I am proud to be a Taiwanese American, because Taiwan is not only where my roots are, it also represents hard work, perseverance, survival, democracy and freedom.
Who are you?
I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Plano, TX. I drink too much coffee, and I love desserts. I am an animal lover, especially dogs. I have two fur kids. Mr. Snuggles is an 11-year-old border collie mix, the wise and constant companion. Biguru or “Bea” is the rambunctious beagle I adopted last year. I also love to sing, and I’ve been invited to perform at local Taiwanese American organization events. I’m a big fan of Taiwanese songs. Jiang Hui is one of my favorite singers.
What do you do?
I am a professor of political science at Austin College. My fields of expertise are comparative politics, international relations and political theory. When I have some spare time, I help the local animal shelters rescue stray and abused dogs. I am also the current Media Chair of Formosan Association for Public Affairs -Young Professional Group’s (FAPA-YPG) Steering Committee.
Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?
I am proud to be a Taiwanese American, because Taiwan is not only where my roots are, it also represents hard work, perseverance, survival, democracy and freedom. I am proud of the fact that Taiwan has overcome colonization, war, atrocities and authoritarianism. Today, Taiwan is the pillar of democracy and a model for other countries in the world.
What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?
I see Taiwanese Americans becoming the leaders in all fields in American societies. I also see Taiwanese American communities coming together to contribute and support the Taiwanese’ right to self-determination and be incorporated into the world community.
Any additional information you would like to share?
Please neuter and spay your pets. Adopt instead of buy!
Dr Chen, could I interest you in singing this song in the USA in Taiwanese, with your own additions to the story re AMAH KOON BEIKI. The song is in Taiwanese with a few Japanese words, just two, and it is sung on YouTube by an American expat in Taiwan. But it needs help. Maybe you can take this song to the next level and put your version on Youtube? THanks — Biko Lang