The 2011 Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) conference, themed “Next Stop: Taiwan,” invites Taiwanese American students to explore their identity through series of top-quality events and hands-on activities. “Next Stop: Taiwan” alludes to the organizers’ vision of inspiring the future generation of Taiwanese American leaders to strengthen their ties and understanding of their unique Taiwanese heritage.
This 12th annual ITASA west coast conference marks the return of this premier student conference to Berkeley since it was first hosted there in 1999. It also signals the tremendous growth and presence of the Taiwanese American collegiate community over the past decade.
Over 300 Taiwanese Americans college students from the nation’s prominent universities will gather at the University of California, Berkeley during the weekend of April 7th – 9th, 2011 to celebrate their Taiwanese American identity. The conference will explore cultural, educational, and social issues relevant to the Taiwanese American community. In addition to presentations by prominent Taiwanese American speakers, there are also exciting events planned such as a traditional Taiwanese night market and “Taiwan’s Got Talent” Talent Show.
To learn more about ITASA:
Read TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s recent article: “Inspire, Empower, Activate”
Highlights of the conference:
- Confirmed keynote speakers include:
- Mr. David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
- Mr. Charles Huang, Co-creator of Guitar Hero
- Other speakers include:
- Mrs. Christine Chen Velazquez, Principal of Chen Communications and two time Emmy award-winning Journalist
- Mr. Ed Lin, the critically-acclaimed author of Snakes Can’t Run
- Mr. Thomas Shu, “Ambassador of Taiwan Tea”, a 3rd generation tea specialist from Taiwan