fits. One coughing session was so bad, my core stomach muscles cramped up and I started to gag because I just couldn’t breathe…. That really sucked!
-Difficulty breathing. This was the big one. Any form of simple physical activity would make it hard to breathe; you almost feel like you’re drowning it’s like an asthma attack. If I got out of bed to go to the bathroom, or if I would try to eat food, I would be gasping for air with short, shallow, quick breaths. It was extremely difficult to take deep breaths (still is to an extent). The only way I’d be able to breath normally would be to lay down in bed on my side.
-Dehydration. This was especially bad when I was on my 2nd day of my fever and was coughing up a storm.
-Chills. This also occurred on the 2nd and 3rd day of my fever.
-Loss of appetite. Not only was I not hungry, but when I did eat, it was actually hard to breathe while eating, so that contributed to my loss of appetite.
-Confusion. This again was on the 2nd day, early in the morning. I just woke up and I felt like I was still in dream mode, and I kept trying to tell my body move, but it felt like I was stuck and was confused to where I was.
-Diarrhea.
-Fatigue
-Loss of smell. My taste was also a bit dulled, especially with sweets.
-Body aches. This was actually my first symptom. It first started with body aches like sciatica. I then had back pains, lower and upper back.
-Anxiety. There were moments where my mind was in a very bad place, especially when it was very hard to breathe. I started to get anxiety thinking about every breathe and as a result, it would disrupt my breathing cycle. When I would have major anxiety, I would try to calm myself by playing meditation music and do my best to have my mind escape reality for a minute to help regulate my breathing again. Eventually, as a way to combat future anxiety, I would create structure around me to keep me busy and help me cope. For example, I documented all my symptoms under a certain timeline, I documented my medication and tried to create a set schedule, and I made sure to reach out to friends for support.

Here’s the lineup of meds I took and how often:
-Tylenol Extra Strength, 3000mg daily, or 2 pills 3x a day. This was probably the most important thing I was taking.
-Mucinex DM, 1 tablet every 12 hours. This helped act as a cough suppressant.
-Cepacol Extra Strength. Take as needed. This helped numb my throat. While I know my coughing originated more from my chest and not my throat, it gave me peace of mind to take Cepacol before I slept.
-Pedialyte. Unfortunately I didn’t have any, but my friend who also had Covid-19 was using it to help with dehydration and if I could do it all over again, I would have included it in my rotation.
-Ton of water. I can’t stress how important it is to have available water by your side. I would have a big pitcher of water by my bed at all times and when I could manage to get out of bed, I always made sure to re-fill my pitcher even if it’s 70% full.

Here’s the timeline of everything (this was the diary I kept).

03/11: Suspected date of exposure
03/14: Noticed body aches, like sciatica.
03/15: Back aches, lower and upper back. Mild diarrhea.
03/16: Experience slight fatigue. Back pain and sciatica pain increases. Start to have mild cough.
03/18: Lose sense of smell. Fatigue increases big time. Cough starts to become more frequent. Start to feel warm under eyelids at night. Mild diarrhea continues. Appetite still normal.
03/19: Cough and fatigue becomes worse. Headaches occur.
03/20: Chronic coughing begins. Fever occurs 101 degrees. Loss of appetite begins.
03/21: Very bad coughing fits, difficulty breathing. Fever still at 101 degrees. Extremely fatigued. Experienced cold chills as well. Further loss of appetite. Difficulty sleeping.
03/22: Coughing is still terrible, at times difficult to breathe. Energy and appetite was okay in the morning, decreased as day progressed. Difficulty sleeping. Breathing is still bad.
03/23: Becoming more thirsty. Woke up and fever wasn’t so bad. Early evening suffered worst coughing fit. Night fever is back, 101. Worst night of sleep. Breathing is still bad.
03/24: Lower back really hurts, but could be due to uncomfortable bed. Felt better for most of the day, around 3:30pm start to feel worse. Managed to get myself under control after taking Tylenol and shower around 3:40pm. Improved appetite and energy. No fever. Breathing ability hasn’t improved.
03/25: Breathing is still effected. The simplest form of physical activity creates shallow breathing, elevated breathing rates.
03/26: Energy and appetite continues to improve. Coughing slightly improved; starting to produce some phlegm. Breathing is still the same. 3rd day of no fever. Spoke with Doctor, said plateau of symptoms is a good sign, as Covid-19 is progressive in nature. Still have diarrhea.
03/27: Feel exponentially better. Breathing is much improved, although still can’t take deep breaths without coughing. Coughing overall is down. Again, no fever. Energy is up, able to sit up without trouble, was able to walk and spend time outside.
03/28: Diarrhea seems improved. Still coughing a little. Breathing still improved. Still no fever.

Anyway, I hope this helps! AND STAY HOME!!

 

Gary Reloj’s social media accounts:

 

Gary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garyreloj

 

Gary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garyreloj/

 

Gary on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GaryReloj



The Promise Society’s website: http://www.thepromisesociety.org/

Jun 08, 2020
Ep 78 | Sunflower Movement: Reflecting Back from the Civil Unrest of 2020
17:30

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: 

As protests and civil unrest arise across the U.S., and tension has mounted, Talking Taiwan's host Felicia Lin was reminded of a time in which she found herself in the midst of intense protests in 2014,  in Taipei, Taiwan, after the occupation of the Legislative Yuan in what has become known as the Sunflower Movement.

Jun 01, 2020
Ep 77 | Richard Wang Announcer of Taiwan Baseball Games: First Pro Sports Since Covid-19
48:03

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

The exceptional way in which Taiwan has handled and contained the Coronavirus has thrust it into the international spotlight once again, but for a different reason. On April 11th, Taiwan’s professional baseball league (CPBL) became the world’s first professional sports league to open in 2020. And then it became the first to have spectators at their games on May 8th.

 

When I realized that Taiwan had became the only place on the planet where professional baseball was being played, and I knew there was a story there. I learned that Richard Wang had become the English broadcaster for CPBL games, so I reached out to him hoping that he’d agree to an interview for Talking Taiwan.


Richard kindly agreed to do the interview, and you’ll see how just how kind, gracious and patient he was when our interview got off to a bit of a rocky start. Just watch the blooper video of our Zoom call, which shows that strange things happen when using a virtual background. Look for that video below in the related links section.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What happened when Taiwan’s baseball league (CPBL) realized that they were going to be the first sports league in the world to open in 2020
  • The Eleven Sports Network’s role in bringing English commentary to Taiwan’s baseball league
  • Richard’s baseball broadcasting partner Wayne McNeil 
  • What it was like having live baseball games with no spectators
  • What it was like when fans were allowed to attend baseball games
  • The comparison between baseball games played in the U.S. and Taiwan
  • How Richard became a Red Sox fan
  • How Richard got the nickname Boston
  • How Richard got interested in baseball
  • How Richard became a baseball announcer in Taiwan
  • How aspects of Taiwanese culture and traditions are introduced during the broadcasting of games
  • A viral video of a home run call from 2013, when Manny Ramirez hit another home run for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan
  • How baseball was introduced to Taiwan
  • The history of baseball in Taiwan
  • Taiwan’s Little League and its participation in the Little League World Series
  • How baseball has boosted Taiwan’s international image
  • Why Taiwan’s baseball league is called the Chinese Professional Baseball League
  • The Taiwan Major League (TML)
  • Parallels between the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Coronavirus in 2020
  • The precautions taken at the baseball stadiums in Taiwan
  • Will there be a major league baseball season in the U.S.
  • Where you can watch the CPBL games
  • What baseball has to do with the New Taiwan Dollar 500 dollar bill

 

 

Richard Wang and Wayne McNeil (Photo courtesy of Richard Wang)

 

 

Richard Wang and Wayne McNeil (Photo courtesy of Richard Wang)

 

Related Links:

 

Blooper video of Richard Wang’s interview with Felicia Lin:

 

CPBL English Website: http://www.cpbl.com.tw/eng/history/

 

For CPBL stats and stories visit: http://cpblstats.com/

 

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Here’s a video clip from a CPBL game that shows the robot drummers:

https://twitter.com/ElevenSportsTW/status/1251201807981768709

 

Watch CPBL games by going to Twitter.com and searching for one of the following four teams: Rakuten Monkeys, Uni Lions, Chinatrust Brothers and Fubon Guardians

 

Watch Rakuten Monkeys, Uni Lions on the Eleven Sports Taiwan Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/ElevenSportsTW

Richard Wang on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RWang_WBSC

Jun 01, 2020
Ep 76 | Grace Lee: Documentary Filmmaker on A-Doc
26:43

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network was established in 2016 and is a resource and network for nonfiction filmmakers at all different stages of their career. I spoke with one of A-Doc’s Co-founders, Grace Lee, about the organization, and its “Stories of the Coronavirus” microdoc series, with microdocs being released throughout the month of May and beyond.

 

Grace also told me about two of her most recent documentary film projects, the PBS five-part documentary “Asian Americans,” which will air May 11 and May 12, and the

“And She Could Be Next” docuseries for POV on PBS that will be released in June.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Grace got involved with the Auntie Sewing Squad
  • A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network) and its mission
  • The A-Doc “Stories of the Coronavirus” microdoc series
  • How Valerie’s microdoc “Sewing in the Time of Coronavirus” became A-Doc’s proof of concept for the “Stories of the Coronavirus” microdoc series
  • The events, work and initiatives of A-Doc
  • Resources that Grace recommends for documentary filmmakers to deal with the COVI-19 pandemic
  • A-Doc’s partnership with the Center for Asian American Media (in San Francisco) on a mentorship/fellowship program
  • A-Doc’s work on creating a database of documentary films made by Asian American filmmakers
  • The networking opportunities for filmmakers facilitated by A-Doc
  • What’s in the future for A-Doc
  • How has the landscape of Asian American documentary films and filmmakers changed since Grace started her career
  • The PBS five-part documentary “Asian Americans,” that Grace worked on
  • “And She Could Be Next” series for POV (television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films on PBS) that Grace has worked on
  • Grace’s advice for aspiring documentary filmmakers

 

Related Links:

 

A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network): https://a-doc.org/

 

A-Doc’s “Stories of the Coronavirus” series on their YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2ZuQSK0

 

A-Doc’s “Stories of the Coronavirus” series Facebook (Find it on the A-Doc Facebook page’s video playlist #AsianAmCovidStories): https://www.facebook.com/watch/AADocNetwork/679806489500783/

 

 

A-Doc’s social media channels:

 

A-Doc Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AADocNetwork/

 

A-Doc on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aadocnetwork/

 

A-Doc on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aadocnetwork

 

A-Doc YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeuFgUcrtY06flPt9n9T4iw

 

The PBS five-hour series “Asian Americans”: https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/

 

 

“And She Could Be Next” A new docuseries from POV: https://www.andshecouldbenext.com/

 

 

A-Doc Co-Founder Grace Lee’s website: http://www.gracelee.net/

 

 

A-Doc Co-Founder Leo Chiang’s website: http://sleochiang.com/

 

 

Loni Ding (The “godmother of Asian American documentaries”): http://www.cetel.org/ding.html

 

 

Resources for documentary filmmakers:

 

Filmmaker's Guide To Applying For US Coronavirus Federal Relief: https://www.documentary.org/creators/covid19

 

The International Documentary Association: https://www.documentary.org/

 

Creative Capital: https://creative-capital.org/

 

California Humanities: https://calhum.org/

May 25, 2020
Ep 75 | Auntie Sewing Squad Combats Covid-19 One Mask at a Time
54:21

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

What a fun, spirited conversation I had with my guests Valerie Soe and Kristina Wong! We could certainly use more conversations like this in this post-COVID-19 world. We talked about the Auntie Sewing Squad, a sewing circle formed during the global Coronavirus pandemic, that has taken on making masks first for frontline medical and essential workers, and now for vulnerable marginalized communities, who have no financial means to purchase masks.

 

My guests are Valerie Soe, an Asian American Studies Professor and Film maker, and Kristina Wong, a performance artist. comedian, writer and elected representative.

 

Valerie has been on Talking Taiwan previously to talk about her documentary film Love Boat: Taiwan and she recently made a microdocumentary, “Sewing in the Time of Coronavirus,” which incidentally, is how I learned about the Auntie Sewing Squad.

 

Kristina, is the force behind the Auntie Sewing Squad. She recently streamed a live performance, “Kristina Wong Sweatshop Overlord” over Zoom and YouTube. It’s her latest work born out of the current COVID-19 lockdown, about how she went from volunteer sewist to a “swearshop” overlord in ten days. 

 

Listen in and enjoy our conversation!

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The mission/purpose of the Auntie Sewing Squad
  • Why Kristina was initially reluctant to wear a mask herself when the pandemic first hit Los Angeles
  • How the Auntie Sewing Squad grew from a dozen members to over 600
  • Writing Auntie Rebecca Solnit’s piece for The Guardian which mentions the Auntie Sewing Squad
  • “Aunties” located in states other than California
  • What funds donated to the Auntie Sewing Squad (via Kristina) used for
  • The unfortunate acronym that represents to the Auntie Sewing Squad
  • What “Auntie Care” is
  • Does Kristina plan on making the Auntie Sewing Squad into a non-profit organization
  • The microdocumentary film that Valerie made for A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network)
  • How Kristina helped an LA hospital fix broken N95 masks that were given to them by the Federal government
  • Stories about the amazing dedication of the sewing aunties
  • How you can support the Auntie Sewing Squad even if you don’t sew
  • How much longer the Auntie Sewing Squad will continue sewing masks
  • Kristina’s connection to the “Love Boat program”
  • Kristina and Valerie’s advice for how to deal with lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Related Links:

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/AuntieSewing

 

The Auntie Sewing Squad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2764362993676831/

 

Ways to donate to the Auntie Sewing Squad:

 

Tax-deductible donation link thanks to Art2Action who has waived the fiscal sponsor fees:  https://donorbox.org/auntie-sewing-squad

 

Kristina Wong PayPal General Donations using (Friends & Family):  k@kristinasherylwong.com

 

Kristina Wong Venmo General Donations HERE: “GiveKristinaWongMoney”

 

 

"Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord" (May 6, 2020 performance). This performance is a preview of Kristina’s new work born out of the current lockdown and about how she went from volunteer sewist to overlord of a volunteer sewing factory in ten days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmSWdH1BnjE

 

Kristina Wong’s website: http://kristinawong.com/

 

Kristina Wong’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ilovekristinawong/

 

Kristina Wong’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYVB9LCGQewhp4LxlachKPQ

 

Valerie Soe’s blog post about the Auntie Sewing Squad and microdocumentary “Sewing in the Time of Coronavirus”: https://beyondasiaphilia.com/2020/05/07/fire-in-the-rain-sewing-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

 

Valerie Soe’s microdocumentary, “Sewing in the Time of Coronavirus”: https://youtu.be/1H7jrmD3JC4

 

Writing Auntie Rebecca Solnit’s article for The Guardian, “The way we get through this is together: the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus,” which features a mention of the Auntie Sewing Squad: https://bit.ly/2LDuK8d

 

Valerie’s previous Talking Taiwan interview about her documentary film, Love Boat Taiwan: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/love-boat-taiwan-interview-asian-american-studies-professor-film-maker-valerie-soe-ep-66/

May 18, 2020
Ep 74 | Surviving the Coronavirus Crash as a Musician: A Discussion with Peter Lin
39:07

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Since I’ve stepped into the role of Producer of this podcast, in addition to being the host, we’ve been working on consistently delivering quality content, and on releasing previously unreleased episodes. In doing so, it’s allowed me to revisit some of our previous guests like Peter Lin who is a jazz musician and trombone player who I interviewed in 2018. 

 

Recently I caught up with Peter, two years after our first interview. Artists and musicians have been amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and I wanted to know how Peter was dealing with it.

 

I learned that Peter released a second album in 2019 and has started a new company, Yardbird Entertainment. He had lots of great advice and tips for musicians who are trying to get through these tough times.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The difference between performing live vs. doing remote, online performances
  • How the Internet can offer new opportunities for musicians to reach the larger global community
  • How some musicians have earned money by performing on a live stream with a link to Venmo or PayPal to donate
  • What relief funds and government assistance there is for musicians
  • The different ways that musicians have been trying to earn money
  • The Facebook group, the COVID-19 musicians support group- a resource to apply for unemployment, and find out about grants
  • Resources where musicians can apply for relief
  • The importance of staying at home and protecting those who are most vulnerable and realizing who has been hardest hit
  • What Peter has been working on since the last time he was on Talking Taiwan on 2018
  • The release of Peter’s second album New Age Old Ways in 2019 and the comic book that accompanies it
  • Peter’s YouTube series Jazz Biz 101 by Yardbird Entertainment
  • Peter’s remote video production company, Yardbird Entertainment
  • Creating mobile live stream
  • How clubs can widen their reach by broadcasting on the Internet
  • How people can support artists and musicians in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Related Links:

 

The Lintet’s website and social media

 

Peter Lin's Website : www.lintet.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelintet

Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_lintet

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR9oIrd0KQlvLqov1ivTkSA

 

Yardbird Entertainment’s website and social media

 

Yardbird Entertainment Website : www.yardbirdent.com

Y.E.'s Facebook: www.facebook.com/yardbirdentertainment

Y.E.'s Instagram: www.instagram.com/yardbirdentertainment

Y.E.'s YouTube (Jazz Biz 101 + Y.E. Remote Music Video Productions): www.youtube.com/c/yardbirdentertainment

 

Jazz Exchange Relief Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dz5cng-the-jazz-exchange-relief-fund

 

Louis Armstrong Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund: https://louisarmstrongfoundation.org/emergency-fund-for-jazz-musicians-form/

 

Peter Lin's Digital Album + Comic Book "New Age Old Ways" + First Album "With Respect": https://peterlin.bandcamp.com/

 

Places to stream Peter Lin's Music:

 

Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/2zQlHyPGf6ydi4CBrLXP4r

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/peter-lin/1402841452

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Respect-Peter-Lin/dp/B07F1TPSQC

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Peter_Lin_New_Age_Old_Ways?id=Bhdnqosid74unyfczxi5grktxoq&PCamRefID=LFV_857c0eb8a48e4637a911c4fb39769d32

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/thelintet

 

Kelly Lin's Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SketchBites

 

Peter Lin's Remote Rendition of Taiwanese Classic "Wife":

https://youtu.be/Brja_6rq1T4

https://www.facebook.com/peterlinmusic/videos/10157450798753335/

 

NYC's Covid-19 Musician Resource Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nycmusicianscovid19/

 

Chris Do's "The Futur" YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSkoolRocks

 

Pat Flynn’s website Smart Passive Income: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/

May 11, 2020
Ep 73 | Jazz Trombone Player Peter Lin: A Mix of East and West
46:37

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Peter Lin, is a trombone player, leader of the jazz band, The Lintet, and music teacher. He is a man who wears a lot of different hats! In March of 2018, Peter spoke with me about his career as a professional musician, the difference between being a bandleader versus a sideman, and how he met jazz legend Slide Hampton. We also talked about the Lintet’s first upcoming album, and the connection between Jeremy Lin, Linsanity, and The Lintet- all of which incidentally are not related to me.

 

Peter shared why he describes jazz as democratic, and a barometer of the United States’ social climate. In his first album, The Lintet introduces Taiwanese music to jazz listeners and jazz music to the Taiwanese.

 

Two years later, we’ve invited Peter back on to Talking Taiwan to let us know what he’s been up to, how he’s been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to share some advice for how musicians can get through these tough times. Our follow up interview is coming up on the next episode of Talking Taiwan.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Peter got started playing the trombone
  • How he decided to become a professional musician
  • Where the band’s name The Lintet came from
  • What Peter does as a bandleader
  • How jazz has historically reflected the social climate and race relations in the U.S.
  • How The Lintet incorporates Taiwanese and Chinese songs done in jazz style at his performances and on their first album
  • The twofold purpose The Lintet’s album to introduce Taiwanese to jazz music and to introduce jazz listeners to Taiwanese and Chinese music
  • Peter’s observation that more Taiwanese people are becoming interested in jazz

 

 

Here’s the sound clip from one of the Lintet’s 2018 Lunar New Year performances. It’s a rendition of a classic Teresa Teng song:

 

 

Related Links:

 

Peter Lin’s Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/peterlinmusic

 

The Lintet’s first album, With Respect: https://peterlin.bandcamp.com/album/with-respect

 

The Lintet’s website: www.lintet.com

May 04, 2020
Ep 72 | China’s Coronavirus Pandemic Lack of Transparency: An Interview with Scott Simon
24:46

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Scott Simon, Professor in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies and Co-holder of the Research Chair in Taiwan Studies at the University of Ottawa spoke with us about an article he wrote for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute which served to sound a warning to the global community about China’s lack of transparency. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, several media sources have reported that Chinese authorities alerted the WHO on December 31, 2019, about several cases of pneumonia of unknown cause. China then announced its first death from the Coronavirus on January 11, 2020.

 

In our conversation, Scott also offered an anthropological perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic by discussing the term anthropocene, which is defined as the period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact on the Earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age. He also offered thoughts on what should be taken into consideration as the world begins to look at when to end lockdowns.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The March 16thincident in which China flew one of their military jets very close to Taiwan’s airspace at night
  • Chinese aggressive behavior since the COVID-19 outbreak towards Taiwan’s outer islands, Taiwan’s main island, Japan and Guam
  • Chinese military’s operations during the global COVID-19 pandemic
  • How do we really know about what’s going on in China and the PLA
  • Does China have its COVID-19 outbreak currently under control
  • China’s lack of transparency
  • How China has tried to rewrite history and dispute that COVID-19 originated from China
  • How China has blocked Taiwan’s WHO membership
  • How Taiwan and the WHO have differed in their early responses to COVID-19
  • The Free and Open Indo-Pacific foreign policy spearheaded by Japan
  • Coronavirus cases on the USS Theodore Roosevelt
  • Scott’s perspective as an anthropologist on the COVID-19 pandemic and what considerations should be made as lockdowns are lifted
  • How the Western world failed to see the possible impact of the Coronavirus

 

 

Related Links:

 

Professor Scott Simon’s author page on The Center for International  Policy Studies of the University of Ottawa website: https://www.cips-cepi.ca/author/scott-simon/

 

We Must Be on Guard as China Seeks Strategic Advantage: Scott Simon for Inside Policy: https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/china-seeks-strategic-advantage-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR0eRpwScoHNeHSIbMp-r3YjRK9cQpBT_C5LXuI4YJMh4Isw8bZGfg_t9W8

 

Macdonald-Laurier Institute (Canada's only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa): https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/

 

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific foreign policy: https://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/page25e_000278.html

The Pandemic Is Turning the Natural World Upside Down: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/04/coronavirus-pandemic-earth-pollution-noise/609316/

Apr 27, 2020
Ep 71 | How I Homeschool During the Coronavirus: An Interview with Emily Chen
33:49

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I invited Emily Chen on to Talking Taiwan as a guest to talk about how she manages to homeschool during the coronavirus when having her kids home full-time during this pandemic. The idea for this episode came from a Google doc that was created and shared by Emily on Facebook. The link to it is listed below in the related links section of this post. You’ll see that it has over 100 weblinks to resources for parents and kids to try out during the Coronavirus pandemic. What a treasure trove of information it is!

**SPOILER ALERT** Be sure to listen to the end of my interview with Emily for a special offering that she has for parents and kids to get through the quarantine of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so many parents and families struggling with managing their kids at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I realized that many people could benefit from this amazing list of resources that Emily has compiled. I also knew that because Emily has been homeschooling her kids, she could definitely provide some perspective with parents suddenly faced with this unfamiliar situation.

 

Our conversation touched upon what homeschooling is and the different approaches that people take to homeschooling. Imagine a teaching approach completely centered on a particular child’s interests and a more holistic approach to teaching. In essence every moment of teaching could be turned into a well-rounded lesson by looking at a particular subject matter from different angles by discussing the math, geography, history, or writing etc. involved.

 

It is a creative approach to teaching what a child is already interested and it makes what the child has learned seem much more meaningful and tangible. This conversation gave me a fuller understanding of how homeschooling works and how Emily is applying it to her kids.  In full disclosure, Emily is not only my Facebook friend, but also my cousin. Strange that we never got into such an in-depth conversation about this before.

 

Emily also shared her thoughts on how to manage working at home while having kids at home and how to parents your kids when you are at home full-time with your kids.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How long Emily has been homeschooling her kids
  • Why Emily decided to homeschool her kids
  • What is homeschooling, and what approaches to people take to homeschooling their kids
  • What is unschooling and different unschooling approaches
  • Homeschooling vs. public schooling
  • How she and her kids are dealing with social distancing and how that has impacted their homeschooling
  • The challenges for parents having to be home full-time with their kids due to lockdown recommendations
  • What’s on the Google doc list of resources that Emily put together for parents with kids at home
  • How parents can deal with having kids of different ages and personalities at home at the same time
  • How to manage working at home with having kids at home
  • Talking to your kids about the Coronavirus
  • How to parent your kids when you are at home full-time with your kids

 

Related Links:

The Google doc that Emily has compiled with resources for homeschoolers and parents looking for things to do with their kids at home: https://bit.ly/2VuOOOR

Emily’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mchendraws/

Other resources for parents dealing with talking to kids about COVID-19:

Coronavirus: Keeping Our Children And Ourselves Safe, With Pamela Cantor, M.D. (180 Podcast): https://www.turnaroundusa.org/the-180-podcast-coronavirus/

Turnaround For Children, an organization created by Dr. Pamela Cantor in the wake of 9/11, after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on NYC schoolchildren: https://www.turnaroundusa.org/

The Daily podcast episode, in which Carl Zimmer, science reporter and author of the “Matter” column for The New York Times answers kids questions about COVID-19: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-kids-guide-to-coronavirus/id1200361736?i=1000469699785

TED Talk 10 Tips for Cultivating Creativity in Your Kids: http://ideas.ted.com/10-tips-for-cultivating-creativity-in-your-kids/

Apr 20, 2020
Ep 70 | Taiwan’s Response to the Coronavirus: An Interview with Dr. Brian Chang
27:44

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Since Taiwan has received a great deal of recognition globally for its successful containment of COVID-19, I've been looking to interview a medical professional about Taiwan's response and handling of the Coronavirus. Special thanks to Dr. Han Mingrong (韓明榮) for his help in connecting me with Dr. Brian Chang who is located in Taipei, Taiwan. 

 

I spoke with Dr. Chang about the early steps that Taiwan took to contain the Coronavirus outbreak, and how having dealt with SARS in 2003, the government and the general public in particular was prepared to deal with COVID-19. 

 

Note to listeners: my interview with Dr. Chang was pre-recorded. I spoke to him on April 2nd, 2020, which was around the time of the ching ming  jie or tomb sweeping weekend in Taiwan. I really appreciate the fact that Dr. Chang took the time out of his busy schedule to speak with me. Right after we spoke, he had planned to travel down to southern Taiwan to observe the tomb sweeping weekend.

 

Dr. Chang is the acting Secretary General of the Taiwan Medical Association and the Honorary Secretary of the World Organization of Family Doctors of the Asia Pacific Region. He is a specialist in family medicine and community medicine. Dr. Chang has been a Director in a public health center for 11 years.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this episode:

 

  • How Taiwan is currently dealing with the Coronavirus
  • How Taiwan’s experience with SARS prepared it and its people to deal with COVID-19
  • What were the earliest steps that Taiwan took to contain the spread of COVID-19
  • How the government of Taiwan clearly communicated and educated its public about that precautions they needed to take regarding COVID-19 
  • How the public in Taiwan initially reacted when the Coronavirus hit 
  • How Taiwan’s government instilled confidence in the people of Taiwan
  • How Taiwan’s government handled the spread of false news and rumors
  • Dr. Chang’s recommendations of when to wear masks
  • How the government created educational videos (public service announcements) to inform the public
  • The biggest challenges for Taiwan currently in containing the spread of COVID-19
  • Fines enacted by the government of Taiwan for the violation of self-isolation rules
  • What the U.S. can learn from Taiwan’s handling of COVID-19
  • What kind of aid Taiwan is currently offering to help other nations dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic
  • What is our best hope to develop a vaccine or to find a cure?
  • What medical advice Dr. Chang has for people who are currently under lockdown and trying to stay healthy

 

 

Related Links:

 

Dr. Brian Chang’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brianclinic/  

 

An article on how Taiwan has been so successful in managing the Coronavirus written by Brian Bih-Jeng Chang and Tai-Yuan Chiu, Ready for a long fight against the COVID-19 outbreak: an innovative model of tiered primary health care in Taiwan: https://bjgpopen.org/content/early/2020/04/07/bjgpopen20X101068

 

Taiwan’s CDC website (in Chinese characters): https://www.cdc.gov.tw

 

An example educational video (aka public service announcements) that the government created to inform the public about COVID-19: 

https://youtu.be/gHc9WcEKWX4

Apr 13, 2020
Ep 69 | Coronavirus Pandemic in New York: An Interview with Dr. Wilson Wang
01:03:55

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Wilson Wang back on to Talking Taiwan after five years for what turned out to be a very in-depth conversation, about the Coronavirus crisis in New York. Dr. Wang spoke with me about the COVID-19 pandemic from both a science-based and human perspective. This interview with Dr. Wang was recorded last week on March 30th, 2020.

 

Dr. Wilson Wang is the Founder and CEO of a health software company called Walking Doctors, a pediatric emergency room physician and hospitalist at NYU and NYC Public Hospital system, and adjunct faculty of Global Public Health at NYU.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this episode:

 

  • How Dr. Wang and his family are dealing with COVID-19
  • How Dr. Wang’s experience with Ebola led to establishing Walking Doctors
  • The importance of standardizing diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • Comparing the Ebola outbreak with COVID-19
  • Epidemics vs. pandemics
  • The SARS 2003 epidemic
  • The strategies that Taiwan used to contain the spread of COVID-19
  • Development of a test for COVID-19
  • Is the Coronavirus airborne and how long does it survive in the air?
  • How long does the Coronavirus survive on surfaces?
  • Comparing measles with the Coronavirus
  • Dr. Wang’s recommendations on whether or not to wear a mask
  • Why it’s important to adhere to social distancing and self-isolation
  • Possible treatments for COVID-19
  • The ventilator shortage
  • Which is our best hope a vaccine or cure?
  • General advice to people trying to stay healthy and deal with social distancing and self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Related Links:

 

Dr. Wang’s blog: http://wilson-wang.squarespace.com/

 

JAMA Article:

Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan

Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762689

 

Dr. Wang on social media:

 

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/wilson-wang-9289554

 

Twitter: @walkingdoctors

 

Walking Doctors: https://walkingdocs.com/

 

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Apr 06, 2020
Ep 68 | Ebola Outbreak: An Interview with Dr. Wilson Wang
46:58

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

What does a robot, Jedi and Wi-Fi have to do with the Ebola crisis? In 2015 I spoke with Wilson Wang a medical doctor by training, who was a Senior Clinical director at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) at the time. We spoke about his work with IRC on the 2014 Ebola outbreak and his career in medicine and public health.  

 

As we deal with the coronavirus here in New York City, I thought with this would be a good time to share this episode. Stay tuned for the next episode of Talking Taiwan. I’ll be bringing back Dr. Wang to speak about how his Ebola work led him to establish Waking Doctors and his current work on COVID-19, the coronavirus in New York City.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • The origin, mission and work of International Rescue Committee
  • Wilson’s career in medicine and public health leading up to his work with the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • How Wilson balances the practice of medicine with health management
  • How IRC was asked to create an Ebola treatment unit (i.e. a hospital) for Ebola patients
  • How more people died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic than in all of the Ebola epidemics of the past 35 years
  • How for nearly 40 years there hadn’t been reliable medical record keeping about the treatment of Ebola patients
  • What the JEDI app acronym stands for
  • The robot created by Vecna to be used in Liberia
  • U.S. reaction to the Ebola outbreak
  • What’s guided Dr. Wang in his particular career path

 

Related Links:

 

Dr. Wilson Wang’s website where he writes about his work: http://wilson-wang.squarespace.com/

 

Articles about Dr. Wang’s work with IRC on the Ebola epidemic:

 

http://time.com/3615990/ebola-electronic-health-records/

 

ihttp://www.fastcolabs.com/3039512/fighting-ebola-with-a-robot-and-an-app-called-jedi

 

Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/

 

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder: https://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Beyond-Tracy-Kidder/dp/0812973011

 

An article about the controversy over Dr. Craig Spencer, a volunteer Doctors Without Borders physician who returned to New York with Ebola: https://time.com/3535902/craig-spencer-ebowla-jokes-lack-empathy/

Mar 30, 2020
Ep 67 | Love Boat Taipei: An Interview with Best Selling Author Abigail Hing Wen
36:24

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Earlier this year I went to Books of Wonder (in New York City’s Upper Westside) to attend a book launch event for Loveboat, Taipei. There I heard the book’s author, Abigail Hing Wen speak frankly and openly about her 12-year writing career and journey leading up to getting her first book Loveboat, Taipei published. All too often when we hear of success stories like hers, what gets lost is what it took to get there. I was really impressed by her story of persistence and tenacity.

After getting her first book rejected, writing five novels along the way, she wrote four versions and 26 drafts of Loveboat, Taipei, before deciding to make Ever Wong the main character. In her interview with me she was just as candid- talking about all of the hard work behind honing her craft of writing and how Loveboat, Taipei, a story about the rebellion of youth in a safe environment actually brought her closer to her parents.

 

The latest exciting news is that ACE Entertainment (the producers of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series) has optioned the film rights to Loveboat, Taipei.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the Love Boat language study program, be sure to listen to our previous episode, episode 66 [hyper link “episode 66” to: http://www.talkingtaiwan.com/love-boat-taiwan-interview-asian-american-studies-professor-film-maker-valerie-soe-ep-66/], which is about Love Boat: Taiwan, a documentary film made about the Love Boat program.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • How Loveboat, Taipeihas benefitted from the growing interest in diverse characters and storylines
  • The Love Boat study program experience
  • When Loveboat, Taipei hit the New York Times bestseller’s list
  • Abigail ‘s decision to step off the path to becoming a law professor and to try writing
  • The first book Abigail tried to get published, but was ultimately rejected
  • Abigail ‘s decision to enter an MFA in writing program
  • How Abigail persisted for over ten years after her first novel was rejected and wrote five novels before Loveboat, Taipeigot published
  • How she wrote Loveboat, Taipei from four different perspectives before deciding to write it from the perspective of Ever Wong
  • The process of shopping around a book to get it published
  • How Loveboat, Taipeihas been optioned for a film by ACE entertainment
  • What Abigail hopes that people will learn from the story of Loveboat, Taipei
  • The announcement that Loveboat, Taipeihas been optioned for a movie by ACE Entertainment, the producers of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series
  • How important it is for writers to have critique partners
  • Her role as a Senior Director of Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence
  • Abigail’s future book projects
  • What advice Abigail has for people who want to write a book
  • The feedback that Loveboat, Taipeihas received
  • How Loveboat, Taipeihas brought Abigail closer to her parents

Related Links:

 

Abigail’s website: https://www.abigailhingwen.com/

 

Abigail Hing Wen on social media:

 

https://www.facebook.com/abigail.hing.wen

 

https://www.instagram.com/abigailhingwen/

 

https://twitter.com/abigailhingwen

 

Confessions of an Undercover Novelist: https://lithub.com/confessions-of-an-undercover-novelist/

 

ACE Entertainment Acquires Rights To Abigail Hing Wen’s Novel ‘Loveboat, Taipei’: https://deadline.com/2020/02/ace-entertainment-abigail-hing-wen-loveboat-taipei-1202866995/

 

Getting Unstuck by Robert Butler: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Unstuck-Discovering-Career-Timothy/dp/B00CAYMXU4

Mar 23, 2020
Ep 66 | Love Boat Taiwan: Interview with Asian American Studies Professor and Film Maker Valerie Soe
39:54

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

For many overseas born Chinese and Taiwanese, the Love Boat Taiwan language culture study program was quite the cultural phenomenon and rite of passage. We are dedicating two episodes of Talking Taiwan to the topic. The first will feature Asian American Studies professor and filmmaker Valerie Soe who’s made a documentary film called Love Boat: Taiwan. Learn more about the Love Boat program, the lasting impact on its participants- college and high school-aged individuals away from home for 6 weeks in Taiwan. It was the quintessential summer camp experience.

What’s interesting to me is that the Love Boat program, which was started and run by the Chinese Nationalist government (aka the Kuomintang) set out to aggrandize the Republic of China (which at one time claimed to rule all of China), but instead, what it seems to have done is to solidify the difference between Taiwan and China in the minds of Love Boat participants.

In the next episode of Talking Taiwan, I’ll be speaking with New York Times Bestselling author, Abigail Hing Wen, a Love Boat alum herself about her debut young adult novel, Loveboat, Taipei.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • What the Love Boat program is
  • How the Love Boat got its nickname
  • How the program evolved over time
  • The lasting relationships and Love Boat alumni connections
  • Selection of the Love Boat program counselors
  • Escape routes that Love Boat program attendees used to sneak out at night
  • The Baby Boat or Tugboat program
  • Typical rites of passage for the Love Boat participants
  • Why Valerie had to stop working on the documentary for a year
  • How to raise money for an independent documentary film
  • What advice Valerie has for documentary filmmakers
  • What Valerie would like people to take away from her film
  • The influential alumni of the Love Boat program

Related Links:

Love Boat: Taiwan website: https://www.loveboat-taiwan.com/

Love Boat: Taiwan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LoveBoatTaiwan/

Love Boat Study Tour Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Boat_(study_tour)

Love Boat: Taiwan trailer: https://vimeo.com/350256328

Valerie’s blog: https://beyondasiaphilia.com/

Love Boat television show theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_wFEB4Oxlo

Mar 09, 2020
Ep 65 | An Interview With Author Jennifer J. Chow About The 228 Legacy and Her Other Books
22:07

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

February 28th is a national holiday in Taiwan and it’s just around the corner. But how many know the somber significance behind the date and what it commemorates?

Author Jennifer J. Chow has written a novel inspired by the 228 Incident (which refers to February 28, 1947).

I spoke with her about the 228 Incident and how it relates to her novel, The 228 Legacy. Jennifer has a new book coming out in March, it’s a cozy mystery novel called, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue. We also spoke about that, her other book projects and her writing process.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • What is the 228 Incident?
  • How the 228 Incident is related to Jennifer's book The 228 Legacy
  • How Jennifer learned about 228
  • Why she wrote the 228 Legacy
  • Jennifer's upcoming book, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
  • The cozy mystery genre
  • How her Winston Wong cozy mystery series is a tribute to her late mother
  • Her writing process for the cozy mystery genre 
  • How she approaches writing young adult fiction, adult fiction and cozy mysteries
  • Her writing routine and habits
  • Her advice for people who want to write a book

Related Links:

Jennifer’s website: http://jenniferjchow.com/

The 228 Incident: https://www.taiwandc.org/228-intr.htm

The 228 Hand-In Hand Rally: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/02/29/2003100533

Formosa Betrayed: https://www.amazon.com/Formosa-Betrayed-George-H-Kerr/dp/1910736538

 

Jennifer J. Chow on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/JenJChow/

https://twitter.com/jenjchow

https://www.instagram.com/jenjchow/

Feb 25, 2020
Ep 64 | An Interview with Author, Musician, and Journalist Joe Henley
22:14

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I conducted an interview with author, musician, and journalist Joe Henley, about his latest book, Bu San Bu Si, and his first book, Sons of the Republic. In writing Bu San Bu Si, Joe clearly drew upon his multi-disciplinary background.

The book after all is about a Taiwanese punk band and the struggles that the musicians face in reconciling their punk personas with Taiwan’s societal expectations. Joe, incidentally, has sung in punk rock and metal bands, and much of what he’s written in Bu San Bu Si was inspired by what he experienced in the Taipei punk and metal band scene.

We also talked about what motivates people with creative pursuits and how important money and fame might be in that pursuit. I asked him about his writing process and to offer advice to aspiring writers. Joe was unabashedly frank about what motivated him to write his first book, Sons of the Republic and talked about the subject of his next book.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Joe’s latest novel, Bu San Bu Si
  • What the phrase “bu san bu si” means
  • Joe’s writing process
  • How Joe ended up in Taiwan
  • How Saskatchewan (where Joe is from) compares to Taiwan
  • How Joe adjusted from moving from Saskatoon to Taipei
  • What motivated Joe to write his first novel, Sons of the Republic
  • Joe’s career as a musician and freelance writer
  • The topics of Joe’s future books
  • Joe’s advice for aspiring authors
  • Being a journalist vs. a novelist/author
  • Joe’s two bands: Stench of Lust, and Revilement

Related Links:

www.jwhenley.com

www.facebook.com/jwhenley

www.Twitter.com/JoeReviled

Feb 10, 2020
Ep 63 | Taiwan Communique: Revealing the Truth of Taiwan's White Terror Era
41:56

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: 

In this episode of the Talking Taiwan podcast, I continue my conversation with Gerrit van der Wees about the Taiwan Communique, and how it revealed the truth of Taiwan's White Terror Era. Taiwan Communique is a publication that was started in 1980, during Taiwan’s martial law era, a dark period in Taiwan’s history in which there was extreme censorship and the people of Taiwan were denied their civil liberties. For these reasons Gerrit and his wife Mei-chin felt it was necessary to do something to shed light on the human rights violations that were happening in Taiwan.

It is really remarkable to hear how they gathered all of this sensitive information for the Taiwan Communique under these circumstances and in the pre-Internet era. For over 3 decades the Taiwan Communique was one of the most in-depth English-language resources on Taiwan. So I was really excited about doing this interview with Gerrit because I really wanted to acknowledge the lasting contribution of the Taiwan Communique and to let people know that it still remains available online to this day. It is a tremendous resource for anyone wanting to learn about the challenges Taiwan has faced in going from dictatorship to democracy.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • What precipitated the creation of the Taiwan Communique
  • The Human Rights Day rally on the 10th of December, 1979, which became known as the Kaohsiung incident
  • The origins and formation of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
  • The election of the first DPP president, Chen Shui-bian
  • How the Sunflower movement (2014) was a reaction to President Ma Ying-jeou’s policies on trade with China and its impact on local elections in 2016
  • The “Green Wave” of 2014 and 2016
  • The Regan administration’s position on Taiwan in 1980
  • The “Gang of Four” (senators in U.S. Congress) who were supportive of Taiwan
  • How the Taiwan Communique reported on the lack of freedom of press treatment in Taiwan, the prison treatment of opposition leaders and other major developments in Taiwan
  • The Taipei Spring of 1991-1992
  • How they collected and gathered information for the Taiwan Communique in the pre-Internet era when phone calls costed $10/minute
  • How the Taiwan Communique went from a circulation of 40 to thousands and was targeted to key policy makers and news media
  • Gerrit’s proudest moment being acknowledged as the editor of the Taiwan Communique
  • The strict censorship of publications and postal mail in Taiwan the 1980s
  • How Gerrit and his wife Mei-chin got blacklisted by the government in Taiwan
  • Gerrit’s current role teaching the history of Taiwan at George Mason University

Related Links:

Taiwan Communique: https://www.taiwandc.org/twcom/

The Kaohsiung incident (1979): https://www.taiwandc.org/hst-1979.htm

The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA): http://fapa.org/wp/

Feb 03, 2020
Ep 62 | Outcome of the 2020 Taiwan Presidential Election: Perspectives by Gerrit van der Wees
31:47

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I recently invited Gerrit van der Wees, to share his perspectives on the outcome of the recent 2020 Taiwan presidential election. 

Gerrit is the former editor of the Taiwan Communique magazine, a publication that was dedicated to the human rights and democracy of Taiwan. He has also worked for FAPA as a senior policy advisor and currently teaches the history of Taiwan at George Mason University. He’s also a former Dutch diplomat.

Gerrit has provided a very concise analysis of how the DPP and Tsai Ing-wen have come back after the disastrous results of the 2018 local elections. He also offered some insight into the reforms that the Tsai administration will now be able to carry out upon re-election and with a DPP majority parliament.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How the protests in Hong Kong played a role in the outcome of Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election
  • What led to the poor results for the DPP in the 2018 local election results and how Tsai Ing-wen was able to turn that around and make a comeback
  • The unprecedented news coverage of the 2020 presidential election
  • The high voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election
  • The reforms that Tsai Ing-wen initiated in her first term and will now be able to move forward with, including the transitional justice reform urging investigation into many of the political murders that happened during the martial law period and White Terror era of Taiwan
  • Tsai Ing-wen’s economic initiatives and reforms
  • China’s carrot and stick approach in dealing with Taiwan
  • How Tsai Ing-wen was able to attract businesses in China back to Taiwan

Related Links:

The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA): http://fapa.org/wp/

Taiwan Communique: https://www.taiwandc.org/twcom/

1992 Consensus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Consensus

Washington Post Editorial by George Will: Time is on Taiwan’s side, as long as the U.S. is, toohttps://wapo.st/2uxVK3B

228 Incident (1947): https://www.taiwandc.org/228-intr.htm

The Kaohsiung incident (1979): https://www.taiwandc.org/hst-1979.htm

Lin Yi-hsiung murder case (1980): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Yi-hsiung

https://tw.forumosa.com/t/1979-lin-family-murders-a-first-hand-account/50007

Death of Professor Chen Wen-chen at the National Taiwan University (1981): https://www.taiwandc.org/twcom/tc05-int.pdf

Jan 25, 2020
Ep 61 | Taiwan Presidential Election of 2020: A Discussion with Chieh-Ting Yeh
01:01:40

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

With the Taiwan Presidential Election of 2020 coming up in Taiwan on January 11th,I thought it would be a good idea to do a podcast about this particular topic. Recently I spoke with Chieh-Ting Yeh, the Editor-in-Cheif of Ketagalan Media, Vice-chairman of the Global Taiwan Institute and longtime watcher of Taiwan politics.

This episode should give you some interesting perspectives if you aren't up on what's going on with the upcoming presidential election in Taiwan.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How the presidential elections in Taiwan work
  • The three presidential candidates: Tsai Ing-wen, Han Kuo-yu, James Soong
  • What’s been the theme of Taiwan’s presidential election?
  • China’s influence on Taiwan’s presidential election
  • Domestic issues being overshadowed by the China issue during the presidential election
  • The influence of Hong Kong’s protests on Taiwan’s presidential election
  • The province of Taiwan under the Republic of China
  • Taiwan’s first peaceful transition of power from the Kuomintang to the Democratic Progressive Party
  • Why the presidential election in Taiwan was moved from March to January
  • How Taiwan’s presidential elections have changed or not over the years
  • What it’s like on presidential election day in Taiwan

 

Related Links:

 

How Does Taiwan's Parliamentary Election Work: http://www.ketagalanmedia.com/2015/12/26/how-does-taiwans-parliamentary-election-work/

 

It's the Constitution, Stupid:

http://www.ketagalanmedia.com/2015/11/14/its-the-constitution-stupid/

 

Taiwan’s Household Registration System Disenfranchises Its Young Voters

http://www.ketagalanmedia.com/2020/01/06/taiwans-household-registration-system-is-disenfranchising-young-voters/

 

Ketagalan Media

http://www.ketagalanmedia.com/

 

Global Taiwan Institute

http://globaltaiwan.org/

Jan 09, 2020
Ep 60 | Trigg Brown and Josh Ku of Win Son: Taiwanese Restaurant in NYC
46:36

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

This is an interview with Trigg Brown and Josh Ku of Win Son, a Taiwanese restaurant in NYC. Here are comments from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

When I sat down to interview Trigg Brown and Josh Ku about their Taiwanese American restaurant, Win Son, they talked about their shared a love of food, and how they used to trek all the way out to Flushing just to get good Taiwanese food.  They used to get into discussions about what makes food uniquely Taiwanese vs. Chinese or Chinese American, and somewhere along the way they started tossing around the idea of opening up a restaurant together.

At first it seemed like just talk, but then Trigg inherited a commercial stove which they decided to keep- initially in the lobby of Josh’s building. The funny thing is that once this stove showed up, talk of Josh and Trigg’s restaurant idea seemed more and more real. Later the stove was moved into a former restaurant space that Josh was dealing with as a property manager. As fate and a Kickstarter campaign would have it, that former restaurant space ended up being where they opened Win Son.

Dec 30, 2019
Ep 59 | Dragon’s Chamber – Elias Ek Talking Taiwan
17:42

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Learn all about Taiwan’s growing startup community and all of the resources available for budding entrepreneurs in this episode of the Talking Taiwan podcast. If you want to know how to start a business in Taiwan, there’s a book written about it, and not surprisingly, it’s called How to Start a Business in Taiwan. The author of that book, Elias Ek, the CEO and co-founder of Enspyre spoke with me about all of these topics, and more, including the annual Dragons’ Chamber pitch contest, which will be taking place on November 18th of this year. This episode is a must-listen, specifically for non-Taiwanese nationals or anyone who’s ever thought about, is about to embark on, or currently in the midst of starting a business in Taiwan.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode

  • What the Dragons’ Chamber is
  • How the Dragons’ Chamber pitch event works
  • What the Dragons’ Chamber does and who is it for
  • Recommended resources for budding entrepreneurs or people with startup ideas in Taiwan
  • How having more foreign business and business owners in Taiwan could be beneficial
  • Startup Weekend in Taiwan
  • Why Startup Weekend is a good testing ground for people with business ideas
  • Common problems faced by foreigners who try to start businesses in Taiwan
  • Where to find Elias’ book, How To Start A Business in Taiwan

 

Related Links:

Dragons’ Chamber: https://dragonschambertaiwan.com/

Enspyre: http://www.enspyre.com

Dragon’s Den https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragons'_Den

Startup Digest: https://www.startupdigest.com/digests

Startup Digest Taipei https://www.startupdigest.com/digests/taipei

Startup Digest Southern Taiwan https://www.startupdigest.com/digests/southern-taiwan

French Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan: http://www.ccift.org.tw/

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan: https://www.canchamtw.com/

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/canadianchamberofcommerceintaiwan/

Meet Taipei: http://eng.meettaipei.tw/

Where to find Elias’ book, How to Start a Business in Taiwan: http://startabusinessintaiwan.tw/

How to Start a Business in Taiwan on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zhsNq0

How to Start a Business in Taiwan in ebook format on Leanpub: https://leanpub.com/startabusinessintaiwan

How to Start a Business in Taiwan: An Interview with Elias Ek: learnchinesebusiness.com/2014/10/16/how-to-start-a-business-in-taiwan-an-interview-with-elias-ek

Elias Ek's Linked-in link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eliasek

 

Nov 15, 2017
Ep 58 | Gender Studies Professor on the LGBTQ Movement in Taiwan – Wen Liu Talking Taiwan
23:27

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

When I heard the historic news of May 24th, that Taiwan’s Constitutional Court had ruled that marriage is not strictly defined as being between a man and a woman, it was exciting to know that Taiwan was poised to be the first country in Asia to legalize gay marriage. Even though I’ve been involved with the Taiwan float in the New York Gay Pride Parade twice before this year’s event, I realize that I still have a lot more to learn about the LGBTQ movement and community in New York and Taiwan.

In fact, just last year I attended an orientation session for floats participating in the New York Gay Pride Parade. There I learned that the official name of the event is actually the New York Pride March. Why a march and not a parade? The organizers of New York Pride explained that the term march is a reminder of the origins of the first Gay Pride March in New York, which rose out of the riots that erupted in reaction to the unjust police raids of the Stonewall bar.

As for Taiwan’s Gay Pride Parade, it’s the largest one in Asia. But beyond that, and up until the May 24th Constitutional Court ruling, what’s happened in the gay rights movement in Taiwan?

I thought this would be the perfect time to cover this topic on the Talking Taiwan podcast.I wanted to interview someone about the gay rights movement in Taiwan. That led me to Wen Liu, gender studies professor at SUNY Albany and my interview with her.

I am so pleased to have Wen on as a guest to talk about the LGBTQ movement and the recent ruling in Taiwan on same-sex marriage. What listeners don’t know is that Wen did the interview with me from Taiwan, even though she is usually based in New York. I really appreciate her taking the time out of her schedule to do this interview with me.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode

  • The May 24th ruling by the Constitutional Court in Taiwan that same-sex marriage could be legalized
  • Mr. Chi Chia-wei who’s lawsuit led to the May 24th ruling
  • The history of the same-sex marriage battle and family law in Taiwan
  • Major turning points in Taiwan’s LGBTQ movement
  • The history behind Taiwan’s gay pride parade
  • How Taiwan compares to other Asian countries on LGBTQ issues
  • The next steps after the May 24th ruling
  • The marriage equality bill, civil partnership bill, multiple family bill
  • Other work that needs to be done in Taiwan for the LGBTQ community

 

Related Links:

Wen Liu’s writings on New Bloom Magazine: http://newbloommag.net/author/wen-liu/

An article about the LGBTQ movement in Taiwan: https://outreachfortaiwan.org/taiwan-101/social-movements/lgbtq-movement-in-taiwan/

Sep 01, 2017
Ep 57 | Taiwan: A World of Orchids – Pauline Huang Talking Taiwan
22:20

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Did you know that there’s an annual flower show in New York featuring Taiwanese culture and orchids from Taiwan? Actually, I didn’t know this until one of my listeners reached out to me and told me about the upcoming Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit at the Queens Botanical Garden. Since I’m based in New York, I feel it’s my obligation to promote and inform people about all of the Taiwan-related events going on in New York. So I spoke with Pauline Huang, Chairwoman of the Queens Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors, who personally spearheaded the Taiwan orchid exhibit, which is now in it’s fourth year. I was really impressed by Pauline’s personal commitment to the Queens Botanical Garden and her follow through to make the first Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit happen back in 2014. Talk about “putting your money where your mouth is.” The Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit is coming up August 18-20th at the Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355). Listen to this episode to learn more about the music, art and culture of Taiwan that you’ll experience at Taiwan: A World of Orchids.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How Pauline not only spearheaded, but gave her personal assurance to make the first Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit happen in only 2 months time
  • The music and art you’ll experience at the Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit
  • Why Pauline believes it’s so important to give back to your community
  • How Taiwan is one of the top three countries that exports orchids
  • What sets Taiwan apart from other orchid producing countries
  • How you can buy a Taiwan orchid to take home for yourself

 

Related Links:

Qeens Botanical Garden Website: https://queensbotanical.org/orchids/
Queens Botanical Garden Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/queensbotanical/

 

 

Aug 06, 2017
Ep 56 | Taiwanese Waves – Mia Min Yen Talking Taiwan
23:58

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Last year was the first year that there was a Taiwanese Waves concert at the Central Park Summerstage and it was smashing success! Thousands of people were introduced to Taiwanese musicians Anpu (also known as Deserts Xuan), Wonfu, and Sunset Rollercoaster.

This year Taiwanese Waves has been invited back to Summerstage. Recently, I sat down to talk with Mia Min Yen, the founder and organizer of Taiwanese Waves. Mia spoke with me about the origins of her love of live music, how she was finally able to bring Taiwanese Waves to Summerstage, how the musicians featured this year (Fire Ex, Dadao Huang & Berry j, and Sangpuy) are representative of the cultural diversity of Taiwan, and her vision for the future of Taiwanese Waves.

Taiwanese Waves is not only a great showcase for Taiwanese musicians, but also the only Summerstage concert series lineup to feature Asian musicians. Taiwanese Waves will be at the Summerstage on July 29th from 6:00-10:00 pm at the Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park. To learn more about Taiwanese Waves, visit: www.TaiwaneseWaves.com

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Where the name Taiwanese Waves comes from
  • How Mia was finally able to bring Taiwanese Waves to Central Park’s Summerstage
  • Where Mia’s interest in live music and bands came from
  • How she curates the Taiwanese Waves concert series
  • A preview of some of the musicians who will be performing at this year’s Taiwanese Waves
  • What’s Mia’s future vision for Taiwanese Waves
  • Mia’s other love of photography and where you can find on her Instagram

Related Links:

Taiwanese Waves website: www.TaiwaneseWaves.com

Taiwanese Waves Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/taiwanesewaves/

Support Taiwanese Waves by purchasing a commemorative, limited edition Taiwanese Waves key ring here: https://goo.gl/8R2vPm

YouTube clips of each of the musical artists that will be performing at Taiwanese Waves:

Summerstage website: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/

Mia Min Yen on Instagram: www.instagram.com/miaminyenphotos

 

 

 

Jul 16, 2017
Ep 55 | Singer, Songwriter and Musician – Treya Lam
18:55

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I first learned about Treya, an up-and-coming musician with an amazing voice about two years ago, when she was profiled on TaiwaneseAmerican.org. From then on she was definitely on my radar to have as a guest on the Talking Taiwan, but somehow the timing was just not right for it. As I waited for the stars to align, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing her perform live several times. Now it’s time for me to have her on Talking Taiwan as a guest, and the timing couldn’t be better as Treya is in the midst of a Pledge Music campaign to raise funds for her first album. She’s running a sort of crowdfunding campaign, which I happen to know a thing or two about. So I am really thrilled to be able support her at this time, and to let others know about her huge talent. On top of all this I have the distinct honor of being the first on record to have done an audio interview with her!

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

Treya’s thoughts on Taiwan and being Taiwanese and American

Her musical inspirations and influences

Treya’s music writing process and her sources of inspiration

How she deals with writer’s block

Working on her first album and her Pledge Music Campaign and what she has planned for it

How you can support Treya’s Pledge Music Campaign and what she is offering at different contribution levels

Her thoughts on musicians independently producing their own music

 

Related Links:

To learn more about Treya, visit her website:
http://www.treyamakesmusic.com/

To support Treya’s Pledge Music campaign visit:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/treya

Treya on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/treyamakesmusic/

Hello Taiwan:
http://www.hellotaiwan.us/

Jun 11, 2017
Ep 54 | 2017 Hello Taiwan Tour – Ysanne Spevack Talking Taiwan
27:00

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

It’s that time of year again here in New York City. Spring is upon us, and as the weather warms up you’ll find street fairs popping up all around the city. I’ve already run into a couple of them. If you have ever been in the city at this time of year, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to miss it when you come across blocks and blocks of a wide New York City avenue that are closed off to traffic, and bustling with pedestrians instead. You’ll smell the aroma of mouthwatering foods wafting in the air, and see a variety of vendors hawking their wares. Imagine a massive flea market and a block party all rolled into one.

In the summer New York City is known for its free, open air, outdoor, public events with all sorts of cultural offerings ranging from classical music performances in Central Park to screenings of blockbuster movies at one of the Hudson River Park piers.

Most notable for the Talking Taiwan podcast and our listeners, is the Passport to Taiwan, an outdoor festival dedicated to celebrating everything related to Taiwan. The festival takes place every May in Union Square Park and is a chance for the public to experience Taiwanese culture. There are arts and crafts demonstrations, community organizations represented, the ever-popular Taiwanese food stalls, and live music performances. Passport to Taiwan has been going on for 14 years and last year an estimated 10, 000 people were in attendance.

The Hello Taiwan concert series was born out of the Passport to Taiwan and brings musical artists from Taiwan to New York to perform at the festival. This year’s Hello Taiwan musical artists are truly representative the ethnic diversity of Taiwan.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ysanne Spevack, the producer of this year’s Hello Taiwan Tour. Ysanne herself is an accomplished musician who works with up-and-coming musical artists. I was really impressed with how she has embraced Taiwan and the Taiwanese music industry, which she compared to the U.K.’s. That’s high praise indeed! This year’s Hello Taiwan Tour runs May 24-29. Learn more about Hello Taiwan in this episode of the Talking Taiwan podcast.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

What is the Passport to Taiwan

The origins of Hello Taiwan and the Hello Taiwan tour

The musical artists who will be performing at Hello Taiwan: Gina Can, Sean Huang, and Biung

Taiwan’s music industry and how it compares to the U.K.’s

Hello Taiwan tour dates

Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammys

Ysanne’s advice for aspiring musicians

 

Related Links:

Hello Taiwan Website

Link: www.hellotaiwan.us/

Hello Taiwan Facebook Page

Link: www.facebook.com/HelloTaiwanRocks//

Music videos featuring musicians performing in the 2017 Hello Taiwan Tour: Sean Huang (singing to a woman dressed in a cockroach costume), Gina Can and Biung:
Link: http://www.hellotaiwan.us/2017.html

Treya's Pledge Music Campaign is now LIVE

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/treya

 

To purchase tickets

Link to purchase tickets to the May 27th Hello Taiwan concert at Joe’s Pub featuring Sean Huang, Gina Can, Biung and Treya
https://www.joespub.com/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2017/H/Hello-Taiwan/

 

Talking Taiwan Episode 45 About the 13th Annual Passport to Taiwan

Passport to Taiwan website

Learn about Taiwan in New York

Link: www.p2tw.org/

Ysanne’s personal website

http://www.helloysanne.com

Ysanne’s company website for Cherry Plum Media
http://cherryplum.media

May 07, 2017
Ep 53 | Urban Nomad Film Festival – David Frazier Talking Taiwan
34:33

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

When Gus, the producer of Talking Taiwan suggested that I do an interview with David Frazier, co-founder and Festival Director of the Urban Nomad Film Festival, which first started in Taipei in 2002, I was intrigued. And after speaking with David about Urban Nomad, I found myself wishing that I'd be in Taipei at the time of the festival!

We talked about how the Urban Nomad Film Festival is more than just a film festival. In the past it has featured poetry readings, live bands, exhibits, parties, and a host of other interactive events.

At a glance, the Urban Nomad is part film festival, part music festival. But it is more than that. The goal of the festival's organizers has been to create a community-oriented event. David explained that the festival was inspired by punk rock’s DIY ethic, and described the Urban Nomad Film Festival as participatory event and “a live art project.”

Learn where the name of the festival “Urban Nomad” came from, the fascinating evolution of the festival and what it takes to run a festival like this. The Urban Nomad Film Festival is definitely something worth checking out if you’re in Taipei in the spring. To learn more, visit their website: www.urbannomad.tw

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

How the festival has evolved since it first started in 2002

Where the name of the festival “Urban Nomad” came from

What the Urban Nomad Film Festival is

What it takes to run a festival like the Urban Nomad Film Festival

The people and supporters of the festival

Highlights from past Urban Nomad Film Festivals

The New York connection to the Urban Nomad Film Festival

The types of films that premier at the Urban Nomad Film Festival

 

Related Links:

www.urbannomad.tw (Urban Nomad Film Festival website)
www.facebook.com/UrbanNomad.tw (Urban Nomad Film Festival Facebook page)

Apr 06, 2017
Ep 52 | Craft Beer and Beer Brewing – Michael Forncrook Talking Taiwan
01:06:01

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I love talking to entrepreneurs and small business owners. It’s always interesting to learn how they started and have continued to build their businesses. For this episode I had the pleasure of speaking to Michael Forncrook about how he started a craft beer business in Taiwan. We spoke at great length, and what a lot of listeners don’t know is that we do most our podcasts long distance, via Skype. For this interview I was in New York, and Michael was in central Taiwan. It might not come as a surprise that we’ve the occasional technical glitch, but it happened a record number of times during my interview with Michael. We actually had to hang up and reconnect four times! So I want to thank Michael for sticking it out with me and for supporting Talking Taiwan. We had such a fascinating conversation about a range of topics including what type of beer is healthier, the steps to brew beer at home, gypsy brewers, and advice for expats wanting to start a business in Taiwan.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

How and why PB Craft hosts beer brewing classes

Beer brewing in Taiwan and Asia

Michael’s company PB Craft

The B2B agricultural food marketplace, that Michael is developing. He describes it as the Aliba or B2B Amazon for food products and beverages

Can beer be considered healthy and what kind of beer is healthier?

The benefits of beer spas

How to brew beer at home

Unique craft beer flavors

What is a gypsy brewer?

The craft beer industry in Taiwan and Asia.

The challenges of running a business with your spouse

Advice for expats interested in starting a business in Taiwan

Entrepreneurship in Taiwan

 

Beer Brewing Steps:

 

Related Links:

http://www.pbcraft.com (B2B beer and beverage consulting and materials supplier)
http://www.diybeersupply.com.tw (B2B online store)

http://AgriGoGo.com (new BB Agriculture Marketplace)

金鼎軒自釀啤酒 DIY Beer Supply Home Brew Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/%E9%87%91%E9%BC%8E%E8%BB%92%E8%87%AA%E9%87%80%E5%95%A4%E9%85%92-DIY-Beer-Supply-Home-Brew-483634355030591/

Aug 10, 2016
Ep 51 | Taiwan Music Showcase – Ed Yen
13:07

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Ed Yen is a Taiwanese music producer, music executive, entrepreneur, singer-songwriter, audio engineer, theater designer, film score, commercial composer, A&R manager and vocal coach. He is the Executive Producer of Taiwan Music Express and CEO Of GCA.

Oct 24, 2014
Ep 50 | Hip hop Artist Dwagie
09:43

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

TalkingTaiwan catches up with Dwagie at the CMJ Music Night Showcase on 24 October.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dwagie%E5%A4%A7%E6%94%AF/267893688022

Oct 24, 2014
Ep 49 | Sophie Ping-Ya Hsu on Taiwan Voice
11:48

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Sophie Ping-Ya Hsu talks to host Felicia Lin about Taiwan Voice.

Sep 01, 2014
Ep 48 | Eric Tsai and Jenny Wang from Outreach for Taiwan
34:09

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Eric Tsai and Jenny Wang on Outreach for Taiwan talk to host Felicia Lin about Outreach for Taiwan.

Aug 14, 2014
Ep 47 | Author Ed Lin on his book, Ghost Month
17:36

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Author Ed Lin on his Book, Ghost Month.

Ed Lin talks about his latest novel - Ghost Month - which is his 5th book featuring Detective Robert Chow. The story centers around a mysterious murder that occurs in Taipei, Taiwan, during the 7th month of the lunar calendar. Mr Lin also talks about the writing process and his experiences as a novelist.

Aug 05, 2014
Ep 46 | Echo Lin on Anti-nuclear Protests in Taiwan
49:36

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Echo Lin on Anti-Nuclear Protests in Taiwan.

Echo Lin explains her role as Secretary General of the Environmental Jurist Association, an international group of legal professionals concerned about the lack of legislative frameworks that protect our planet from ourselves. She specifically discusses the controversies surrounding Taiwan's 4th Nuclear Power plant and why this remains a hot-button issue even nearly 30 years after it was approved by Taiwan's Legislative Yuan.

May 21, 2014
Ep 45 | Borcheng Hsu on the 13th Passport to Taiwan Festival
33:27

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Borcheng Hsu talks about the 13th Passport 2 Taiwan Festival at Union Square in New York City. P2TW has grown to over 60 booths (1/3 are authentic Taiwanese food you cannot find in the US outside of someone's home) and how cultural groups are now being flown in direct from Taiwan. Mr Hsu also talks about the future of the event, and how it could be traveling to a city new you someday soon!

May 20, 2014
Ep 44 | Tony Chang on the Sunflower Movement
18:32

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Tony Chang on the Sunflower Movement.

Apr 06, 2014
Ep 43 | Tony Chang on the Occupation of the Legislative Yuan
13:30

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Tony Chang on the Taiwan Independence Citizens Revolution.

Apr 06, 2014
Ep 42 | Tony Chang on the Taiwan Independence Citizens Revolution
27:57

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Tony Chang on the Taiwan Independence Citizens Revolution.

Apr 06, 2014
Ep 41 | Lawrence Lin about American Citizens for Taiwan
23:52

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Lawrence Lin about American Citizens for Taiwan.

Jan 31, 2014
Ep 40 | Claire Hsieh about the STUF United Fund
28:17

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Claire Hsieh about the STUF United Fund.

Dec 24, 2013
Ep 39 | Chieh-ting Yeh About the Ketagalan Project Podcast
26:35

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Chieh-ting Yeh about the Ketagalan Project.

Dec 12, 2013
Ep 38 | Andrew Watson of the band Feiwu Talks about Hello Taiwan
35:23

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

When I invited Andrew Watson onto Talking Taiwan to talk about the fourth annual Hello Taiwan Concert, I was pleasantly surprised by how our conversation touched on the 1990s music scene in Taiwan. Andrew was living in Taiwan at the time when he formed his band Feiwu (廢物樂隊), which will be performing at Hello Taiwan. Feiwu is the hard-rocking band who wrote and performed the classic “我愛台灣啤酒” (“I Love Taiwan Beer”) and other original songs at Spring Scream and various venues around the island from 1997 to 2001. The band is well known as one of the core bands that pioneered the Taiwan independent music scene of the ’90’s along with Mayday (五月天), Cthonic (閃靈), 1976, The Chairman (董事長), and Quarterback (四分衛).

 

This year, organizers of the Hello Taiwan Concert will be raising funds for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. Last year they raised $10,000 for the Breezy Point firemen who were themselves victims of Hurricane Sandy, when their houses were burned down in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many of the Breezy Point firemen, were the first responders at the 9/11 terrorist attack. 

 

The bands that will be performing at Hello Taiwan include: Feiwu (廢物樂隊), Bikini Carwash, Torpid May, and The Underground Channel.

 

There will be a special guest performance by Filipino American rapper, producer and performer, IZZY.

 

Hello Taiwan will be hosted by Ben Hedges. journalist, producer and TV host. He now hosts New Tang Dynasty Television’s show “Lao Wai Kan Zhongguo” 郝毅博是《老外看中國》的主持人.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this episode:

 

  • The bands that will be featured at the fourth annual Hello Taiwan Concert
  • Andrew’s band Feiwu (廢物樂隊) and Code of Resistance
  • What’s going to be happening at the Hello Taiwan Concert
  • How the Hello Taiwan Concert is a mix of a Taiwan-style night market with live music performances
  • What brought Andrew to Taiwan
  • Will Feiwu record a third album?
  • The 1990s music scene in Taiwan
  • How Andrew would compare the music scenes in Taipei and New York
  • Andrew’s Flushing restaurant recommendations
  • Filipino rapper Izzy will be among those performing at Hello Taiwan
  • How Ben Hedges the host of Lao Wai Kan Zhongguo (老外看中國) on New Tang Dynasty Television will be hosting Hello Taiwan

 

 

Related Links:

 

The Hello Taiwan website: http://www.hellotaiwan.us/

 

Feiwu’s (廢物樂隊) Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/FeiwuBand

 

Feiwu’s (廢物樂隊) website: www.hsiung.net/feiwu

 

Code of Resistance’s Facebook page: www/Facebook.com/CodeofResistance

 

Ben Hedge’s You Tube Channel “Lao Wai Kan Zhongguo” 郝毅博是《老外看中國》的主持人: http://www.youtube.com/laowaikanzhongguo

Nov 20, 2013
Ep 37 | Jesse Liu Concert Promoter and Manager for the band Hibria
32:59

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

When I spoke with Jesse Liu a concert promoter and manager of the Brazilian band Hibria, our conversation touched upon the music scene in Asia and comparisons between Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and South East Asia. Jesse also spoke more specifically about the music industry in Taiwan.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this episode:

 

  • How Jesse balances managing a band and being a concert promoter
  • The Brazilian band, Hibria that Jesse manages
  • The financial risk involved in being a concert promoter
  • The difference between being a band manager and a concert promoter
  • How Jesse compares the various markets in Asia (e.g. Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and South East Asia markets)
  • How Jesse compares the music scenes in Korea, China and Japan
  • How Taiwan is still a leading producer of Chinese language pop music
  • The most popular bands in Taiwan
  • How Taiwan’s music industry has changed over the course of Jesse’s career
  • What does it take to make a band successful?
  • The challenges involved in booking shows for bands in China
  • The music business in Taiwan

 

 

Related Links:

 

Jesse’s concert promoting business Icon Promotions: www.icon-promotions.com

 

Hibria’s website: www.hibria.com

 

Hibria’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HIBRIAOFFICIAL/

Nov 19, 2013
Ep 36 | Brian Yang Television, Film Actor and Producer
26:02

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Television, Film Actor, and Producer Brian Yang.

Oct 24, 2013
Ep 35 | Brian Yang Producer of Linsanity the Movie
32:29

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with Brian Yang, the producer of "Linsanity" the Movie.

Oct 24, 2013
Ep 34 | Entrepreneur Yao Huang- Founder of The Hatchery
21:33

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Here is an interview with entrepreneur Yao Huang, the founder of the Hatchery. 

Oct 18, 2013
Ep 33 | Taiwan Music CMJ Showcase: An Interview with Eric DeFontenay Founder of Music Dish
01:13:13

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

I spoke at length with Eric de Fontenay, the Founder of MusicDish about topics ranging from the artists who will be performing at this year’s Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase, the Asian music scene, Mandopop, J-pop and K-pop. It was a fun and fascinating conversation. Listen to hear preview clips from the artists who will be performing at the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase, which will be held at the legendary New York City venue, Webster Hall and to learn more about the Asian music scene.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this episode:

 

  • What is the CMJ Music Marathon
  • The panels and events that will be happening during the CMJ Music Marathon (October 15- October 18)
  • Bands that will be performing at the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase: Joanna Wang, Miss Ko and DJ Noodles
  • Sound clips from the artists that will be performing at the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase
  • How all three artists being represented in this year’s Taiwan CMJ Music Showcaseare all female
  • Taiwan’s music and its place in the Asian music scene
  • How Mandopop compares to J-pop and K-pop
  • How China is developing its music scene
  • The influence and popularity of K-pop
  • Comparisons between the music scene in Taiwan and China
  • How Eric started MusicDish and got involved with the Taiwan music scene
  • The Spring Scream Concert that is held annually in Southern Taiwan
  • The first MP3 lawsuit
  • The Hsu-nami
  • Partners and supporting organizations of the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase

 

 

Related Links:

 

MusicDish website: www.MusicDish.com

 

Facebook group dedicated to Mandarin music www.facebook.com/groups/musicdishchina, on

 

Music Dish on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MusicDish_China

 https://twitter.com/MusicDish

 

Asian In New York website: http://www.asianinny.com/

Sep 23, 2013
Ep 32 | Talking to Jenny Wang about Taiwan Week
16:34

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Jenny Wang spoke with me about Taiwan Week 2013, which is a week of events leading up to the Keep Taiwan Free Rally aka the UN for Taiwan (UN4TW). This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN4TW movement in New York. Listen to hear about all the fun daily events being planned for Taiwan Week.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What is Taiwan Week and how it got started
  • What is the purpose behind Taiwan Week
  • The connection between Taiwan Week and the UN for Taiwan Rally
  • What activities and events are being planned for Taiwan Week
  • The challenges in organizing Taiwan Week
  • The kickoff concert event on Friday, September 6 and all events leading up to Saturday, September 14th, the day of The Keep Taiwan Free Rally
  • The photo shoot with the Third Prince (三太子哪吒)
  • Who the Third Prince is

 

 

Related Links:

 

Taiwan Week 2013 Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/528492097224586/

 

 

See What Happened at Taiwan Week 2012: http://youtu.be/k9Lm-fPRy1Q

 

Keep Taiwan Free website: www.KeepTaiwanFree.org

 

Twitter  https://twitter.com/Keep_TW_Free

 

Taipei Times article about the Third Prince (三太子): https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2013/02/21/2003555342

Aug 26, 2013
Ep 31 | Elena Liao About Te Company
57:06

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Our guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is Elena Liao, the owner of Té Company. She won last year’s Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC). To learn more about the ECC listen to the previous episode about the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition. The name of her company, comes from the word “Té,” for “tea” in Taiwanese Hokkien.

 

Elena, the owner of Té in New York. Elena, founder of Té Company, is an avid tea drinker and a dedicated food enthusiast living in New York City. She was born and raised in Taiwan, then moved to the US in her early teens. 

 

Like most Taiwanese families, drinking oolong tea was part of her daily ritual growing up. Living in the food mecca of New York City, Elena was surrounded by foodies alike celebrating hand crafted espresso and the complex bouquet of artisanal wine.

 

As her appreciation and knowledge for fine culinary craft blossomed, she found herself increasingly drawn to the delicate flavors of oolong teas. The childhood tea drinking tradition became more than a passtime. It became a culinary exploration, which led her to study oolong tea’s history and artistic craftsmanship.

 

Elena’s love of tea was first nurtured by her family and her passion for it shines through in this interview. Our conversation turned out to be a deep dive into the world of tea. She spoke to me about artisanal teas, how tea can be aged like wine, and even used in cooking and baking.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What the name of her company Te comes from
  • Her participation in the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC), which is organized by TAP-NY and the Taiwanese Merchants Association
  • How she prepared her proposal for the ECC
  • What advice she would give to anyone preparing to go through a competition like the ECC
  • What she things is the one thing you need to succeed in participating in a competition like the ECC
  • What she did with the money she won from the ECC
  • How she got on the path to starting Te Company
  • The research she’s done about tea to prepare herself to be a tea merchant
  • Her visits with tea framers in Taiwan tea leaves are picked in Taiwan
  • How white, green, yellow, oolong and black tea can all be made from a single plant
  • How tea is similar to wine or whiskey
  • How tea ceremony can affect the taste of tea
  • What is espresso tea
  • The difference between drinking tea from a tea bag vs. loose leaf tea
  • How tea can be aged
  • How Elena comes up with new tea blends
  • The difference between ice tea and hot tea
  • How she uses oolong tea in cooking and baking
  • What’s next for Te Company

 

 

Related Links:


Te Company’s website: http://www.te-nyc.com

 

Taiwanese American Professionals- New York (TAP-NY): https://www.tap-ny.org/

Aug 03, 2013
Ep 30 | TAP-NY About the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition
39:14

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

In this episode of Talking Taiwan I spoke with Crystal Tang, TAP-NY’s Professional Chair and Jacqui Wu, TAP-NY’s Co-President about the second annual Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC). The ECC is organized by the Taiwanese American Professionals - NY (TAP-NY) and the Taiwan Merchants Association. Crystal and Jacqui talked about the ECC’s selection process and the impressive lineup of judges who are successful, prominent Taiwanese American entrepreneurs and business leaders.

 

The ECC is an opportunity to showcase the Taiwanese American entrepreneurial spirit. This year the organizers have added a nonprofit category. Eight finalists will be chosen for the final event, which will be open to the public. At the final event, there will be cash prizes of up to $10,000 for winners, and an audience favorite will be chosen.

 

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC) is- the competition opens June 1, with business plans due on July 31
  • How written proposals are selected for the second round
  • The third round, which consists of eight proposals selected in the second round will be open to the public
  • There will be cash prizes for contestants of up to $10,000
  • The two organizations organizing the ECC, the Taiwan Merchants Association and Taiwanese American Professionals - NY (TAP-NY)
  • How the ECC was created by Bob Wu, the founder of TAP-NY
  • The ECC judges, which include prominent Taiwanese American entrepreneurs and business leaders: Andrew Yang (Venture for America) Will Peng, Yao Huang, Dorothy Jean, Benny Wang (Timehop)
  • The changes and improvements they’ve made to ECC for this second year of the competition, including the addition of a separate category for nonprofits
  • On September 14th the top eight finalists will present to the judges and the audience
  • There will be an audience favorite who will be awarded $1,000
  • Last year’s ECC winner, Elena Liao

 

Related Links:

 

Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC) website: www.competition.tap-ny.org

 

Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC) Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/435405363234006/

 

Taiwanese American Young Professionals – NY website: http://www.tap-ny.org

 

Jacqui Wu was born in Hawaii and grew up in Taiwan. After graduating from Taipei American School, she moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, where she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration. Jacqui began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Dispute Analysis & Investigations group, which focused on the accounting aspects in litigation and fraud investigation. She recently moved into investment banking and joined Sevara Partners LLC, a start-up boutique investment bank focused in mergers & acquisitions, restructuring advisory and capital raising. Jacqui is excited to be working with TAP to build a community of “expatriate” Taiwan-folk to pay homage to their Taiwanese roots and meet other foodies who appreciate delicacies like stinky tofu and chicken gizzard.

Crystal Tang was born in New Jersey and lived there until moving abroad to Hong Kong in 8th grade. While she was abroad she had the opportunity to visit family in Taiwan multiple times a year and has come to think of it as home. After finishing high school, Crystal moved to New York where she attended Barnard College, studying Art History and Visual Arts. During undergrad, she was involved with the Taiwanese American Students Association and also participated in the Formosa Foundation’s Ambassador Program. Crystal currently works as a Regional Director at Teach For America where she oversees recruitment and outreach efforts in New York.

 

Jul 20, 2013
Ep 29 | Ho Chie Tsai on TawaneseAmerican.org
26:47

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Ho Chie Tsai is a founding Board Member who also wears many hats in the Taiwanese American community. As a frequent speaker on the collegiate conference circuit and youth summer camp programs, a past Program Director and current Board Member of the Taiwanese American Foundation, and a founder of the Taiwanese American Professionals chapter in San Francisco, he hopes to inspire a renewed sense of pride in personal identity and to increase activism and involvement within the greater Asian American community.

Ho Chie holds an Electrical Engineering BS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Bioengineering MS and an MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his spare time, he works as a pediatrician.

Jun 05, 2013