14th Annual Passport to Taiwanby Joe Meny
It was a beautiful, sunny and warm Sunday, and plenty of people spent their Memorial day weekend on Sunday celebrating the food, culture, and people of Taiwan. The 14th Annual Passport to Taiwan in Union Square, sponsored by the Taiwanese American Association of New York, was filled with people who experienced first-hand all the excitement that Taiwan has to offer. Featured on the outdoor stage was the National Dong Hwa University College of Indigenous Studies Dance Troupe, whose colorful performances included folk music and a selection of traditional music and dance, blending in the myths and legends of various indigenous tribes. Featured author Cathy Erway was on hand to autograph copies of her latest book, “The Food of Taiwan”. Of particular interest were the ‘Made in Taiwan’ exhibits, including everything form umbrellas to toys. Several exhibits showcased exotic bicycles made in Taiwan, yet seemed perfect for the streets of New York! Many of the booths we saw were crowded as visitors looked to see handmade Taiwanese crafts being made right before their eyes. We stopped to watch as dough figurines were created, sugar painting was demonstrated, and glove puppets designed by the Chinese Theater Workshop. Much to our delight, delicious Taiwanese food was very much in abundance. Rice cakes, rice dumplings, bubble tea, vegetarian blood pudding, Taiwanese hamburger, and Taiwanese grilled sausages were just a few of the many food offerings. A-Pou’s Taste Cart, with her fried dumplings and fried noodles, always had a short wait, but was well worth it!