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Borcheng Hsu on the 13th Passport to Taiwan Festival Ep 45

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Borcheng Hsu and I spoke about the 13th annual Passport to Taiwan, which has been held annually in New York City’s Union Square Park since 2002. Planning for Passport to Taiwan started in 1999 afterTaiwanese American Heritage Week was declared to be the week after Mother’s Day weekend in May.

Borcheng also talked about how Passport to Taiwan got started, where the concept came from and how it has evolved over the years. While the Taiwanese food booths are among one of the most popular attractions at Passport to Taiwan, there are also folk arts demonstrations, musical performances and community organizations represented at the outdoor event.

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

  • 2002 was the first time that Passport to Taiwan was held in Union Square Park
  • How Taiwanese American Heritage Week was declared in 1999
  • Where the idea and the name Passport to Taiwan came from
  • How Passport to Taiwan started with a core group of 10 volunteers
  • How Passport to Taiwan was modeled after the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival organized by CAPA (Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans)
  • On the day of Passport to Taiwan there are about 200 volunteers helping out
  • How Passport to Taiwan has grown
  • How other Taiwanese American communities participate in, visit and attend Passport to Taiwan
  • How there were only four food booths at the first Passport to Taiwan
  • Folk artists that have been invited to do demonstrations at Passport to Taiwan have included sugar paining, aborigine fabric weaving, clay figurines, straw weaving
  • Artists and performers who have been invited from Taiwan to be a part of Passport to Taiwan
  • The Hello Taiwan tour of Taiwan indie bands
  • How Passport to Taiwan is not just about Taiwan, but the Taiwanese American community and people, the shared democratic values of Taiwan and the U.S.
  • Misconceptions about Taiwan
  • The is most rewarding thing about organizing Passport to Taiwan
  • The challenges of running and organizing Passport to Taiwan
  • The most popular thing about Passport to Taiwan
  • How most of the food booths offering Taiwanese dishes are made by local people in the Taiwanese American community, specifically for Passport to Taiwan, and are not available elsewhere
  • Sponsors of Passport to Taiwan
  • How people can sponsor Passport to Taiwan
  • Future plans for Passport to Taiwan

Related Links:

Passport to Taiwan website:

Passport to Taiwan’s Facebook page:

Passport to Taiwan’s Facebook group:

About Asian Pacfic American Heritage Month and Taiwanese American Heritage Week (from

CAPA (Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans) organizer of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival:

TACEC (Taiwanese American Conference East Coast):


OVDS Facebook page:

Sun of Morning Youtube channel:

The Hsu-nami:

Monkey Pilot’s Youtube channel:

Monkey Pilot Goes Bananas Over Winning Best Band:

Golden Melody Awards:

The United States Seventh Fleet:

Taiwan Tourism Bureau:

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