Jenny Wang

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:


Jenny Wang spoke with me about Taiwan Week 2013, which is a week of events leading up to the Keep Taiwan Free Rally aka the UN for Taiwan (UN4TW). This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN4TW movement in New York. Listen to hear about all the fun daily events being planned for Taiwan Week.



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


  • What is Taiwan Week and how it got started
  • What is the purpose behind Taiwan Week
  • The connection between Taiwan Week and the UN for Taiwan Rally
  • What activities and events are being planned for Taiwan Week
  • The challenges in organizing Taiwan Week
  • The kickoff concert event on Friday, September 6 and all events leading up to Saturday, September 14th, the day of The Keep Taiwan Free Rally
  • The photo shoot with the Third Prince (三太子哪吒)
  • Who the Third Prince is


Taiwan Week 2013






This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN for Taiwan (UN4TW) movement in New York. The purpose of this movement is to voice the injustice of Taiwan’s exclusion in international organizations such as the United Nations and also to spread the awareness by conducting outreach activities.


Related Links:


Taiwan Week 2013 Facebook event page:


See What Happened at Taiwan Week 2012:


Keep Taiwan Free website:




Taipei Times article about the Third Prince (三太子):


A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Our guest on this episode of Talking Taiwan is Elena Liao, the owner of Té Company. She won last year’s Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC). To learn more about the ECC listen to the previous episode about the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition. The name of her company, comes from the word “Té,” for “tea” in Taiwanese Hokkien.


Elena, founder of Té Company, is an avid tea drinker and a dedicated food enthusiast living in New York City. She was born and raised in Taiwan, then moved to the US in her early teens. Like most Taiwanese families, drinking oolong tea was part of her daily ritual growing up. Living in the food mecca of New York City, Elena was surrounded by foodies alike celebrating hand crafted espresso and the complex bouquet of artisanal wine. As her appreciation and knowledge for fine culinary craft blossomed, she found herself increasingly drawn to the delicate flavors of oolong teas. The childhood tea drinking tradition became more than a pastime. It became a culinary exploration, which led her to study oolong tea’s history and artistic craftsmanship.


Elena’s love of tea was first nurtured by her family and her passion for it shines through in this interview. Our conversation turned out to be a deep dive into the world of tea. She spoke to me about artisanal teas, how tea can be aged like wine, and even used in cooking and baking.


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


  • What the name of her company Te comes from
  • Her participation in the Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC), which is organized by TAP-NY and the Taiwanese Merchants Association
  • How she prepared her proposal for the ECC
  • What advice she would give to anyone preparing to go through a competition like the ECC
  • What she things is the one thing you need to succeed in participating in a competition like the ECC
  • What she did with the money she won from the ECC
  • How she got on the path to starting Te Company
  • The research she’s done about tea to prepare herself to be a tea merchant
  • Her visits with tea framers in Taiwan tea leaves are picked in Taiwan
  • How white, green, yellow, oolong and black tea can all be made from a single plant
  • How tea is similar to wine or whiskey
  • How tea ceremony can affect the taste of tea
  • What is espresso tea
  • The difference between drinking tea from a tea bag vs. loose leaf tea
  • How tea can be aged
  • How Elena comes up with new tea blends
  • The difference between ice tea and hot tea
  • How she uses oolong tea in cooking and baking
  • What’s next for Te Company



Related Links:
Te Company’s website:


Taiwanese American Professionals- New York (TAP-NY):


Crystal and Jacqui of TAP NY

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

In this episode of Talking Taiwan I spoke with Crystal Tang, TAP-NY’s Professional Chair and Jacqui Wu, TAP-NY’s Co-President about the second annual Entrepreneur Challenge and Competition (ECC). The ECC is organized by the Taiwanese American Professionals – NY (TAP-NY) and the Taiwan Merchants Association. Crystal and Jacqui talked about the ECC’s selection process and the impressive lineup of judges who are successful, prominent Taiwanese American entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The ECC is an opportunity to showcase the Taiwanese American entrepreneurial spirit. This year the organizers have added a nonprofit category. Eight finalists will be chosen for the final event, which will be open to the public. At the final event, there will be cash prizes of up to $10,000 for winners, and an audience favorite will be chosen.

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Hochie Tsai

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Ho Chie Tsai is a founding Board Member who also wears many hats in the Taiwanese American community. As a frequent speaker on the collegiate conference circuit and youth summer camp programs, a past Program Director and current Board Member of the Taiwanese American Foundation, and a founder of the Taiwanese American Professionals chapter in San Francisco, he hopes to inspire a renewed sense of pride in personal identity and to increase activism and involvement within the greater Asian American community. Ho Chie holds an Electrical Engineering BS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Bioengineering MS and an MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his spare time, he works as a pediatrician.