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

How the US Election Might Affect My Home: Taiwan

Many people say that they will leave the country if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the upcoming presidential election. This is the first election that I will be eligible to vote in, after becoming a naturalized citizen in 2015. To me, this election means more than just what will happen in the states, I believe … Continue reading How the US Election Might Affect My Home: Taiwan

Fast Food in Taiwan: Impacting Everyone

Think about this: Taiwan has been riding the wave of technological advancements and the globalization of the modernizing planet to become a more developed and connected body with the rest of the world. The way people live today has changed drastically since the turn of the millennium, not too long ago. The typical quick list … Continue reading Fast Food in Taiwan: Impacting Everyone

Reflecting on Taiwanese American Heritage Week

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