Tsuann Kuo – Professor, Community Leader, and Advocate for Seniors

Los Angeles, CA or Taichung, Taiwan

I often help community organizations to develop programs and train volunteers to better serve older adults…

kuo.tsuann2Who are you?

I am a gerontologist who teaches and practices eldercare in both the U.S. and Taiwan. Being bilingual and bicultural allows me to help Taiwanese and Taiwanese American families in dealing with family care-giving issues and future long-term care planning.

While receiving several honors such as serving as the national delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005, I am most proud to have been selected as “Local Hero of the Year” in 2006 by Los Angeles area TV station KCET and “Our Role Model” by TV station LA18. Though these honors recognized my volunteer work, I feel it has been more important and beneficial to highlight the special contributions and heritage of the Taiwanese Americans for the LA area audience to see.

As I look to the future, I envision myself serving as a bridge to promote cultural and research exchanges between Taiwan and USA.

What do you do?

I enjoy my life most when I volunteer in the community. I often help community organizations to develop programs and train volunteers to better serve older adults, and I see myself advocating for Taiwan by introducing unique cultural and arts programs at the international level.

Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?

I am a 1.5 generation who has the best of two worlds by having both American and Taiwanese influences. The Taiwanese influence allows me to work hard while the American influence gives me a global view.

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

A rainbow of talents and ethnic mixes with a strong Taiwanese pride.

Any additional information you would like to share?

My favorite Taiwanese food is “ba-won”, sticky rice ball with meat inside.


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