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  • Talking Taiwan is the longest running Taiwan-related podcast. Hosted by Felicia Lin, Talking Taiwan seeks to introduce you to the interesting people and stories connected to Taiwan and Taiwan's global community – in Taiwan, the US, and around the world. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, and everywhere - or on www.talkingtaiwan.com.
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  • Ep 158 | Esther Chen Tries her Fortune at Standup Comedy in Taiwan and the U.S.

    Nov 22 2021

    A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

     

    Esther Chen is a Taiwanese American actress and comedian. We spoke about how

    she got into doing standup comedy, worked with Jerry Seinfeld, and ended up back in Taiwan during the pandemic. Esther shared how she’s had to adjust her standup comedy material to suit the different tastes of audiences in Taiwan, other parts of Asia, and the U.S.

     

    While in Taiwan Esther started doing standup comedy more regularly and got recognized by fans. She also talked about the very Taiwanese experiences of going to see a fortune teller for advice about her career in acting and comedy, and the criticism that she and her family have received from Taiwanese discussion forums in response to her comedy.

     

    **A quick note to listeners about the audio quality of this episode. There were some issues with the first 8-9 minutes of this interview. We tried our best to improve them so please bear with us and know that the issues resolve at around the 10 minute mark.**

     

    Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

    • How she got interested in doing standup comedy
    • What it was like for her to work with Jerry Seinfeld
    • How she comes up with material for her standup comedy
    • Why she moved back to Taiwan during the pandemic and what she did while she was there
    • Her Chinese Mandarin language podcast 好戲開場: It's Showtime!
    • How humor in English is different than humor in Mandarin Chinese
    • How she had to adjust her standup comedy for audiences in Taiwan vs. New York
    • How her jokes about China were received outside of Taiwan i.e. Malaysia
    • How she hears Taiwan-related news from Ken and Kylie, the hosts of the 百靈果New Podcast 
    • How she hears Taiwan-related news from Ken and Kylie, the hosts of the 百靈果New Podcast (aka, K.K. Show)
    • The segment that John Oliver did on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight about Taiwan
    • Enes Kanter’s tweet boycotting the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the Freedom Shoes with the words “No Beijing 2022” “Move the Games” “No Rights No Games” on them
    • How moving back to Taiwan during the pandemic pushed Esther to try new things with her standup comedy
    • How working in Taiwan compares with working in New York or the U.S.
    • When she’s going to be performing standup in New York
    • How she handles stress and anxiety
    • The criticism Esther and her family has received from Taiwanese discussion forums in response to her comedy
    • How her parents have reacted to her work as an actress and comedian
    • What happened when Esther went to see a fortune teller and asked if she should continue with a career in acting and comedy
    • What advice Esther has for anyone thinking of doing standup comedy
    • The standup comedy bit that Esther did about the Atlanta Spa Shootings

     

     

    Related Links:

    To view all related links for this article, click link below:

    https://talkingtaiwan.com/esther-chen-tries-her-fortune-at-standup-comedy-in-taiwan-and-the-u-s-ep-158/

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    1 hr and 8 mins
  • Ep 157 | DJ Kaku Trailblazes NFTs in Asia

    Nov 15 2021
    A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:   Earlier this year there was a lot of buzz about this thing called NFTs. These days you know that something’s definitely gone more mainstream when it’s talked about on The Ellen Show and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.   What are NFTs, these non-fungible tokens? I was curious about the whole thing myself which is why I’ve asked Kaku, a Taiwan-based DJ to be my guest on this podcast. He’s a trailblazer in the NFT space, the first influencer not only from Taiwan but from Asia, to get into the NFT market.   I did some research in advance, to prepare for this interview as I do when dealing with a topic that I’m less familiar with. But as you’ll hear in the interview, I was learning all about NFTs as Kaku spoke to me. After the interview I did some further research, and re-listened to this interview as part of the editing process. That’s when I noticed that each time I listened to the interview, I picked up on something new.   If you’re really interested in learning more about NFTs, I encourage you to listen to this episode more than once to really understand what’s being discussed. Also check out the links to resources and articles that I’ve included in the Talking Taiwan show notes for this episode. And Kaku gives some great advice on how to understand what NFTs are.   One last thing, NFTs present an exciting opportunity but they are still in uncharted territory. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to safeguard your own assets, to do your research, and to protect yourself.     Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:   Kaku’s upbringing and connection to TaiwanHow he started DJingHow he made DJing a careerWhat he was doing before becoming a DJHow his style is different from other DJs in AsiaHis early interest in musicHis early musical interests and influencesWhat it’s like being a professional DJThe challenges of being an Asian in the entertainment industryHow the pandemic has affected himHow Kaku was initially known for making the genre of music called Jersey ClubA clip of the Jersey Club genre that Kaku is known forThe track PASS OUT by Nitti Gritti & Gaeko (개코) & KakuAn exclusive preview of the new track BLINK by Kaku and Freekill featuring Elle Vee (due to be released in December)How Kaku is the first DJ in Asia who’s gotten into the NFT spaceOrigin ProtocolAudius3lau (pronounced: boo-lao), the number one DJ in crypto and NFTsWhat is an NFTThe different ways that NFTs can be usedThe challenges of protecting your intellectual property in the NFT spaceHow Kaku got interested in NFTsWhat is blockchain technology?Counterfeit NFTsHow NFT lingo is similar to sneaker cultureKaku’s first NFT and how it was related to the (RED) FoundationKaku’s collaboration with an artist named Jonni Tsayto create his first NFTs to raise money for (RED)Kaku’s NFT collaboration with Jonni for the Inspiration4 NFT auction for SpaceX benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalHow the Inspiration4 NFT auction raised about 200,00 for St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalHow NFTs can be utilized to raise money for charityHow Kaku created NFTs and collaborated with JonniThe events, promotion and education related to Kaku’s first NFT dropNFT projects that Kaku is promoting and working onKaku’s plans for a future merch drop that’s connected to NFTsHow NFT’s are used by musicians0N1 Force the first anime-based NFTEthereals art is hand-drawn by artist Jimmy DankoPurchasing NFTsHow the profile picture NFT market worksProfile picture based NFTs (aka PFP NFTs)When PFP NFTs are minted, it’s like a random raffle and comparable to opening a pack of Pokémon cardsHow social media has become an assetBored Ape Yacht Club NFTsThe opportunity that NFTs presents for digital artistsProtecting your access to NFTs and cryptocurrencyWhether or not creators who intend to sell their NFTs need to already had a large following in order to be successfulKaku’s advice to join an NFT community on Discord to learn about NFTsHow artists can make money with NFTsThe environmental impact of NFTsKaku’s advice for people who want to create NFTsWhat Kaku learned from his first NFT drop   Related Links: To view all related links for this article, click link below: https://talkingtaiwan.com/dj-kaku-trailblazes-nfts-in-asia-ep-157/
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    1 hr and 19 mins
  • Ep 156 | Remembering Su Beng Taiwanese Revolutionary with Jiho Chang

    Nov 8 2021

    A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

     

    November 9th would be the 103rd the birthday of the late revolutionary, Taiwan independence activist, and historian Su Beng (史明), who passed away on September 20, 2019. I’ve been working on his English-language biography and I wanted to remember him on this day.

     

    In this episode of Talking Taiwan, I spoke with Jiho Chang one of the co-authors of The Oral History of Su Beng (史明口述史), a three-volume book that he and others collaborated on while attending the National Taiwan University. In addition to talking about Su Beng’s legacy, Jiho shared some personal stories about Su Beng, and talked about Su Beng’s role in the Sunflower Movement.

     

    At the end of the episode, I share some of my fondest memories of Su Beng.

     

    Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

     

    • The public funeral/memorial that was organized for Su Beng on October
    • Su Beng’s lifelong commitment to the cause of Taiwan’s independence
    • The noodle shop that Su Beng opened in 1950s in Ikebukuro, Japan
    • The underground and afterhours activities that happened at the noodle shop
    • The third and fourth floors of the noodle shop is being converted into a museum
    • How Su Beng’s residence in New Taipei has been converted into a museum
    • Su Beng’s connection to Taiwan’s current president Tsai Ing-wen
    • How Jiho first heard of and met Su Beng
    • The 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis
    • The English language version of Su Beng’s book, Taiwan’s 400 Year History The Chinese language version of Su Beng’s book, 台彎人四百年史(The Taiwanese People’s 400 Years of History)
    • China’s Anti-secession Law
    • Su Beng’s sit-in to protest China’s Anti-secession Law in 2005
    • How Jiho joined Su Beng’s protest of China’s Anti-secession Law and got to know Su Beng
    • The parallels and comparison between Su Beng and Che Guevara
    • How Jiho, Lán Shì-bó / Nâ Sū-phok (藍士博) and others National Taiwan University students started interviewing Su Beng and wrote a three-volume book, The Oral History of Su Beng(史明口述史)
    • Su Beng’s hospitalization for kidney failure in Japan in 2009
    • Su Beng’s life in Japan as a student at Waseda University
    • Su Beng’s family background
    • Su Beng’s Japanese girlfriend/partner who he met while in China
    • Su Beng’s love of Kentucky Fried Chicken
    • Su Beng’s special relationship with his maternal grandmother
    • Su Beng’s role in the 2014 Sunflower movement

     

    Related Links:

    To view all related links for this article, click link below:

    https://talkingtaiwan.com/remembering-su-beng-taiwanese-revolutionary-with-jiho-chang-ep-156/

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    56 mins

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This was a terrifically detailed discussion of what Taiwan thinks of the death penalty. It's always illuminating to see what other nations feel about this. If you have an interest in Taiwan, this is the podcast for you.

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Great listen!

Talking Taiwan brings together such an eclectic set of personalities with each episode being diverse and extremely informative. I had no real knowledge of Taiwan before I started listening, but even as someone who does not have family or roots from / in Taiwan I find the podcast to be incredibly interesting and love Felicia’s style of interview / conversation. Definitely an enjoyable eye opening listen!