Growing from the ground up with Té Company’s Elena Liao

After this year’s exclusive tea tasting at Taiwanese tea shop Té Company, we couldn’t resist going back for more.  Tucked away next to Waverly Place in the West Village, Té Company is an intimate space that focuses on select Taiwanese teas accompanied with carefully crafted pairings.  TAP-NY visited again to chat with Taiwanese American founder … Continue reading Growing from the ground up with Té Company’s Elena Liao

On Bootstrapping a Company with Lee Lin, RentHop Cofounder and CEO

After TAP-NY’s recent data science professional events, we decided to chat with Lee Lin, co-founder and CEO of real estate listing startup RentHop.  Lee, a Taiwanese American, is a data geek from MIT who spent years at quantitative hedge funds before founding RentHop and entering startup accelerator Y Combinator.  RentHop is a real estate listing platform which uses quantitative analysis and a proprietary HopScore to sift through available inventory and sort by quality; saving time for both renters, landlords, and real estate brokers.

We visited the RentHop office in Midtown to learn about Lee’s background and how the company has grown to where it is today.
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Hearing jazz musician Peter Lin’s musical roots

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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Making a Difference: An Interview with NYS Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou

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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Unraveling design philosophy and identity with Isometric founder Andy Chen

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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On Culture and Gender: Interviewing drag king Wang Newton

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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Behind the Noods: Chatting with Ho Foods’ Owner Richard Ho

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”