- Why did you decide to get involved with TAP and what was your first event?
I joined TAP because my friends encouraged me to attend a few events. I’m still part of TAP because this organization has introduced me to new friends, and I continue to meet so many amazing and talented individuals at our events. One of the earliest events I remember was a co-sponsored concert that featured JJ Lin, who sang “Dou Jiang You Tiao”. It was my first exposure to JJ Lin, and I really enjoyed his music. I grew up in a community in SoCal with very few Asian Americans, so TAP has helped me appreciate and learn more about my Taiwanese American heritage and culture.
- Why is TAP important to you and why do you continue to be so active?
- How has TAP benefited you the most?
TAP has so much potential. As part of the Community Service (CS) Committee, we host TAP CS events so our members have the opportunity to learn about the fantastic nonprofit organizations in our local community and have the chance to give back to our local community through volunteering. It’s a great way for me to share my passion for community service. My hope is that through the introductions to various nonprofit organizations through CS events, TAP members will continue to volunteer and build lasting relationships with these orgs. We have a lot of exciting community service events coming up in the months ahead and I hope I’ll see you at one of them. I can’t wait to volunteer with you!
- What was your favorite TAP event this year and why?
- What type of events would you like to see TAP do in the future?
I would love to see TAP collaborate even more with other Asian American organizations in the Bay Area. Our previous partnership events have been very successful, such as the Asian American Holiday Bash with NAAAP, Kickoff Happy Hour with PbP, and the OASES Christmas Wishes Project with NAAAP. We’re currently working with AACO and AsianWeek Foundation on the Asian Heritage Street Celebration that is coming up in May; TAP volunteers will be assisting with some of the booths. If you’re interested in volunteering in the 5/19 Asian Heritage Street Celebration or the 5/12 Taiwanese American Cultural Festival, feel free to reach out to Wilson Tsao (email@example.com ), our CS chair (it’ll be a lot of fun!).
- What do you like to do outside of TAP?
Outside of TAP, I enjoy volunteering, reading, hanging out with friends, trying new activities, and exploring the city.
- What is your favorite Taiwanese food and what is your favorite part of Taiwan?
I love eating stinky tofu. I haven’t been back to Taiwan in a while, and I miss the abundance and variety of chòu dòufu there. If you know of any good stinky tofu places in the Bay Area, let me know! I’m waiting for TAP to host a stinky tofu event…
- Where would you like to see TAP in the future?
- How would you recommend newer TAP members get involved?
Come out to a variety of events! Each month, we host social, professional, cultural, and community service events. They’re all a lot of fun, and everyone’s nice and welcoming. And if you’d like to get more involved, join a committee; there’s so many great opportunities to get immersed in TAP.