“Passport to Taiwan 2012”: A Festival Celebrates Taiwanese American Heritage

Aly Schill (MC of P2TW 2012) and Borcheng Hsu (P2TW Executive Director)

Since the initiation of the “Passport to Taiwan” festival in 2002, it has become the most important event for the Taiwanese American and the Mandarin Speaking community in the New York Tri-State area. AsianInNY has assisted the organization Passport to Taiwan (P2TW) to prepare an impressive lineup of performance during this year’s festival. Come join us and bring your mom to celebrate Mother’s Day with us!

Aly Schill, MC of P2TW 2012

This Mother’s Day, the Taiwanese American Community of Greater New York brings traditional delicacies, international rock stars, environmental art, and authentic handicrafts to the spotlight, celebrating Taiwanese American Heritage Week at Union Square North on May 13 from 12pm to 5pm. The month of May is also the nationwide “Asia Pacific American Heritage Month”, signed into law in 1992.

The event, named “Passport to Taiwan”, is the largest of its kind in the US. Now in its 11th year, the event has many new additions that will entice New Yorkers to discover the abundance in Taiwanese American heritage.

Borcheng Hsu, Executive Director of P2TW

Several bands headlining this year in Taiwan’s famous Spring Scream music festival will reunite on the New York stage. The chart-topping, epic Taiwanese band, “The Chairman” that mixes traditional temple elements into Rock ‘N’ Roll, along with Taiwanese pop-rock boy band “Red Flower”, locally grown Erhu progressive rock band, “Hsu-Nami”, Canadian beat-boxing, genre bending, hip-hop quintet “Three Sheet”, and West Coast based alt-rock band, “Johnny Hi-Fi” will keep the energy high and the crowd dancing. Also joining them on stage will be local garage band, “Gigaherb.”

Taiwanese Contemporary Artists in NY will showcase their creations with different themes and materials. A driftwood sculptor, Mr. Siki Sufin with his sculptures made from driftwood will join us from Dulan, a small town in the east of Taiwan.

Taiwanese lunchbox gifts (bien dang)

Ten talented Taiwanese traditional craft masters will also be on site to demonstrate skills ranging from creating curious creatures out of melted sugar, to rolling and shaping of edible dough figurines. Some of these skills are rare to find even in Taiwan today.

Any Taiwanese event is not complete without Taiwan’s most famous highlight of all; food. There will be several Night Market style food stalls to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Cool off with a shaved ice or bubble tea, and tickle your taste buds with a bamboo tamale, oyster pancake, or yummy Taiwanese style burger.

For more information, please check www.p2tw.org

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