Daniel Hsu – 1st Generation Community Leader, Dentist and Father

Irvine, CA

I believe in self-sacrifice, service to others, and giving back to society. I am a member of several service organizations, and our group, NATMA, performs at least one mission trip each year, usually to a developing country abroad.

hsu.daniel1Who are you?

I am a dentist, mentor, father and husband. I am the past President of the North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA), Chung Shan Medical University Alumni Association, the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, and the Taiwanese Friendship Golf Club.

What do you do?

I graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and have been practicing dentistry for 28 years. What is special about my office are the workers. We are a team, and I am fortunate to still work with the two original office staff that I started with when first opening the office. I am a Christian, and in my daily life I follow Christian principals through my actions. I believe in self-sacrifice, service to others, and giving back to society. I am a member of several service organizations, and our group, NATMA, performs at least one mission trip each year, usually to a developing country abroad. We have been to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Panama. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing and singing. I used to sing professionally at Taiwanese night clubs in my younger days.

Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?

From a small and oppressed island, I feel that Taiwanese people have overcome vast obstacles and have given themselves a great and proud voice to represent their culture through achievements and success. I am pleased to see qualities such as humbleness, kindness, and gentleness in the people and I am happy to be a part of this group. I am always looking for the best in people and I believe every person has some redeeming quality to be found if you simply look. I am proud to represent my community as a person of Taiwanese descent.

What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?

The future of Taiwanese America looks very promising to me as advancements in technology and medicine arise. More and more of our younger generation are surpassing the levels once unobtainable and making themselves renowned all over the world. To remind our future Taiwanese of their culture, I will work my hardest to connect the generation gap through ways that are current as well as meaningful to relate to them in hopes they will be reminiscent and yearn to learn more of their background.

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