For Immediate Release
May 10, 2017
Media Contact: Jessica Ken
25th Anniversary of SF Taiwanese American Cultural Festival in Union Square
SAN FRANCISCO – The largest Taiwanese American cultural celebration in Northern California is returning to San Francisco Union Square this Saturday, May 13. This one-day free event has drawn thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the best of Taiwanese music, dance, food, arts and culture. In celebration of the event’s 25th anniversary, the goal of this year’s festival is to encourage cultural exchange and engagement by featuring a newly designed Taiwan culture booth with a selfie station.
If you ask Taiwanese people and visitors what they love about Taiwan, the most common answer is the food! Each year, we bring attendees a sampling of mouth-watering Taiwanese dishes. This year, Oakland-based restaurant, Taiwan Bento, is bringing popular Taiwanese dishes such as, braised pork over rice, dumplings, shaved snow, and more. And of course, no Taiwanese event is complete without boba — Creative Sips, a bay area food truck, will be offering classic boba milk tea and some unique spin-off.
Taiwan is also a place rich in art and culture. The festival highlights a breath of Taiwanese culture from traditional Chinese calligraphy to a recently popularized dance by Taiwan’s Techno Three Princes. Family-friendly activities this year include towel animal crafting, pin the city on Taiwan, mahjong bingo and more. This year we are excited to announce performances from the graduating class of the prestigious National Taiwan University of Art, as well as local performers such as, Eric Sho, Taiwanese American rapper, and Fremont Taiwan School.
Taiwanese culture has deep roots in America. In 1999, President Bill Clinton designated the second week of May as Taiwanese American Heritage Week. Since then, Taiwanese American culture has been celebrated throughout the United States. Public officials including San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and California Assemblyman David Chiu have attended the festival in the past.
Taiwanese American Cultural Festival will take place at San Francisco Union Square on May 13 from 10am to 4pm, with opening ceremony starting at 12pm. This event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for their food and merchandise. For more information please visit: http://tafestival.org/
This event is entirely run by volunteers and would not be possible without the support of donors: https://www.generosity.com/
About the Taiwanese American Professionals, San Francisco Chapter:
The Taiwanese American Professionals, San Francisco Chapter (TAP-SF) is a 100% non-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization under the Taiwanese American Citizen’s League (TACL). TAP works to enhance the Taiwanese American community by connecting individuals interested in professional and career development, while emphasizing the preservation of Taiwanese American identity. TAP’s primary focuses are on Leadership, Identity, Networking, and Citizenship. For more information: http://www.tap-
About the Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California:
TAFNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1973 with the mission to promote Taiwanese and American cultural exchange. The organization hopes to establish an informed and involved Taiwanese community that interacts and co-exists with other diverse groups in California. For more information: http://www.tafnc.