Speaker Session in LA: “Taiwan -The Crucial Keystone of Asia”

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Almansor Court
Address: 700 Almansor Street, Alhambra, CA
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127868177262938

Hosted by Friends of Taiwan

“Taiwan -The Crucial Keystone of Asia”: Why Freedom, Identity, and Democracy Must be Preserved

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Jerome Keating is an educator, trainer, consultant and writer who currently lives in Taipei Taiwan. With diverse degrees and certificates from universities such as Michigan, Notre Dame, and Syracuse, he has worked as a professor, human resource specialist, technology transfer manager on the Taipei and Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit Projects, and author.

Though recently retired from National Taipei University, he is still active in many fields. His co-authored book, Island in the Stream, a Quick Case Study of Taiwan’s Complex History is now in its 4th edition (2008). A second work, Taiwan the Struggles of a Democracy was published in 2006; it has a Chinese translation. A third book Taiwan the Search for Identity came out in early 2008 and is in a bi-lingual format. Likewise he has had numerous articles published on the many aspects of Taiwan’s political and international status. In his writings, Keating is pro-democracy and uses the African proverb, “Until lions have their historians, the tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter,” which he applies to the history of Taiwan. As Taiwan is buffeted about by the desires, whims and greed of the hegemonic powers surrounding it, the world has never asked the Taiwanese what they want for their country and their lives.

Keating speaks regularly to Taiwanese groups in the United States and participates in conferences. In October 2007, he visited seven European capitals, Brussels, Paris, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and London with four other scholars. They met with members of parliaments, think tanks, university professors and students and discussed the need of the twenty-three million people of Taiwan to have space and recognition in the world.

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