“Celebrate Taiwan at the Grand Central Terminal” Press Conference

Celebrate Taiwan at the Grand Central Terminal Press Conference

By William Kustiono & Raymond Mei

Taiwan Tourism Bureau in New York Office held a press conference on Sep 27th to brief the events programs of Celebrate Taiwan at the Grand Central Terminal, a part of Smithsonian magazine’s “Museum Day Live!” This event will showcase Taiwanese arts, food, dance, and fashion on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 11:00am till 2:00pm at the East side of Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal.

Alex Fan, Deputy Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York

The press conference began with opening remarks from Mr. Alex Fan, Deputy Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and the warm welcomes by Mr. Thomas Chang, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau in New York.

Thomas Chang, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau in New York

First group to be invited to introduce themselves was a group of 5 chefs from Shin Yeh Restaurant. The Corporate Synergy Development Center (CSDC) has been entrusted by Overseas Chinese Affairs Council (OCAC) to invite the master chefs of Taiwan Shin Yeh International Dining Group to serve the most prestigious dish in Taiwan, the Taiwan Caviar Apple Millet. This dish can only be seen at Taiwan’s major festivals and banquets. Chef Chang of Shin Yeh Restaurant supervised the cooking process and the food presentation. He provided samples to invite the audience a taste of authentic Taiwanese caviar and to have them describe their experience.

Shin Yeh Restaurant

The next person to come up was the world renowned artist PangChiu Liu. Artist PangChiu Liu displayed his skillful art through calligraphy and magnificent porcelain carving work. His years of experience translated beautifully in his presentation.

PangChiu Liu

PangChiu Liu, Malan Breton, Thomas Chang

In the end of the press conference, AsianInNY co-founder Diana Lee was invited to introduce the details about the two fashion shows. AsianInNY (the no. 1 Asian Social Media Networking in New York) presented their 9th Fashion Show which featured Taiwanese Designers Spring 2013 Collections.

Wenlan Chia, Malan Breton

One of the famous designers that made an appearance is New York based designer Wenlan Chia, who guided Shih Chien University students to design three clothing brands and launched PRAXES. PRAXES is a fashion incubation program that aims to nurture global fashion brands and professionals from Taiwan. Another famous designer is the Taiwanese born American designer Malan Breton, who was invited to showcase his collection. His designs are filled with eastern elements of Taiwan influence and have attracted media attention in the fashion area, particularly after his Spring 2014 showcase during New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

Malan Breton, Praxes Fashion

This year, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau officially launched “Time for Celebration: Taiwan Tourism Calendar” to inform international visitors about the exciting and entertaining activities Taiwan has to offer. ‘“Celebrate Taiwan”, the event wishes to promote Taiwan and its culture such as their art, food, dance, fashion and rich Taiwanese culture.

Chef Chang of Shin Yeh Restaurant

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