The Mandarin segments of LA18, Los Angeles’ Asian language channel, have some of the most interesting commercials on free-to-air American television. For example, on what other channel would you regularly see ads for luxury watches?
C.N. Le of Asian-Nation has graciously invited me to contribute to his blog, which was one of the first (if not the first) sociology blog looking specifically at Asian Americans. I remember reading Asian-Nation in high school and college and being awed by the kind of things that sociologists did. Little did I know that I would end up in graduate school for sociology and writing for that blog!
My first post looks at an aspect of my research that has come up relatively recently: the role of the US, Mainland Chinese, and Taiwanese states in Chinese language schools.
As the banner I spotted today reminded me, this week is Taiwanese American Heritage Week, part of May’s national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. How might one celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week on the Internets? Here are some ideas:
- Visit TaiwaneseAmerican.org.
- Pick up or brush up your Taiwanese, Hakka, aboriginal languages, or Mandarin.
- Make/find some Taiwanese foods like o a jian (蚵仔煎), ba wan (肉圓), or ba zang (肉粽).
- Learn more about the history of Taiwan and of Taiwanese Americans.
- Wear a Jeremy Lin jersey.
- Support your local Taiwanese American artists and entrepreneurs.
Any suggestions? Add them to the comments!