NEPAL NOW Fundraiser


Join Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP- Chicago) for a professional networking fundraiser for Nepal in conjunction with Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month hosted by our friends at MillerCoors and Chinese Mutual Aid Association.

The fundraiser will raise money for Nepal relief & rebuilding efforts after two earthquakes claimed over 8,500 lives, displaced thousands of Nepalese people & destroyed Nepal’s infrastructure including schools & hospitals.

In addition to raising money for Nepal, the event will also be a professional networking opportunity in conjunction with Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month at MillerCoors’ downtown Chicago corporate office. We hope you can join us for MillerCoors products, hors d’oeuvres and amazing Chicago city views.

Due to limited capacity and so we can provide your name to building security, you must RSVP in advance here. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend.

Twenty dollars ($20) is the requested minimum donation to attend the fundraiser and online donations are being collected through the American Red Cross’ Crowdrise page

Please select the last option for Nepal earthquake relief where 100% of your donation goes directly to the American Red Cross for their work in Nepal.

CMAA, a 501(c)(3) pan-Asian social services non-profit with Nepali employees, serves local Chicagoland Nepalese people as well as people from all ethnic backgrounds & generations through CMAA’s various agency services. As this tragedy has personally touched the CMAA family, we hope you can join us and make a donation whether or not you can attend the Thursday, May 28th event.

Any questions? Please contact:
Hauwei Lien at hauwei at tapchicago dot org or 302-559-5948
Michelle Lura White at michellew at chinesemutualaid dot org or 773-784-2900

More about the Red Cross’ relief efforts in Nepal:

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Asian American Comedy Festival


Join TAP-Chicago as we head to Asian American Comedy Festival on Saturday, May 30th, at 8 pm!

Put on by AScene Chicago, the goal of this festival is to unify the Chicago Asian American community, and all proceeds will be going to a organization of our choice!!

On Saturday night, we will be seeing performances from Jenny Yang, Comic/Writer from Disoriented Comedy and Stir Friday Night!!

Jenny Yang is a Taiwanese American writer and comic living in Los Angeles, California. She has been seen alongside comedy legends in Joan Rivers’ Showtime documentary, “Why We Laugh: Funny Women”(2013) and in a viral Buzzfeed videos “Ask An Asian,” “If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say” and “If Adults Threw Tantrums Like Toddlers.” Jenny is also the co-host of the twice-monthly ISAtv web show “Angry Asian America,” alongside’s Phil Yu. Jenny’s live performances feature her signature mix of brutal sarcasm, sunny enthusiasm, and unflinching disregard for microphone volume.

Here are a couple of her videos:

“Jenny’s Story:”

“If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say:”

“Ask an Asian:”

Stir Friday Night is a 20-year-old Asian-American theater company. We perform improv and sketch comedy. Our alumni include Danny Pudi from Community, and Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead.

Online Presale:
$25 for General Admission
$35 for VIP

At the Door:
$40 for General Admission
$50 for VIP

But, WAIT! Use the promo code “TAP-Chicago” for an extra $5 dollars off!

VIP tickets include the following:
Complimentary food, nonalcoholic beverages, preferred seating and a Dave and Busters Powercard.

Tickets available at

QUESTIONS? Contact us.
Kelly Chen | 408.480.6408 |
Hauwei Lien | 302.559.5948 |

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Fung Bros with Northwestern TASC and CSA


Join TAP-Chicago as we support Northwestern TASC and PAPhi as they present their annual Spring Speaker: the Fung Bros!

Andrew and David Fung are comedians who create YouTube video blogs and music videos. With over 800,000 subscribers and more than 80 million views, the Seattle-born duo are well-known for cracking jokes about young, Asian American identity.

The event will be on the Northwestern University Evanston campus in Fisk 217 on Friday, April 24th from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Admission is free and open to the public. Parking in most campus lots is also free!

Parking Details

The closest parking is the South Campus parking structure, across the street from Fisk. Following Sheridan Road north, there will be a fork in the road that directs toward the arts circle, i.e. the Segal Visitors Center. Taking that fork and driving just past the Segal, there will be two parking structures on the right. The Fisk building is across Campus Drive from the parking structures.

Questions? Contact
Austen Bhayani or (914) 262-5143

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Real Estate Seminar / First Time Home Buyer Panel


Join TAP-Chicago & KACC for a very special real estate and first time home buyer seminar/workshop. Learn the tips of the trade from our panel of distinguished and proven successful representatives of the industry from all 3 phases: real estate agent, mortgage/lender, and closing attorney. There will be a brief overview from each sector followed by Q&A.

Amy Duong – Jameson Sotheby International Realty
Dean Vlamis – Guaranteed Rate (mortgage)
Alex Pappas – Axia Law

Space is limited, so please rsvp via the Eventbrite link to guarantee your seat!

If you need more information regarding this event please contact: Grant Wu –

Special thanks to Axia Law for hosting the event in their conference space which is on the 17th floor.

To learn more about TAP-Chicago visit

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Rock the Early Vote with CMAA & KACC


Join TAP-Chicago, KACC, and CMAA (Chinese Mutual Aid Association) this Friday to vote early for the mayoral runoff! Asian Americans are underrepresented at all levels of local, state, and national government and it’s important that our community make its voice heard by voting.


**Only eligible residents in the City of Chicago can vote**


1. Must be a US citizen and 18 years old to vote. Check if you’re already registered to vote here:

2. If you’re not yet registered to vote, you can register in-person and must vote on the same day. You must present two forms of ID, at least one of which shows your current address. Find out more details:

3. Can’t rock the early vote with CMAA or need a closer voting site? No worries! You can vote early from now through Saturday, April 4th between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout Chicago. Check here for an early voting site that is convenient for you:

4. Early voting doesn’t work for you? VOTE on Election Day, Tuesday (4/7) between 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Click below to find your Election Day polling place.

Any Questions? Contact Tuyet Ngo at or (773) 784-2900

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Comedy 101: Comedy For A Cause with Project:VISION and A-Squared


Join TAP-Chicago for a night of fun and laughs as we support Comedy 101, Comedy for a Cause hosted by the Project: VISION Associate Board!

Members of A-Squared Theatre Workshop, a local Asian American theater company, and Stir Friday Night, one of the nation’s premier Asian American comedy troupes, will be performing a set of five hilarious skits making fun of pageants, spy dramas and everything in between. We’ll be performing at Hamburger Mary’s, a great neighborhood bar and restaurant.

Tickets will be $15 per person–enough for a set of ACT prep materials for one student. Buy on Eventbrite here:

Proceeds will benefit youth in the community through Project:VISION. Come for the laughs, stay for the kids!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Questions? Contact
Julia Tao 248.884.2636 or julia at tapchicago dot org

About Project Vision
Project: VISION, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing youth in Chicago’s Bridgeport and Chinatown communities with the tools for educational, personal, and civic development.

Founded in 2003 by a small group of volunteers, Project: VISION has reached over 425 youths. 85% of the students Project: VISION serve are from low income families and most will be the first in their families to attend college.

More about Project Vision at

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The Red Party – Rock Red for Youth and Seniors


Saturday, March 21 join TAP-Chicago as we support “The Red Party” a gala event at the East Bank Club benefiting the Chinese Mutual Aid Association’s youth and senior programs. TAP-Chicago is a community partner and members will receive $20 off admission using promo code TAPCHICAGORED20.

This red-themed event includes:
*Cash Bar & Cocktails
*Passed hors d’oeuvres
*Light dinner buffet
*DJ Naveen Kumar
*Red carpet photography
*Second Place Champions comedy show
*Raffle Prizes

In addition to TAP- Chicago, community partners include our friends AScene Chicago, the Filipino American Network of Chicago, FALA Chicago, JACL Chicago, and Korean American Coalition of Chicago!

Tickets: $80/person towards a great cause, $20 off using TAPCHICAGORED at

414 N. Orleans Chicago, IL 60654

Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a pan-Asian social service non-profit that serves immigrants, low-income individuals, and people from all backgrounds. You can find out more at

For more information or to RSVP for the Red Party or the Reverie After-Party contact Hazel Afroilan, Marketing & Special Events Coordinator at or (773) 784-2900 ext. 142.

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Off the Menu Film Screening & Chef’s Panel


Join TAP-Chicago, KACC, Kollaboration Chicago, KABA, OKTA Chicago, and Social Quarters for a screening of OFF THE MENU by award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee. A panel discussion with local Asian American chefs and restaurant owners follows the film. Panelists include Top Chef contestant Beverly Kim (Parachute), Ivan Lee (Aloha Eats), and Paul Ko (Vora). TAP-Chicago has access to a limited number of discounted group tickets at $8 vs. $11 regular price!

Purchase your ticket at


In OFF THE MENU (2015, USA, 60 min), Grace Lee travels across the U.S. to explore the important role food plays in Asian American communities. From Houston, Texas to New York’s Lower East Side, from Oak Creek, Wisconsin to Oahu, Hawaii, Lee seeks stories that reflect an evolving Asian America. The focus on food serves as a way to explore the deeper connections of culture, family, and ideas of authenticity and adaptation that link all Asian Americans. The film takes us on a cultural journey with thoughtful observations of how traditions around the preparation, sharing and creation of meals bring people and communities together. Lee samples the warm hospitality of a Wisconsin Sikh temple’s feast, checks out the empire of a self-made Texan “sushi king,” and the innovations of a young Manhattan fusion chef. In doing so, she proves the way to the heart of any Asian American community is definitely through its stomach!


This screening of Off the Menu is part of the 20th Annual Asian American Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. TAP-Chicago is also supporting the screening of 9-Man on Thursday, April 16th, more information and tickets are available at

More information about the film festival is available at

**Purchase your ticket at

More information about TAP-Chicago is available at

Questions? Contact Hauwei Lien at 302.559.5948 | hauwei at tapchicago dot org

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Chinatown Spring Cleanup


The city of Chicago is organizing a citywide cleanup and TAP-Chicago wants to help!

We’re getting a group together with our main focus on Chinatown. The city will provide all the tools and equipment that we will need. Our main focus will be the viaduct and if we get enough people to help out, we might even be able to do more!

The deadline for signup is Friday, April 10. So, PLEASE respond by then; we need a get a rough estimate of how many people will be coming so we know how much equipment to ask for.

Please sign up on Eventbrite here:

To learn more about the event, please visit the city of Chicago webpage:

If you have any questions please contact:
Julia Tao at 248.884.2636 |

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February Happy Hour/Lunar Ball Launch Party with KACC

febhhCome out and join TAP-Chicago & KACC for our February happy hour as we start counting down the days until Lunar Ball 2015 (Mar 7th). The happy hour will take place at Vora on Friday the 13th, which also happens to be the day before Valentine’s Day. What better way to end a busy work week than meeting up old friends over drinks and food, or come out and network with new people. Vora will be offering drink specials (tbd) as well as complimentary light appetizers. Their full kitchen menu will also be available for purchase. Vora is one of the few establishments in Chicago that boasts authentic Taiwanese comfort foods.

**We will be giving away tickets to Lunar Ball 2015.

**There will be live DJs all night: DJ Krazy and Granite.

Admission is free by signing up on Eventbrite before the early bird deadline.

$5 after early bird period or at the door

For more information about KACC, click here.

For more information about Lunar Ball or to purchase tickets, click here.

To contact someone about this event, please contact: Stephanie Tao –

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