Passport to Taiwan Festival 2018

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In 1992, President Bush signed Act HR5572, which named May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In 1999, Congress designated the second week in May as Taiwanese American Heritage Week to recognize the contributions of Taiwanese Americans. 

Since the initiation of our Passport to Taiwan festival in 2002, it has become the largest outdoor Taiwanese American event in the entire United States. In New York, the event is viewed as the largest Asian American festival.

We are grateful for the ongoing support we have received over the years as we approach two decades of celebration.  Thank you for your participation in the festival.  Enjoy!

Thank you!

Passport to Taiwan Committee 2018

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May 27th, 2018



Union Square North

17 St between Park Ave and Broadway

Stage Performances

The Formosa Circus Arts


“Formosa,” meaning beautiful, is often used as another name for Taiwan as it evokes the natural beauty and heritage of Taiwan. Named after the beautiful island, Formosa Circus Arts tells the story of Taiwan by bringing together Eastern traditional acrobatics, juggling, dance, drama, street culture and theater arts in a unique contemporary circus experience. 

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Traditional Performances


Lion Dance by Edison Chinese School 


Santaizi by Mid Jersey Chinese School 


Diabolo by Fidelity Chinese School 


Mandy Chou Polite


A renowned stage performer and dance instructor from Taiwan. She has worked with Asian pop star an is the only one dance instructor appointed by Louis Vuitton in Asia. She is now working in “Dance with Me USA” with Maks & Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani from dancing with the star!

James Chuang


A rising star in the Taiwanese community. His stage performances have been unique and greatly welcomed. His specialty is in translating the old popular songs with a new and different slant.  He has also been involved in various nonprofit fundraisers and local services and has earned a praiseworthy reputation in the Taiwanese community.



Led by Taiwanese-American trombonist Peter Lin, is a jazz collective comprised of professional musicians in the NJ/NY area. For over 8 years, The Lintet has performed jazz standards and exciting originals at over 30 venues. Their most special and distinct characteristic is a recent CD "With Respect", which features jazz renditions of Taiwanese classics. 

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Eye Catching Circus


An acrobatic themed group founded in 2014 by young performers trained in stunts. The performance incorporates folk arts, juggling and dance with innovative techniques that transform into the modern day performance. Special body tricks that integrates music with visual senses will bring audiences get to view Taiwan from a new angle.  The group was recently awarded as “The Outstanding Performance Group” for the city of Taichung. 

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Kids Activities

Taiwanese Street Food


Food description provided by Cathy Erway.  She is the author of The Food of Taiwan and has written for publications such as Saveur, PAPER magazine, and Serious Eats. She is the host of Heritage Radio Network’s “Eat Your Words” and co-founded the Hapa Kitchen Supper Club.

Organizations + Agencies + Companies

Taiwan Tourism



Thank you to the generosity of our amazing sponsors and donors for helping to make this festival possible. 

2018 Sponsors

Silver ($5000+)

Overseas Community Affairs Council, Taiwan

Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Taiwan

Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of New York 

Department of Youth and Community Development, City of New York

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York

Bronze ($2000+)

Amerasia Bank

East West Bank

Gramercy Surgical Center 


Supporter ($1000+)


Patrick Huang

Starkes Gems, Inc.

Friends ($500+)

Pasty Fang Chen

Patrick Chang Chen

Hsi-Chia Hsieh

Hong Tien Lai, DDS

Dr. Wang Kang-Lu’s Memorial Foundation, Inc

The Liou Foundation Inc

Wei, Wei & Co. LLP

Special Thanks to Taiwan Union Church for their help since 2002!


Special Thanks




Councilman Barry Grodenchik


Councilman Peter Koo