Project Update

08/27/2014

 
I hope that this summer finds everyone doing well!

The core research phase is complete and over the past six months I interviewed over 20 people and took thousands of images. Now it’s time to get to the fun part of sorting through and putting together all of this information! Interviewees included artists, activists, and educators, both ex-pats and native Taiwanese. From political hip-hop group Kou Chou Ching to my new friend Anny, a Black - Taiwanese woman who was born and raised in a Taipei orphanage I tried to cover a wide range of perspectives. I really can’t wait to share the stories!

In the meantime, if you haven’t already liked the Facebook page, please do so for more regular updates.https://www.facebook.com/taiwanismyhome

I’m also happy to announce that Pochino Press has released a zine about Chicano hip hop in Taiwan, written and photographed by yours truly, that give you a taste of the larger project. They’re available for order here.

They are also sold at Oakstop in Oakland and at Luis Rodriguez’ Tia Chucha book store in the San Fernando Valley. Luis is a legendary author and activist and we’re excited to have his support!

For Kickstarter supporters I’m offering a limited number of free copies! Go to the “Taiwan is My Home” FB page and leave a post telling us why you’re excited about this project by August 4th. I’ll pick three responses to send copies to the commentators. If you don’t have a FB account, just respond via e-mail with some words you wouldn’t mind me sharing publicly. Please be specific. Yes, we’re slowly ramping up our PR game to get this to as wide of an audience as possible ; )

Thanks again for your support and always, please let me know of any questions or suggestions that you may have.

-Daniel D. Zarazua


 

Taiwan Interviews

04/17/2014

 

Daniel Zarazua checked in this week about the work he is doing on the "Taiwan is My Home" project. After getting settled in Taipei he has come across  a lot of perspectives. Check out some of them below as he weaves these stories for the upcoming book. 

D.Z. from Taipei, Taiwan:
"I've had the opportunity to interview a number of other artists including Chang Jui-chan, a college professor and socially conscious performers, as well as Kou Chou Ching, an award-winning group whose socially commentary has them compared to groups such as Public Enemy. Recently, they performed inside the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's Congress), as part of a student-led three week long occupation in response to some controversial actions by the government that could negatively impact Taiwan's economic and political standing. Below, my good friend CJ shares a poem with one of the student leaders.

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CJ gifts a poem to a student activist
Other interviews include: 

  • Taiwan's reggae dancehall queen Ruby Red, who's also an activist for Taiwan's indigenous community 
  • Vincent Hsu, the founder of Taiwan's first Afro-Cuban jazz band
  • House music producer Sona, whose roots include Dallas and Cameroon


Between interviews and photography I also DJ'd for a couple of events, which led to some great insights about the local scene.
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Photo by: Xiomara Castro
However, it's not all about music.

I've also interviewed college students from Belize, Teresa Rocha, a Bolivian native who's called Taiwan home for over three decades, with upcoming interviews including pro basketball MVP Quincy Davis, an American who gave up his citizenship so is now officially Taiwanese.
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Quincy Davis with some new fans
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Teresa Rocha, a Taiwanese of Bolivian descent
This is just a taste of what I've been working on with even more research to come. This is shaping up to be an exciting book and I can't wait to start sharing the stories!

You can find updates athttps://www.facebook.com/taiwanismyhome.

-Daniel Zarazua

 
 
We will be keeping up with author Daniel D. Zarazua, who is currently based in Taiwan, to get glimpses of how the book project is developing. This week he checks in with a video post that is a behind the scenes look at some of the people featured in "Taiwan is My Home".
 
 
Taiwan is My Home is a two-book project by Daniel D. Zarazua, who is an Oakland, California-based educator, writer, photographer, and DJ. His own Taiwanese and Mexican ancestry have contributed to his interest in how how cultures mix and evolve and he is making the final push to complete both a written book and companion photo book about Taiwan's evolving diversity. The participants in his book are both immigrants and locals, who talk about a range of topics from dating, schooling their children, stereotypes, and pop culture. 

With a successful kickstarted campaign completed, Daniel is currently in Taiwan with the project underway! Check back for updates on how the process of the book is going. In the meantime, take a look at the kickstarter video below.