41st Annual Conference of North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association
July 23 - 25, 2021
北美洲台灣人教授協會 第 41 屆年會
Day 1, 7/23 Friday
8 pm - 9:35 pm Eastern Time, Opening
Opening with Tsai, Ing-Wen 蔡英文, President of Taiwan
Chen-yuan Tung 童振源, Minister of Overseas Community Affairs Council
Bi-khim Hsiao 蕭美琴, Taiwan Ambassador to the US
Keynote: "創新台灣、立足世界與數位科技問答" by Audrey Tang 唐鳳, Digital Minister of Taiwan [Enter your questions Here]
Day 2, 7/24 Saturday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm Eastern Time, Main Conference
"臺灣歌仔戲的表演轉變" by Jasmine Yu-Hsing Chen 陳幼馨
"Being Venturepreneur: Duo Tracks on Startups and VC" by I-Chien Jan 詹益鑑
"Where Does Taiwan Go from Here?: International Participation and U.S. Support" by Jacques deLisle
"Financial Planning for Professors" by Gene Lai 賴志仁
"The Entry, Descent, and Landing of Mars 2020" by Allen Chen
3 - 4 pm Eastern Time, NATPA Member Meeting
It has been less than two years since our last conference, but the time past has felt like a century-long. The pandemic will not last forever; however, drastic times call for drastic measures. We must stay vigilant in the face of Covid fatigue. During the Biden administration, the US has shown a promising outlook of support through the distribution of vaccines to vulnerable countries such as Taiwan.
However, China is making the Indo-Pacific region a more volatile place, from Hong Kong to the South China Sea, including their increasing military presence around Taiwan. In addition, the brutality against minority ethnic groups and oppositions has reaffirmed the nature of the Chinese Communist regime and its aggression toward human civilization.
How do we in the free world continue our lifestyle? We are stronger and our message more decisive when supported by nations that share our vision for the future of humanity. The relationships among the US, Japan, and Taiwan are building closer than ever. With a resilient spirit, we are approaching a better situation; there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There will be challenges ahead of us while NATPA moves into a new era. We are at a crossroads where we need to find a new path to satisfy our existence; however, I am confident that we will achieve our goal in the foreseeable future. Under the pandemic, we launched multiple virtual gatherings by utilizing technologies and connected with many outstanding scholars. Due to the leadership and collaboration spearheaded by a group of new blood at the NATPA, we are witnessing the powerfulness of solidarity and hope of the Taiwanese American community.
Bill Wu (吳倍茂), President of North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association