Spring is coming! While it's still coat weather up where Eric and Jess are, Bertha's starting to break out T-shirts and shorts. Hope everyone is enjoying their spring breaks, and remember to take some time to relax! Newsworthy Taiwanese-American Andrew Yang announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election: Yang is running for the Democratic … Continue reading Guess which STATE is bubble tea the most popular? ft. Planning for Summer
This week went by quick! This week is not just any week, but Taiwanese-American Heritage Week (TAHW), which meant giving special attention on our heritage. Held against the backdrop of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), the Week celebrates the culture and values Taiwanese immigrants brought from Taiwan over many decades. While this month … Continue reading Reflecting on Taiwanese American Heritage Week
Ever since rapper Dwagie (大支) shocked Taiwan with his unapologetic rhymes about identity in 2002 (Taiwan Song), he has only continued to break through walls, becoming the only artist to have collaborated with both Nas (Refuse to Listen) and the Dalai Lama (People). Dwagie’s songs are often inspired by social and political issues and events, … Continue reading #Talk4TW – Dwagie (大支)
Outreach for Taiwan kicked off 2016 with a visit to University of Pennsylvania to speak with Penn Taiwanese Society (PTS) about past student movements in Taiwan. In 2015, universities across the nation have been filled with students speaking out about racism and police brutality. There were protests such as “Die-In” demonstrations while mass social media … Continue reading Taiwan at UPenn: Empowering the future through learning from the past
A leaked US diplomatic cable dated January 2006 mentions Tsai Ing-wen as “extremely capable and very persuasive [… and] tenacious negotiator”. Ten years later, we see her rise up to the top as the incoming President of Taiwan. Here are 10 facts about President-elect Tsai Ing-wen that you should know:
Featured Image Photo Credit: SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images As the election gets closer, we take a look at the events leading up to this three-way battle between three experienced parties: the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rising to power after being absent for eight years, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) maintaining its dominance, and the People First Party … Continue reading 2016 Presidential Election – Highlight Reel: An Election like Never before
On January 16, Taiwan will democratically elect its next president. With 3 predecessors, the next president will have a legacy to continue. Who are these candidates? What makes each one so special? What are each candidate's policies? Read below to find out more about the three candidates. Eric Chu (朱立倫) Never one to finish This … Continue reading 2016 Presidential Election – Player Spotlight featuring Chu, Tsai and Soong
This March, Outreach for Taiwan reaches our one year anniversary. It is amazing how fast time flies. As we reflect back on what we have accomplished so far, we continue to look forward to what more OFT can do. For the past year, all of our Outreach for Taiwan workshops, events and spendings (except for … Continue reading Happy birthday, Outreach for Taiwan!
It has almost been a year since student protesters broke into the Legislative Yuan in Taipei and occupied Taiwan’s lawmaking body for 23 days in the spring of 2014. This event sparked more than 350,000 people to march the streets in opposition of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Many worried that there was no … Continue reading Did the Sunflower Movement become irrelevant?
It was declared a “watershed moment in its democratization”, but there was no jubilation or dancing in the streets. The Nationalists Kuomintang (KMT) still had a strangle hold on Taiwan’s political system, but this was the beginning of political liberalization and the roots of Taiwanization. Chiang Ching-kuo lifted martial law over Taiwan in July 1987, 38 … Continue reading Taiwan Martial Law and the Aftermath