Chicago chapter kickoff!

If you haven’t heard yet, TAF has launched its newest program: TAF Chicago! The Chicago chapter’s goal is to provide a year-round learning/laughing/loving resource to TAFers and the surrounding community. We know that nothing could ever replace TAF’s summer session, but we hope that our meetings will help stem the post-TAF blues.

At TAF Chicago, we’ll learn about the four rotating themes of TAF with a focus on everyday issues of school, social life, current events, and pop culture. Eventually, we hope that the program will be run by the participants as well as coordinators; all TAFers (and parents) are welcome to lead workshops or speaker sessions.

TAF Chicago kicked off this past Saturday with what else?: a game of ninja. Twenty participants and a handful of coordinators engaged in an epic ninja battle, including two brand-new TAFers! Afterwards, the chapter moved onto speaker session, where we recapped some of the main points in Roger Lin and Bum Kim’s speaker sessions from TAF 2009.


As for current events, we talked about the two Asian-American journalists in North Korea, Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Their story teaches us that it’s impossible to judge what’s right and wrong without the full story. In other news, we discussed the Kanye West/Taylor Swift situation. To connect this to other events, we talked about Rep. Joe Wilson interrupting President Obama during his Congressional address. In each situation, is it right or wrong to interrupt someone, even when the thing you interrupt is strongly against your own beliefs?


Afterwards, ‘workshops’ were held– basically, everyone crowded outside to play in the late-afternoon sun. We threw around footballs, frisbees, played a game of kickball, and just laid in the grass with our fellow TAFers. Dinner was served, then it was onto our after-program activity– mini golfing!tafchicago3

All in all, it was a successful event! We can’t wait to see more of you at next month’s meeting, which will be held (tentatively) on October 24. Don’t hesitate to email with questions, suggestions and pictures. Details for next month will be released in a week or so.


-With TAFLove,
your Chicago chapter staff

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REUNION: Welcome to Michigan!

by Tiffany Su

After three weeks of not seeing each other, the Michigan TAFers decided to do something about our TAF Blues. You can ooVoo all you want, but nothing beats being in the same room together. And so last Sunday, August 23rd, we came together and reunited. There were jumps, hugs, and laughter, and all we all looked towards a very exciting evening. As food was gathered in one area, everyone dispersed, migrating out into the backyard, staying in the basement, or heading upstairs to run around.

An entire bucket of sidewalk chalk was available to use! We managed to fill up most of the space on the driveway with our incredible artistic talents. Some of the illustrations display various small group pride:


Once inside, a group of Youthers circled up and sang previous Choir songs, and later danced the Swing Choirs they could remember, and of course, some DDR.



Overall, with pizza and an abundance of deserts and soda, our stomachs were filled and our spirits “sprouted!” It was wonderful to see joyful faces of TAFers spending time together again, knowing that the TAFLove is still alive in our hearts. 🙂