Elias Ek Photo

Elias Ek

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Learn all about Taiwan’s growing startup community and all of the resources available for budding entrepreneurs in this episode of the Talking Taiwan podcast. If you want to know how to start a business in Taiwan, there’s a book written about it, and not surprisingly, it’s called How to Start a Business in Taiwan. The author of that book, Elias Ek, the CEO and co-founder of Enspyre spoke with me about all of these topics, and more, including the annual Dragons’ Chamber pitch contest, which will be taking place on November 18th of this year. This episode is a must-listen, specifically for non-Taiwanese nationals or anyone who’s ever thought about, is about to embark on, or currently in the midst of starting a business in Taiwan.


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode

  • What the Dragons’ Chamber is
  • How the Dragons’ Chamber pitch event works
  • What the Dragons’ Chamber does and who is it for
  • Recommended resources for budding entrepreneurs or people with startup ideas in Taiwan
  • How having more foreign business and business owners in Taiwan could be beneficial
  • Startup Weekend in Taiwan
  • Why Startup Weekend is a good testing ground for people with business ideas
  • Common problems faced by foreigners who try to start businesses in Taiwan
  • Where to find Elias’ book, How To Start A Business in Taiwan


Related Links:

Dragons’ Chamber: https://dragonschambertaiwan.com/

Enspyre: http://www.enspyre.com

Dragon’s Den https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragons’_Den

Startup Digest: https://www.startupdigest.com/digests

Startup Digest Taipei https://www.startupdigest.com/digests/taipei

Startup Digest Southern Taiwan https://www.startupdigest.com/digests/southern-taiwan

French Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan: http://www.ccift.org.tw/

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan: https://www.canchamtw.com/

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/canadianchamberofcommerceintaiwan/

Meet Taipei: http://eng.meettaipei.tw/

Where to find Elias’ book, How to Start a Business in Taiwan: http://startabusinessintaiwan.tw/

How to Start a Business in Taiwan on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zhsNq0

How to Start a Business in Taiwan in ebook format on Leanpub: https://leanpub.com/startabusinessintaiwan

How to Start a Business in Taiwan: An Interview with Elias Ek: learnchinesebusiness.com/2014/10/16/how-to-start-a-business-in-taiwan-an-interview-with-elias-ek

Elias Ek’s Linked-in link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eliasek



A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

When I heard the historic news of May 24th, that Taiwan’s Constitutional Court had ruled that marriage is not strictly defined as being between a man and a woman, it was exciting to know that Taiwan was poised to be the first country in Asia to legalize gay marriage. Even though I’ve been involved with the Taiwan float in the New York Gay Pride Parade twice before this year’s event, I realize that I still have a lot more to learn about the LGBTQ movement and community in New York and Taiwan.

In fact, just last year I attended an orientation session for floats participating in the New York Gay Pride Parade. There I learned that the official name of the event is actually the New York Pride March. Why a march and not a parade? The organizers of New York Pride explained that the term march is a reminder of the origins of the first Gay Pride March in New York, which rose out of the riots that erupted in reaction to the unjust police raids of the Stonewall bar.

As for Taiwan’s Gay Pride Parade, it’s the largest one in Asia. But beyond that, and up until the May 24th Constitutional Court ruling, what’s happened in the gay rights movement in Taiwan?

I thought this would be the perfect time to cover this topic on the Talking Taiwan podcast.I wanted to interview someone about the gay rights movement in Taiwan. That led me to Wen Liu, gender studies professor at SUNY Albany and my interview with her.

I am so pleased to have Wen on as a guest to talk about the LGBTQ movement and the recent ruling in Taiwan on same-sex marriage. What listeners don’t know is that Wen did the interview with me from Taiwan, even though she is usually based in New York. I really appreciate her taking the time out of her schedule to do this interview with me.


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode

  • The May 24th ruling by the Constitutional Court in Taiwan that same-sex marriage could be legalized
  • Mr. Chi Chia-wei who’s lawsuit led to the May 24th ruling
  • The history of the same-sex marriage battle and family law in Taiwan
  • Major turning points in Taiwan’s LGBTQ movement
  • The history behind Taiwan’s gay pride parade
  • How Taiwan compares to other Asian countries on LGBTQ issues
  • The next steps after the May 24th ruling
  • The marriage equality bill, civil partnership bill, multiple family bill
  • Other work that needs to be done in Taiwan for the LGBTQ community


Related Links:

Wen Liu’s writings on New Bloom Magazine: http://newbloommag.net/author/wen-liu/

An article about the LGBTQ movement in Taiwan: https://outreachfortaiwan.org/taiwan-101/social-movements/lgbtq-movement-in-taiwan/

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Did you know that there’s an annual flower show in New York featuring Taiwanese culture and orchids from Taiwan? Actually, I didn’t know this until one of my listeners reached out to me and told me about the upcoming Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit at the Queens Botanical Garden. Since I’m based in New York, I feel it’s my obligation to promote and inform people about all of the Taiwan-related events going on in New York. So I spoke with Pauline Huang, Chairwoman of the Queens Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors, who personally spearheaded the Taiwan orchid exhibit, which is now in it’s fourth year. I was really impressed by Pauline’s personal commitment to the Queens Botanical Garden and her follow through to make the first Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit happen back in 2014. Talk about “putting your money where your mouth is.” The Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit is coming up August 18-20th at the Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355). Listen to this episode to learn more about the music, art and culture of Taiwan that you’ll experience at Taiwan: A World of Orchids.


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How Pauline not only spearheaded, but gave her personal assurance to make the first Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit happen in only 2 months time
  • The music and art you’ll experience at the Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit
  • Why Pauline believes it’s so important to give back to your community
  • How Taiwan is one of the top three countries that exports orchids
  • What sets Taiwan apart from other orchid producing countries
  • How you can buy a Taiwan orchid to take home for yourself


Related Links:

Qeens Botanical Garden Website: https://queensbotanical.org/orchids/
Queens Botanical Garden Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/queensbotanical/


Brochure of Taiwan: A World Full of Orchids


A world full of Orchids Brochure

A world full of Orchids Brochure 2

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Last year was the first year that there was a Taiwanese Waves concert at the Central Park Summerstage and it was smashing success! Thousands of people were introduced to Taiwanese musicians Anpu (also known as Deserts Xuan), Wonfu, and Sunset Rollercoaster.

This year Taiwanese Waves has been invited back to Summerstage. Recently, I sat down to talk with Mia Min Yen, the founder and organizer of Taiwanese Waves. Mia spoke with me about the origins of her love of live music, how she was finally able to bring Taiwanese Waves to Summerstage, how the musicians featured this year (Fire Ex, Dadao Huang & Berry j, and Sangpuy) are representative of the cultural diversity of Taiwan, and her vision for the future of Taiwanese Waves.

Taiwanese Waves is not only a great showcase for Taiwanese musicians, but also the only Summerstage concert series lineup to feature Asian musicians. Taiwanese Waves will be at the Summerstage on July 29th from 6:00-10:00 pm at the Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park. To learn more about Taiwanese Waves, visit: www.TaiwaneseWaves.com


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Where the name Taiwanese Waves comes from
  • How Mia was finally able to bring Taiwanese Waves to Central Park’s Summerstage
  • Where Mia’s interest in live music and bands came from
  • How she curates the Taiwanese Waves concert series
  • A preview of some of the musicians who will be performing at this year’s Taiwanese Waves
  • What’s Mia’s future vision for Taiwanese Waves
  • Mia’s other love of photography and where you can find on her Instagram


Related Links:

Taiwanese Waves website: www.TaiwaneseWaves.com

Taiwanese Waves Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/taiwanesewaves/

Support Taiwanese Waves by purchasing a commemorative, limited edition Taiwanese Waves key ring here: https://goo.gl/8R2vPm


YouTube clips of each of the musical artists that will be performing at Taiwanese Waves:

Fire EX:

Dadado Huang:

Berry j:


Summerstage website: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/

Mia Min Yen on Instagram: www.instagram.com/miaminyenphotos


Taiwanese Waves 2017 (promotional video)

Taiwanese Waves 表演者專屬動畫 (2017)

2017 Taiwanese Waves 「表演者專屬動畫」咻滾滾釋出!Sangpuy 桑布伊 X 黃玠 + 黃小楨 X 滅火器 Fire EX. 這麼厲害的動畫請廣傳親友或曖昧對象,不要私藏!!!│小活動│分享影片將動態設為「公開」,並寫下對本屆活動或表演者說的話(字數不限要寫成論文也可以),即有機會獲得限量鑰匙圈!我們將於下周三(6/21)挑選最有創意的一名分享者送出~#千萬記得開聲音designed by Min Liuedited by Wei Leemusic by Fire Ex, Dadao Huang, Sangpuy#taiwanesewaves #summerstage

Posted by Taiwanese Waves on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I first learned about Treya, an up-and-coming musician with an amazing voice about two years ago, when she was profiled on TaiwaneseAmerican.org. From then on she was definitely on my radar to have as a guest on the Talking Taiwan, but somehow the timing was just not right for it. As I waited for the stars to align, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing her perform live several times. Now it’s time for me to have her on Talking Taiwan as a guest, and the timing couldn’t be better as Treya is in the midst of a Pledge Music campaign to raise funds for her first album. She’s running a sort of crowdfunding campaign, which I happen to know a thing or two about. So I am really thrilled to be able support her at this time, and to let others know about her huge talent. On top of all this I have the distinct honor of being the first on record to have done an audio interview with her!


Listen to Treya Lam’s “Sapphyr Skies”


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

Treya’s thoughts on Taiwan and being Taiwanese and American

Her musical inspirations and influences

Treya’s music writing process and her sources of inspiration

How she deals with writer’s block

Working on her first album and her Pledge Music Campaign and what she has planned for it

How you can support Treya’s Pledge Music Campaign and what she is offering at different contribution levels

Her thoughts on musicians independently producing their own music


Related Links:

To learn more about Treya, visit her website:

To support Treya’s Pledge Music campaign visit:

Treya on Instagram:

Hello Taiwan:

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

It’s that time of year again here in New York City. Spring is upon us, and as the weather warms up you’ll find street fairs popping up all around the city. I’ve already run into a couple of them. If you have ever been in the city at this time of year, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to miss it when you come across blocks and blocks of a wide New York City avenue that are closed off to traffic, and bustling with pedestrians instead. You’ll smell the aroma of mouthwatering foods wafting in the air, and see a variety of vendors hawking their wares. Imagine a massive flea market and a block party all rolled into one.

In the summer New York City is known for its free, open air, outdoor, public events with all sorts of cultural offerings ranging from classical music performances in Central Park to screenings of blockbuster movies at one of the Hudson River Park piers.

Most notable for the Talking Taiwan podcast and our listeners, is the Passport to Taiwan, an outdoor festival dedicated to celebrating everything related to Taiwan. The festival takes place every May in Union Square Park and is a chance for the public to experience Taiwanese culture. There are arts and crafts demonstrations, community organizations represented, the ever-popular Taiwanese food stalls, and live music performances. Passport to Taiwan has been going on for 14 years and last year an estimated 10, 000 people were in attendance.

The Hello Taiwan concert series was born out of the Passport to Taiwan and brings musical artists from Taiwan to New York to perform at the festival. This year’s Hello Taiwan musical artists are truly representative the ethnic diversity of Taiwan.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ysanne Spevack, the producer of this year’s Hello Taiwan Tour. Ysanne herself is an accomplished musician who works with up-and-coming musical artists. I was really impressed with how she has embraced Taiwan and the Taiwanese music industry, which she compared to the U.K.’s. That’s high praise indeed! This year’s Hello Taiwan Tour runs May 24-29. Learn more about Hello Taiwan in this episode of the Talking Taiwan podcast.


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

What is the Passport to Taiwan

The origins of Hello Taiwan and the Hello Taiwan tour

The musical artists who will be performing at Hello Taiwan: Gina Can, Sean Huang, and Biung

Taiwan’s music industry and how it compares to the U.K.’s

Hello Taiwan tour dates

Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammys

Ysanne’s advice for aspiring musicians


Related Links:

Hello Taiwan Website

Link: www.hellotaiwan.us/

Hello Taiwan Facebook Page

Link: www.facebook.com/HelloTaiwanRocks//

Music videos featuring musicians performing in the 2017 Hello Taiwan Tour: Sean Huang (singing to a woman dressed in a cockroach costume), Gina Can and Biung:
Link: http://www.hellotaiwan.us/2017.html

Treya’s Pledge Music Campaign is now LIVE



To purchase tickets

Link to purchase tickets to the May 27th Hello Taiwan concert at Joe’s Pub featuring Sean Huang, Gina Can, Biung and Treya


Talking Taiwan Episode 45 About the 13th Annual Passport to Taiwan

13th Passport2Taiwan Festival – Borcheng Hsu Talking Taiwan Ep 45


Passport to Taiwan website

Learn about Taiwan in New York

Link: www.p2tw.org/

Ysanne’s personal website


Ysanne’s company website for Cherry Plum Media


A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

When Gus, the producer of Talking Taiwan suggested that I do an interview with David Frazier, co-founder and Festival Director of the Urban Nomad Film Festival, which first started in Taipei in 2002, I was intrigued. And after speaking with David about Urban Nomad, I found myself wishing that I’d be in Taipei at the time of the festival! We talked about how the Urban Nomad Film Festival is more than just a film festival. In the past it has featured poetry readings, live bands, exhibits, parties, and a host of other interactive events. At a glance, the Urban Nomad is part film festival, part music festival. But it is more than that. The goal of the festival’s organizers has been to create a community-oriented event. David explained that the festival was inspired by punk rock’s DIY ethic, and described the Urban Nomad Film Festival as participatory event and “a live art project.” Learn where the name of the festival “Urban Nomad” came from, the fascinating evolution of the festival and what it takes to run a festival like this. The Urban Nomad Film Festival is definitely something worth checking out if you’re in Taipei in the spring. To learn more, visit their website: www.urbannomad.tw

Urban Nomad Film Festival


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

How the festival has evolved since it first started in 2002

Where the name of the festival “Urban Nomad” came from

What the Urban Nomad Film Festival is

What it takes to run a festival like the Urban Nomad Film Festival

The people and supporters of the festival

Highlights from past Urban Nomad Film Festivals

The New York connection to the Urban Nomad Film Festival

The types of films that premier at the Urban Nomad Film Festival


Related Links:

www.urbannomad.tw (Urban Nomad Film Festival website)
www.facebook.com/UrbanNomad.tw (Urban Nomad Film Festival Facebook page)

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I love talking to entrepreneurs and small business owners. It’s always interesting to learn how they started and have continued to build their businesses. For this episode I had the pleasure of speaking to Michael Forncrook about how he started a craft beer business in Taiwan. We spoke at great length, and what a lot of listeners don’t know is that we do most our podcasts long distance, via Skype. For this interview I was in New York, and Michael was in central Taiwan. It might not come as a surprise that we’ve the occasional technical glitch, but it happened a record number of times during my interview with Michael. We actually had to hang up and reconnect four times! So I want to thank Michael for sticking it out with me and for supporting Talking Taiwan. We had such a fascinating conversation about a range of topics including what type of beer is healthier, the steps to brew beer at home, gypsy brewers, and advice for expats wanting to start a business in Taiwan.


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

How and why PB Craft hosts beer brewing classes

Beer brewing in Taiwan and Asia

Michael’s company PB Craft

The B2B agricultural food marketplace, that Michael is developing. He describes it as the Aliba or B2B Amazon for food products and beverages

Can beer be considered healthy and what kind of beer is healthier?

The benefits of beer spas

How to brew beer at home

Unique craft beer flavors

What is a gypsy brewer?

The craft beer industry in Taiwan and Asia.

The challenges of running a business with your spouse

Advice for expats interested in starting a business in Taiwan

Entrepreneurship in Taiwan


Beer Brewing Steps:


Related Links:

http://www.pbcraft.com (B2B beer and beverage consulting and materials supplier)
http://www.diybeersupply.com.tw (B2B online store)

http://AgriGoGo.com (new BB Agriculture Marketplace)

金鼎軒自釀啤酒 DIY Beer Supply Home Brew Facebook page: