Tina Tsai, Ph.D. is a writer, teacher, and founder of The Literacy Guild LLC. She and her students write and publish their work. Her debut teen kung fu romance novel The Legend of Phoenix Mountain is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
As I began looking through my notes and pictures on the trip to Alishan, I realized that I couldn’t cover everything in just one post, so I’m going to share it as a sub-series (hence the part 20A–it will go up to F). It was just too much, and that’s really a reflection of how much there is to do on Alishan mountain. This place has got tea farms, cultural centers, old towns, historic sites, [...] Continue »
As if it weren’t awesome enough that we’re going to have a major showdown between Karate Hottie Michelle Waterson and Yasuko Tamada from Japan in Invicta 8, We were supposed to get another fight card featuring another run for the title between a major bout between two Asian American female MMA fighters, Jenny Liou Shriver and Katie Howard. Unfortunately, Howard was injured and had to pull out of the fight, but hopefully this fight is [...] Continue »
We had seen a feature of San Xian Tai in a National Geographic travel guide to Taiwan and thought, “Wow, that looks really cool.” Looking it up, though, we saw that it wasn’t exactly right next to a train stop, and it was on the west side of the main Taiwan island, which is harder to get to overall. Nevertheless, Taiwan Tour Bus came to the rescue again, and we were able to charter a [...] Continue »
I guess if you’re going to rob a place, you should check first to make sure no clerks inside happen to be a athlete fighter. Unfortunately for these robbers who tried to rob an employee at this gas station, one of the clerks did happen to be an MMA fighter, and Mayura Dissanayake, an immigrant to America from Sri Lanka, pretty much beat the crap out of them. Talk about street cred. Sure, confirming that [...] Continue »
Like everyone else this summer season, I’ve been listening to the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and quoting one-liners from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. One of my favorite lines to recall is from Drax the Destroyer: “NOTHING goes over my head!… My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.” So I’ve been seeing a few comments here and there about there not being any Asian American representation on this summer blockbuster hit, and [...] Continue »
In the book 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die, one item in this big bucket list is right in the heart of Taiwan–Taroko Gorge. I guess you could say this is sort of like Taiwan’s Grand Canyon. Construction of this park started when Taiwan was still under Japanese rule, and, reminiscent of the Great Wall of China, many laborers, forced and otherwise, died building the roads into this massive gorge. This gorge [...] Continue »
Hopping on the Taipei MRT local subway, you can easily take one of the main lines to the very northern stop at a small town called Dansui, also spelled “Tamsui”. This small town was once a major port of commerce in the 1800s, and it has historic sites worth checking out, such as the Dutch Fort San Domingo or Hongmao Castle and old temples that have absorbed the hopes, fears, and dreams of generations of [...] Continue »
If you didn’t already know, the announcement that UFC Fight Pass is now distributing top female MMA promotion Invicta FC content was already big news, but the bigger news is they finally announced date and fight card for Invicta FC8: Waterson vs. Tamada. That’s right, the highly anticipated IFC8 is headlined by two Asian women MMA fighters in a championship bout. Excuse me while I implode with excitement. Asian American Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson will [...] Continue »
It’s an understatement to say I have a soft spot for cats. So when I heard that Taiwan had a village full of cats, my trip simply would not be complete without visiting the Houtong Cat Village. Upon arrival at the train station, everything is cat themed. Even the pineapple cakes are made in the shape of cats. Most of the cats are running loose, skipping over rooftops or lazing in little cat homes and [...] Continue »
One of my favorite things in the world is little kids doing kung fu. Aside from the complete attack of adorable, I think it has to do with the wistful regret of not having done martial arts myself as a kid because of family funds at the time and also gender issues (little girls don’t do kung fu). Whenever I want a little pick-me-up video, watching videos of little kids doing martial arts really makes [...] Continue »
A few months ago, a student from Yale University, Frances Chan, blogged in the Huffington Post about her horrific experience with Yale–she was 5’ 2” and about 90 lbs, and they designated her an “eating disorder” case and began to force her to gain weight. The problem was, Chan didn’t have an eating disorder, her body was just the way it was, but their use of the broad (and widely considered inaccurate) BMI measurements labeled [...] Continue »
After finding out that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet was actually a popstar in China as a teen, I was curious and searched for some videos of her singing in Chinese, and here it is, posted above. Very bubblegum, very pop, of course. Personally, I enjoyed this one a lot more.