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Talking Taiwan is a Golden Crane Award Winner and the longest running Taiwan-related podcast. Hosted by Felicia Lin, it's about the interesting people and stories connected to Taiwan and Taiwan's global community – in Taiwan, the US, and around the world. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, and everywhere - or on www.talkingtaiwan.com.

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Talking Taiwan is a Golden Crane Award Winner and the longest running Taiwan-related podcast. Hosted by Felicia Lin, it's about the interesting people and stories connected to Taiwan and Taiwan's global community – in Taiwan, the US, and around the world. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, and everywhere - or on www.talkingtaiwan.com.

    Ep 225 | Spark Accel: A Virtual Accelerator for Taiwanese American Entrepreneurs

    Ep 225 | Spark Accel: A Virtual Accelerator for Taiwanese American Entrepreneurs

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    SPARK Accel is a personalized 4-week virtual accelerator for Taiwanese American entrepreneurs. At the end of the program there will be a virtual pitch competition and a chance for participants to win up to $15,000. SPARK Accel is an initiative under the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). TACL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Taiwanese Americans.
     
    Stacey Pai, one of the founding team members of SPARK Accel, spoke with me about how SPARK Accel supports entrepreneurs, and what stage of entrepreneurs are eligible to participate in its accelerator program. As SPARK Accel grows, it is looking to recruit a volunteer program manager, fundraising manager, community manager, marketing manager, and startup mentors. This is a great opportunity for budding Taiwanese entrepreneurs.
    This episode of Talking Taiwan has been sponsored by NATWA, the North America Taiwanese Women's Association.
     
    NATWA was founded in 1988, and its mission is:
     
    to evoke a sense of self-esteem and enhance women's dignity, to oppose gender discrimination and promote gender equality, to fully develop women's potential and encourage their participation in public affairs, to contribute to the advancement of human rights and democratic development in Taiwan, to reach out and work with women's organizations worldwide to promote peace for all.  
    To learn more about NATWA visit their website: www.natwa.com
     
    Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:
     
    What is Spark Accel? What stage of entrepreneur Spark Accel serves When Spark Accel launched The first cohort in the summer of 2021 had 6 startup participants and 10 ppl on the leadership team, and over 30 mentors Spark Accel plans to launch 2 cohorts in 2023, one in April/May, and the other in Sep/Oct. How to apply and qualify for the Spark Accelerator program What will happen during the 4-week program and what participants will learn Spark Accel’s in-person mixers San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Taipei Future locations that will host Spark Accel in-person mixers How Spark Accel is run by volunteers and supported by fundraising and donations How many participants there are in each accelerator cohort At the end of the 4-week program there will be a pitch contest in order to win a cash prize of up to $15,000 The “audience component” at the end of the program, which involves a video recording of pitches that will be shared online and via social media, and friends and family will be invited to vote The startups and mentors associated with Spark Accel Spark Accel is looking for volunteer mentors Spark Accel is recruiting for a volunteer program manager, fundraising manager, community manager, and marketing manager  
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    Ep 224 | Andrew Klerck: Blindness Later in Life Could Not Stop This Thriving Entrepreneur

    Ep 224 | Andrew Klerck: Blindness Later in Life Could Not Stop This Thriving Entrepreneur

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    Andrew Klerck is the founder of Taiwan Impact Entrepreneurs, a group that serves foreigners who want to start a business in Taiwan. He spoke with me about how much you need to start a business in Taiwan, and why Taiwan is a great place to do so.
     
    Andrew also talked about how he got started on his own journey as an entrepreneur and lost his eyesight over 15 years ago while running an export company. Today he is a thriving entrepreneur, thanks to the assistive technology of smartphones, screen readers, and smart glasses.
     
    He shared from a foreigner’s perspective, good reasons to do business in Taiwan and some of the challenges of doing business in Taiwan.
     
    This episode of Talking Taiwan has been sponsored by NATWA, the North America Taiwanese Women's Association.
     
     
    NATWA was founded in 1988, and its mission is:
     
    1. to evoke a sense of self-esteem and enhance women's dignity,
    2. to oppose gender discrimination and promote gender equality,
    3. to fully develop women's potential and encourage their participation in public affairs,
    4. to contribute to the advancement of human rights and democratic development in Taiwan,
    5. to reach out and work with women's organizations worldwide to promote peace for all.
     
    To learn more about NATWA visit their website: www.natwa.com
     
    Talking Taiwan has a donor who is willing to make a $5,000 matching donation!
     
    Help us double what we raise to $10,000 by MAKING A CONTRIBUTION to Talking Taiwan at:
     
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    Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:
     
    ·      What brought Andrew to Taiwan
    ·      Why Andrew started the Taiwan Impact Entrepreneurs(TIE) group
    ·      What the Taiwan Impact Entrepreneurs group does and who they serve
    ·      The Taiwan Impact Entrepreneurs mastermind group
    ·      The difference between the Taiwan Impact Entrepreneurs Facebook group and the Taiwan Impact Entrepreneurs mastermind group
    ·      How the TIE mastermind group is run
    ·      Why Taiwan is a good place for foreigners to live
    ·      Why Taiwan is a good place for foreigners to start a business
    ·      The advantage of doing business in Taiwan
    ·      The difficulties and tradeoffs of doing business in Taiwan for foreigners
    ·      How to build good credit and get offered credit from banks in Taiwan
    ·      How it’s difficult for foreigners to get funding in Taiwan
    ·      The Taipei Entrepreneur Hub
    ·      Abled Minds Taiwan
    ·      What prevents disabled people in Taiwan from pursuing entrepreneurship
    ·      How Andrew lost his eyesight
    ·      How Andrew managed to run a business as he was loosing his eyesight
    ·      The technology that helps Andrew as a blind person with his daily life and to do business
    ·      Andrew’s upbringing in South Africa under apartheid
    ·      The entrepreneurial and business mindset of Andrew’s parents
    ·      How Andrew has run a company that had operations in nearly 60 different countries
    ·      Andrew’s TIE partner Jamie Rufe was an executive assistant to Foxconn CEO, Terry Gou
    ·      Andrew’s advice for people who want to start a business in Taiwan but don’t have a lot of cash
    ·      The importance of street hustling and selling
     
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    Ep 223 | Graci Kim: From New Zealand Diplomat to New York Times Best Selling Author

    Ep 223 | Graci Kim: From New Zealand Diplomat to New York Times Best Selling Author

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    Graci Kim is a New York Times Bestselling author of the Gifted Clans series. In 2012, she was interviewed for Talking Taiwan about her cooking show called Graci in the Kitchen. We’ve invited her back to give us an update on what she’s up do these days.
     
    She’s been a New Zealand diplomat, once ran a business that turned children’s drawings into cuddly toys, and given a TED Talk in 2018 that still resonates today.
     
    She spoke with us about her Korean roots, how she decided to become a writer, what it was like when her book, The Last Fallen Star hit the New York Times Bestseller list, and her writing process.
     
    This episode of Talking Taiwan has been sponsored by NATWA, the North America Taiwanese Women's Association.
     
    NATWA was founded in 1988, and its mission is:
     
    to evoke a sense of self-esteem and enhance women's dignity, to oppose gender discrimination and promote gender equality, to fully develop women's potential and encourage their participation in public affairs, to contribute to the advancement of human rights and democratic development in Taiwan, to reach out and work with women's organizations worldwide to promote peace for all.  
    To learn more about NATWA visit their website: www.natwa.com
     
    Talking Taiwan has a donor who is willing to make a $5,000 matching donation!
     
    Help us double what we raise to $10,000 by MAKING A CONTRIBUTION to Talking Taiwan at:
     
    http://gofundme.com/building-talking-taiwans-legacy
     
    https://www.patreon.com/talkingtaiwan
     
    PayPal using: talkingtaiwanpodcast@gmail.com
     
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    Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:
    What happened to Graci’s cooking show, Graci in the Kitchen Graci’s TED Talk in 2018 and how what she talked about in the talk still resonates today Korea’s occupation by Japan and how that impacted Graci’s family Graci’s Korean roots Graci’s Gifted Clanstrilogy and the inspiration behind it The connection between the Percy Jackson and the Olympiansbook series and Graci’s Gifted Clans trilogy Graci’s writing process and routine How Graci had a career as a diplomat and decided to try being a writer Writers who have influenced Graci What it was like when Graci’s book Last Fallen Starhit the New York Times Best Seller List Graci’s advice for first time writers Graci’s sources of inspiration and ideas for her writing  
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    Ep 222 | LOST Episode | Graci in the Kitchen

    Ep 222 | LOST Episode | Graci in the Kitchen

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    Here’s a Lost Episode of Talking Taiwan from 2012 featuring Graci Kim. At the time she had a YouTube show called Graci in the Kitchen, and she talked about some of the episodes that were in the works. Next week we’ll be sharing our follow up interview with Graci to find out what she’s been up to since then.
     
    This episode of Talking Taiwan has been sponsored by NATWA, the North America Taiwanese Women's Association.
     
    NATWA was founded in 1988, and its mission is:
     
    to evoke a sense of self-esteem and enhance women's dignity, to oppose gender discrimination and promote gender equality, to fully develop women's potential and encourage their participation in public affairs, to contribute to the advancement of human rights and democratic development in Taiwan, to reach out and work with women's organizations worldwide to promote peace for all.  
    To learn more about NATWA visit their website: www.natwa.com
     
    Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:
     
    How and when Graci first learned to cook Graci in the Kitchen is show on YouTube that’s going to be shot in Taiwan How Graci’s show Graci in the Kitchen is about the power of food Graci’s philosophy of feeding the body, mind and soul How each episode focuses on a mood Graci’s episode featuring kimchi pancakes The good bacteria and health benefits of kimchi pancakes The difference between kimchi in Korea and Taiwan How popular kimchi is in Korea Why kimchi pancakes is a dish that most people would enjoy Graci’s tips for making kimchi pancakes  

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    Ep 221 | Talking Taiwan 2022 Top 5 Award Winner End of Year Review

    Ep 221 | Talking Taiwan 2022 Top 5 Award Winner End of Year Review

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    A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:
     
    It’s that time of year again… time to reveal the top 5 Talking Taiwan episodes of the year.
     
    As we were preparing for this last episode of the year I reflected on this past year and, I realize that there is a lot to be grateful for. Talking Taiwan has had 3 different sponsors throughout the year: The Taiwan Elite Alliance, The Taiwanese United Fund, and NATWA the North America Taiwanese Women's Association. We are grateful for our many individual donors and the generosity of Guy Gilchrist who donated 10 of his drawings that helped to raise money for Talking Taiwan.
     
    And we’re also grateful to all of our amazing guests and want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of the Talking Taiwan podcast.
     
    Our New Year’s wish is for there to be more peace, love and happiness in the world.
     
    We’re really excited about the guests we’ve lined up to interview and topics to cover. We look forward to continuing to break new ground in the new year. For links to the top 5 episodes of 2022 visit our website TalkingTaiwan.com. Wishing you a wonderful rest of 2022 and a Happy New Year!
     
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    Ep 220 | What Caused the Cancellation of WorldPride Taiwan 2025? Our Discussion with David Yu

    Ep 220 | What Caused the Cancellation of WorldPride Taiwan 2025? Our Discussion with David Yu

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    A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:
     
    In August the news broke that WorldPride 2025 was no longer going to be hosted by Taiwan.
     
    Less than a year ago, InterPride and Taiwan had celebrated the selection of Kaohsiung Pride’s bid over the Capital Pride Alliance of Washington D.C. to host WorldPride 2025 in Taiwan. The announcement about WorldPride Taiwan 2025 was hugely significant since Taiwan was the first country in Asia to legalize same sex marriage in 2019 and It would be the first ever WorldPride event to be held in East Asia.
     
    My listeners will recall that we did an episode about this news last December with Darien Chen in episode 162.
     
    What had happened to make Kaohsiung Pride and the Taiwan Preparation Committee decide to withdraw from hosting WorldPride Taiwan 2025?
     
    In August I came across a tweet about the cancellation by Bi-Khim Hsiao, Taiwan's Representative to the United States. She had tweeted an article written by David Yu, Don’t Sacrifice Taiwan in the Fight for LGBT Rights. The article had been published in Foreign Policy.
     
    I reached out David and I invited him to come onto Talking Taiwan as a guest to discuss and reflect on what happened. David is Contractor CTO of an LA-based life sciences startup.
     
    I also reached out to the Kaohsiung Pride committee, and InterPride for comment but have not received any responses to date.
     
    This episode of Talking Taiwan has been sponsored by NATWA, the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association.

    NATWA was founded in 1988, and its mission is:
    to evoke a sense of self-esteem and enhance women’s dignity, to oppose gender discrimination and promote gender equality, to fully develop women’s potential and encourage their participation in public affairs, to contribute to the advancement of human rights and democratic development in Taiwan, to reach out and work with women’s organizations worldwide to promote peace for all. To learn more about NATWA visit their website: www.natwa.com
     
    Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:
     
    David’s involvement with ITASA The article that David wrote for Foreign Policy about the cancellation of WorldPride Taiwan 2025, which was tweeted by Bi-khim Hsiao How Taiwan won the bid to host WorldPride 2025 in November of 2021 How on August 12, 2022, the WorldPride Taiwan 2025 Facebook page posted an announcement stating that they would be terminating hosting WorldPride 2025 What’s been reported in the media regarding the cancellation of WorldPride Taiwan 2025 The statement posted on the WorldPride Taiwan 2025 Facebook page regarding their termination of hosting WorldPride 2025 InterPride’s request that the event name be changed from WorldPride Taiwan 2025 to WorldPride Kaohsiung 2025, and the offer to use WorldPride Kaohsiung, Taiwan How InterPride’s application for consultative status at the United Nations and China may have influenced to request to change the WorldPride event name Should Kaohsiung Pride and the Taiwan Preparation Committee found a way to still host WorldPride 2025 in Taiwan What is the loss of not hosting WorldPride 2025 in Taiwan LGBTQIA rights in Europe Europe’s views and dealings with China How Guzzler Leong, Standing Director of Kaohsiung Pride (originally from Macau) was able to have his same sex marriage recognized in Taiwan, however his case does not change the precedent of Taiwan only recognizing transnational same sex marriages to citizens of countries where same sex marriage is legal The parallels between Taiwan’s situation in the global arena and LGBTQIA rights within mainstream society How China interferes with Taiwan’s representation internationally How Taiwan has to compete under the name Chinese Taipei in

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Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

LeLeBird ,

Great listen!

Talking Taiwan brings together such an eclectic set of personalities with each episode being diverse and extremely informative. I had no real knowledge of Taiwan before I started listening, but even as someone who does not have family or roots from / in Taiwan I find the podcast to be incredibly interesting and love Felicia’s style of interview / conversation. Definitely an enjoyable eye opening listen!

Kuan Yin Lotus ,

Great podcast!

Felicia and her guests touch on important social issues happening both in the US and Taiwan. There was also a podcast on a sabbatical leave adventure to Taiwan. It’s great!!

flyhen708 ,

Underrated hidden gem

One of the most underrated hidden gem in podcasts regarding Taiwan. Felicia went to great length to bring the real Taiwan to her listeners and fans worldwide. For those who grew up abroad, this is one of the most down-to-earth way to get to know Taiwan, and for those of who emigrated from Taiwan, this podcast is a good one to remind and help them to keep up with what’s happening.

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