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LA NATWA II Hike & Dinner Meetup

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Come hang out with other NATWA II folks in the LA area for an easy East Griffith Park Observatory Trail, meeting up at 3:30pm, and/or join us for dinner at Pine & Crane at 5:30pm.

Please check the event page for more information.



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:


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!

Taiwan Green Tea Cookies

NATWA II is selling Taiwan shaped cookie cutter molds this year! Stop by our table at the NATWA Convention in LA and buy one from us 🙂

The cookie recipe from Hanna Huang is posted below and can also be found at:

These are my absolute favorite cookies to make! They are simply sugar cookies that I color mostly with natural ingredients and some gel food coloring if it needs an extra color boost. The rolled sugar cookie recipe is adapted from one of the most popular ones I have found on Allrecipes.

Matcha Taiwan Love Cookies

*makes approximately 4 dozen

adapted from The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies 

1 Taiwan shaped cookie cutter from Cheap Cookie Cutters

1 Small heart cutter (I bought a set of 3 different size heart-shaped cutters and used the smallest one)

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups white sugar (can substitute half of this with sugar-free substitute like stevia)

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

5 cups all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur unbleached white whole wheat flour when I can)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder (I found a very large bottle of this at my local Korean grocery for a very reasonable price of $8.99. The Japanese brands can be much smaller amounts for a higher cost.)

5-6 drops Green gel food coloring

3-4 drops Red gel food coloring

(you can try to substitute w/ regular food dye, but I recommend the gel coloring because I find it easier to work with as well as it produces much more consistent results.)

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until mixture is even and smooth. Beat in eggsand extracts. Mix in flourbaking powder, and salt. Set aside about a cup’s worth of dough, this will be reserved for use as the hearts
  • Fold in the matcha powder as evenly as possible at this point. Feel free to add in extra for a stronger green tea punch! Depending on what kind of green you are going for, you will now mix in the gel coloring by using a spatula. Get it as streak-less and into a smooth color as possible. Use more gel as needed to desired color depth.
  • Roll out dough into 2 sheets between 2 sheets of parchment paper to about the length of a standard cookie sheet somewhere between a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. I like to stay on the thicker side since the shape of Taiwan tends to break easily if you want to ship or transport them longer distances.

  • Use the Taiwan cookie cutter to cut out the shapes (while on parchment paper) but DO NOT REMOVE THEM from the sheet of dough yet. Transfer that entire sheet onto a cookie sheet and do the same w/ other sheets of dough. Stack them on each other with parchment paper separating the sheets to be chilled in the fridge at least 1 hour.
  • Do the same for the dough reserved for the hearts. Don’t forget to add the red food coloring first!
  • After the matcha dough has chilled, remove from fridge and cut out hearts in the middle of the Taiwan shapes. Place a heart shaped red-color dough in the opening that is left to complete the cookie and place on a parchment lined baking sheet to prepare for baking.

  • Bake cookies for 5-7 minutes. Try not to let the edges get brown and too burnt. Cookies are done once you see a slight puffing to the dough. They are starting to become burnt once the edges start browning.
  • Dough can be frozen and defrosted for use within the span of a week.

I’d love to see people’s pictures of their Taiwan shaped baked goodies! Feel free to ask me for advice if you have any questions as well.

Register for the NATWA 2013 Convention!

Come join the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association II (NATWAII) at 2013 NATWA 北美洲臺灣婦女會 Convention in Los Angeles, CA. This year’s theme is “Explore, Appreciate, Celebrate.”
NATWA 2013 Convention Registration Form (please write NATWAII on chapter)
(late charge for forms postmarked after March 18, 2013)NATWAII Travel Scholarship form
(due March 10, 2013)
NATWAII Schedule
Friday, April 19th
6:30PM-8PM               Dinner (meal plan)
8:00PM-10:00PM      Arrivals, Introductions & Icebreakers (NATWAII)
10:00PM                        Free Time
Optional: Outing/Night on the Town
Saturday, April 20th
7:00PM-7:30AM         Morning Exercise (optional)
7:00PM-8:45AM         Buffet Breakfast (meal plan)
9:00PM-12PM                         Keynote Speech
       9:00-10:30AM      Formosan Genetic Heritage (in Mandarin with English summary)
                                    Speaker: Marie Lin, M.D., FCAP
       10:30-12PM         Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone!
Speaker: Charlene Chen
12:15PM-1:30PM        Lunch/Scholarship Presentation (meal plan)
1:45PM-3:00PM          Look Up and Forward: From a Young Overseas Taiwanese’s Perspective
Speaker:  Lily Wang, M.D.
3:00PM-5:00PM          NATWA roundtables
                                    “What ARE you? Navigating interracial identities and relationships.”
Speakers: Roselyn Hsueh, Grace Lynch Hwang, Monica Zarazua
5:00PM-6:00PM          Prep and get ready for NATWA/LA Night
6:30PM-8:00PM          Dinner (meal plan)
8:00PM-9:30PM          LA Night
9:30PM                        Free Time
Optional: Outing/Night on the Town
Sunday, April 21st
7:00PM-7:30AM         Morning Exercise (optional)
7:00PM-8:45AM         Buffet Breakfast (meal plan)
9:00PM-11:30AM       NATWAII Panel Speaker Session
“Taiwanese American Women Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence.”
Speakers:  Judge Deborah Chuang Servino, Grayce Liu, Jong-Ling Wu
11:30PM-12:00PM      Closing Ceremony
Optional: Sightseeing and lunch after NATWA Convention
When making hotel reservations, please have the staff look  under the code “ATW”, “Taiwanese”, or “North American Taiwanese Women’s Association”. The reservation link is also available, as follow: Hotel Room Rate: US$89 plus taxes & fee for 1-2 guests, additional person $10/person up to 4 persons.Feel free to contact for more information and questions.

Dis/orient/ed Comedy Meetup w/ TAP-LA

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Come out and support Dis/orient/ed Comedy an all female Asian American stand up comedy tour! (cohosted with TAP-LA)

Meet-up with TAP-LA & NATWA II members and friends/guests before the show (RSVP by emailing Julie Chao at in order for us to expect you):

1. Meet at 6:15pm to have dinner at Tender Greens and/or
2. Meet at 7:30pm in front of the Westside Comedy Theater to sit together in the theater


This show features favorites from the kickoff event and fresh comedic voices new to Dis/orient/ed Comedy fans.

When: Thursday 01/31/13 8:00 PM (Doors open at 07:45 PM)
Ticket Price: $15.00 (Pre-sale $8.00 with DISCOUNT CODE: “disoriented”)
Click here to purchase ticket —

No Food or Drink Minimum

PARKING: Convenient & inexpensive City Parking Structure #3 next door (

AGE: 21 years old or older
Comedy from:
* Jenny Yang (2012 TAP-LA Banquet Performer; CA Funniest Female 2012-Top 3)
* Monrok (SiTV, Last Comic Standing)
* Helen Hong (TV Guide Network, Little Ethnic Girls)
* Maria Shehata (Showtime, Little Ethnic Girls)
* Kyle Mizono (Super Serious Show, Edinburgh Fringe)
* Atsuko Okatsuka (littleRock, Pretty Funny Women)
Dis/orient/ed Comedy:
Showcasing the funny and powerful voices of Asian American female comedians. All female. All Asian. All funny.

NATWA 2 Facebook Event Page

Dis/orient/ed Official Facebook Event

NATWA II Domestic Violence Awareness Event

NATWA II invites you to join our NATWA Southern California chapter for a joint event:

Taiwanese American Women Standing Up: A Community Service Event
Saturday, January 12, 2013
12:30pm to 3:30pm
Taiwan Center
3001 Walnut Grove Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770

A keynote speaker from the Center for the Pacific Asian Family will speak about domestic violence issues in the API community. NATWA II’s own Deana Chuang will also speak about prosecuting domestic violence crimes.

This event will be a potluck, so bring your favorite dish if you would like to join us for lunch.

We also ask that you bring one item, such as a kitchen item, toy or clothes for the clients of CPAF.

RSVP to Deana at or by January 9th.

Facebook Event Link