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2015 NATWAII Scholarship Application for NATWA Convention

The 2015 NATWA Convention will be held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The NATWA II Scholarship Application to attend the 2015 NATWA Conference is now open. Please apply here or fill out the form below to submit by Wednesday, March 25. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, March 27.

You can now also register online for the 2015 NATWA Convention here.

2015 NATWA Convention Online Registration
Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015
***NATWA II Attendees, please only purchase Meal Plan C (Saturday Night Dinner) if you plan on joining us for that meal.

2015 NATWA Convention Schedule & Mail-In Registration Form

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Ed Lin’s “Ghost Month”

Come out on Friday August 1 to celebrate the publication of Ed Lin’s new novel, Ghost Month, a mystery set in Taipei.

Publishers Weekly sums up the book in a starred review:

“For a guy who scoffs at the ghosts revered by so many of his fellow Taiwanese, droll everyman Jing-nan, a night-market food stall manager, ironically finds himself spending much of his time chasing one as he investigates the murder of his childhood sweetheart, Julia Huang, in this darkly comic thriller from Lin. Baffled by what the ambitious valedictorian of his Taipei high-school class was doing as a skimpily clad ‘betel-nut beauty’ hawking betel nut to truckers on a remote highway, much less by who would want to kill her, Jing-nan keeps asking questions, despite risks to his own safety. As he starts to uncover Julia’s explosive secrets with the help of their spunky former schoolmate, Nancy, Jing-nan finally faces the need to let go of the past in order to build a future.”

For only $30, a few more dollars than the cost of the book, you will receive a hardcover copy of Ghost Month and plenty of food night-market style.

Friday, August 1 6:00pm
Taipei Cultural Center
1 East 42nd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY

Purchase your tickets in advance here (tickets are unavailable at the door):

Need to know more first? Watch a trailer for the book here:


When – Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time – 11:00am until 2:00pm in PST

Where – The Savoy (Sports Cafe), 100 S. Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA

white elephant

Come one, come all to NATWA II’s annual holiday potluck and optional White Elephant gift exchange. Come join us with your favorite dish, drink or dessert to share with others. If you are interested in participating in a gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift ($20 max) and join the fun.

We will also be fundraising and selling our Taiwan cookie cutters and books by female Taiwanese American authors. Great gifts just in time for the holidays.

The Savoy is located on Alameda Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Street parking is free on Sundays. There are also parking lots around Little Tokyo that cost approximately $5. To get in the building, call Deana Chuang on the directory to be buzzed in. We will be in the Sports Cafe.

RSVP on the Facebook event:


Making History: The Story of Su Beng (史明) crowdfundi​ng campaign


I’m writing because I have some major news about the biography of Su Beng!

On October 26 I launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to complete the biography of Su Beng which I began working on in 2004.  I have felt a greater sense of urgency to complete the biography of Su Beng (史明), as he turns 95 this year or 96- as it would be counted in Taiwan.  

Su Beng t-shirt
Su Beng’s life is the story of the struggle of the people of Taiwan, and, now more than ever before, I believe that telling his story will bring greater international awareness to the situation in Taiwan.
So I have decided that I need to take three months off and to go back to Taiwan to gather the remaining research needed. When I thought about this late last year, I wasn’t sure how I was going to make this happen until I realized that I should reach out to the community and the world at large for support on this. So I decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for me to complete this project.


My goal is to raise $15,000 to cover the expenses for me to spend 3 months in Taipei 1) to do the additional research needed to complete the book and 2) to produce a short documentary about the life of Su Beng.
Here’s how you can help:
1) WATCH my crowdfunding video here:
2) SHARE and spread the word about this (I’ve included a written description below which you can cut, past and share with other by email)
3) CONNECT me with an organization/business/individual who will be able to contribute to my campaign
4) MAKE a personal contribution at: or in-kind donation. I will need a place to stay during my 3 month stay in Taipei. So any referrals for low cost housing or sponsorship of housing would be most helpful.
*To make an in-kind donation please contact me at: subeng.biographer{at}

My two major expenses are airfare, and 3 months of accommodations in Taipei, so instead of a monetary donation you can make an in-kind donation such as:

1) a discounted flight ticket from New York to Taipei
2) sponsored accommodations for the entire duration or a short portion of my stay in Taipei 
3) suggestions for low cost housing options in Taipei
Important links/contact information
Making History: The Story of Su Beng  crowdfunding campaign:
Felicia’s website about Su Beng:

Su Beng is a nonagenarian Taiwan independence activist, former undercover Chinese Communist agent, would be assassin of Chiang Kai-shek, historian and author of the book, Taiwan’s 400 Years of History. This encyclopedic, 2000 page plus book, which took about 18 years to write, is the one of the first most comprehensive books on this topic.

It has and still continues to influence generations of Taiwanese activists.

To contact Felicia Lin directly, email her at subeng.biographer{at} or call
her at 937-696-9868.
Felicia Lin

Kristina Lin: 2013-2014 NATWA II Intern

Welcome to our NATWA II family Kristina!


Kristina Lin is the 2013-2014 intern for NATWA II. She also serves as the Administrative Director for the website, and is the West Coast Director for the Global Leadership Organization. A junior at the University of California, Berkeley, Kristina is studying Molecular Cell Biology with an emphasis on Medical Physiology. She is currently also a co-leader for InterVarsity Cal Christian Fellowship’s Asian American Focus Group on campus.

Kristina is an explorer at heart and loves to work on creative projects, tutor, watch movies, plan events, go on gourmet food quests, and travel back to Taiwan where she spent her high school years. She can be found cafe hopping when not in class and always craves authentic bubble tea and sushi.

Intern Application Deadline Extended to 9/4!

Zip Sushi Luncheon & Walking Tour Social

NATWA II cordially invites you to join us for lunch at Zip Sushi on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 1pm.  After lunch, we will take a walking tour of Little Tokyo and the historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.  Feel free to join us for lunch, the walking tour, or both.  Lily Wang, who spoke at the NATWA convention this past April, will be in town and joining us.

If you missed Dr. Wang’s panel at the NATWA convention, make sure to read the recap written by Mo Hawthorne!

Street parking in downtown is free on Sunday.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.  Hope to see you there!