Established in 1982 in Los Angeles, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) is a world-wide, Washington headquartered, non-profit organization that is set up:
(1) To promote international support for the right of the people of Taiwan to establish an independent and democratic country and to join the international community;
(2) To promote relations and cooperation between Taiwan and the United States;
(3) To protect the right of self-determination for the people of Taiwan;
(4) To promote peace and security for Taiwan; and
(5) To advance the rights and interests of Taiwanese communities throughout the world.
FAPA's mission is educational. The organization provides US policy makers, the media, scholars and the general public with information on issues related to Taiwan. FAPA informs and updates Members of Congress and their staff on Taiwanese issues. FAPA seeks to articulate the point of view of the people of Taiwan.
FAPA sees support for democratization as beneficial to American interests, since a more open society on Taiwan will help foster safety, security and peace in the Pacific Basin.
Taiwan's presidential election in March 2000 was the culmination of Taiwan's path to democratization. Although Taiwan has become a full democracy, this does not guarantee the right of its 23 million people to enter into international organizations. As a proponent of democracy in Taiwan, FAPA believes that all residents of Taiwan must have equal rights and share equal responsibilities with the rest of the world. Taiwan is a democratic and prosperous de facto independent country. FAPA strongly believes and advocates that the future of Taiwan must be decided by the 23 million people in Taiwan and without any outside pressure and threats. The right of self-determination is a basic universal right. Nobody but the people of Taiwan has the right to determine the future of Taiwan!