I’m not sure how it’s the end of the year already but the calendar says ’tis the season. And since we all have to pony up for gifts, why not support Taiwanese-American artists and artisans? Some gift ideas below, or add your own in the comments!
GHOST MONTH by ED LIN
“When I found out the girl I was going to marry had been murdered, I was sitting on a foldout stool at a sidewalk noodle shop in Taipei’s Da’an District…” So begins the latest mystery by Taiwanese-American writer Ed Lin, who has been praised as an “astonishing talent” by Junot Díaz. Support a gifted writer and give the bookworm on your list an evocative thriller set in night markets of Taiwan. Learn more about Ed Lin here.
TAIWANESE HOMESTYLE COOKING
Who doesn’t suddenly get struck with a craving for bah zhang or an aromatic Taiwanese beef noodle soup with all the trimmings? Here’s a book of recipes by 80-year old Shieh Mama for the foodie among your family and friends. Only $25 and proceeds benefit Taiwanese-American youth programs!
ART FOR A FREE TAIWAN
Posters to support the marketing of Almost Home: Taiwan make a great gift even for people who don’t know about Taiwan. They’re striking, unique, and created by well-known political artists. For the month of December only, get 10% off if you buy a set of 3 posters or all 6 posters. Email Victoria about this special deal!
A PICTURE OF YOU directed by J.P. CHAN
J.P. Chan is a serious talent and his most recent film was praised by the Village Voice for “skillfully unearthing honest, unexpected laughs amid intense grief.” Great for an alt-Christmas movie night with family or a unique idea for the indie film fan on your list. The DVD is even autographed! More about the film here.
LIMITED EDITION PRINT by YU-CHEN CHIU
Award-winning Taiwanese-American photographer Yu-Chen Chiu is offering limited edition 8 x 12 and 12 x 18 prints for the holidays. Lovingly hand-printed, these are limited edition archival quality prints by a photographer whose moody evocative work has been exhibited throughout Taiwan and the United States.
CYNTHIA LIN & THE BLUE MOON ALL STARS
Cynthia Lin is a Bay Area musician with a folky jazz vibe. Her first album was featured on NPR’s Open Mike Series and her newest CD is full of quirky and soulful gems flecked with the sweet inflections of banjo and ukelele. Buy a limited and signed edition of her new CD for only $15 here or for just $5 you can download five cheery Christmas tunes for your holiday gathering here.
JEFF CHIEN-HSING LIAO: NEW YORK
Taiwanese-American photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao not only has an exhibit at the Museum of the City of NY going on right now, but also a gorgeous photo book published by Aperture. His candy-colored supersaturated vistas of NYC are a perfect fit for holiday festivities.