Our last few events of Spring 2014

As the semester winds down, we conclude with a few events all happening this week.

      • Taiwan Democracy in Transition and Lessons Learned from Hong Kong

Join us this tonight at 7:30pm, 504 Diana for a panel discussion with Jerome Cohen, Murray Rubinstein, and Yu-Jie Chen.

  • Serving with Compassion—Tzu Chi at Columbia Tea Reception 2014

Join us THIS FRIDAY at 6pm, 207 Millbank for information and updates, activities and performances, and a traditional vegetarian dinner.

Finally, we have our semi-annual Chinese Adopted Siblings Program for Youth (CASPY) this Saturday. We will be mentors to young Asian kids who were adopted by American families. By creating pairs of siblings, we hope to engage everyone at CASPY in the discussion of our common Asian American heritage.

Stay tuned for our 2014-2015 Executive Board! Elections will be held next week, and results will be posted here!

Welcome, Class of 2018!

Congrats to the admitted Class of 2018! We enjoyed seeing you at our table during Days on Campus and hope to meet more of you! If you are interested in joining TASA next year (which you should!), then you should check out our Prospective Members page. We will be holding an info session during the fall, where you can learn more about TASA!

Mark your calendars for two events coming up next week!

  • Our political panel, Taiwan: Democracy in Transition and Lessons Learned from Hong Kong, will be next Thursday at 7:30pm, Diana 504 with guest speakers Professor Jerome CohenProfessor Murray Rubinstein, and Ms. Yu-Jie Chen.
  • The next day (Friday), Tzu Chi will be hosting a tea reception at 6:00pm, Millbank 207. Come to learn more about how to get involved with Tzu Chi!

And we’re back from Spring Break!

After a week long break, we’re back and energized to conquer the rest of the semester!

This Friday, we will have a booth at Matsuri in front of Low Library. Be sure to stop by and try our delicacy starting at 4pm!

We have been organizing a Political Panel on Thursday, April 17th from 7:30-9:30pm at Diana 504. In light of recent events, we feel this will be the perfect opportunity to discuss Taiwan’s political future. Our guest speaker, Jerome Cohen, taught President Ma Ying-jeou.

Please stop by and come talk to us!

Taiwanese Festival Day THIS SUNDAY!

Last week, we visited the Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Office in New York where we met with Ambassador Paul Wen-liang Chang, Director-General, and learned about what they have been doing to help expand Taiwan’s international reach. There was a fun calligraphy session afterwards where we all practiced our skills. Thank you, TECO, for hosting us, and we enjoyed meeting everyone with visited with us!

This Sunday is Taiwanese Festival Day!! In a carnival-style format, we will have booths that celebrate Taiwanese culture through fun games for you to play. After visiting all of the booths, you can enjoy FREE, traditional Taiwanese breakfast foods with us!

This year’s booths include:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Lantern Festival
  • Tomb Sweeping Day
  • Learn Taiwanese
  • R.O.C. National Day
  • Children’s Day

We hope to see you there!

A thought-provoking night of storytelling

Our inaugural event ROOTS that featured stories told by the Columbia community had us laughing, enlightened, and teary-eyed all throughout the night. Led by our very own TASA board members, Alison and Nathan, this event was a collaboration among several other cultural clubs. Thank you, storytellers, for being courageous and sharing your personal experiences and culture.

The Planning Team

This Friday, we will be visiting the Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Office in New York to meet with the newly appointed Director-General. We hope to learn more about the office!

Get ready for ROOTS!

This past weekend, we attended ITASA’s East Coast Conference at Yale University. We truly enjoyed featured speaker Andrew Yang‘s talk on entrepreneurship, and it has inspired us to think about pursuing this field. The workshops were a lot of fun, and we expanded our network by meeting other TASA members from various colleges! Thank you, Yale TASA, for hosting such an unforgettable conference! 

Back at Columbia, we’re proud to present a night of storytelling and cultural exploration – ROOTS! THIS FRIDAY, we and Columbia University Asian American AllianceColumbia Japan Society, Haitian Students Association (HSA), Club Zamana, and Hellas joined together to organize an event where fellow students can share stories that illustrate our unique cultural roots, from creation myths to deeply personal experiences. While listening to these stories, enjoy a ton of FREE FOOD and snacks from cultures around the world!

ROOTS
Where: Lerner Party Space
When: Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm

We hope to see you there!

T-1 until ITASA 2014

ITASA is almost here!! This weekend, we’ll be heading up to Yale to attend ITASA 2014 East Coast Conference: WORK IN PROGRESS, where honorary attendees Andrew Yang of Venture for America, Bob Wu of Taiwanese American Citizens League, Joann Lo of Food Chain Workers Alliance, and many more will be speaking to us.  We can’t wait to meet other TASA members from other colleges and expand our network!

Meanwhile, we finalized our festival booths for Taiwanese Festival Day, which will be on Sunday, March 9th. Some festivals we’ll be showcasing include Tomb Sweeping, Lantern Festival, and Dragon Boat! Stop by to learn more about these! If you visit all of our booths, you’ll be rewarded with authentic Taiwanese breakfast!

Congee – a popular Taiwanese breakfast dish

Leadership, TECO Visit, and much more excitement for this semester

This past weekend, several of our board members attended GLO (Global Leadership Organization) Leadership Conference in Boston! They learned how to effectively conduct a meeting, gained valuable mentors, and discovered the importance of setting life goals. We will be incorporating this newly gained knowledge in our weekly meetings!

Interested in visiting the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York? We will be meeting with Ambassador Paul Wen-liang Chang, Director-General, for a Q&A and photo session on Friday, February 28th. There will be representatives from multiple operating divisions, and an insider tour of consulate offices and facilities. Note: There will be a cap of 25 attendees for registration, which will commence next Friday, February 14th. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Get excited for Interboard Storytelling coming up in two weeks! This event is a collaboration between four cultural clubs. More information to come next week!

Don’t forget to check out our other events for this semester! And as always, feel free to contact us!

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!

Chinese New Year is this Friday!! We’re excited for the new year and even celebrated at our meeting with Taiwanese pineapple cakes!

In addition to the events mentioned in the previous post, we will also be hosting a Political Panel! This panel will feature Professor Jerome Cohen of NYU Law School and Professor Murray Rubinstein of Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute. More details soon to come.

Remember to sign up for ITASA’s annual East Coast Conference!
All registration ends February 2, 2014, at 11:55 p.m. EST. It will be held at Yale University this year. The keynote speaker will be Andrew Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America.

Don’t forget to check out our other events for this semester! And as always, feel free to contact us!

Welcome back! Spring 2014 is full of events new and old

We had our first meeting of the new semester after a month of sleep, family, and food, and boy do we have a ton of events for this semester!

Here’s a quick preview of the semester ahead:

January
- Fri. 1/31 – Sun. 2/2: GLO Leadership Conference
February
- Thurs. 2/13 – Sun. 2/16: ITASA ECC
- Fri. 2/21: Interboard presents Storytelling
March
- Sun. 3/9: Taiwan Festival Day/ Taiwan Breakfast, Taiwan Time
April
- Sat. 4/19 Spring CASPY
May
- Mon. 5/5 TASA Semi-Formal

Mark these dates in your calendar! We’ll provide more details as these events approach. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at tasa [AT] columbia.edu!