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Sunflower Movement Student Leaders Tour in CA, DC, and NY

Sunflower Movement Student Leaders Tour in CA, DC, and NY

Several key leaders of Sunflower Movement in Taiwan are on tour throughout the US to talk about the current political landscape.

On March 18th 2014, civic groups and student demonstrators stormed Taiwan’s parliament floor to protest the government’s ratifying a controversial trade agreement with China without proper democratic processes. The sit-in, known as the Sunflower Movement, demanded that the government be accountable to the people, and lasted over 20 days.

The occupation ended, and the Movement still continues! As some of the leaders travel to the United States from Taiwan, they will present speeches in CA, DC, and NY on 8/18, 8/22, and 8/27.

The discussion will be primarily based in Mandarin.

Tour Locations (more forthcoming)
CA event:
DC event:
NY event:

2014 Miss Taiwanese American Pageant in LA

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Hilton Hotel San Gabriel
Address: 225 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA
Facebook event page:

This is the night we’ve been waiting for! Come experience an evening of culture, talent, and Taiwanese-American splendor! The 2014 Miss Taiwanese American candidates showcase their skills and intelligence for a chance to be the next Miss Taiwanese American.

The 2014 pageant will take place in the grand banquet hall of the San Gabriel Hilton. Your ticket includes dinner, and an evening of performances from the candidates and special guests!

Find out how to order tickets below:

Order tickets via Eventbrite:]

or by contacting the Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater Los Angeles by calling 626-307-4881.

Tickets will not be available for sale at the door. Check in begins at 5:30pm, with dinner beginning promptly at 6pm!

Scholarship for Health Professional Students/Trainees of Taiwanese Heritage

Founded in 1984, the North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA) is a professional organization comprised of Taiwanese American physicians, dentists and allied health professionals. It now consists of 16 regional chapters and over 1,400 members across the United States. NATMA’S mission is to represent medical, dental and other health professionals of Taiwanese descent, and to promote educational and cultural exchange among its members and their communities.

NATMA Foundation is offering a total of five (5) $1,000 scholarship grants to medical/dental/allied health students and residents or fellow-in-training of Taiwanese American descent to recognize their academic excellence and contributions to Taiwanese American community.

Medical, dental or allied health students, residents or fellows of Taiwanese American descent who are in good standing and under training at an accredited U.S. institution or program. Students must complete at least one year of graduate school study with available transcript.

Award Presentation: NATMA SC Chapter Annual Meeting (Recipients will receive partial token for travel expenses).
Location: Pacific Palms, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry Hills, CA 91744
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Application process
Complete and submit the following items:
1. Application Form with Photo Attached
2. Personal Statement (one page, single spaced)
3. College and Graduate School Transcript
4. Two (2) Letters of Reference

Please email your application package to the NATMA Foundation Scholarship Director at Also send your recommendation letters to Dr. Daniel C. Hsu @ 7923 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92841. All documents must be received by July 5, 2014

Submit your Art, Poetry, Prose, or Photos to the OACC Zine

Submit your Art, Poetry, Prose, or Photos to the OACC Zine has partnered up with Oakland Asian Cultural Center and other San Francisco Bay Area API organizations to collect submissions for the OACC inaugural zine to celebrate Asian & Pacific Islander artists’ work, to capture the wide range of work produced by the API community, and to create a space for artists to connect with one another.

The theme of the zine is “I Am Here” building off of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) 2014 theme of “I Am Beyond.” The zine will be distributed to local nonprofits and at various community events mostly within the Bay Area’s API community.

Let’s make sure Taiwanese Americans are represented! All entries by people who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander will be considered. Entries can encompass genres like poetry, graphic design, prose, paintings/drawings, cooking recipes, etc.

The deadline to submit is Tuesday, 7/1/14. If you are interested in submitting, we also ask that you send us a 150 word or less bio with a high-resolution head shot of yourself.

  • If you are submitting a poem, we ask that it be 20 lines or less. You can feel free to share 20 lines from poems that are longer.
  • If you are sharing from a song, we ask that you limit it to one verse from your song if the song is longer than 16 bars.
  • If you are submitting a prose piece, we ask that it be 200 words or less.
  • All photos and all pictures of paintings or drawings should be no less than 5 megabytes in size.
  • All submissions, bios, and head shots can be sent to at (also cc in your email). Feel free to also email with any questions that you may have.

    Visit for more info. #oaklandasiancc #iamhere

    2014 ITASA Footprints Scholarship Program

    2014 ITASA Footprints Scholarship Program

    The ITASA Philanthropy department started Footprints in 2010 as an effort to reach out to Taiwanese American students. Each year, we ask students to answer a question in the form of art, video, music or essay. The goal is to provide a platform for students to express their Taiwanese American identity and to support these students with some scholarship money!

    ITASA is excited to announce the launch of the 2014 competition! We invite you all to apply and invite your friends to join the competition. More information is available below!

    The Question:

    “Describe a moment when you realize your Taiwanese American identity – tell a story, capture a moment.”

    Application submission dates:
    High school students: 4/30 – 5/31/2014
    College Students: 3/1 – 4/30/2014

    For more information, visit

    Registration Open for the 2014 Taiwanese American Youth Summer Camps

    Registration Open for the 2014 Taiwanese American Youth Summer Camps

    It’s that time of year again as the Taiwanese American summer camps begin to open for registration! If you’re unfamiliar with the many Taiwanese American youth programs that host these excellent home-away-from-home camps, be sure to explore the links below. One thing you’ll consistently hear from the participants is how much an experience like this changed their lives.

    For those new to the summer conference and camp scene, know that we at endorse all of the listed programs. They all have talented and committed counselors and staff with a strong sense of personal identity and leadership skills, and they are on a mission to help grade school through high school aged youth grow as individuals and as part of a strongly networked community.

    Many of our own staff members grew up with these camps, and some even still serve as staff or organizers today. Over the past two to three decades, we’ve seen many leaders emerge from these programs and know that more amazing folks will grow from them in the years to come.

    TAF2013 Slideshow: Grey Matters from tafworld on Vimeo.

    Read on for more information about each of the specific camps and follow their respective websites and Facebook page links to stay up-to-date on info. Questions or concerns? Be sure to contact the respective conference directors.


    Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward (TACL-LYF) Camp
    Dates: June 24-29, 2014 (Tues-Sun)
    Location: Walker Creek Ranch
    Address: 1700 Marshall Petaluma Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952
    Facebook Page:
    Fee: $430
    Typical Attendance: 80-110
    *Registration period has ended, but there may be a handful of spaces left. Contact the directors to inquire.

    Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leadership Identity Development (TACL-LID) Camp
    Dates: August 6-10, 2014 (Wed-Sun)
    Location: Cedar Lake Camp
    Address: Big Bear, CA
    Facebook Page:
    Fee: $399
    Typical Attendance: 90-110


    Taiwanese Association of America MidWest Summer Conference
    Dates: July 10 – 13, 2014 (Thurs-Sun)
    Location: Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resorts
    Address: 4560 Hilton Corporate Dr., Columbus, OH
    Click for: Information / Program (PDF) / Registration
    Facebook event page:
    Fee: $100/night
    Contact: Rachel Burroughs by email:
    *Traditionally, the TAA conferences have been family-oriented with strong 1st generation Taiwan issues-oriented programming. Though there is no youth-specific program, this year they have many 2nd generation English speakers (including’s Ho Chie Tsai) and have chosen a fun setting for all ages. Bring your family!

    Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF) Summer Conference
    Dates: July 27 – August 3, 2014 (Sun-Sun)
    Location: Manchester College
    Address: 604 E. College Avenue, North Manchester, IN
    Facebook page:
    Fee: $400-$550
    Typical Attendance: 220-260
    *Watch videos from past years:


    Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) Camp
    Dates: July 3 – July 6, 2013 (Wed-Sun)
    Location: East Stroudsburg University
    Address: 200 Prospect St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
    Facebook event page:
    Fee: $185-$355
    Typical Attendance: 120-140
    *This year, a GenX Reunion is being planned. So, if you grew up with TAC/EC before it was renamed TANG, think about sending your kids to TANG, then coming to hang out with old friends and connecting with new ones.

    Register for the TACL-LYF Summer Camp in NorCal

    Register for the TACL-LYF Summer Camp in NorCal

    The 2014 Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward (TACL-LYF) Camp will take place from June 24-29, 2014! Returning participants will notice that there is an additional day of camp, for a total of 6 days and 5 nights!

    This year, they will be moving to a much larger campsite, Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA. It is a beautiful retreat with a lake and better, larger facilities to accommodate the growing camper population.

    General Registration ends May 15: $400
    Late Registration ends June 23: $430

    Note that registration capacity is often reached before the deadline and you may be placed on a waitlist.

    To register, visit:

    For over 30 years, the camp has been empowering kids to become effective leaders in their communities. Established in 1983 as Taiwanese American Youth Leadership (TAYL), the camp originally started as a place where first generation Taiwanese parents could pass on their culture and values. Over the years, the camp has evolved to help Taiwanese youth of all generations handle the issues they face as American citizens. Today, LYF’s mission is to foster awareness of Taiwanese American identity, culture and values while empowering the youth to become effective and proactive leaders in the community.

    Don’t miss out. Become a part of the LYF family.

    Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festivals

    Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festivals

    New York – Passport to Taiwan
    Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
    Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
    Location: Union Square North
    Address: New York, NY

    At the “Passport to Taiwan” event each year, participants can sample local delicacies from in Taiwan, observe dough figurine makers and calligraphy masters at work in the arts & crafts area, learn about various organizations and agencies, play children’s games, learn about traditional Taiwanese toys in the interactive area, fold cranes in the kids workshop area, and learn more about Taiwan and Taiwanese Americans in the exhibition area.

    Since the initiation of the “Passport to Taiwan” festival in 2002, it has become the most important event for the Taiwanese American and the Mandarin Speaking community in the New York Tri-State area. Tremendous resources have been gathered in order to make the event successful. The festival has since become the largest outdoor Taiwanese event in the entire United States. Please join us for a day of festivities!

    San Francisco – Taiwanese American Cultural Festival
    Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
    Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Location: Union Square
    Address: San Francisco, CA
    Facebook event page:

    The 22nd Annual Taiwanese American Cultural Festival officially kicks off May 10th, 2014 at San Francisco’s Union Square. Enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese delicacies, rock out to live performances and experience the vibrancy of Taiwanese culture. We are also excited to debut our complimentary photo booth experience!

    The theme of this year’s festival is, “I Heart Taiwan”. We encourage all in the community to come and celebrate the best of Taiwanese American and Taiwanese culture! We are always open to more volunteers and community sponsors. The festival is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for some retail products.

    Los Angeles – Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
    Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 – Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Time: 10:45am – 7:00pm
    Location: University-Student Union at California State University
    Address: 5154 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA

    Come celebrate with the 16th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week with the ever-flourishing, high-spirited and proud Taiwanese Americans of Greater LA/OC. United, we welcome our friends, local community, and civic partners to attend our festival with more food, vendors, shows, and amenities than ever before!

    More Taiwanese American Heritage Week Poster Award Winners

    More Taiwanese American Heritage Week Poster Award Winners and the Formosan Association for Public Affairs’ Young Professionals Group (FAPA-YPG) are pleased to announce additional winners of our recent “Designing Taiwan” Art Contest!

    Alan Tung of Jersey City, NJ was the 2nd Place finalist whose Taiwanese bubble tea theme impressed our panel of five guest judges from multiple community organizations. He will be awarded the $500 Prize.

    Allison Chang of Northville, MI was our Youth category winner with a creative drawing merging both Taiwanese and American iconic skyscrapers. She will be awarded a $100 Prize.

    If you haven’t seen 1st Place Winner Tracy Chen’s winning design yet, visit this link:

    Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order) go to Wenshiang Sean Chung of Malden, MA, Jerry Ma of New York, NY, Shani Shih of Washington DC, and Michael Wang of Brooklyn, NY. To download high-res files printable on 8.5″x11″ size paper, click on an image and right-click to save to your computer.

    Read our interview with 2nd Place Winner Alan Tung below:

    Tell us a little bit about yourself:
    I’m a multidisciplinary graphic designer who graduated from the School of Visual Arts. My current focus is on package design, website design, and some print design. I’m interested in learning how things work and how things are built, which led me to pursue technical skills in a variety of art-related disciplines. These disciplines would include the adobe creative suite, digital illustration, product design, animation, 3D modeling, coding languages for websites, woodworking, book binding, and handcraft. Regardless of the medium, I always strive to give my designs a purpose, whether it be a meaningful message or function.

    If you are interested in seeing some samples of my work, you can visit my portfolio on Behance:

    What was the inspiration behind your design? What gave you the idea for it?
    I did a lot of brainstorm and research on Taiwanese and Taiwanese American culture first, which led to some concepts such as joining hands, breaking through obstacles, climbing great heights, etc. I liked the joining hands concept, because it’s sweet and heart warming. However, I couldn’t get the joining hands concept to work. Perhaps my focus on the two keywords, ’sweetness’ and ‘heart warming,’ somehow sparked the idea to use bubble tea as a metaphor for Taiwanese culture.

    What is your favorite part(s) about Taiwanese culture or being Taiwanese?
    I like that Taiwanese people are very friendly and carry a hard-working spirit. I also like the profound techniques and details displayed in some traditional arts.

    If you could eat any Taiwanese food right now, what would it be?
    Chicken over rice (雞肉飯), minced pork rice (魯肉飯), or mom’s cooking. I like dishes in which the prominent tastes are the original flavors of the meat and vegetables.

    * * *

    Read our interview with Youth Winner, Allison Chang:

    Tell us a little bit about yourself:

    I love running, art, and music. My family avidly travels, but I call three places home: First, I would say the U.S. (especially since I’ve been Michigan born and raised). Then, my grandparents’ house in Taipei. Lastly, Thailand, where me and my family (my mother, father, and 11-year-old brother) lived for 4 years.

    What was the inspiration behind your design? What gave you the idea for it?

    I wanted to incorporate iconic symbols that portrayed both Taiwan and America, and found differing yet parallel ideas (such as 101 and the Empire State Building) to capture that.

    What is your favorite part(s) about Taiwanese culture or being Taiwanese?

    I absolutely love spending summers in Taiwan with family.
    Also, last summer I spent my first year at TAF (a Taiwanese-American summer camp), and that was such a fun and memorable experience, especially with the opportunity to meet so many other Taiwanese-Americans.

    If you could eat any Taiwanese food right now, what would it be?

    Tough question! Could I pick an ‘all of the above’ option? Personally, dessert comes to mind: I’d have to say street-side mango shaved ice (芒果刨冰) or sweet tofu dessert (豆花)

    Taiwanese American Heritage Week 2014 Poster

    Taiwanese American Heritage Week 2014 Poster and the Formosan Association for Public Affairs’ Young Professionals Group (FAPA-YPG) are pleased to announce the 1st place winner of our recent “Designing Taiwan” Art Contest: Tracy Chen of Fremont, CA.

    We received so many impressive and inspiring submissions, which made the judging challenging for our panel of five guest judges from multiple community organizations. Tracy’s design, however, was consistently highly-rated and praised for its quality, theme, and potential to engage a broad audience. Tracy will receive the $1,000 Grand Prize. Congratulations, Tracy!

    Check out other winning designs here:

    During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Taiwanese American Heritage Week this May 11-18, 2014, we invite you to share, print and display this poster anywhere you see fit.

    2014 Taiwanese American Heritage Week Poster. Design by Tracy Chen.

    It’s simple to print on standard 8.5″x11″ paper from your printer!
    Choose and download high-res pdf or jpg poster files here:
    Need additional educational material or brochures? Visit:

    Click here for a Facebook cover photo/banner: contacted Tracy Chen, the winner of the 2014 Taiwanese American Heritage Week “Designing Taiwan” Art Contest, to find out more about her inspiration behind the design. We are pleased to share a brief interview with her:

    Who are you and what do you do?

    I am Tracy Chen (Chen Yi-Chun 陳怡君).

    I have worked in advertising agencies in Taiwan for 7 years as a graphic designer and project manager; my client lists cover from fashion, technology, biotechnology to publishing industries. I did lots of commercial design in the form of graphic design, web design, corporate identity, package design, etc. However, I am enthusiastic about animation and I had hoped to continue producing animation as an expertise. Therefore, I came to the States in 2009 to explore this most amazing field in the entertainment industry.

    I graduated from Academy of Art University in the major of Animation and Visual Effects in 2012. While I learned advanced skills and knowledge about animation, I did some freelance projects for U.S. and Taiwanese companies sometimes.

    Although I learned lots of skills of making animation and Visual Effects, I still have a strong passion for graphic design. Right now, I am a freelancer doing both animation and graphic design works while expecting my first baby due in late-July.

    What was the inspiration behind your design? What gave you the idea for it?

    I started to fall in love with infographics these days and wondered if I could use this way to make people know more about Taiwanese Americans with a simple image. Therefore, I started to collect information about Taiwanese Americans and found out that Taiwanese Americans are truly outstanding compared to other Asian Americans according to the 2010 U.S. census report. I came up with a picture in mind that Taiwanese Americans standing on U.S.’s land are growing fast and flourishing in all aspects. We should be proud of being Taiwanese American based on its impressive picture.

    What is your favorite part about Taiwanese culture or being Taiwanese?

    Definitely the food and the food culture. I’m a greedy woman in terms of Taiwanese food. I love Lunar New Year so much because my parents and relatives will prepare many delicious cuisines during the festival. Meanwhile, we could have mutual care and support for every family member when enjoying a family reunion dinner.

    If you could eat any Taiwanese food right now, what would it be?

    My favorite drink is black milk tea (金香奶茶) from Ten Ren Tea (天仁茗茶) in Taiwan; they offer good quality tea and milk that other bubble tea chain stores could not compete with. I also love Two Peck Chicken Pie (派克脆皮雞排), which provides super crispy and juicy fried chicken cutlet. You’ll feel pretty satisfied if you enjoy the milk tea and chicken cutlet at the same time.

    Check out Tracy’s personal website and work: (mostly animation/ Visual Effects works) (mostly graphic design works)