Introducing the OFTaiwan Award: New funding for Taiwanese American student programs

Seven years ago, my friend Jenny Wang and I graduated from Rutgers University and began our professional lives in New York City. However, we both missed our time back at TASA (Taiwanese American Students Association). Of course one part was the being part of “TASA fam,” but we also couldn’t let go of our passion … Continue reading Introducing the OFTaiwan Award: New funding for Taiwanese American student programs

Bringing Taiwanese to Taiwanese Americans – My Last Chapter

“We are a social club, we shouldn’t talk about politics.” “We are a non-profit, we don’t do politics.” “We are Taiwanese American, we should focus on Asian American issues, not Taiwan issues.” I’ve heard it all. At one point or another, I’ve agreed to it all. Today, I disagree. "In my experience, politics haves typically … Continue reading Bringing Taiwanese to Taiwanese Americans – My Last Chapter

One Man’s Lantern, Another Man’s Garbage

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.

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year! — What’s the difference and why it matters

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

Debuting OFT’s LGBTQ Workshop

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

Our First Appearance at ITASA

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