Archive for September, 2010

TAP-SF Professional Series: Residential Real Estate Market

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: The “Crane Room”, Foster City Recreation Center
Address: 650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City, CA

Taiwanese American Professionals – SF / Bay area (TAP-SF) hosts a seminar series:

With the 30-year fixed loan at its lowest in decades, and home prices looking to take a downward turn, NOW could be your best opportunity to turn those white picket fences into reality. If you’re thinking about buying a house, don’t miss out on this learning opportunity!

Stephanie Flahavan, a seasoned real estate professional at Coldwell Bank, will walk you through the current real estate market, provide insights into new home purchases, short sales/foreclosures and investments, as well as answer any questions you have!

Stephanie has more than 25 years of experience helping individuals and families in the bay area successfully buy and sell homes at the best price. She is known for her personable nature and keen perception about people and concern for their well-being. Become an informed, smart home buyer and RSVP today!

*Parking: Free parking in the Foster City recreation center. Please arrive early to allow time for parking. RSVP and we’ll start the session 7pm sharp! Light refreshments will be served.

*This is the second session of the TAP-SF professional series which aims at bringing you informational workshops on hot topics and networking opportunities. Moving forward, all sessions will require an entry fee so sign up TODAY as a paid member to receive unlimited access to all future workshops at

Membership Benefits:
1. FREE entry to monthly TAPpy hour/social mixers at hip hot spots around the Bay
2. FREE entry to professional workshops, seminars and networking sessions (bi-monthly)
3. Discounted rate for TAP premier events (e.g. BBQs, cultural events,social events)
4. FREE access to the membership directory for networking purposes
5. PRIORITY entrance to the exclusive professional development mentorship program [coming soon]
6. Special discounts at popular Taiwanese restaurants and eateries around the Bay [coming in 2011]

**Questions? Please email

About TAP-SF
TAP enhances the Taiwanese American community by networking individuals interested in professional and career development, while emphasizing the preservation of Taiwanese American identity. TAP provides resources and programs that inspire and empower; develop and support professionals to become community-oriented leaders.

Arvin Chen’s “Au Revoir Taipei” Plays at Milwaukee Film Fest

Arvin Chen’s “Au Revoir Taipei” Plays at Milwaukee Film Fest

Taiwanese American filmmaker Arvin Chen’s debut feature film made quite a splash earlier this year with worldwide screenings and wonderful buzz. It’s being shown at the Milwaukee Film Festival also. Read our previous interview with Arvin: Then, if you get a chance, go watch a screening!

Screening Schedule:

Date: Saturday, Sep 25th
Time: 9:30pm
Location: Oriental Theatre 1

Date: Saturday, Oct 2nd
Time: 7:00pm
Location: North Shore Cinema 1

Au Revoir Taipei
(Taiwan, 2009, 85 min)
Comedy, Action, Romance
In Mandarin/Taiwanese with English subtitles

Directed By: Arvin Chen
Producers: In-Ah Lee, Wei-Jan Liu, Wim Wenders, Meileen Choo
Screenwriter: Arvin Chen
Cinematographer: Michael Fimognari
Editor: Justin Guerrieri

Hoping to find his recently departed girlfriend in Paris, the young, lovesick Kai convinces a local gangster to buy him a plane ticket, but there’s a catch—Kai must make a mysterious delivery on the same night as his flight. The clandestine mission draws Kai deep into the exotic underworld of nocturnal Taipei, but over the course of the extraordinary night, he discovers the excitement and romance he was longing for is right on his doorstep.

“A romantic comedy match-made with a crime caper, Au Revoir Taipei is best compared with Taiwan delicacy Pearl Milk Tea — sweet, bubbly, with something tasty to chew on.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Harvest Moon Celebration at San Diego’s Taiwan Center

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Taiwan Center
Address: 7838 Wilkerson Court, San Diego, CA
Facebook event page:

Join members of Taiwanese American Professionals – San Diego (TAP-SD) and others in the community for a Harvest Moon Celebration at the Taiwan Center. Dinner starts at 6pm (dinner box), and the entertainment starts at 7pm.

Please contact the Taiwan Center directly at (858) 560-8884 if you’d like to reserve a dinner for $10. At the door, the price will be a little higher.

Although much of the program probably will not be in English, we still wanted to suggest this community event. TAP-SD members are encouraged to sit together and perhaps go out for boba afterward.

TAP in San Diego Co-sponsors a Speaker Series Featuring Founder of Vizio

Date: September 25, 2010
Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Taiwan Center, 7838 Wilkerson Court, San Diego, CA
Facebook event page:

Taiwanese American Professionals – San Diego (TAP-SD) is co-sponsoring this speaking engagement entitled “Forward Thinking, Creativity.”

Seating is limited; please reserve your seat online at:

Ming T. Tsuang, MD, PhD, D.Sc. AND William Wang, the CEO/Founder of Vizio

12:30PM -1:00PM Register and networking activity
1:00PM -1:30PM Dr. Tsuang Ming Speech
1:30PM- 2:00PM CEO speech
2:00PM -2:10PM Break
2:10PM -3:30PM CEO Q&A


Ming T. Tsuang, MD, PhD, D.Sc.
Distinguished University Professor, University of California; Behavioral Genomics Chair and Director, Center for Behavioral Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego and Director, Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

William Wang, the CEO/Founder of Vizio

Singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin Performances in the SF Bay Area

One of our favorite Taiwanese American singer-songwriters, Cynthia Lin, has recently moved to San Francisco from New York. She’s got a nice line-up of performances around town! She plays refreshing blend of acoustic jazz and poetic folk to match her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Since 2003, Cynthia has released two albums independently and toured nationally. Her recent album Doppelganger was named Top 5 of 2007 by

Check out these upcoming performances:

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 11:45am
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

Cole Valley Street Fair
Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 12:00pm
Cole Valley Street Fair, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 3:00pm
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

For more info, please visit or follow her on Facebook:

Seeking Taiwanese New Yorkers for a TV Reality Show



A Taiwanese production company founded by Next Media (壹傳媒有限公司) is working with a Taiwan-based TV station on a well-funded reality show project featuring the life of young, adult Taiwanese in New York City.  The company is seeking Mandarin speaking TAIWANESE men or women ages 18-30 who want to share their “INTERESTING” and/ or “CRAZY” life in NYC.  A camera crew will follow you and capture your everyday life.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a student or working at a “COOL” job or working toward your dreams in the big city of NYC, all are welcome to apply!!!


  • Taiwanese American or Taiwanese currently living and/or studying in NYC!

Please send a photo (Face shot and full body shot) and a resume or short note about yourself.  Also, tell us why your life in NYC is so interesting and why it would interest other people as well.

This is a paid position lasting approximately 6 months.

Please contact if you are interested or if you have any questions.

Meet & Greet / Book Reading with Author Charles Yu in Berkeley, CA

Date: Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Books Inc.
Address: 1760 4th St., Berkeley, CA
Facebook event page:

Taiwanese American author Charles Yu received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award for his story collection “Third Class Superhero,” and he has also received the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. His work has been published in the Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, and Mid-American Review, among other journals.

His critically-acclaimed and highly anticipated new novel, “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe,” is now available and has been receiving outstanding reviews!

Join Ho Chie Tsai, the creator of, in supporting his book tour across the west coast and giving him a warm welcome when he stops through Berkeley (his only Bay area stop) for a meet & greet / book reading / autograph session!

Come meet me and other friends for coffee or tea at the Peet’s Coffee just next door to the bookstore before the event starts. I’ll also see if I can secure some time with him just for us before the event.

- Peet’s Coffee hangout at 6 pm.
- The book reading / signing event starts at 7 pm at Books, Inc.

Books, Inc is located in the heart of the 4th Street shops on the west side of Berkeley, just off of Highway 80, near University Ave.

New York Times review: review:

SF Signal review:

Time Magazine “Things to Do” List:,28804,1952673_2016033_2016020,00.html

GQ Magazine interview:

The Formosan Association for Public Affairs’ Taiwan Communiqué Back in Print

The Taiwan Communiqué, a bi-monthly English journal focused on political developments in Taiwan, started in 1980. It was published until 2004 by the International Committee for Human Rights in Taiwan, and in 2006 it became a publication of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA). Gerrit van der Wees, one of FAPA headquarters’ staff, is the editor of this journal. If you want to keep up with issues about Taiwan, please take a look!

This current issue starts with an overview of the developments in East Asian waters – the South China Sea and Senkaku Islands – where China has become more aggressive.

It continues with an update on the “Big Five” elections slated for November 2010, in which the DPP has increased its chances of winning in at least four of the five municipalities. This issue also briefly touches on the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and describes how the Legislative Yuan reneged on its role in terms of checks and balances. Other interesting articles are discussed: One about opinion polls in Taiwan which show a significant increase of the pro-independence sentiment; one about the DOD report on China’s military power which describes how China is continuing its military buildup in spite of “rapprochement”; and the third one by Gary Schmitt of AEI about the silly games big nations play, even in the Little League.

There are several other articles that you might find fascinating as well. Take a moment to read some of these perspectives and gain some insight into what’s happening in Taiwan.

View electronic versions of previous at Taiwan Communiqués at and download the current September/October 2010 issue at

Interview with Author Shawna Yang Ryan on

Watch this interview with author Shawna Yang Ryan whose novel Water Ghosts is now available in paperback at a bookstore near you. The above YouTube clip is taken from

Born in Sacramento, California, the child of parents who met during the Vietnam War when her father was stationed in Taiwan, Shawna Yang Ryan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and received an M.A. from the University of California, Davis. In 2002, she was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. Water Ghosts (originally published in 2007 as Locke 1928) was a finalist for the 2008 Northern California Book Award. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.

TAPpy Hour at Cafe Asia in Washington DC

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Cafe Asia
Address: 1720 I St., NW, Washington, DC (Farragut West/North, DC)
Facebook event page:

With an infusion of new leadership in a growing chapter, we invite you to come join Taiwanese American Professionals – Washington, D.C. Area (TAP – DC) at our first event of the fall. Come out, network, grab a drink. We’ll even have name tags, so don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. We urge you to come out to make your voice heard about future events and locations. We’re trying to build up TAP-DC, and we can’t do it without your help!

Email Jeff Lei ( and Eric Lin (

Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) enhances the Taiwanese American community by networking individuals interested in professional and career development, while emphasizing the preservation of Taiwanese American identity. TAP provides resources and programs that inspire and empower; develop and support professionals to become community-oriented leaders.

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