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Chinatown Dragon Boat Race for Literacy


Calling all aspiring paddlers! Join the TAP-Chicago dragon boat team as we take on other Chicagoland teams at the 2014 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in Chinatown. After enjoying the race, we’ll get dim sum or lunch at a local restaurant.

Dragon boating with TAP-Chicago is great way to make new friends, get a workout, experience the thrill of competition, and thrive in a team environment. Paddling experience and athletic prowess are not required. It’s not too late to join the team, more information is available here:

Those who do not want to race are welcome to come cheer the team on!

Getting There
CTA Red Line Cermack/Chinatown and # 1,3,4, 24, 29, and 62 buses. Limited street and pay lot parking available.

Questions? Contact
Emily Keane at emily.keane at tapchicago dot org
James Lim at james at tapchicago dot org
Hauwei Lien at hauwei at tapchicago dot org

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July Happy Hour at Vertigo Lounge, Supporting Be The Match


Join TAP-Chicago for our July Happy Hour at Vertigo Sky Lounge–Chicago’s premiere party lounge and bar! Vertigo Sky Lounge has been on Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List since 2009 and ranked in the Top 3 Hotel Bars of the Year in 2012 by the Nightclub Bar Awards. This year, the lounge and outdoor patio have been recently renovated and will be a hot place to hang for the summer!

In addition, we are excited to announce that Be the Match will be our special guests for July’s happy hour! Be the Match is a global leader in the field of conducting research to improve bone marrow transplant outcomes. They provide support and resources for patients in need to bone marrow transplants. For more information about our guests:

RSVP ACTION: Get your FREE Early Bird ticket by RSVPing here before 7/8:

Anytime after 7/8 and at the door will be $5 for admission.

for more info, please contact:
Stephanie Tao –
Yen Tsai –

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Chinatown 5K Supporting Project Vision


Run a 5K to build a better community! The Chicago Chinatown 5K & Youth Run is a fast course that runs through the heart of Chicago Chinatown. The Chinatown 5K partners with not-for-profit organizations to help raise funds for their various programs. This year, TAP-Chicago is running to support Project Vision and all net proceeds go to support this great cause.

To register to run with TEAM TAP-CHICAGO, please rsvp and pay through the eventbrite link:

If you would like to donate to the cause OR if you want to be a pledge runner, please visit:

To learn more about TAP-Chicago:

Project: VISION is a nonprofit youth center that serves underprivileged students in grades 6-12 through free after-school programs including tutoring, college application help, English Language Learner classes, service learning opportunities, internships, and more. Project: VISION prides itself on keeping youth successfully engaged in their academic careers while also fostering confidence, building character, and encouraging community involvement. Join the TAP-Chicago team supporting Project: VISION and make a difference for community youth! Funds raised through the Chinatown 5K will to allow them to expand enrollment in their After School Homework Tutoring Program

To learn more about Project Vision:

To learn more about the Chinatown 5K:

Grant Wu –
Sam Chau –

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Yacht Party w Social Quarters, AACN, Ascene, FAN, KACC, Kollaboration



Presented by:
AACN – Ascene – FAN – KACC – Kollaboration – TAP-Chicago

Sponsored by :
AKIRA – BopNGrill – VORA – SoundBar

On Saturday, July 19 :
Get ready for the best networking mixer of the year on our 400 person private yacht!

Social Quarters has teamed up with other local organizations for an annual mixer that allows you to meet other people outside your organization.

Buy early and save! You don’t want to miss the most talked about event of the year!

****** BUY TICKETS AT *******

Be sure to select TAP-Chicago at the scroll down menu!!

– Live Performances & DJ on the main floor.
– Live Pianist on the Piano Bar floor. (Steve Tzeng aka “JustSteve”)
– Full cash bars on all 3 floors!
– After Party will be at SoundBar in the late evening.
(Password = Social Quarters)

– AFTER PARTY AT 10:00 PM (SoundBar)

* Photo ID & Ticket is required to attend this event. (21+ only)
* Dress Code: Smart Casual (Summer Dresses / No Suits Required / no flip flops)
* Please arrive early so we can set sail promptly at 2:00 PM.
* Don’t forget to bring your business cards!
* Event will go on Rain or Shine.
* Majority of proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Korean Festival.
* Minority of proceeds will be donated to the presenting organizations.


The Anita Dee II is docked at Dusable Harbor on the Chicago River at Lake Shore Drive.

If Driving- There will be Anita Dee signs at the foot of Randolph St. to enter the Dusable Harbor Public Parking Lot. (Do not park in the members lot)

If Walking from The Loop- walk east down the south side of the River walk, will end at Anita Dee II

By Cab- Drop off at the foot of Randolph St., Columbia Yacht Club turn around. Take the path north towards Chicago river and end at Anita Dee II

****** BUY TICKETS AT *******
Be sure to select TAP-Chicago at the scroll down menu!!

For more information, please contact:

Steph Tao

Ashish Shah

More info about TAP-Chicago:

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Taiwanese American Identity Workshop w/Ho Chie Tsai


**UPDATE: We have changed the location to 1201 S Prairie Ave, 5th floor to accommodate the larger group! Please remember to submit your food preference at

TAP-Chicago is pleased to announce a 2 part workshop and discussion series featuring Ho Chie Tsai, one of the most influential and passionate contributors to the Taiwanese American community today. The workshops will focus on exploring our Taiwanese American identity, the challenges we face, and take a peek into the history of our Taiwanese American community and where it is headed.

SPACE FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT WILL BE LIMITED, please register via Eventbrite to ensure your attendance:

Ho Chie Tsai is a founding Board Member of but wears many hats in the Taiwanese American community. He is a frequent speaker at collegiate conferences and youth summer camp programs, a past Program Director and current Board Member of the Taiwanese American Foundation, and founder of the San Francisco chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals. Ho Chie hopes to inspire a renewed sense of pride in personal identity and increase activism and involvement within the greater Asian American community. Ho Chie holds an Electrical Engineering BS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Bioengineering MS and an MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his spare time, he works as a pediatrician.

To learn more about Ho Chie and his work please visit

To learn more about TAP-Chicago, please visit

Questions? Contact:
Grant Wu 847.710.1688 | grant at tapchicago dot org

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Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival


Calling all aspiring paddlers! Join the TAP-Chicago Typhoon as we take on other Chicagoland teams at the 3rd Annual Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival at beautiful Lake Arlington. For spectators, in addition to thrilling racing, there will be Asian cultural performances, food trucks, and other vendors! And afterward, we can chow down on the finest ramen in Chicagoland at Misoya and Santouka.

Dragon boating with TAP-Chicago is great way to make new friends, get a workout, experience the thrill of competition, and thrive in a team environment. Paddling experience and athletic prowess are not required. It’s not too late to join the team, contact captains James or Emily!

Those who do not want to race are welcome to come cheer the team on!

Getting There
There is free parking across the street from the event site at Willow Park (N Windsor & E Jonquil Cir) in Arlington Heights.

Questions? Contact
Emily Keane at emily.keane at tapchicago dot org
James Lim at james at tapchicago dot org
Hauwei Lien at hauwei at tapchicago dot org

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TAP-Chicago Supporting Kollaboration Chicago 2014


USE PROMO CODE: “TAP” to receive a discount!

TAP-Chicago is proud to again be a community partner of Kollaboration Chicago. Please come support our best local Asian American musicians, dancers and other performing artists, as they display their talents on stage for 1 night only, crowning 1 champion to go on to perform at the National level.

Kollaboration is an annual movement produced by young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) professionals and students to promote a strong Asian American presence in entertainment, media, and performing arts. The level of talent, passion, and aspiration that exists in the Asian American community emphasizes the mission of Kollaboration: Empowerment through Entertainment.

PROMO CODE: “TAP” to receive a discount!

Since 2000, Kollaboration has expanded to 14 cities across the continent, bringing together hundreds of volunteers, thousands of live audience members and millions of online viewers. Throughout the years, Kollaboration has drawn widespread recognition in each major U.S. city as the premier source for locally- based Asian American musicians, dancers, and other performance artists.

Kollaboration Chicago consists of 50+ passionate staff members, all of whom believe in the cause and are dedicated to making a difference in the Asian American community. Volunteers have an opportunity to be part of a non-profit organization that is highly dynamic, where they can grow their skills and experience professionally. Furthermore, Kollaboration extends their mission to build strong relationships with surrounding communities, organizations, schools, and local businesses. It is through this strong foundation that Kollaboration carries its mission forward of bringing a paradigm shift of perceptions, breaking down stereotypes, and paving the way for future Asian Americans to accomplish their goals and dreams. Kollaboration sheds a light to other artists who are waiting to be inspired to boldly chase after their dreams.

With this community, combined with the support of fans, generous sponsors, and large network of hard working students and volunteers, Kollaboration aims to create a launch platform that positively impacts these artists and performers to not only pursue their dreams, but redefine the presence and image of Asian Americans in entertainment. The talented artists of Kollaboration represent those in the forefront of the battle to put Asian Americans in the entertainment industry.

For more information about Kollaboration Chicago – visit:

For more information about TAP-Chicago, visit

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Taiwanese Fun Fest

Join TAP-Chicago to experience a blast from the past as we experience the Taiwanese Fun Fest at the TECO Cultural Center in Westmont. Play your favorite games like chopstick egg carry and catch the goldfish and taste authentic Taiwanese treats like pork belly rice, squid soup, pork buns, bao bing, and noodles!

A great opportunity to check out TECO’s brand new Culture Center and maybe even make a stop at Ding Hao for Taiwanese groceries and food court.

If you need a ride or are willing to give rides, please email hauwei at tapchicago dot org. You MUST email, if you don’t receive confirmation of a ride, please do not assume you have one.

Meet at 11:00 am at 161 W Kinzie lobby to carpool together.

Cost: $5 contribution to drivers for gas. $10 ticket for event paid at the Fun Fest.

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May Happy Hour


NOTICE: Due to a scheduling conflict, we had to move our May happy hour to Moe’s Cantina River North. Our June happy hour on Friday, June 13 will be at the Florentine in JW Marriott:

The snow has finally melted, and the cold weather is starting to go away (sort of…). But at least we can say that the worst is truly behind us. Now is the perfect time to catch up with old friends or network/meet new friends alike.

With its exposed brick, wrought iron chandeliers, 40-foot bar, and a thumpin’ sound system, Moe’s Cantina is a great place to unwind. Attendees will enjoy great drink specials: $5 Goose Island 312 and $7 4Rebels vodka cocktails! Join TAP-Chicago as we celebrate a beautiful Spring evening at Moe’s Cantina. Come see what the buzz is all about!

Register through Eventbrite, free early bird admission by 5/14/14, $5 afterward:

Getting There:

Merchandise Mart Brown/Purple Line; and #11, 22, 65, 125, 134, 135, 136, 156 CTA buses, limited street parking, for prepaid parking deals.

To learn more about TAP-Chicago visit:



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Dragon Boat Team Info Session


The “Ultimate Team Sport”, dragon boat racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport. Dragon boating with TAP-Chicago is great way to make new friends, get a workout, experience the thrill of competition, and thrive in a team environment. Come learn more about it on May 21st!

Paddling experience and athletic prowess is not required. Team members will learn the proper paddle stroke techniques and learn to to paddle as a team in a synchronized fashion!

Food & beverages will be provided. RSVP on Facebook at

Location: 161 W. Kinzie (party room on 28th floor)
Chicago, IL
Time: 7:00pm

For more information about being a part of the team or a sponsor please contact :
Emily Keane –
James Lim –
Grant Wu –

TAP-Chicago is an Illinois not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 to help strengthen and unite the Taiwanese American community in the greater Chicago area.

To learn more about TAP visit

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