Archive for March 15th, 2012

Taiwanese Nobel Prize Winner Yuan-Tseh Lee Speaks on “Taiwanese Identity” in Berkeley, CA

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Valley Life Sciences Building 2060
Address: UC Berkeley, CA
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Taiwanese Nobel Prize winner Yuan-Tseh Lee will deliver a speech on the topic of “My Berkeley Life and Beyond”. Please RSVP. If attending, please leave a message on the Facebook event wall or email

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Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Presents a Dance Solo Show in NYC: Formosa

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Museum of Chinese in America
Address: 215 Centre St., New York, NY
Admission: This program is free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. Limited capacity; RSVP REQUIRED to
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Check out this Work-in-Progress showing of Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai’s new spoken word dance solo show “Formosa” at NYC’s MOCA.

In 1566, Portuguese sailors spotted the island of Taiwan and renamed it “La Ilha Formosa” on their sailing maps. For centuries, the name, Formosa, was used throughout the Western world.

From 1967 to 1987, Barbie dolls were solely manufactured in a small industrial town in northern Taiwan.

Inspired by the image of men and women working in this Taiwanese factory to create these American icons of beauty, “Formosa” is a solo show which pushes the questions of global capital, beauty, exploitation, and choice via a poetic narrative and counter-narrative contrasting the experiences of these factory workers with the material creation of this Western icon of beauty. Through poetry, multimedia, movement, and spectacle, she explores how, decades later, global economy leads women of color to strive for these same standards of Western beauty through skin lightening, eyelid surgery, jawbone shaving and other (at times) gruesome forms of self-mutilation.

Written & Performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. Directed by Jesse Y. Jou. Choreographed by Jessica Chen. Dramaturgy by Amissa Miller. Produced by Chie Morita.

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Chinese Taiwanese American spoken word artist who fights for cultural pride and survival through how she spits and how she lives. She has been featured at over 500 performances worldwide at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the House of Blues, the Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and three seasons of the award-winning “Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry.”

The creation of “Formosa” was supported, in part, through a commission from New York Live Arts’ Studio Series program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Jerome Foundation.

“Formosa” is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


Apply to the 2012 Formosa Foundation Ambassador Program

Apply to the 2012 Formosa Foundation Ambassador Program

The Formosa Foundation is accepting applications for the 2012 Ambassador Program from now through March 15, 2012. The 2012 Program will take place in Washington, D.C. from June 18 through 29. Up to 30 college/graduate students and young professionals will be selected from the United States and Taiwan to participate in this highly competitive “congressional boot camp.”

Application forms, detailed program description and previous program reports are now available on our website:

The Ambassador Program, in its 10th year, has over 250 future leaders graduate and held over a thousand meetings with individual members of Congress and their staff. With each passing year the program has grown stronger, attracting not only some of the foremost authorities on Taiwan and Asia-Pacific issues from across America, but also garnering the attention of powerful lawmakers as well. The Ambassador Program teaches skills to help change the hearts and minds of our elected leaders and policymakers in Washington on the most critical issues concerning Taiwan. Formosa Foundation ambassadors have received praises as being Capitol Hill’s most articulate and effective advocates for the U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relations.