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Art and identity: an interview with illustrator Christina Chung

Art and identity: an interview with illustrator Christina Chung

Brooklyn-based "Taiwanese-Hong Konger-American" illustrator Christina Chung has had her work appear in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and Eater, as well as novel and album covers. Despite her busy schedule, TAP-NY had the chance to interview Christina to learn about her upbringing, her work, and her inspirations. You can find out more at her website or her Instagram. Can you introduce yourself? My name is Christina Chung and I’m a Taiwanese-Hong Konger-American illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. I’m originally from Seattle, called Singapore home for seven years, and then moved to New...

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Member of the Month: Barry Cheng

Member of the Month: Barry Cheng Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies, etc. I am a New Jersey native who frequents into New York City for work, meeting up with friends, and discovering new eats and up and coming restaurants. I’m currently working at a marketing agency where I have an incredible opportunity to develop and execute digital marketing strategies for one of the largest automotive brands as our client, an industry I have a strong passion for. As a car enthusiast, I read car reviews and automotive news on...

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Chatting with Ed Lin, author of Taipei-based novel Incensed

Chatting with Ed Lin, author of Taipei-based novel Incensed

Ed Lin is a Taiwanese American writer and novelist based in New York.  As the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards, he published Incensed last fall which continues his Taipei-based series started with Ghost Month. TAP-NY met with Lin to learn more about his background, his thoughts on writing, and his latest work.   Can you tell us about your latest novel, Incensed? Incensed is the sequel to the first book, Ghost Month. It's very timely in that it discusses LGBTQ issues in Taiwan while in the convention of a mystery set during the Mid Autumn Festival, when family is...

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Member of the Month: Tim Wang

Member of the Month: Tim Wang Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies, etc. Hello, everyone. My name is Tim Wang. I grew up in Belmont, MA (a suburb of Boston) and moved to NYC in 2008 to begin my professional career. I consult clients on how to best optimize their marketing dollars across their marketing channels. Even though I work (some of my friends find this hard to believe), I'd say I'm more of a "work to live" rather than "live to work" type of person. Right now my favorite hobby is spending time with my 2...

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New Asia Chamber Music Society: Asian Culture Within Classical Music

New Asia Chamber Music Society: Asian Culture Within Classical Music

The New Asia Chamber Music Society (NACMS) is a classical group committed to bringing audiences exceptional performances of the chamber music repertoire, infusing contemporary Asian culture into the canon of western classical music. Founded in 2010, the organization has since been hailed by New York Concert Reviews as “an impressively organized and professional group… comprised of many young and gifted players”. TAP-NY had the chance to speak with Taiwanese American NACMS co-founders and musicians Andy Lin and Nan-Cheng Chen after their recent season opening concert. NACMS Executive...

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Member of the Month: Nicole Tai

Member of the Month: Nicole Tai Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies, etc. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and first moved to the East Coast for college. Despite the humid summers and freezing winters, I've really come to like it here! I currently work in higher-education publishing as an associate project editor. In my free time, I read (everything from YA fiction to the New York Times), attempt to brush up on my languages (Mandarin and French so far—I hope to eventually pick up Taiwanese!), and collect...

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Member of the Month: Roswell Lo

Member of the Month: Roswell Lo Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies, etc. Hi! My name is Roswell, I'm 27 and grew up in New York. I studied industrial engineering in college and worked in the food/beverage industry the last several years. I'm going back to school for my masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell this fall and could not be more excited! I love being outside playing sports or rooting for my Jets/Yankees/Knicks. I'm always dancing- been dancing hip hop since high school but I'm...

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A Home Away from Home at TK Kitchen

A Home Away from Home at TK Kitchen

Originally from Danshui, Taiwan, Taiwanese American Peggy Shih of TK Kitchen initially held a corporate job in marketing.  When the opportunity arose to take a three month sabbatical in New York to study English, she jumped at the chance - and those three short months have now become almost a decade. TK Kitchen, located in St. Mark's, is known for its variety of drinks and traditional, light Taiwanese fare, serving classics such as gua bao, braised pork rice, and stinky tofu.  TAP-NY swung by to learn the inspiration behind this classic St. Mark's establishment. Shih initially took a job...

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Talking Music and Math with Stephanie Chou

Talking Music and Math with Stephanie Chou

Taiwanese American Stephanie Chou is a saxophonist, singer, and composer based in New York City, whose music combines classical and Chinese influences with jazz and pop harmonies and rhythms.  Stephanie has performed her music across the world - from Taipei and Beijing to NYC and Italy - and seeks to produce "global music that is artistically challenging, bold and fearless, and which presents a unique musical perspective." She recently released her third album, Asymptote, which features Taiwanese erhu virtuoso Andy Lin on arrangements of Chinese classics such as “The Moon Represents My...

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Member of the Month: Jocelyn Liang

Member of the Month: Jocelyn Liang Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies, etc. I'm an LA native and spent the first 24 years of my life in Southern California before moving to the Big Apple NYE of 2015. After dabbling briefly in retail finance as my first job, I quickly switched gears and entered the world of marketing agencies. When I'm not project managing my way through work, I'm constantly planning my next trip and researching travel deals. I'm hoping to pay another visit to Europe this year, (London or Paris)...

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