What is Spotlight?

‘Spotlight’ is an online publication founded by TAP-NY with the mission to spread awareness of the ever-growing Taiwanese American community to our members. This publication features deep-dive interviews with prominent community members across a variety of distinctions.

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From Taiwan to NYC: Exploring indie jazz with Little BUH

Taiwanese-American musician Chien Chien Lu plays the vibraphone as part of New York-based indie-jazz band Little BUH. With her bandmate Sebastian Chiriboga, Little BUH recently released their debut EP and will be performing in NYC and in Taiwan. In between...

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From Taiwan to NYC: Exploring indie jazz with Little BUH

Elevating a Taiwanese street food favorite at Catmint Wheelcake

Wheel cakes (車輪餅) are a popular dessert made from a waffle-like batter cooked in cast iron pans. Named after its rounded shape, this Taiwanese street food staple originates from Japan's imagawayaki and has been localized over time. Today, wheel cakes are a common...

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Elevating a Taiwanese street food favorite at Catmint Wheelcake

On Scaling a Company: Co-Founder Dr. David Shih of CityMD

Founded in 2010 by a passionate group of emergency medicine physicians, CityMD is the leading urgent care provider in the New York metropolitan area.  In 8 years, CityMD has grown from one Manhattan practice to more than 100 total locations while treating...

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On Scaling a Company: Co-Founder Dr. David Shih of CityMD

Entrepreneurial Roots: Jerry Lin, Co-Founder of Helix Sleep

Helix Sleep is an e-commerce startup that sells individually personalized, custom-made mattresses. TAP-NY paid a visit to the Helix Sleep showroom and headquarters in New York's Flatiron district to meet with Taiwanese American co-founder, CFO and COO Jerry Lin....

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Entrepreneurial Roots: Jerry Lin, Co-Founder of Helix Sleep

Growing from the ground up with Té Company’s Elena Liao

After this year's exclusive tea tasting at Taiwanese tea shop Té Company, we couldn't resist going back for more.  Tucked away next to Waverly Place in the West Village, Té Company is an intimate space that focuses on select Taiwanese teas accompanied with...

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Growing from the ground up with Té Company’s Elena Liao

Hearing jazz musician Peter Lin’s musical roots

Taiwanese American Peter Lin is a jazz trombonist and musician based in New York.  Born in Louisiana, the birthplace of jazz, Peter has been described by Downbeat Magazine as “solid, fluid, and smooth”, having performed with world-class jazz artists including Slide...

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Hearing jazz musician Peter Lin’s musical roots

On Culture and Gender: Interviewing drag king Wang Newton

Taiwanese American "Wang Newton" was voted one of the Top 25 drag kings in the world by peers. Self described as a “cheeky host with a ‘Taipei’ personality”, they host shows in New York City while running Wang TV on social media. The filmed bits feature everything...

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On Culture and Gender: Interviewing drag king Wang Newton