Taiwanese American Peter Lin is a jazz trombonist and musician based in New York. Born in Louisiana, the birthplace of jazz, Peter has been described by Downbeat Magazine as “solid, fluid, and smooth”, having performed with world-class jazz artists including Slide Hampton, Steve Davis, Winard Harper, and more. Peter has also performed at festivals including The Clifford Brown Festival and The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and leads the jazz small group, The Lintet, which is active in the tri-state area.
TAP-NY had the chance to interview Peter about his musical journey after his recent performance at Passport to Taiwan in NYC.
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Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou is a Democratic Party member of the New York State Assembly for the 65th district, which includes Chinatown, the Financial District, Battery Park City, and the Lower East Side. Born in Taiwan, Yuh-Line has focused her advocacy work around financial empowerment for consumers as well as tenant rights, while also helping form New York State’s first ever Asian Pacific American Legislative Task Force, which will focus on advancing issues impacting New York’s Asian American community.
TAP-NY had the chance to interview Yuh-Line about her background, current policy work, and her views on Asian American representation in government and what individuals and communities can do to increase political participation.
If you’d like to learn more and get involved, make sure to check out our upcoming Q&A with Yuh-Line!
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Graphic designer Andy Chen is the founder of New York-based design consultancy Isometric. Since its inception in 2013, Isometric has worked with well known institutions across the world, including Anthem Health Insurance, Princeton University, Soros Fellowships for New Americans, and Columbia Business School.
TAP-NY visited Isometric and had a chance to ask Andy about his work, influences and how identity has played a role in his design philosophy.
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Taiwanese American “Wang Newton” was voted one of the Top 25 drag kings in the world by peers. Self described as a “cheeky host with a ‘Taipei’ personality”, they host shows in New York City while running Wang TV on social media. The filmed bits feature everything from backstage shenanigans to interviews with the likes of super model Coco Rocha and drag queens from TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
TAP-NY caught up with Wang at a show in Brooklyn to learn about their background and journey. Learn more about Wang at www.wangnewton.com or on Instagram @drwangnewton and don’t miss out at their next self-produced variety show on March 28th.
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Ho Foods, recently opened in January 2018 in the East Village, brings home-style and modernized Taiwanese food to New York. Inspired by chef/owner Richard Ho’s Taiwanese roots, the restaurant pays homage to classic flavors and techniques by way of San Gabriel Valley, California, the “mecca of Taiwanese food in America.”
The restaurant focuses the diner experience around Richard’s signature dish, traditional Beef Noodle Soup served with freshly made noodles, pasture-raised beef shank, house fermented mustard greens, and a savory 10 hour broth.
TAP-NY caught up with Richard on an early Sunday morning to learn more about how his childhood and experience in the restaurant scene led to his latest venture. Continue reading “Behind the Noods: Chatting with Ho Foods’ Owner Richard Ho”
Taiwanese model and blogger 蔡宜樺 Yi-Hua Tsai is best known for her work across ELLE, Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and more. As a Wilhelmina model, she was also notably chosen to be Vogue Taiwan’s New York Fashion Week correspondent. TAP-NY spent some time chatting with her to learn about her daily life.
You can learn more about her at her website: www.huaever.com or follow her on Instagram at @huaever.
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Long-awaited homestyle Taiwanese eatery Zai Lai finally opened its doors in November 2017 at its first permanent retail location in Turnstyle at Columbus Circle. Previously known for its various pop-ups across NYC, Zai Lai specializes in family favorites such as rice bowls, noodles, and traditional street eats like oyster omelettes. TAP-NY met up with Taiwanese American lawyer-turned-restauranteur Edward Huang to learn about how it all got started. Continue reading “Career Changes and Cozy Cooking: Behind the Scenes at Taiwanese Eatery Zai Lai”