Archive for March, 2011

Taiwanese Movie Festival at University of Maryland

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2011
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Hoff Theater, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, UMD
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UMD Taiwanese Student Association (UMDTSA) and Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA) are happy to introduce the 2nd Annual Taiwanese Movie Festival, and the opening ceremony will be hosted at Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland – College Park.

Doors open for the reception at 6 pm, and the movie plays at 7 pm. As part of the festival, two other movies will be shown at Johns Hopkins University on 3/17 (Thur) and at Georgetown University on 3/22 (Tue).

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TAP Professional Series Workshop in LA

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2011
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Garvey Community Center (Frank Tripeppi Room)
Address: 9108 Garvey Avenue, Rosemead, CA
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Hosted by Taiwanese American Professionals – Los Angeles (TAP-LA)

Learn how to make a great First Impression.

Taiwanese American Professional’s Professional Series continues this month with TAP Resume & Interviewing Workshop. Get noticed by employers. Ace the interview. Get on with your future.

This workshop illustrates how to create a dynamic and effective resume as well as strategies and techniques for a successful job interview. Our panel of experts possess extensive experience in career development and resume/interviewing skills.

Resume & Interview Workshop panelists:

Mark is currently a Vice President in Credit Research at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). Before joining PIMCO, Mark worked as an investment banker focusing on leveraged finance and mergers & acquisitions. Mark holds a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

Andy is a multi-division Internal Business Consultant and Project Manager-in-training at Southern California Edison’s Information Technology Infrastructure Business Unit. He specializes in business intelligence, multi-million dollar budgets, capital project schedules, project scheduling/planning, supply chain management, procurement contracts, vendor management, certified SAP 2005 ERP Super User. Andy has also been trained in corporate HR systems such as HireRight/Kinexa/Peoplesoft, devised job scope requirements, and sat on job interview panels. Andy holds two bachelors and one master degree from University of California, Irvine, University of Phoenix, and University of Southern California.

Grace is a Program Manager at Affiliated Computer Services (Xerox Company), specializing in Benefits Enrollment Management and Project Management. Grace is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, BA Psychology and New York University, MA Industrial/Organisational Psychology.

Any questions? Contact Professional Programs Chair Kenneth Chiu at

Taiwanese Films “When Love Comes” and “Fourth Portrait” at SF International Asian American Film Festival

Taiwanese Films “When Love Comes” and “Fourth Portrait” at SF International Asian American Film Festival is a proud supporter of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the premier festival of its kind in our community. Each year, thousands of fans, filmmakers, actors, producers converge upon several locations around the SF Bay area to watch wonderful films representing the diversity of Asian America.

This year, we are pleased to co-present two of the Taiwanese films being shown. Both were winners of the Taipei Golden Horse Awards – equivalent to America’s Academy Awards.

Come out and join the Taiwanese and Asian American communities at one of these screenings. We expect tickets to sell out early, so buy them well in advance:


Winner of Best Feature Film, Audience Choice Award, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction at the prestigious Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, WHEN LOVE COMES solidifies Chang Tso-Chi’s standing as Taiwan’s foremost chronicler of family relations and those living at the margins of society. Lai-Chuan is a free-spirited young woman on the cusp of turning 16 who lives with her mother, her father, her father’s second wife, and her developmentally disabled uncle Jie (among others). Crammed together in a Taipei flat but originally from Kinmen Island, the family struggles to run a small restaurant. Living in her own world even while surrounded by her family, Lai-Chuan daydreams, works idly at the restaurant, and sees her boyfriend in her spare time. When she discovers that she is pregnant, however, things quickly change. Her boyfriend immediately abandons her, and Lai-Chuan must turn to her family for help; whether they can, unfortunately, is another matter entirely.

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: Landmark Clay Theatre, San Francisco, CA
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Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: Camera 12 Cinemas, San Jose
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Winner of Best Director and Outstanding Taiwanese Film at Taiwan’s 2010 Golden Horse Awards, THE FOURTH PORTRAIT is a poetic and powerfully acted second feature from the exciting Taiwanese director Chung Mong-Hong (PARKING). A lovingly crafted story, the film blends the sweet, comedic moments of childhood with the more serious undertones of a disjointed family, making for one of the most impressive Taiwanese films this year. The film begins with 10-year-old Xiang patiently waiting beside his dying father’s bedside. After losing the only parental figure he’s known, Xiang is temporarily adopted by the school’s hardline caretaker, then reunited with his cold and inscrutable birth mother (Hao Lei, SUMMER PALACE). At home, cold turns to frigid through the presence of Xiang’s stepfather, who seems to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The caustic environment leads Xiang to befriend the local village idiot, and together they wander the countryside, committing petty theft. Meanwhile, Xiang is repeatedly visited by a ghostly figure, whom he believes to be his missing older brother. As he drifts through overcast days on the streets and bleak nights at his mother’s hostess bar, Xiang turns to painting to voice the quiet but significant developments in his coming of age.

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Landmark Clay Theatre, San Francisco, CA
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Date: Sunday, March 20, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Camera 12 Cinemas, San Jose, CA
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Be sure to check out other great films at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival!

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Seen and Heard Conference 2011 Features Dawen

We’re fans of singer-songwriter Dawen here at and happy to see that he’s performing back in the Midwest at one of the most active Asian American communities in the midwest! So, if you’re in the area, be sure to attend the conference and check him out!

Date: Friday, March 11-12, 2011
Location: Illini Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Asian Pacific American Coalition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents the 2011 Asian Pacific American Seen & Heard Conference.

Our conference, themed, “Truly Together” aims at uniting the APA student community on campus through the discussion of past, present and future Asian American issues and movements both on campus and off.

The speakers and workshop facilitators have an extensive knowledge of AA issues and society and hope to educate you, the AA student population, about challenges they face and the issues in society that they encounter as Asian Americans.

With their knowledge, we hope that the students who do attend the conference leave with a sense of what it feels like and how to overcome being a minority in the real world.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 11th
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Registration
7:00pm – 9:00pm – Movie Night

Saturday, March 12th
11:00am – 12:00pm – Seating/Registration
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Opening Session/Keynote Speaker
12:45pm – 1:00pm Speaker/Workshop Overview
1:00pm – 1:50pm – Workshop I: History of Asian American Student Activism
>>Lunch Break<<
3:00pm - 3:50pm - Workshop II: Career Panel
4:00pm - 4:50pm - Workshop III: Asian American Issues and Causes
5:00pm - 5:30pm - Closing Session
>>Dinner Break<<
7:00pm-9:00pm – Comedy Show by Elliot Chang + Musical Show by Dawen!

Lynn Chen in “Surrogate Valentine” – Premieres at SXSW in Austin, TX

Taiwanese American actress Lynn Chen plays the love interest of Goh Nakamura, a real-life musician who plays himself as the main character of “Surrogate Valentine.” Lynn Chen was well-received in her role from the 2004 film, Saving Face, alongside another well-known Taiwanese American actress, Michelle Krusiec. Lynn has also been seen in recent films, White on Rice and The People I’ve Slept With.

Surrogate Valentine starts its festival circuit at South by Southwest in Austin, TX.

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Screening times:

Saturday, March 12, 1:30PM @ Alamo Ritz 1, 320 East 6th St, Austin, TX
Monday, March 14, 10:00PM @ Rollins Theatre, 701 West Riverside Dr
Saturday, March 19, 1:30PM – Alamo Ritz 2, 320 East 6th St

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TAPpy Hour in Los Angeles

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Gyenari
Address: 9540 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA
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Work got you stressed out? Just wanna get away? Haven’t seen many of your Taiwanese American Professionals – Los Angeles (TAP-LA) friends in a while? TAP returns to another great venue on the west side! So come mix, mingle, and network with us at Gyenari and learn about our upcoming events!

Happy hour specials will be available all night long!

The closest parking garage is on Cardiff Ave. Parking is FREE for the first 3 hours!

The event is FREE. Just pay for what you order. (Please Drink and behave responsibly)

Looking forward to seeing you there – Here’s to catching up with old friends, making new ones! Please don’t forget to bring your business cards – Cheers!

Questions? Please contact TAP Social Projects Chair, Jessica @

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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TAP is an affiliate of TACL

TAPpy Hour @ Cafe Asia in Washington DC

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Cafe Asia
Address: 1720 I St NW # 20006, Washington D.C.
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Taiwanese American Professionals – Washington, D.C. Area (TAP – DC) is hosting another TAPpy Hour at Cafe Asia. Join them for sushi, sake, and confusing unisex bathrooms!

In addition, as our social events have created a great atmosphere among members, we’re looking to expand into new events this spring, whether they may be developmental (i.e. a workshop for Income… Tax Preparation) or cultural (anyone interested in a cooking class for Taiwanese food?) We’d love to hear your feedback so stop by for a drink!

Cafe Asia DC
Accessible by Metro: Farragut North (Red) & Farragut West (Blue/Orange)
Drink Specials (4PM-7:30PM)

Email Jenny Lin ( or Steve Hsu (

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

TAP Website –

TAPpy Hour with Taiwanese American Professionals in SF

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: 840 Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge
Address: 840 Brewster Ave, Redwood City, CA
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Taiwanese American Professionals – SF / Bay area (TAP-SF) invites you to its March TAPpy Hour at 840 Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge in Redwood City, a true hidden gem in the neighborhood.

You’ll be impressed with all the freshly made cocktails and the cozy atmosphere this lounge has to offer. The bartenders work their magic behind the bar and will never disappoint. You’ll be glad to find your new favorite bar in the Bay Area!

So come join us for a delightful TAPpy Hour to relax and hear all of TAP’s latest and greatest events in the coming months. Cheers!

FREE for paid TAP-SF members
$5 for TAP-SF non-paid friends and guests


Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Time: 9:00pm – 10:30pm
Location: Korzo
Address: 667 5th Avenue (between 19th and 20th Streets), Brooklyn, NY
$5 suggested donation
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Jazz-influenced artist & singer Jen Shyu is back from a solo tour in Europe and hopes to share new music with you on the Korzo piano, moon lute, er hu, and lakado.

“A new singer meriting close attention, Jen Shyu’s jazz craft and sensibilities are contagious without pause on “For Now”… An unbounded mix of songs offers a spread of sources and challenges, illustrating Shyu’s versatility and adventuresomeness… Shyu meshes her soulfulness with integrity and élan. “For Now” is a bright forecast for later!” –Dr. Herb Wong, from “Jazz Perspectives,” IAJE Journal, Nov/Dec 2002 issue

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

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

Author Shawna Yang Ryan, on behalf of, interviews fellow Taiwanese American author Charles Yu during his recent book tour.

Charles Yu’s debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is a funny, quirky, touching story of a time machine repairman, also named Charles Yu. Set in a science fiction universe, the story cleverly deals with issues of family, the father son relationship, the immigrant experience, regret, and the human tendency to be forever fixated on the past, all the while maintaining a light touch and a smart sense of humor. It’s a cleverly written piece, a quick read, and a great use of the science fiction genre. Here’s a quote from the book:

People rent time machines.
They think they can change the past.
Then they get there and find out causality doesn’t work the way they thought it did. They get stuck, stuck in places they didn’t mean to go, in places they did mean to go, in places they shouldn’t have tried to go. They get into trouble. Logical, metaphysical, etc.
That’s where I come in. I go and get them out.

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.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is available online and in major bookstores everywhere.

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