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Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Community Coalitions, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Minority Rights

Mission: The overall mission of the Taiwanese Citizens League is to enhance the quality of life for Taiwanese Americans. Through L.I.N.C, our work is largely devoted to: Leadership Instilling leadership qualities to enrich the quality of life of ourselves and the communities we serve, while also increasing our visibility. Identity Building an understanding of Taiwanese American heritage, encouraging pride in Taiwanese American identity, advocating for issues pertinent to Taiwanese Americans, and helping to contribute to a Taiwanese American culture ever richer in its diversity. Networking Networking with other Taiwanese American, Asian and Pacific Islander, minority and other citizens, as a means of empowerment, to gain respect from and equality with all Americans. Citizenship/Culture/Community Helping to instill in our community a greater sense of citizenship, stressing both the responsibilities and rights that come with it, so that all may share in the task of forging a strong future and the benefits that follow.

Programs: The purpose of the Taiwanese American Citizens League is to enhance the quality of life for Taiwanese Americans in the US. Our work is largely devoted to building an understanding of Taiwanese American heritage, encouraging pride in Taiwanese American identity, developing a strong Taiwanese American community, advocating around issues pertinent to Taiwanese Americans, and helping to contribute to our culture, ever richer in its diversity. Its programs serve to benefit all ages, but have all emphasized on leadership and identity development programs for youth, encouraging involvement and development in areas that Asian Americans lack adequate representation. Signature programs include the Leadership Identity Development (LID) and Leading Youth Forward (LYF) Camps, Political Internship (SIP), Journalism Internship (JIP), Entertainment Internship (EI), High School Scholarship, and our affiliates for young professionals: Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) and for high school students: Junior Taiwanese American Students Association (JTASA). For more information on our programs, please visit the following: TACL-LYF Camp: http://lyf.tacl.org/ TACL-LID Camp: http://lidcamp.org/ TACL-JTASA: http://jtasa.com/ TACL Leadership Conference: http://www.tacl.org/leadership/ Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP): http://tap.tacl.org/

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

i completely dismissed this organization at first after a bad experience with another asian oriented non-profit. after being drafted into sub for a missing girl in football, i met a lot of the existing board members and really enjoyed myself. From there, football led to happy hours and cultural events where I met several friends, not just in the NY branch where I joined, but in SF, LA, Chicago, Boston, and Philly for example. I also met professionals in my field as well as other fields and younger generations of Taiwanese Americans that all share similar cultural values and valuable experiences. My only regret with TAP and TACL is that I did not get involved sooner.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently became more involved with TAP-NY, and it's been a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with other folks in the Taiwanese American community in NYC. Even though I've been living in the city for 9 years, I have met tons of new ppl at the many events that TAP-NY holds, and have learned more about local Taiwanese American entrepreneurs, businesses, and community members.

Sharon75

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined TAP-SD in 2010 and met a lot of cool people. Later it occurred to me that this is an organization where a bunch of cool people plan/do fun things with a mutual central idea of promoting Taiwanese American leadership, herritage and networking. I've made a lot of good friends through this organization (this is super important for someone like me who came from Taiwan and live in San Diego by myself). I took on a role of board member in the past 2 years and gained a good deal of experience of pursuing the leadership potential inside me. I value this experience a lot and am very happy to see TAP-SD growing.

I didn't know that there are youth camps for kids under TACL until I was on the board. This will be a great opportunity for kids to build leadership without pressure. I will always be around and know what's going on with this organization so one day I will definitely send my kids to the youth camps!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an LA native, I had heard about TACL and TAP but never gotten involved until moving down to San Diego. In a new place, TAP seemed like a perfect way to expand my social network. Two events in, I was hooked and joined on as a board member. This past year, I've had the opportunity to not only expand my social network, but to also make some great friends, form good professional contacts, learn more about my Taiwanese heritage, and give back to the community - all while having a blast!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started attending TAP-SD events about a year ago as a suggestion from a friend who had enjoyed their previous functions. I have found their events to be in line with the organization's missions, interesting, and most of all fun! TAP is a great way to bring local Taiwanese Americans together, either through food or talk. As a new board member, I am excited to bring to the community cultural events this organization has lined-up. I would recommend attending some functions to see what TAP is offering to local communities!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization helped me expand my professional and social network at least three-fold. I really believe in their work and mission -- there are always events held to help people develop their professional careers and to help create leaders within the Taiwanese American community. There are also activities that explore Taiwanese culture and help out the community. I have had an amazing experience as a board member of TAP-SD, and I would HIGHLY recommend that people join this organization and become more involved. Through this organization, I have formed long lasting friendships, honed my leadership skills, and built a great support network. It's been an honor to work with a group of people who are extremely dedicated, passionate, and FUN!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of TAP-SD, I've enjoyed great friendships and professional connections from getting involved in this community. I attended the national convention the first time last year in NY, and it was a blast!

Amy_86

Board Member

Rating: 5

An national organization with a concrete mission to address the glass ceiling that affects many Taiwanese American citizens. As a board member of TAP-SD, I felt great reward in the contributions I've made to the TA community on both a local and national level.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TAP-SD came to our school and worked with our student organization to deliver a workshop on resume writing. The workshop was helpful; they were patients with the multitude of questions and opinions from the students, and they were eager to help us by providing detailed opinions, suggestions and critiques with each individual student's resume. The input they gave felt very personalized and specific. I learned a lot about resume writing from the workshop, and I hope they can come around our campus again to help out!

Sincerely,
Michael Chen
Undergraduate at UCSD

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in TACL through its TAP-NY subsidiary. TAP-NY has connected me with so many interesting people that I would otherwise have never met within my circle of friends/network. Over the years, I was also given the chance to see our events help other people expand their networks - helping entrepreneurs get initial funding, seeing members meet and get married, etc. To have this Taiwanese American community within NYC - connecting so many people - is changing the way the NYC young professional scene interact, and I have been privileged to have been a part of this change through TAP-NY.