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”

Slice of Life: Chatting with model and blogger Yi-Hua Tsai

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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Career Changes and Cozy Cooking: Behind the Scenes at Taiwanese Eatery Zai Lai

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”

Heritage and passion with comic illustrator and designer Jerry Ma

Best known for ground-breaking graphic novel Secret Identities, Taiwanese American comic illustrator and graphic designer Jerry Ma has featured works at the New York Asian Film Festival, the Lunar New Year Festival at the Met, and in Linsanity the Movie to name a few.

Currently in the process of opening a Taiwanese restaurant in East Village, Jerry’s work has been instrumental for the Asian American community – TAP-NY sat with him to learn more.

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Chris ‘ehgg’ Liu talks photography, passion, and food in today’s social age

You might be following this “Insta-famous” commercial photographer and social media consultant already.  Known as ehgg on Instagram, Taiwanese-American Chris Liu’s unique captures can be found on the walls of food establishments across New York, as well in articles at Buzzfeed and TimeOut NY.

TAP-NY had the chance to meet up with Chris to discover what a day in the life looks like for him and what inspired him on his unique journey.

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