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Talking Taiwan “About Us” How It All Started, How Far We’ve Come, and Where We Are Going Ep 254

By Felicia Lin

In this long overdue About Us episode, Talking Taiwan’s producer and host Felicia Lin shares, in her own words, how she’s seen Taiwan transform, how Talking Taiwan got started, why she got involved with it, and who this podcast is for.

I may be dating myself, but I remember Taiwan still being under martial law. It wasn’t until years after martial law was lifted (in 1987) that I made my first visit to Taiwan with my family. That’s because there was something called the blacklist that kept certain overseas Taiwanese from being able to return to Taiwan.

And it wasn’t until 1996 that Taiwan had its first direct presidential elections. This was also the time of the Third Taiwan Strait Missile Crisis, when China lobbed missiles across the Taiwan Strait as an intimidation tactic before Taiwan’s first direct presidential election.

Four years later, in 2000, I remember the excitement over a three-way presidential race between Chen Shui-bian, Lien Chan, and James Soong. A few of my friends and I wanted to assess the different candidates, but it was hard to get English language sources on their backgrounds. It’s hard to imagine that now because these days, Taiwan is known to be the most democratic country in Asia. But if you think about it, its democracy is not even three decades old. And the threat from China has only increased with daily incursions as it sends its military planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ. That’s a big part of why I do this podcast.

It’s for the people who care about Taiwan.

Getting back to how this podcast got started. It was 2012 when Gus reached out to me about a podcast idea that he was working on, called Talking Taiwan. He was looking for a female voice talent, as he put it, to host the show and asked if I knew anyone. I didn’t even know exactly what a podcast was at the time, nor did I know anyone I could recommend for the job.

But as I thought about it, I found myself coming up with all sorts of episode ideas, so I pitched myself as the host.  It was on a very auspicious day, October 31st of 2012, which also happens to be my birthday, and here in New York City we were in the midst of dealing with Hurricane Sandy, no less.

It was on that day that Gus and I exchanged messages on LinkedIn and agreed to start working on Talking Taiwan together. By the way, for those of you who don’t know, Gus Adapon is the founder of Forumosa. com, which is why, in case you’ve ever wondered, the show’s outro mentions that Talking Taiwan is brought to you by

So I became Talking Taiwan’s host and learned the ropes and booked all the guests.

In the early years of Talking Taiwan, it was just a fun side project, and we didn’t have a regular production schedule. Then in late 2018, Gus decided to step down and handed the podcast over to me. I stepped into the role of producer of the show, and I knew that if I wanted to restart Talking Taiwan, I needed to find someone to help me with the sound engineering and technical aspects of producing the podcast. So the show went into hiatus until Kaju decided to come on board right before the pandemic.

And then when the pandemic hit in March of 2020, he and I decided to commit to producing weekly episodes of Talking Taiwan, and we haven’t looked back since. We covered many topics related to the pandemic, including Taiwan’s, early response to the pandemic, and how Taiwan was the only place at one time where professional baseball games were being played in the world.

In 2021 Talking, Taiwan won a Golden Crane Award for best special Interest podcast. We remain committed more than ever to producing content that matters to people who care about Taiwan. You’ll hear not only from interesting people from all walks of life who are connected to Taiwan in some way, but about historically relevant topics, current events, issues and news related to Taiwan, social movements, and topics we believe our listeners care about.

About the Host

Felicia Lin is the Host and Producer of Talking Taiwan, a podcast which seeks to introduce you to interesting stories connected to Taiwan and the diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community.

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