“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
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It's Chinese New Year's Eve and red envelopes are a must. As a child, I LOVED this time. Who doesn't love getting money (but to be honest, the money always went to the parents.) Now, I'm older, I'm able to receive but also am required to give red envelopes. When Do I Start Giving Red … Continue reading Red Envelope Giving is Weird
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.
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
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
I could always get a good laugh from my dad with my sisters whenever we attempted a golf swing at the driving range. Swing and a miss. What a whiff. Even when I couldn’t get a good swing at that little pretentious golf ball still standing there, my dad would always try to guide me … Continue reading Father’s Day: Celebrating Together
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