Skip to main content
Taiwanren

Taiwanren

By Cindy Yang
Weekly interviews with Taiwanese innovators, makers, and advocates. Join our global Taiwanese community.
Listen on
Where to listen
Breaker Logo

Breaker

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Laura Huang, Harvard Business School & EDGE
Working professionals - TUNE IN! We meet with Laura, a professor at Harvard Business School, about her book, EDGE: Turning Adversity into Advantage. Laura shares the secret to recognizing implicit bias, and make it work in your favor. Life changing tips, so bring a notebook. We also chat about how to deal with multiple identities, letting go of bitterness, and why working hard is simply not enough.  You can purchase EDGE via Amazon or Indiebound.org. To learn more about Project EMplify, go to www.projectemplify.org. Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and subscribing. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
50:32
March 15, 2021
Anting Liu, Teach for Taiwan
We chat with Anting, the founder of Teach for Taiwan, a non-profit organization that aims to provide equal opportunity to all Taiwanese children. Anting shares what kind of impact TFT has had on its fellows, why she ultimately returned to Taiwan, and her lessons on leadership.  To visit TFT, go to www.teach4taiwan.org. To learn more about Project EMplify, go to www.projectemplify.org. Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and subscribing. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
38:12
March 8, 2021
Francesca Chang, @attorneyonajourney
Francesca is a tour scout, travel blogger, and career coach. Tune in to find out her favorite off the beaten path experience in Taiwan and how she reinvented herself after leaving the law.  Check out Francesca's travel guides on https://www.attorney-on-a-journey.com/ or follow her IG @attorney_on_a_journey.  Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and subscribing. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
27:04
February 26, 2021
Jamie Lin, AppWorks and Taiwan Mobile
We talk with Jamie Lin, one of the most prominent figures in Taiwan's startup landscape. Jamie reveals how the startup scene has changed over the last 20 years, and why startups are more valuable than ever. Jamie also shares incredible insights on how Taiwan can continue to prosper, and why it is the perfect startup hub across the Asian region. Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and donating to the cause on Patreon. 讓我們一起加油! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/taiwanren IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
34:42
February 15, 2021
Ron Cheng, Tinkerseeds Children's Workshop
Parents and educators, this one's for you. We meet with Ron, the director of Tinkerseeds Children's Workshop and advocate for progressive education. What do today's kids need to learn? What do Taiwanese parents think? What does educational reform look like in Taiwan, and what can we expect next? Find out with us. Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and donating to the cause on Patreon. 讓我們一起加油! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/taiwanren IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
27:20
February 5, 2021
Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan
We cover all aspects of social innovation with Audrey Tang, Taiwan's Digital Minister, starting from the Sunflower Movement back in 2014. Tune into hear about Taiwan's creative Covid-19 response, collaborative efforts between citizens and government, and what makes our democracy a special one. Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and donating to the cause on Patreon. 讓我們一起加油! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/taiwanren IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
32:40
January 25, 2021
Emily Wu, Ghost Island Media
Meet Emily, the co-founder of Ghost Island Media, a podcast network based in Taiwan. Emily shares what kinds of stories need to be told, the podcast boom in Taiwan, and the meaning behind 'ghost island'.  Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and donating to the cause on Patreon. 讓我們一起加油! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/taiwanren IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
30:33
January 15, 2021
Jay Lin, GagaOOLala and LGBTQ advocate
We meet with Jay Lin, one of the leading LGBTQ advocates in Taiwan. Jay shares his own coming out story, how he went from running a film festival to launching an entire media platform, and the catalyst for legalizing same sex marriage in Taiwan.  Please support the Taiwanren project by leaving a review and donating to the cause on Patreon. 讓我們一起加油! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/taiwanren IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
29:35
January 7, 2021
Jill Chang, Quiet Is a Superpower
Introverts, this one's for you! Meet Jill, the author of Quiet Is a Superpower. Jill shares her incredible stories of how she used her introvert strengths to succeed as the first female in Taiwan's sports agency. She weighs in on how introversion differs across cultures, and how she learned to adapt. Plenty of tips for introverts and extroverts alike - listen now to find out :) You can purchase Quiet Is a Superpower on indiebound.org or Amazon. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and subscribe. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
21:55
December 21, 2020
Shawna Yang Ryan, Green Island
We chat with Shawna Yang Ryan, author of the beloved novel, Green Island. Shawna takes us through pivotal events in modern Taiwanese history (she just has a way of bringing things to life). We also discuss Shawna's writing journey and hopes for Taiwan. Basically a PBS special you won't want to miss :) You can purchase Green Island on indiebound.org or Amazon. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and subscribe. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
17:45
December 15, 2020
Matt Hsu, Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra
Meet Matt, who started with an orchestra of one (and 20+ instruments), but now leads a full orchestra of talented artists from Brisbane, Australia. Matt talks about his struggle growing up Asian Australian, and how music helped him reconnect with his Taiwanese roots. From that reconnection came his award-winning song, Make Everything (which I added to the end of this episode cus you *need* to hear it). Check out more of Matt's work on YouTube or Spotify. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and subscribe. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
23:33
December 7, 2020
Melody Cheng, AsianBossGirl
We catch up with Mel from AsianBossGirl, a podcast series for the modern Asian American. We discuss podcasting, "taboo" topics, and ways to keep up with Asian American content.  Listen to AsianBossGirl on any podcasting platform. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and subscribe. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
18:36
November 28, 2020
Casey Yui, Miss Modi
Meet Casey, the founder of Miss Modi, a shop that designs and curates handcrafted jewelry. Casey's not only introducing Asian female designers to the US, she's also making our most beloved cultural items more wearable. Find your favorite snacks like taiyaki, XLB, and boba immortalized as earrings, necklaces, and bracelets on missmodi.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and subscribe. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
14:56
November 22, 2020
Michael Cannings, Camphor Press
We chat with Michael from Camphor Press on how he's making Taiwanese stories more accessible. Michael shares some of his favorite books, from titles covering the Dutch era to the lives of migrant workers, and why he thinks Taiwan is a great place to live. Find your next book at www.camphorpress.com. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and subscribe. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
14:38
November 15, 2020
Andrew Chau, Boba Guys
We get real with Andrew, the co-founder of Boba Guys. Join us as we discuss why Boba Guys can't be imitated,  vulnerability among Asians, and what you can do to support the Chinatown community.  If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and subscribe. 讓我們一起加油! IG: @taiwanren.co Email: cindy@taiwanren.co
21:18
November 7, 2020
Jenny Wang, Keep Taiwan Free
Meet Jenny, the co-director of Keep Taiwan Free, a coalition that safeguards human rights and democracy. Discover their mission, how she got involved, and how you too can join the democratic movement. 
17:34
November 1, 2020
Robert Chen, Alechemist Beers
Meet Robert Chen, the Founder of Alechemist Beers. The company's mission is to make local beers from local ingredients. They not only support local farmers, but also collaborate with communities to put culture in a bottle. Drink up!
17:29
October 26, 2020
Rachel Chen, Ah Ma Studio
Meet Rachel Chen, the creator behind Ah Ma Studio where you'll be served one of a kind pearl earrings. Learn about the magic of YouTube (not sponsored, I wish), or what inspired Rachel to fashion earrings into delicate bok choys. Her most touching moments since starting the shop? Find out with us. Support Rachel by visiting her shop, AHMA Made, on Etsy. Treat yoself.
16:29
October 13, 2020
Brian Wang, @tw.food.addict
Meet Brian Wang, the food influencer behind @tw.food.addict. Living the dream we all want. Want to know the most bookmarked restaurant in Taipei? Top 3 must eat dishes? Or how about that time Gordon Ramsay followed his account. In all seriousness, find out what inspired Brian to become a Taiwanese food expert, and how he's bringing local food stories to the forefront. Follow Brian on IG @tw.food.addict if you want to be tempted by all the noms.
19:23
October 13, 2020
Mandy Lee, The Art of Escapism Cooking
Meet Mandy Lee, the author of Lady & Pups food blog and The Art of Escapism Cooking.  Mandy's favorite recipe in her book might surprise you. What prompted her to start her food blog in the first place? And, since many of us won't have the same opportunity to publish a book (sad but true), what did she learn from the process?  Follow her on IG @ladyandpups or support her by purchasing the book! It's a visual feast, promise.
17:34
October 13, 2020