Spotlight Event: Volunteering with Seniors at On Lok

Our Community Service team this year, organized a new event with the On Lok senior community center in San Francisco. It was a very successful event and the connections made with the seniors was fulfilling for everyone involved. This event was a shining example of how the partnerships we make in the community can benefit everyone.

We interview Michelle Lee, our community service chair:

Why did you guys choose On Lok Seniors Caregiver?

My husband's grandmother goes there for services and likes it. I chatted with Jessica Chang Greenman and she was very open to having TAP come and help out with some gardening.

What was the experience like for the volunteers?

Overall it was fun. Jessica did a great job walking us through history of On Lok and telling us about the activities on offer. The gardening work was hard but fun, we had to move woodchips in wheelbarrows and place them on the paths to keep weeds from growing. It was rewarding as the look was quite professional after adding woodchips and it was clear seniors love that garden (they were singing, reading, watching opera videos, and doing tai chi). We also worked with a great master gardener.

Some folks went to help serve lunch and bus the tables, which gave them more interactions with the seniors. We ate lunch with the seniors and chatted with some of them. Many were excited to see younger people.

Why someone reading the blog might want to get involved?

It was so cool meeting all these people doing awesome work (like Jessica and her coworkers) and hearing how On Lok started (it was more informal at first before getting government funding). It was great to bond with the elderly and help them out! We'll all be there one day.

Season's Greetings from TAP-SF President

Greetings All, 

As we are in the holiday season, I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for your continued support and participation in our community. We couldn't have had such a successful year without all of you!

The TAP community of the Bay Area is indeed a special one. We kicked off the year with a beautiful banquet, professional headshots at the shot-for-shot event and then a record breaking cultural festival. Our dragon boat team, the defending Novice champs, took home gold again this year.  The first negotiation workshop was a big success. We've had some crowded and cheery TAPpy hours and are looking forward to many more to come! Volunteering events have been amazing as many of you dedicated time to volunteer at the Oakland Zoo and CAAM Fest. The season of giving continues - we will be partaking in the upcoming Giving Tree gift drive.

As we look forward to 2019, I'd like to extend the invitation to you to join us on the TAP team. Applications for chair positions are officially open, and we are always looking for committee members to help out throughout the year. Our focus as a community organization in 2019 will continue to center around social, community, health and wellness, and professional events. We are also looking for ways to increase civic engagement and be able to partner with other other Asian American groups to do so. Lastly, we want to get to know new members and focus on you. Come join us at the next recruiting event on 12/10 and complete our quick survey.

Wishing everyone a warm and blessed holiday!

Yours truly,
Vivian Liu 

NOW OPEN: Board Applications for 2018-2019 TAP-SF Term

Labor Day officially marked the end of the TAP-SF 2017-2018 term, and the Executive Team was re-elected for a second term. This past year has been filled with exciting accomplishments and events, and we deeply thank our dedicated cabinet and committee members for making this all possible! For this next term, we are currently recruiting new board members to support everything we want to achieve moving forward.

Applications open on a rolling basis.

We are actively recruiting for the following TAP-SF positions:

  • Taiwanese American Cultural Festival Director & Committee members

  • Cultural Festival Sponsorship Chair & Committee members

  • Social Media/PR Lead to assist Marketing Chair

  • Graphic Designer to assist Design Chair

  • Co-Photographer with current Photographer

  • Social & Membership Committee members

More positions and details here.

If any of these positions spark your interests, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to reach out to with any questions or concerns.

Donate to the 2018 Taiwanese American Cultural Festival!

We Heart Taiwan!

And we want everyone to know it. On May 12, 2018, Union Square in San Francisco will host the 26th annual Taiwanese American Cultural Festival-—the largest Taiwan-centric event on the west coast. Each year for the past 26 years, this all-day, free-to-the-public event has attracted thousands of attendees, brought in local and international Taiwanese celebrities and received accolades from prominent government officials. The Festival’s goals are simple:

  • Celebrate the start of Asian Heritage Month
  • Showcase and promote awareness of Taiwan and Taiwanese culture
  • Strengthen relations among the community, Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American generations

The festival is 100% organized, run and funded by volunteers and donors like you, so we need your help to make sure this year’s festival will be just as successful—and even more so than previous years. For the past several years, two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations had led the charge: Taiwanese American Professionals - San Francisco (TAP-SF) and Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California (TAFNC).

Full event details on the event website:
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Bay To Breakers 👟 or March Madness 🏀 or both👟🏀?

Bay To Breakers 👟 or March Madness 🏀 or both👟🏀?

In this month's issue:

RSVP for "Shot for Shot" Happy Hour on Eventbrite by Mon Jan 22

***Eventbrite Ticket REQUIRED for FREE/PAID entry: 

When was the last time you had a professional headshot taken for yourself, or updated your Linkedin photo? Here's your chance for a new look for the New Year! TAP-SF is kicking off 2018 with a fun happy hour and a headshot session taken by our professional photographer. Come join us for a drink, receive a head shot, and mingle with friends, both old and new!


When: Thursday, January 25th @ 6 PM

Where: Alchemist Bar & Lounge (679 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, second floor)

Cost: Free Entry (*Eventbrite Ticket REQUIRED*), $15 for a professional headshot (Buy ticket on Eventbrite)

Dress Code: Smart casual

For questions, contact: Patti ( Shin ( Emily (

About us: Taiwanese American Professionals, San Francisco Chapter (TAP-SF) is a non-profit organization. Our goal is to enhance community by networking individuals interested in career and professional development, and providing resources that develop and support professionals to become community-oriented leaders. From professional development to community service, there's something at TAP-SF for everyone.

The Spirit of Giving: An Interview with Alex Wu, TAP-SF Internal Vice President

The Spirit of Giving: An Interview with Alex Wu, TAP-SF Internal Vice President

The holidays are approaching and we’re all in the spirit of giving back to our community and loved ones! With that in mind, we interviewed someone who embodies service and generosity, TAP-SF’s Internal Vice President, Alex Wu. He has been a dedicated member of TAP-SF for 3 years and was formerly Health & Wellness Chair where he organized several camping trips and hikes. He currently manages Community Service events at TAP-SF. We chat with him about our annual Family Giving Tree event and why he has attended for the last 3 years!

Read the interview and learn about the power of community service at TAP-SF. Interested in helping put on more events like this? Apply to be Community Service Chair!

Read October's Newsletter!

In this month's issue:

  • The new board had their first retreat -- spoiler alert, it was AWESOME!
  • Snag those $10 pre-sale tickets to the Halloween Bash ASAP here
  • Learn to repair bikes with the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition for a great cause
  • Congratulations to TAPasaurSF for coming in FIRST PLACE in their division at the Dragon Boat Festival!

Read the full version.