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Lunar New Year Gala Planning Meeting 3


UPDATE: Our meeting will be in the downstairs private dining room at Ming Hin Cuisine in Chinatown Square at 2168 S Archer Ave starting at 7 pm. Prior to the meeting at 6:15 pm, we will be doing a site visit of this year’s beneficiary, Project: Vision at 2301 S Archer Ave.

We are planning our 6th Annual Lunar New Year Gala and are looking for enthusiastic committee members to help us plan and execute our biggest event of the year!

If you have wanted to be more involved with TAP-Chicago or give back to the community, then this is the perfect opportunity! See what goes on behind the scenes, meet some new friends, and work with a group of like-minded people.

This is our third meeting but it is not too late to jump in and get involved. Everyone is welcome, no previous experience required!

If you are interested, please RSVP to Victoria Yang at She will give you more information.

There are a variety of different committees available! Put your skills to good use and help plan an amazing event.

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TAP-CHICAGO and TAP-ILLINOIS present Professional Development Seminar with Ernest Wong and Erikka Wang


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TAP-Chicago and TAP-Illinois are hosting a professional and leadership development seminar featuring guest speakers Ernest Wong and Erikka Wang. Ernest is the founder of site design group ltd, an urban design and landscape architecture firm based in Chicago. Due to his many professional achievements, the Chicago Tribune named Ernest as “2010 Chicagoan of the Year”. Mr. Wong is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chinese American Service League (CASL), the largest social services organization in the Midwest serving Chinese Americans.

Erikka Wang is the co-founder and creator of the clothing boutique Akira. Ten years ago, Erikka and two friends combined their life savings and made her unique vision for the store a reality with no outside capital. Today, the Chicago-based boutique has 19 locations in the city and suburbs along with a thriving online store. Ms. Wang was named a Crain’s 40 under 40 in 2011. She is also member of the CASL Board of Directors.

Ernest and Erikka will discuss their professional and entrepreneurial careers as well as their involvement in service and leadership in the community. A Q&A session and networking will follow their presentations. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

7:00 PM-7:30 PM: Wine & Beer and Networking
7:30 PM-8:30 PM: Program, Discussion, and Q&A
8:30 PM-9:00 PM: Networking and Discussion

Registration: Limited free advance registration by Monday, December 9th, $10 general registration if space remains.
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Getting There: Harrison Red line, HW Library Orange, Pink, Brown lines and numerous CTA buses, limited street parking.

Questions? Call or email:
Hauwei Lien 302.559.5948 |

Wine & Beer sponsored by site design group.

More about the Speakers
Ernest Wong is the President of site design group ltd and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, the American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute. Ernest has directed many award-winning projects including Ping Tom Memorial Park, The Park at Lakeshore East, and the State Street Lightscape. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Ernest served on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Committee for Economic Development and Planning. He currently serves as a Commissioner on both the Chicago Landmarks Commission and the Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Erikka Wang was a leading force in the ideation and creation of well- known women’s clothing boutique Akira. With 19 locations in the city and suburbs along with a thriving online store, Akira’s corporate headquarters supports more than 200 employees.

More about CASL
With a $12 million annual budget, CASL provides youth, elderly employment training, family counseling, and education services to over 17,000 clients each year.

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Holiday Party and Toy Drive


Get in the holiday spirit by joining TAP-Chicago for our annual holiday party and toy drive event at Vora, one of the newest venues in the Gold Coast. Vora is the only restaurant in Chicago that offers traditional Taiwanese street food and drinks with fresh and contemporary interior design.

We will be collecting new unwrapped toys ($10-$15) that will be distributed as Christmas gifts to help under privileged children in the community experience the joy of Christmas. This year TAP-Chicago has partnered with Dreams For Kids to collect toys for their Holiday For Hope event.

Can’t make it to the event but want to still help the children? See COST section below.

Drink and food specials: TBD

FREE with new, unwrapped toy ($10-$20 value) OR
$10 donation to toy fund in advance OR
$15 donation to toy found at the door
Please make advance donations by 1:00pm Monday, December 16th, via WePay:

Getting there: Red Line Clark/Division or #22 and 146 buses.

Questions? Call or email:
Yen-Chih Tsai 312-257-7075 |
Daisy Yang 616-308-8271 |
Grant Wu 847-710-1688 |

To find out more about TAP-Chicago, see recaps of our past events and upcoming events: or

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November Happy Hour at Barcito w KACC


Let’s kick off the beginning of the holiday season by taking in some Spanish flair in the heart of River North. Join your favorite old and new friends at the San Sebastian style Pintxo bar in Tavernita. The massive space includes modern elements such as tin ceilings and 3D murals by a local graffiti artist. There is an inventive list of Spanish-inspired bites and small plates and plenty of sangria and cocktails on tap designed by NYC-based Tipping Bros. Come enjoy a great night of networking with Asian American professionals while enjoying delicious eats and drinks!

We’ve reserved bar and table space just for you. Complimentary appetizers will also be provided so make sure you get there on time.

Drink Specials:
$4 Jameson
$4 Anakona Tiki Punch (vanilla infused vodka, hot habanero pepper infused vodka, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, cinnamon, anostura bitters, orange bitters)
$5 16oz Estrella Drafts

One lucky winner will walk away with a $50 gift card to Mercadito restaurants just by dropping in your business card at the sign in table!

Cost: Free ticket in advance by Tuesday, November 12th at the following link or $5 afterward and at the door.

Getting there: Brown Line Chicago, Red Line Chicago or Grand or #22 & #36 busses

Questions? Call or email:
Daisy Yang 616-308-8271 |
Yen-Chih Tsai 312-257-7075 |
Grant Wu 847-710-1688 |

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Hot Seat: Spoken Word (Re)Generations w/Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Kevin Coval, and avery young



Drawing from their shared roots in Chicago’s rich multicultural spoken word scene, slam poets Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Kevin Coval, and avery young will share from new original works that contemplate culture, race, and identity.

After each performance, each artist will be in the “hot seat,” responding to a series of questions from the other two artists. Together, they’ll explore what it means to evolve as spoken word artists and how their work impacts and is impacted by Chicago’s changing cultural landscape over the last decade.

Youth poets from Young Chicago Authors will open the show and a reception will follow.

For more info and to register for a FREE ticket visit

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Chinese Taiwanese American spoken word poet, playwright, and filmmaker whose award winning work has been featured at the White House, Apollo Theater in Harlem, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, & “Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry.”

Getting There: CTA Orange line Halsted or #62 bus

Questions? Call or Email
Hauwei Lien 773.819.5436 | hauwei at tapchicago dot org

Presented by the Illinois Humanities Council in partnership with Young Chicago Authors and TAP-Chicago, this event is part of Bridging Divides, a series that draws on the humanities to help local communities address seemingly intractable social, cultural and political divides.

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October Happy Hour at Central Standard


Join TAP-Chicago for a fun night filled with friends, music and drinks at Central Standard located in River North. Take a tour across the entire Central Standard time zone and experience destinations from the North Woods to the Deep South without ever leaving the city. Amongst the warm and sophisticated lounge seating and fireplace, enjoy gastropub fare prepared with locally sourced, market fresh ingredients. The beverage list is inventive and boasts a slew of creative cocktails, 40 beers on draft and an extensive wine list. A perfect atmosphere to mingle with old and meeting new friends!

We’ve reserved the entire Mezzanine level overlooking the main floor just for you. Limited complimentary appetizers including pulled pork sliders, mini grilled cheese, and black bean hummus will also be provided so make sure you get there on time.

Drink Specials:
$4 Miller Lite Bottles
$6 Standard Mules

Cost: Free ticket in advance by Wednesday, October 23rd at the following link or $5 afterward and at the door.

Getting there: Brown Line Merchandise Mart or #22 & #156 busses

Questions? Call or email:
Daisy Yang 616-308-8271 |
Yen-Chih Tsai 312-257-7075 |
Grant Wu 847-710-1688 |

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OCA Annual Scholarship Gala



Join us as we support OCA Chicago’s Annual Scholarship Gala. TAP-Chicago members 35 and under qualify for a special young professional discount of $40. This charity event includes a plated full dinner, wine, and networking reception.

Purchase tickets at using the discount code “tapchicago”

At the gala scholarships will be awarded to high achieving Asian American high school and first year college students with demonstrated financial need. The event is an opportunity for Asian Americans from all communities to come together, to support the future generations. Emphasis is placed on students who have made contributions of service to Asian American communities, and are focused on community service and social justice issues. Join us to encourage and support these deserving students and future leaders.

Additionally, the Gala is an excellent opportunity to network, and meet Asian American community and business leaders in an open and welcoming environment.

For questions, or if you are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Hauwei Lien at 773.819.5436 or hauwei at tapchicago dot org.

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Halloween 2013: Zombie Boogie Down on Fulton


The people who brought you the epic Halloween event series at the Warehouse, Loft Party at Bottom Lounge, and Red Violet are back at it again. This year we are bringing you back to the warehouse style as we present Zombie Boogie Down on Fulton. Join Chicago’s young Asian American professionals at our exclusive former factory space in the historic Fulton warehouse district. We are providing a 4 hour premium open bar to go along with the best beats spun by multiple DJ’s headlined by KISS FM and Chicago legend JayFunk. We realize that this takes place after Oct 31, but this year Halloween is on a Thursday, so save those costumes for 2 more days. Come experience first hand why Halloween is the best party of the year and why our events are legendary.

The freaks come out at night once again on Saturday 11.02.13
1133 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
Doors open at 10pm
Must be 21+ with valid ID

Early bird admission (limited time only) – $35.00
General admission – $45.00
We expect a full sellout, so get your tix early or risk being left in the cold!

Purchase your ticket here:

The goodies:
-Premium Open Bar
-2 floors -2 rooms with 2 different vibes (pop, electronic, hip hop & old skool) feat. Kiss FM’s Jayfunk, DJ Granite, DJ Krazy, Ariel Salazar, Chikuan, and H
-Photo Booth
-Costume contest for best female, male, and group

For additional info contact Grant Wu at

Community partners: TAP-Chicago, AACN, ASCENE-Chicago, and TJCCC

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Art of Leadership Diversity Conference w/Ascene and KACC


Join TAP-Chicago, Ascene, and KACC for an one day leadership conference designed to enable and empower young professionals and college students to unlocking their potential to become leaders in their community, professional and personal lives.

The event will have speakers who are leaders and experts from various professional backgrounds in the arts and entertainment, politics and government, as well as business and entrepreneurship. It will be interactive as they will share their stories and experiences of how they became leaders and successful in their field.

There will also be an opportunity to receive advice from career counselors for resume and cover letter review and for mock interviews and we are also reaching out to various companies to be onsite for job recruitment as well.

There will be a complementary lunch buffet.

$20 for college students
$30 for professionals.
Use discount code “TAP” for $5 off registration at

Portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Chade Foundation scholarship fund

Sponsored by the CIA, Chade Fashions, and American Family Insurance

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Linsanity Private Screening, Discussion, Reception, and Game Watch


UPDATE: We have added a pre-screening reception and a Chicago Bears game watch at the Wine Room in Lucky Strike (located in the same building as the theatre). Both events are free for screening ticket holders. Reception-only tickets are also available for purchase.

UPDATE: The screening is sold out, but please sign up for the waitlist at

Bears Game Watch
12:00 – 3:00 PM
The Wine Room at Lucky Strike

Free bowling will be available starting at 1:00 PM, first come first serve. Free to all community partner members. Come cheer on the Bears before the movie enjoy drink specials: $5 Belvedere Bloody Mary’s, $15 beer buckets, and $6 Jim Bean drinks.

Linsanity Networking Reception
3:00 – 4:00 PM
The Wine Room at Lucky Strike

Linsanity producer Brian Yang will be joining us and light appetizers will be served. Free for screening ticket holders, $8 reception only. We are also proud to welcome Be The Match’s bone marrow drive. Hear the story of a boy in need, and get registered!

Questions about reception or game watch? Contact Stacy Uchida at 203.233.5474 | jaconnect at jasc-chicago dot org

Linsanity Private Screening and Discussion
4:30 – 6:30 PM
AMC River East

Linsanity is the inspirational story of a humble athlete who succeeds in the NBA against all odds and expectations. A state high school champion, all-Ivy at Harvard, but overlooked and undrafted by the NBA, Jeremy Lin beat the odds to become an unlikely national sensation and one of the biggest stories in sports history. The movie played to an overwhelmingly positive reception at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW this year

TAP-Chicago, JAConnect, and JACL in collaboration with the Harvard Club, FAN, KACC, Harvardwood, TIPS, AAJA, AIRMW, and NU-A5 are proud to present an opening weekend private screening of Linsanity: The Movie. The screening will be followed by Q&A and discussion with the producer of Linsanity, Brian Yang.

The film documents Jeremy’s life for several years, capturing never-before-seen footage of him at the highest and lowest points in his basketball career.

The movie will be shown in a few cities opening weekend and if it does well, AMC will keep it and expand it. If it doesn’t, it will be pulled. Our screening will contribute towards the national box office and help make it possible for others to experience Linsanity! This event is made possible by financial support from GFCBW-Chicago.

$10 early bird ticket by Sun, September 29th
$12 general admission ticket online by Sat, October 5th
$14 day-of ticket (if space remains)
$8 reception-only ticket
Buy tickets at before they sell out

Presenting Organizations
Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP-Chicago)
Japanese American Citizen’s League

Event Sponsor
Global Federation of Chinese Business Women

Reception Sponsors
Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
site design group, ltd
Sunny Lau
Dr and Mrs Brian Wu

Community Partners
Asian American Journalists Association Chicago
Asian Improv aRts Midwest
Filipino American Network of Chicago
Harvard Club of Chicago
Korean American Coalition
Northwestern University Asian and Asian American Alumni
The Ivy Plus Society

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Questions? Contact:
Ameet Sachdev 312.222.3489 | chicagoaaja at gmail dot com
Dona Le 617.869.7782 | chicago at harvardwood dot org | dona at ivyplussociety dot org
Harvard Club 847.256.1211 | office at harvardclubchicago dot org
Hauwei Lien 773.819.5436 | hauwei at tapchicago dot org
Jeff Chan 510.326.3163 | jeffchan at airmw dot org
Lakhi Siap 224.538.1471 | lakhi at fan-chicago dot org | lakhi at ascenechicago dot com
Marisa Fujinaka 773.728.7171 | mfujinaka at jacl dot org
Scott Bae 847.579.9730 | sbae at
Stacy Uchida 203.233.5474 | jaconnect at jasc-chicago dot org

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