Hi! This is Eric taking over this newsletter from Jess. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Taiwan had its local election as well as a major referendum vote. While it has been over a week, there are still talks and questions about it. We’ve put together a few simple points of the major things that happened in the … Continue reading Special Edition: Election Recap
I need to interrupt our regularly scheduled program with some exciting news: we're teaming up with TaiwaneseAmerican.org and Ketagalan Media to create resources for student groups. Think about this as the Taiwan 101 extra curricular class you've been dreaming of. ...and in these dreams, what would you be learning?! Let us know so we can put together a truly value-add series. We'd really appreciate your help.
Welcome to Outreach For Taiwan's sporadic newsletter. Apologies for the longer than usual delay. We're a volunteer organization (consisting of Eric, Jess, and Bertha) and sometimes our personal lives get in the way. Below are quick links to get you up to speed on news surrounding Taiwan. (Not to get too meta here, but we … Continue reading Can You Guess How Many 7-Elevens Are In Taiwan?
The fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year marks not only the end of the new years celebration and festivities, but also the day of the Lantern Festival. One of the most iconic scenes in Taiwan (and now a common scene around the world) is the release of the sky lanterns. The spot to be is PingXi on the outskirts of Taipei. Everyone writes their wishes on the lanterns, release them and watch them float up up into the sky. But do you even wonder where it goes? After all, it’s not exactly Elon Musk’ Tesla roadster.
Every year, around February and sometimes late January, a celebration of a new year is pronounced. Not because people are late to the ball drop but rather because it is celebrating a new year of a different calendar, the lunar calendar. Yet many people say “Chinese New Year” while some say “Lunar New Year.” What’s … Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year! — What’s the difference and why it matters
With Taiwan’s WHA exclusion and constant battery on Taiwan’s international status along with people combatting for international recognition, it’s sometimes easy to forget how much Taiwan’s soft power is. This week was a perfect display.
Happy Belated Birthday, Outreach for Taiwan! On March 13, over two weeks ago, OFT celebrated it's 3rd birthday. I'm writing this two weeks late because of it's been a crazy year for OFT. Workshops This was another year of a lot workshops and a lot of firsts as well. Below are all the school we visited: … Continue reading Happy 3 Years Old!
For the past 3 weeks, OFT has spoken at three different schools: Princeton University, New York University and Columbia University. At all three schools we talked about the US-Taiwan-China relations. This was the hot topic as everyone wanted to learn more about this trilateral relationship especially with Trump as president. However, today, we debuted our … Continue reading Debuting OFT’s LGBTQ Workshop
This Saturday was OFT had the pleasure of hosting a workshop at the 2017 Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association - East Coast Conference (ITASA ECC.) It was a milestone hit; an achievement unlocked. Since the founding of OFT, being able to hold a standalone workshop at ITASA had been Jenny and my dream. I had … Continue reading Our First Appearance at ITASA
Wawa no Cidal - A Story about Self-Identity In the movie Wawa no Cidal, Panay (Lin Hsio Ling) tells a story of how she had been forced to introduce herself with “Hi, my name is Lin Hsio Ling” in order to hide her aboriginal identity. However, through the experience of returning to her village she … Continue reading Wawa no Cidal: What is in a Name? Explored from an Taiwanese Aboriginal Experience