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Taiwanese, Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese rally in Washington and Seattle, September 2015

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FAPA 2015 President Report
(Email to FAPA Board of Directors on 12/7/2015)

Dear Board Members,

 

Attached please find my 2015 report and the detail reports from FAPA HQ. You can use these information to communicate with your members - to make them proud for being a part of this great organization.

 

As you may know that Chris Lin is leaving us for a new career path (his photo attached). His short term plan is to take a training course before working for the US Government.  His long goal is to finish his law degree, and hopefully, can contribute more for Taiwan and FAPA’s missions in the future. From my vintage point, his career track-switch is not only good for him personally, but also benefit our Taiwanese community in the long run. If you get a chance to talk to him, please join me to wish him all the best for his future endeavor.

 

At the Board meeting this past weekend FAPA Board elected Peter Chen as the new national President and Hsi-Ming Lin as the new national Vice President (photo attached). As of December 31st, I will step down from the national President post, but I will continue to work on the FAPA’s missions in a different capacity. Please note that our new President plans to have a FAPA gathering in Taipei right after Taiwan's election; he will provide you with more detail information in the next few weeks.

 

As I reflect on my service in the last 4 years, I am most proud of my accomplishments in the improved relationship with the US State Department and the dramatically increased YPG participation in the decision making for FAPA (3 Standing Committee members and more than 15 Board Members are under 40 years old). Before I close my final chapter as the FAPA national President, I hope you will continue to support Peter, Hsi-Ming and HQ as you did for me, Peter and Mike Kuo.

 

On behave of you all, I also wanted to thank HQ staff for supporting me and the entire Taiwanese community (not just FAPA!) in the last 4 years.

 

Before the curtain is finally lowered, I have just one last reminder - please do not forget to send HQ staff your "Staff Appreciation" check in the next two weeks – this is minimum we can do to show our appreciation for their unwavering  support for Taiwan and FAPA's missions.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Mark Kao

 

FAPA President 2012-2015

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:29)

 

Announcement for Year 2016 – 2017 FAPA President Election

 

Announcement for Year 2016 – 2017 FAPA President Election

I. Duties of FAPA President

1. Represent FAPA externally and chair the Standing Committee internally;

2. Report to the Board Members and report to the Standing Committee when the Board Members are not in session;

3. Call for the Board Meetings;

4. Provide assistance with FAPA fundraising;

II. Duties of Vice President

1. The Vice President shall assist the President in fulfilling his/her duties.

III.  Candidacy requirements

1. Candidates for President and Vice President shall be current Board Members. (year 2016)

2. The positions of the President and Vice President shall be elected as a team consistent with this section. As such, each candidate for President shall announce his/her choice as Vice President/running mate before the election.

3. A candidacy for the positions of President and Vice President must be supported by at least five other Board Members in writing. Each Board Member may support only one candidacy for the purpose of this subsection. A support of candidacy under this subsection does not constitute a vote for the position of President.

4. File a Petition for the Position of President.

IV. Filing a Petition for the Position of President

1. An individual who seeks candidacy for the position of President must submit a written petition to the Headquarters at least six weeks before the election.

2. The petition shall state the individual’s intent to run for the office of the President and include the requisite support of other Board Members described above.

3. The individual may include a one-page statement of qualification and platform.

4. The individual must have fulfilled all candidacy requirements and obligations and duties as a Board Member.

V. Filing Fees and Contact

1. Candidates must complete a registration form (attached) and E-MAIL it back to President Election Committee ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We only accept e-mail registration with $500 registration fee (check payable to FAPA) mailed to the HQ. It should be received by the HQ no later than November 10th to finish registration procedure.

2. Contact President Election Committee: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

VI. Timetable and Deadlines

Nov 01-10       : Announcement of Election & Time Period for Filing of Petition for the Position of President

November 12  : Announcement of Qualified Candidates & Mailing of Qualified Candidate(s) information to Board Members

Nov. 13-21      : Time Period for request of Absentee Ballot (以總部收到書面資料日為憑)

November 23  : Mailing Absentee Ballots to requesting Board Members

December 02   : HQ receives all Absentee Ballots (以總部收到為憑、非郵戳)

December 05   : Election by Board Members for the Office of the President and Vice President


Last Updated (Friday, 18 December 2015 11:05)

 

 

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2015 FAPA Young Professional Group National Advocacy Conference

Date: August 29th - 31st (August 31st will be the Congressional visiting day)

Workshop Location: Hotel near Washington National  airport (TBA)

Admission Fee: Free if you are a FAPA member! (a program fee of $60 will be applied for non-members)

 

Register here before August 14th!

 

 


Third "Taiwanese Emerging Leadership" workshop to be held in Washington, DC from June 21-26th  2015.

FAPA invites interested young Taiwanese leaders to register below.

Learn how Washington works in one week!

For further information, take a look at the attached PDF document

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FAPA第三屆「台灣年輕世代領袖政治培訓營」招生開始!


為了協助台灣民主深化、提昇國際地位,並讓在台灣的年輕世代有機會能夠熟識美國民主的形成、政府與國會的運作、智庫策士的參與、網路與媒體的力量,以及美式選戰的風格策略等。FAPA總部再次規劃第三屆的「台灣年輕世代領袖培訓營」,讓年輕領袖有機會從華府學習民主價值、建立人脈關係和增廣國際觀,未來得以用較宏觀眼光來領導台灣。

培訓營活動為期一週(2015年6月21-26日),在美國首都華盛頓舉行,有意參加的年青朋友請藉由以下的聯結報名 (goo.gl/JRkWeA) ,並繳交個人英文信及推薦信各一封。參加者需自行負責台北華府的機票,活動期間的食宿為主辦單位負責。報名截止日為4月15日。

詳細資訊如下:

PDF 檔:

On-line rsvp: goo.gl/JRkWeA

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eFOxofc7hTL-CwqyDfsKIiiUSpsixUbjzD95gWHg7no/viewform


台灣年輕世代們,大家踴躍參加FAPA的培訓營,這將會是一個豐收的2015年華府之旅。

 

FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC


FAPA Statement on Taiwan’s Elections and U.S. Interests

(Washington, D.C. – September 18th 2014) –  On Friday, September 12th  2014, at a conference on “Relations across the Taiwan Strait”, organized by the Brookings Institution, former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan Richard Bush discussed how the United States government would approach the 2016 Taiwan presidential elections.

Mr. Bush indicated that “the US government, at some time and in some way will express itself on the implications of the 2016 elections for US interests.”  He then described the dilemma that the US has a general principle of remaining neutral in elections of friendly democracies, but “… On the other hand, the US does have interests in the policies of any elected leadership…”

Mr. Bush then described a number of examples from the past, when the US expressed itself, covering the period 1996 through 2012.  He in particular mentioned the December 2003 episode, when President George Bush – seated next to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao – wagged his finger as if pointing at Taiwan’s president Chen Shui-bian, telling him “not to change the status quo” by pushing for a referendum.  In doing so, the US sided with a repressive and authoritarian China against a vibrant democracy intending to chart its own course through a democratic referendum.

Mr. Richard Bush ended his list of examples by referring to the September 2011 Financial Times episode, when – after a closed-door meeting of the US National Security Council with DPP Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen – an NSC official called the Financial Times and expressed doubts about the China policies of Dr. Tsai. The call represented a serious violation of diplomatic protocol, and was also an unacceptable intrusion in Taiwan’s domestic politics, since it favored one side over the other.  Mr. Bush’s statement that .. this is something we do, implies that he endorses the way it was done.  This is totally unacceptable.

In response to Mr. Bush’s statement, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs wishes to state the following:

We have no objections to a constructive dialogue between the US and Taiwan on policy issues such as relations with China, but the way this is done is important.  The US needs to realize that for the people of Taiwan, China’s threatening policies and presence are an existential threat: the Beijing authorities want to incorporate Taiwan and stifle its democracy, period.

In such a situation it would be highly desirable if the United States would strongly support policies that are truly consonant with US national interests, namely encourage and enhance Taiwan’s democracy, and create the space for people of Taiwan to decide their own future, instead of restricting and diminishing that space, as implied in the situations Mr. Bush mentioned.  The latter approach runs counter to the values and principles of democracy and self-determination for which we in the United States should stand.

We therefore urge the US government to:

·   Support policies that encourage and enhance Taiwan’s democracy, and thereby help create space for the people of Taiwan to decide their own future;
·   Engage candidates and future leaders in a constructive two-way dialogue on important issues, and not resort to one-way dictates.
·   Make it clear that the US will work closely with whatever leadership emerges from Taiwan’s free and fair elections to build on the enduring US commitment to Taiwan’s people, its prosperity, and peace.

Mark Kao, PhD, President, Formosan Association for Public Affairs

 

 

 
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