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Talking Taiwan is an audio magazine (podcast) about interesting people who are connected to Taiwan and what they are doing. Hosted by author Felicia Lin, Talking Taiwan seeks to introduce you to the interesting and diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community – in Taiwan, the US, and around the world. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher - or on www.talkingtaiwan.com.

Talking Taiwan is an audio magazine (podcast) about interesting people who are connected to Taiwan and what they are doing. Hosted by author Felicia Lin, Talking Taiwan seeks to introduce you to the interesting and diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community – in Taiwan, the US, and around the world. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher - or on www.talkingtaiwan.com.

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Talking Taiwan is an audio magazine (podcast) about interesting people who are connected to Taiwan and what they are doing. Hosted by author Felicia Lin, Talking Taiwan seeks to introduce you to the interesting and diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community – in Taiwan, the US, and around the world. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher - or on www.talkingtaiwan.com.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep 112 | Tony Coolidge: Finding his Indigenous Roots in Taiwan

1/18/2021
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Did you know that there are 16 indigenous tribes officially recognized in Taiwan and up to 29 self-identified tribes? Also, Taiwan’s current President Tsai Ing-wen’s paternal grandmother was from the Paiwan tribe. My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is Tony Coolidge. Tony is the Founder of the Atayal organization, which is named after his mother’s indigenous tribe. In this interview Tony talks about finding his indigenous roots and...

Duration:00:58:36

Ep 111 | Elena Liao of Te Company: Running a Tea Room in the West Village

1/11/2021
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: When I first interviewed Elena in 2013, she had just won the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition. She was launching her Taiwanese tea business Té online. Since then, I’ve wondered how she was doing and a couple of years later, I learned that Elena had opened a tearoom in the West Village. I’ve visited the tearoom and it is a place of pure zen where tea drinking becomes a ritual. A true ambassador of tea, Elena sees the tearoom as a way to...

Duration:00:26:39

Ep 110 | Supei Liu: Her Experiences with Nomi Network and Entrepreneurship

1/4/2021
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: The last time I had my guest Supei Liu on was six years ago to talk about her work with Nomi Network. Supei is the VP of Global Initiatives and Co-founder of Nomi Network. Nomi Network combats human trafficking by creating pathways to safe employment, empowering women and girls to break cycles of slavery in their families and communities. After spending seven years based in Cambodia and India, she’s relocated to the U.S. Last week we got...

Duration:01:02:34

Ep 109 | Talking Taiwan Top 5 of 2020 End of Year Review

12/28/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Since March of this year, we’ve been publishing new episodes of Talking Taiwan on a weekly basis, so for our last episode of 2020, we thought it would be fun to look back and see which were the top five episodes of the year. It comes as no surprise that 2 of the episodes are related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Through it all, it’s been amazing to see our listenership grow. In fact, I’ve really enjoyed hearing from listeners who’ve reached out...

Duration:00:17:07

Ep 108 | Constance Parng: Super Auntie to Native Nations of the Auntie Sewing Squad

12/21/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Constance Parng, an actress, writer and healer who’s earned the title of Super Auntie to Native Nations of the Auntie Sewing Squad. Constance spoke with me about her work to support the highly vulnerable Native American communities and her connection to Taiwan. Through this conversation she reveals that the lack of access to basic things like running water and proper health care on reservations have deeply rooted origins. COVID-19 has exposed...

Duration:01:14:26

Ep 107 | Auntie Sewing Squad 2: Supporting Communities on the Fringe Through Caring

12/14/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Kristina Wong and Valerie Soe are back to talk about the Auntie Sewing Squad. When they were last here (on episode 75) the Auntie Sewing Squad was about two months old with over 600 members. A lot has happened with the Auntie Sewing Squad since then. As you listen to the episode, you might be wondering why is there a dog crying in the background as Kristina talks to us? And what major announcement is Valerie going to make about yet another...

Duration:00:53:12

Ep 106 | CoFounders Gary Reloj and Bonnie Chan Raise $30,000 for PPE Relief Initiative and What's Next

12/7/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: My guests on this episode of Talking Taiwan are Gary Reloj and Bonnie Chan, co-founders of the PPE Relief Initiative (PRI). I had Gary on as a guest previously in episode 79, only a couple of months into the COVID-19 pandemic. He talked about his own personal battle with COVID and the PPE Relief Initiative’s crowdfunding campaign. Since then, the PPE Relief Initiative has surpassed its goal of raising $30,000, and has also been selected by...

Duration:01:00:07

Ep 105 | Jason Chew Talks About Being a Filmmaker

11/30/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: On this episode of Talking Taiwan I speak with Jason Chew about being a filmmaker. We talked about how he veered away from his traditional Taiwanese upbringing and parents’ expectations that he become a lawyer. As a filmmaker, he’s worked with several different clients in both Taiwan (a funeral home and cosmetics company) and the U.S. He shared how one project with the NYPD required him to wear a bulletproof vest while cruising around with the...

Duration:00:55:29

Ep 104 | Nomi Network CoFounder Supei Liu Discusses Human Trafficking

11/23/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: In the spirit of giving, with Thanksgiving approaching and the holiday season soon upon us, I thought I’d share this interview from 2014 with Supei Liu one of the co-founders of Nomi Network. Hear Supei tell the story of how the desire to create more awareness about human trafficking led to the creation of Nomi Network, an organization which gives economic opportunities to empower women and to protect them from human trafficking. Last year, the...

Duration:00:37:40

Ep 103 | Andrew Yang Venture for America U.S. Presidential Candidate Talks Entrepreneurship

11/16/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: In 2013 I spoke with Andrew Yang who was the CEO of Venture for America at the time. He was at his office and multi-tasking during our interview, so when you listen to the interview, you’ll hear some background noise and typing. At the time he talked about being invited to the White House amongst several things. Who would have predicted that a few years later that he would be running as a Democrat for the 2020 U.S. President...

Duration:00:22:33

Ep 102 | Jason Wang: How his Advisory Firm Makes Coronavirus Face Shields for the Front Line

11/9/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Jason Wang, the Founder of Cypress River Advisors spoke with me about how his advisory firm which is normally not in the business of producing PPE, was able to start the production of face shields at scale in four weeks in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort which is called Face Shields for the First Line, donates face shields to health care and essential workers. We also talked about how they cut down on the shipping costs and...

Duration:00:41:53

EP 101 | Dr. Peter Tsai N95 Mask Inventor Helps to Fight Covid-19

11/2/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: In part two of my interview part two with Dr. Peter Tsai, he talks about how he was called out of retirement to help address the shortage and demand for N95 masks with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Tsai is the Taiwanese American inventor of the N95 mask technology who has come out of retirement to figure out how to sterilize N95s for reuse, and to help scale up production of the masks. Special Thanks to HoChie Tsai of ...

Duration:00:42:23

Ep 100 | Dr Peter Tsai N95 Mask Inventor: The Man Who Created the Technology

10/26/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Dr. Peter Tsai is the Taiwanese American inventor of the technology behind the N95 mask, the piece of personal protective equipment that has become such a part of our everyday vernacular since the onset of the global Coronavirus pandemic. With the shortage of N95 respirators at the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Tsai was called out of retirement to figure out how to sterilize N95s for reuse, and to help scale up production of the masks. In part...

Duration:00:47:16

Ep 99 | Professor Scott Simon: Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples and Their Connection to Ecology

10/19/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Earlier this year, I spoke with Professor Scott Simon about his research on Taiwan’s indigenous peoples. He is a Professor in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies and Co-holder of the Research Chair in Taiwan Studies at the University of Ottawa. He’s done research in Taiwan since 1996, spent an accumulated 10 years of residence in the country, and published 3 books about Taiwan. We talked about Taiwan as the cradle of...

Duration:00:24:20

Ep 98 | Dr. Jerome Keating's Books: Mapping, Paradigm Shifts, and his Favorite Quotes

10/12/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: In part two of my conversation with Dr. Keating, we spoke about his other books on mapping and paradigm shifts. Dr. Keating also shared some of his favorite quotes including the one that encapsulates why he writes about Taiwan. And he talked about meeting with Trigg Brown and Josh Ku the owners of the popular Taiwanese American restaurant Win Son, who I interviewed in episode 60. Since his book, Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus features some...

Duration:00:42:00

Ep 97 | Understanding the History of Taiwan through Dr. Jerome Keating

10/5/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: Dr. Jerome Keating has been living in Taiwan for over 30 years. Initially he came over to Taiwan to work on the MRT. He has written several books about Taiwan. We invited him on to the podcast to talk about this latest book, Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus. Dr. Keating also reflected on how Taiwan has changed in the past 30 years, and we discussed things past and present including Taiwan’s complicated international status, amendment of the...

Duration:00:37:04

Ep 96 | Professor Andrew Morris: The Relationship Between Taiwan Baseball and its History

9/28/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: With major league baseball playoffs soon upon us, we thought that this episode might appeal to our baseball fans. It seems like a distant memory now, when about a month into the Coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan was the only place on the planet where live professional baseball was being played. My guest on this episode is Professor Andrew Morris whose research on baseball in Taiwan presents a fascinating new angle and way of seeing Taiwan’s history....

Duration:01:03:36

Ep 95 | Raising Blasian Kids Part 2: A Conversation with Rolla Chng and Eileen Lin-Goutier

9/21/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: This week’s episode of Talking Taiwan features part two of my conversation with Eileen Lin-Goutier and Rolla Chng about raising Blasian kids. This was definitely the longest interview that I’ve done for Talking Taiwan to date, which is why we split it up into two parts. In this episode, Eileen talks about the Facebook group for Taiwanese Moms with Blasian kids, and Rolla talks about her son and daughter’s cross-country road trip and the...

Duration:01:15:01

Ep 94 | Raising Blasian Kids Part 1: A Conversation with Rolla Chng and Eileen Lin-Goutier

9/14/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: My guests on this episode of Talking Taiwan are Eileen Lin-Goutier and Rolla Chng. Both are Taiwanese American women with Black partners and are parents of Blasian kids. Eileen is a relatively new parent with a two-year-old daughter and Rolla has two grown children who are 19 and 20 years old. I thought it would be a good idea to bring together these two women at very different stages of the parenting journey to have a conversation about their...

Duration:01:04:30

Ep 93 | A Discussion with Dr. Eunice Yuen About Asian American Mental Health

9/7/2020
A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin: September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Unfortunately, suicide is a very real issue for the Asian American community. According to the Office of Minority Health, in 2017 the leading cause of death in young Asian Americans in the US was suicide. My guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is passionate about promoting emotional wellness and a prevention model for mental health. Dr. Eunice Yuen is, a child and adult psychiatrist who...

Duration:00:36:58