Topic: America’s Failure to Protect Human Rights in Taiwan (Past, Present, and Future)
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Taiwanese American Center-NC, 4413 Fortran Court, San Jose, CA 95134
Sponsor: Taiwanese American Center-NC
Contacts: John Hsieh (510) 784-7341; Taiwanese American Center-NC (408) 263-7188
Michael Richardson is a freelance journalist and independent political consultant. Richardson writes about progressive issues, politics, and election law. He is a recognized authority on United States election law and has served as a top adviser to independent U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader.
He is a former member of the Human Rights Authority and investigated human rights violations in the state of Illinois. Richardson turned to journalism following a 20-year career in public interest law firms serving people with low income and disabilities. He is currently the Taiwan policy expert for the internet newspaper Examiner.com.
Richardson’s interest in Taiwan began with his study of the Roger Lin vs. United States lawsuit in 2008, and has become a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy that has left the Taiwanese people, ruled under Kuomingtang or the Nationalists, without a state for over 60 years. Since January 2009, Richardson has written 130 articles concerning Taiwan’s current status. As a U.S. citizen, Richardson feels responsible for his government’s continuing failure to support and protect residents of Taiwan who are struggling to secure international recognition of their country, Taiwan.
Richardson came to the Bay Area in June 2009 and gave a speech entitled “America’s Unfinished Business in Taiwan.” He has scheduled a visit to Taiwan from March 17 to 27, 2010. Right after his return to the U.S., Richardson will be in the Bay Area to share his experience and interviews of some prominent political figures in Taiwan during his recent visit. His speech will include a review of the impacts of present and past U.S. presidents’ actions on Taiwan, the role of CIA, and a strategy for the future.