Archive for March, 2012

Scholarship to Attend the ITASA Midwest Conference

Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP- Chicago) is offering three $75 to $100 merit-based scholarships to students from Illinois schools attending the 2012 ITASA Midwest conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 6th-8th. Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in universities/colleges within the State of Illinois are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit the following information to by Saturday, March 31st, 11:59PM CST for consideration:

- Full Name
- Email and Phone #
- Resume or short bio
- Answer to the questions:
… “Why do you want to attend the ITASA Midwest conference?” (100 words or less) and
… “How have you and how do you intend to contribute to the Taiwanese American and Asian American communities?” (250 words or less).

Apply now! Any questions regarding application process should be directed to Hauwei Lien (

Jay Chen Kicks Off Run for Congress

Jay Chen Kicks Off Run for Congress

Note that as a non-profit organization, does not officially endorse any political parties or individuals running for office. With that said, we still think that Jay Chen’s run for Congress may be of interest to many of you who follow emerging Taiwanese American leaders in various fields. Plus, those of you who have been involved in the Taiwanese American community in LA will know Jay as an intelligent, well-spoken, and good-hearted man who has been a strong supporter of the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) and who has spoken at the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) West Coast conference in previous years.

Here’s his bio, taken from his website (

Jay Chen – A Small Businessman Serving Community and Country

A proud product of Hacienda Heights public schools, Jay has been working hard and giving back his entire life. He was a student leader and academic standout at Wilson High School and earned a scholarship to attend Harvard University. After graduating with honors, he was recruited by a leading global strategy consulting firm to advise Fortune 500 companies on how to solve their most complex business problems.

Jay moved on to build his own small business, investing and managing commercial properties throughout Southern California. He continues to serve his country as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He knows firsthand how to create jobs, build a viable business, and balance the books, and he will bring this practical know-how to Washington D.C.

A first generation American, Jay’s parents came to the United States from Taiwan to seek a better future. They taught him the value of hard work and the importance of a good education and supporting your community. With those values running through his veins, Jay has twice been chosen by his neighbors to serve on the Hacienda-La Puente School Board, and was elected president by his colleagues.

Jay is deeply vested in the civic institutions that train workers, enhance the business climate, and improve citizenship. He served as President of the Board for the La Puente Valley Regional Occupation Program, and sits on the boards of the Old Pasadena Management District and the San Gabriel Valley YMCA. He is also a board member of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Member Association.

An active Democrat, Jay has organized for local and national Democratic candidates and he recruited over 100 volunteers to campaign for President Barack Obama in the swing state of Nevada in 2008. His commitment to the California Democratic Party earned him the Democrat of the Year Award for his Assembly District in 2011.


Friday, March 30, 2012 – Silicon Valley Meet and Greet for Jay Chen
Saturday, March 31, 2012 – SF Kick-Off for Jay Chen for Congress

Happy Hour Hosted by TAPS in Seattle, WA

Date: Friday, March 30, 2012
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Amber Restaurant & Lounge
Address: 2214 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
Cost: Free, just pay for your own food & drinks
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Spring has arrived, and it is a good time to welcome it with open arms and a round of Happy Hour! Come join Taiwanese American Professionals Society of Seattle (TAPS) at Seattle’s Amber. There will be opportunities for you to network with other young professionals. So bring your friends and coworkers along with your business card, to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

The Happy Hour starts at 4pm and ends at 7pm, so come early and enjoy the Happy Hour Menu. The event will run from 6pm-9pm. Remember to bring your ID since this establishment is 21 and over.


If you have any question, please feel free to write down on the message board or email

March “Spring Fun” TAPpy Hour in NYC

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Avenue Nightclub
Address: 116 10th Avenue, New York, NY
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Join Taiwanese American Professionals – New York (TAP – NY) for this next TAPpy Hour event.

Why: If you have been to Avenue, you already know how hot this place is. If you haven’t well come and find out why this was voted one of the most expensive nightclubs in NY and one of five hardest doors to get through. When compared to a place like Avenue, most other nightspots in NYC will just end up looking like streets. Opening its door for the first time to TAP-NY, don’t miss it!

How: Ladies are always FREE. Before 8pm, gentlemen are $5 with RSVP on Facebook, $10 at the Door. After 8pm, ALL gentlemen are $10. Come early as winter is over and spring has just begun!

Bubble Tea with the Boba Guys

Bubble Tea with the Boba Guys’s Ho Chie Tsai and his bubble tea tasting team visit with The Boba Guys, Andrew Chau and Bin Chen. In late 2011, they launched their “pop-up” bubble tea shop in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District to rave reviews. Guest correspondent Kristina Lin from Taipei, Taiwan joins the team and shares her thoughts about the experience. Watch the video, and read on!

Having lived six years in Taiwan, the motherland of Pearl Milk Tea / Bubble Tea / Boba, I tried my best to avoid consuming any here in the States, lest it diminish my love for this national beverage. But when I heard that was interviewing the Boba Guys down on 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, I thought it would be really interesting to tag along as a part of their film production crew. What better way to bond with my fellow Taiwanese Americans than over fresh-made bubble tea?

Located at the entrance of the restaurant Ken Ken Ramen, the Boba Guys’ drink shop was where we conducted our interview. I was rather intimidated when I first met up with the team and the Boba Guys, as they were all much older than me, so I resorted to taking photos and recording candid videos. We spent the first half of our time together just getting to know Andrew Chau, Bin Chen, and their enterprise, from the meaning behind their lab coats to the identity of their mascot.

For me, the highlight of the afternoon was when Andrew and Bin demonstrated how to make their version of bubble tea. They performed all their scientific measurements and procedural blend of loose Indian tea leaves, high-quality Straus milk, fresh-made soft but chewy boba, and their special syrup right in front of us. When all was said and done, seven customized mason jars of bubble tea were placed on the bar counter, awaiting our eager and mesmerized team to try. I was pleasantly surprised to find how authentic it tasted! If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that I was drinking something imported straight from Taiwan. Likewise, the rest of my team commented that this was quite possibly the finest Taiwanese bubble tea in San Francisco!

In a mere two hours, I not only learned the steps and recipe for making delicious bubble tea, but I also learned a few neat tricks in film production, including the use of multiple cameras and external recorders, verbal and physical cues for the interviewer, and positioning, angles, and lighting. It was fascinating taking part in the behind-the-scenes action that I would normally not have experienced!

Friendly, easy-going, and open-minded, the Boba Guys are a real inspiration to the Taiwanese American community. Their obsession with milk tea drove them to find and create the best tasting boba possible, pursuing their passion despite the competitiveness of the food industry and their parents’ initial disapproval. We (and our stomachs) are extremely lucky to be able to benefit from their endeavors as they share this pride of Taiwan with the world!

Leaving 18th Street with a cup of fresh-made bubble tea in my hand, I am thrilled to say that I’ve found a taste of Taiwan, a taste of home, in the midst of busy San Francisco.

Be sure to check out the Boba Guys:

Other reviews:

Linsanity Viewing Party in New York, NY

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 7:00pm -10:00pm
Location: Finnerty’s Bar
Address: 221 2nd Ave, New York, NY
Game: NY Knicks vs. Orlando Magic
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Experience #Linsanity with Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP)! Let’s get together and watch Knicks game and cheer for Jeremy Lin! This is one of the most anticipated games and you surely should not miss it! TAP is hosting 2 Viewing Parties per month starting March so stay tuned!

Come early to grab your seats. This is a BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) Bar so feel free to grab a bite beforehand or bring your food here. Taiwan Beer is on the tap!

If you have any question, please feel free to email

Dynasty of Rock Concert Featuring Taiwanese Band “The Chairman”

Date: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Time: 4:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Rockit Room
Address: 406 Clement St, San Francisco, CA
Door Price: $15
Online Presale: $12
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Presenting Taiwan’s Chairman Band (董事長樂團)and featuring Bay Area’s very own Chinese Rock Bands, DreamRush and Nervous Factor. From SoCal, Metal maniac R.E.O.G

The Chairman formed in 1997, has released 7 albums, and received numerous domestic and overseas awards. The Chairman is famed for its particular Taiwanese local rock style and has dominated the Taiwan music industry for years. Now,The Chairman is bringing you their music with new elements of Taiwanese traditional culture and traditional Chinese opera instruments.

Tickets are available online and at the door.
Online ticket sales:
*Presale tickets are final. No refunds.

When buying tickets, please print your name according to your driver license.
Please print and bring your email confirmation on the day of the show.

Taiwanese Night Market Food Cooking Class

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: The Taiwanese-American Foundation
Address: 7838 Wilkerson Ct, San Diego, CA
Cost: $7
RSVP limit: 30. This event is limited to those who have RSVP’d with “going” on the Facebook event page.
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Do you miss the food that you had last time in a Taiwanese night market? Taiwanese American Professionals – San Diego (TAP-SD) is hosting an event where you can learn how to cook a popular traditional Taiwanese dish!

You will be watching the cooking demonstration of red cooked pork, stewed eggs and veggies on rice and also boba milk tea. The cooking demo will be given by a teacher. Plus, they will have a cold plate of seaweed, jellyfish, cold tofu, and Hainan chicken as appetizers (*contents may vary) and a taro layer cake with whipped cream frosting and fresh fruits on top! Yummy!

Come out and join TAP-SD in this cooking class, where you can learn how to make the dish and enjoy plenty of food!

The Beauty of Taiwan Photo Exhibition in Austin, TX

Dates: March 12 – 24, 2012
Location: Texas State Capitol
Address: Austin, TX
Free Admission.

Austin-Taichung Sister Cities Committee proudly announces our next major event, “The Beauty of Taiwan” photo exhibition which will take place from March 1st -24, 2012 at the Xiang Yun Temple, (香雲寺), and from March 12 – 24 at the Rotunda area in the State Capitol. There will be a grand opening reception on March 12 at 5:30pm in the State Capitol, main conference room.

“The Beauty of Taiwan” photo exhibition features 100 the award winning photographs from Taipei City and Taiwan, introducing the beautiful sceneries and the daily activities of people through Taiwan. This event is sponsored by the Taiwan government and hosted by Austin-Taichung Sister Cities Committee and Austin Taiwanese community in Austin.

Taiwanese Rock Band “The Chairman” Performs Live in SF/Bay Area

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Taiwanese Cultural and Economic Office
Address: 1269 Forgewood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
Cost: $10
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Epic Taiwanese rock band, The Chairman 董事長樂團, will be in town on 3/24! Catch this famous, chart-topping band live, in concert. Don’t miss out — tickets are only $10, so get them before they’re gone!


About The Chairman
Even before its inception in 1997, The Chairman has been instrumental in pioneering Taiwan’s underground rock scene. In an era dominated by cover bands, The Chairman innovated and brought original songs to the mainstream. Over the years, they have progressed from heavy metal and hard rock to a contemporary punk and post-rock sound. Their award-winning music is a unique blend of Taiwanese folk culture and modern rock. The Chairman released their eighth album in 2010 and have toured throughout Asia.

Sponsored by:
Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California (TAFNC)
Taiwanese American Professionals – San Francisco (TAP-SF)

Questions? Contact
Can’t make this event? Check out the concert on March 25.