Chapter Update:

TAP-SF’s Annual Taiwanese American Cultural Festival

By: Vivian Liu, TAP-SF Incoming President

Every year, TAP-SF holds the Taiwanese American Cultural Festival in San Francisco’s famous Union Square. This year’s festival was extra special, as it has been 25 years since the festival started in 1992. The festival was on May 13 and the city of San Francisco proclaimed it as Taiwanese American Day! Over 10,000 people came to experience “Taiwan Soul.”  

TAP-SF continues to plan the festival because it is an exciting event that roots us in TACL’s values of Leadership, Identity, Network and Community. The planning team is a group of twenty leaders who dedicate over 40+ hours to make this happen. This year, we focused on being more culturally relevant and relatable to raise awareness about Taiwanese American culture. One highlight is our new photo selfie booth that allowed visitors to experience the natural landscapes of Taiwan and wander through a virtual orchid flower market.

Curious as to what other awesome things when down?  Check out our YouTube video and pictures on our Facebook page

Some special guests who attended were:
  • National Taiwan University of the Arts Dance Troupe – the graduating senior class performance tour of the oldest art university in Taiwan.
  • Singsiang Elementary School Choir –  an aboriginal children’s choir fundraised specifically to come to our festival!
  • TACL President Pamela Hung
  • TAP-LA President JC Chang – also best MC ever!
Our partner organizations were:
  • Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California (TAFNC) – the first generation group that started festival back in 1992 and continues to partner with us
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco (TECO-SF)
  • OCAC Cultural Center in Milpitas
  • Taiwan Tourism Bureau
  • Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward Camp (TACL-LYF)
  • Formosan Association for Public Affairs – Young Professional Group (FAPA-YPG)
Some photos from the Festival: