Film Screening: The Assassin (film from Taiwan)

film-screeningJoin members of TAP-Chicago’s Cultural Committee for a special screening of The Assassin, the film that won acclaimed Taiwanese Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien the Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival in 2015. The Assassin also won the 2016 Asian Film Award for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress.

Described as “ravishingly beautiful” and “masterful” by critics, the film is an artistic interpretation of the historical martial arts film genre. Here’s your chance to see this visually stunning film on a big-screen.

The film is presented by Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a organization dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary Asian cinema to the general public. For more information and to see the trailer:

TAP-Chicago will organize food and drinks afterwards for attendees.

Tickets are usually $13, but TAP-Chicago members can receive a special discount of $10.49 by purchasing a ticket here:

Any questions please contact Amanda Lao,

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Asian American Performing Arts Festival


Do you have an interest in the performing arts? A-Squared, a Chicago based Asian American theater company, is presenting the Asian American Performing Arts Festival from Thursday, 10/20 to Sunday, 10/23. The festival includes nightly performances ranging from spoken words, plays, to music and dance. Please see the link below for event details.

You can purchase tickets at the above link. The rate is $20 for individual nights or $40 for a festival pass for the whole weekend plus fees. However, TAP-Chicago has special discounted group tickets for Saturday night. Individual night: $15, Festival Pass (includes pop-up Asian dinner Saturday 5:15 pm): $35

So, if you interesting in getting some performing arts experience under your belt, purchase the tickets through TAP-Chicago and join us on Saturday, 10/22 for a fun, yet cultured, night out!

Please note that the discounts shown above has a stipulation that we have a group of 10 people or more. Don’t worry if we do not have enough people, we will refund everyone’s money.

Questions? Contact
Jeff Li

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The Mid-Autumn Festival Party

mid-autumnThe Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) has been a Chinese tradition since 16th century BCE; it’s an opportunity for friends to celebrate togetherness and rejuvenation. Bring your friends and join TAP-Chicago in this celebration of the full harvest moon with traditional Chinese costumes, stories, games, lanterns, and mooncakes (月餅)!

The celebration will take place in the 28th Floor Party Room of One Eleven, perfect for moon-gazing with amazing views of the city of Chicago.

Early bird ticket: $30 by Tuesday, October 4.
General admission ticket: $35 by Thu, October 6.
Late/On site registration: $40 (If space is available)

TICKETS – limited QTY available, usually sells out, ensure your attendance by purchasing through Eventbrite at

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Cocktails (Open Bar!) and Games
7:30pm – 8:30pm: 6 Course Taiwanese Dinner and Mooncakes
8:30pm – 10:00pm: Networking and After-Party

We’ll provide the usual beer, hard liquor, soft drinks, and cocktails all evening long.
See you all there!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a 100% volunteer-run community event. We appreciate your help! For more information and to sign up, please see:

Please contact Jeff Li at

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2016 Chinatown Night Market


Come join us for a fun night at the 2016 Annual Chinatown Night Market! The event will have a wide breadth of Asian food vendors and merchants, as well as exciting night market games with prizes to win. Additionally, there will be a diverse line-up of performances, including hip hop dance groups, singers, traditional Chinese dances, and more. Event is open to all ages. Stay tuned for updates. Entry to the Night Market is FREE!

Location: Chinatown, South Parking Lot
Date: 4pm – 10pm; Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sponsored by Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation. Moody Tongue Brewing Company, TAP-Chicago, and more.

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Dragon Boat Festival Celebration

Dragon boat Festival celebration

Join TAP-Chicago to celebrate one of the major Taiwanese holidays, the Dragon Boat Festival!! Also known as “Duan Wu Jie” 端午節. We will have traditional holiday foods such as Zong Zi 粽子 (wrapped sticky rice) for everyone to enjoy, as well as games, and an open bar!

As an added bonus this year, there will be an early reception for the especially curious. For $5 extra, you can arrive early and partake in our Zong Zi making experience. Ingredients and instructions will be provided to make your own Zong Zi and you get the opportunity to join the festivities at an earlier time and mingle with other guests in a more personal setting. Most importantly, you get to enjoy the fruits of your own labor!

70 West Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
Hospitality Room, 2nd floor

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Zong Zi making experience (Guests with Zong Zi making tickets only)
7:00 – 8:00 pm: Cocktails (Open Bar!) and Games
8:00 – 9:00 pm: Food will be served
9:00 – 11:00 pm: Networking and After-Party

We’ll provide the usual beer, hard liquor, soft drinks, and cocktails all evening long.

LOTS of Zong Zi 粽子 (wrapped sticky rice)
More traditional Taiwanese foods

Early bird ticket: $30 by Monday, May 30th
Early bird ticket + Zong Zi making: $35 by Monday, May 30th
General admission ticket: $35 by Friday, June 3rd
Late/On site registration: $40 (If space is available)


We will close late/on site registration if we reach capacity.

More info about TAP-Chicago:

Kelly Chen | 408.480.6408 |
Sophia Hsu | 908.294.5988 |

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CMAA: The Red Party


Come and join TAP-Chicago’s Community Partner – CMAA at their Second Annual Red Party! Wear your favorite red outfit or accessory and enjoy city views from East Bank Club’s fabulous rooftop terrace!

Rooftop party with city views (party inside in case of inclement weather) * 2 Complimentary drinks + Cash bar * Passed hors d’oeuvres * Dinner buffet * DJ music * Red carpet step and repeat * Fun-themed photo booth * Door prizes * Mingle with Chicago’s most influential professionals

Purchase your ticket at

Enter Discount code “TAP” to get 20% discount.

Rock Red!: Semi-formal and business formal is suggested dress code and wear red!

Event parking: $5.75 during the entire Red Party fundraiser at the East Bank Club

Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a community-based social services agency targeting the immigrant and low-income community. Learn more about CMAA at

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TAP – Chicago Dragon Boat 2016 Info Session


The “Ultimate Team Sport”, dragon boat racing, is the world’s fastest growing water sport. Dragon boating with TAP-Chicago is a 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 Wednesday, May 4th and make your summer count!

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

Food & beverages will be provided.

Location: 30 E Huron Entertainment Room (Plaza Level), Chicago
Time: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 7 PM – 9 PM
Dragon Boat Racing General Info
Practice & Race Schedule Fees (and Tips to save $$!)

Please RSVP via Eventbrite so that we can have accurate headcounts:

Please tell doorman you are there for the TAP Chicago Dragon Boat meeting.

For more information about join the team or sponsor the team, please contact James Lim at

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Kollaboration Chicago: Return of the Stars

Kollaboration Chicago is proud to announce its first Return of the Stars showcase on Saturday, May 14th at the Dave n Busters Show Room at 1030 N Clark Street from 3:30-6:00pm (show starts at 4:00pm)!

TAP- Chicago is proud to support Kollaboration. TAP-Chicago’s President Grant Wu and Vice President Hauwei Lien will be the guest judges.

Return of the Stars welcomes Kollaboration Chicago alum as they compete for a cash prize and bragging rights at the end of the night! Join us for a night of amazing music and entertainment as we celebrate our inaugural Return of the Stars showcase. Performers will include 2015 Kollaboration Chicago Winner Dhaea, 2014 Winner Paul Kay, 2014 Finalist Flashburn Beatbox, 2013 Winner Alvin Lau, 2013 Finalists Ashlee Barrera & Alan, and 2013 Finalist Brian Choi of Two Bored Dorks.

We are also honored to have representatives from some of our partners such as Lunar Ball, TAP-Chicago, the Asian American Chicago Network (AACN), ASCENE, and the Korean American Coalition of Chicago (KACC) to be our guest judges!
General admission tickets are $10 + processing fee if you buy online ($15 at the door). We will also be raffling off tickets to our annual showcase during the show.

Enter discount code “TAP” to for $2 off at:

After the show, join Kollaboration Chicago at Vora (conveniently next door) for Happy Hour and appetizers as we also welcome our 2016 Finalists for the 11th Kollaboration Chicago Showcase coming in July. It’ll be a wonderful night of music, networking, and an opportunity to further Kollaboration’s mission of Empowerment through Entertainment.13124920_1096311167109075_3835463803709010053_n

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Lunar Ball Reunion Party and TAP-Chicago April Mixer at Trophy Room

lunar ball reunion


Join fellow Lunar Ball attendees for a Reunion Party and networking mixer on Friday, April 22nd as we celebrate a record-setting Lunar Ball. Mingle and re-connect as you enjoy drink specials and complementary tastings of Trophy Room‘s stone-fired pizza. Take the opportunity to bid on great silent auction items and get a sneak peak of the Lunar Ball 2016 highlight video!

In addition to networking with members from over 30 partner organizations, guests will have a chance to win a Lunar Ball 2017 VIP ticket ($150 value) and purchase specially priced pre-sale tickets for next year’s event.

Registration for Lunar Ball alumni and community partner members is free before Monday, April 18 and $5 afterward while space remains.

Getting There
Limited street parking, CTA Chicago Brown/Purple Line or Grand Red Line Stop, many buses.

More about Lunar Ball
Lunar Ball is Chicagoland’s biggest Asian American gala and fundraiser. Over 900 of Chicago’s most accomplished Asian American professionals and friends from over 30 community organizations will enjoy an evening of food, fun, and dancing while raising money for charity! The event will include tastings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, adult beverages all night, cultural performances, DJ, dancing, and an exciting raffle and silent auction. Join Lunar Ball in 2017 to celebrate the year of the Rooster and support community charities!


NOTE FOR HAWKS FANS: If a Chicago Blackhawks playoff game is scheduled for the 22nd, don’t worry, we will have the game playing at the event!

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Documentary of Tyrus Wong- The pioneering Chinese American painter and Disney legend


Join TAP-Chicago on Saturday, April 2nd at 8PM for a screening of the documentary Tyrus featured in the Asian American Showcase that shows the life, art and enduring impact of pioneering Chinese American painter and Disney legend, Tyrus Wong.

Born in China in 1910 and brought to the U.S. at the age of nine, Tyrus Wong transcended poverty and prejudice to bloom as a multi-talented artist who left an indelible legacy during Hollywood’s Golden Age. The little-known creator of the visual style for the Disney classic Bambi and a host of Warner Bros. films including Rebel Without A Cause and How The West Was Won is profiled in this documentary rich in Chinese American history and movie-world lore.

Get your discounted ticket at


More information about the Asian American film festival at

Questions? Contact Teresa Ha at

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