What Is FAPA?
Established in 1982 in Los Angeles, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) is a world-wide, Washington headquartered, non-profit organization that:
- Promotes international support for the right of the people of Taiwan to establish an independent and democratic country, and to join the international community;
- Advances the rights and interests of Taiwanese communities throughout the world; and
- Promotes peace and security for Taiwan.
What Is FAPA’s Mission?
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 issues regarding Taiwan. FAPA seeks to articulate the point of view of the people of Taiwan.
Why Does FAPA Look To The US For Support?
FAPA sees support for democratization in Taiwan as beneficial to American interests, since a more open society on Taiwan will help foster safety, security and peace in the Pacific Basin. The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which serves as the cornerstone of US-Taiwan relations, reads: “It is the policy of the United States– to consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means (…) of grave concern to the United States.”
According To FAPA, Who Shall Determine Taiwan’s Future?
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. Nobody but the people of Taiwan has the right to determine the future of Taiwan!
What Has FAPA Done For Taiwan’s Democratization?
Even before FAPA was established in 1982 FAPA’s future leaders worked with the U.S. Congress calling for a quota for Taiwanese immigrants coming to the U.S. separate from the Chinese. (Prior to that Taiwanese were lumped in with the Chinese quota. That success spurned them into founding FAPA. The organization was instrumental in seeking U.S. support for the lifting of Martial Law in 1987, for the lifting of the blacklist for Taiwanese Americans in 1991 which prohibited these freedom fighters from returning to Taiwan, for the enactment into law of legislation in the U.S. Congress enabling Taiwanese Americans to write “Taiwan” as place of birth in their American passports instead of “China.” FAPA initiated the campaign for Taiwan’s membership in international organizations such as the WHO and the UN and helped pass several pieces of legislation. FAPA established the annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week in 1999, helped found Taiwan caucuses in both houses of Congress, helped pass the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act in 2000, helped introduce the Taiwan Policy Act in 2011, 2013 and 2016, helped pass legislation stating that the Taiwan Relations act and the Six Assurances are the cornerstones of US-Taiwan relations, helped pass and enact into law the Taiwan Travel Act in March 2018 enabling high level visitors from Taiwan to come to Washington DC, helped introduce legislation in 2018 calling for an end to the US One China Policy and for establishing US-Taiwan diplomatic relations, and the list goes on….
How Does FAPA Work With Young Taiwanese Americans?
Since the youth is the future, FAPA set up a Young Professionals Group in 2003, seeking to further involve second and third generations Taiwanese Americans in activism in the United States on behalf of the motherland Taiwan. YPG holds its annual advocacy conference in the summer in Washington DC where the YPG members meet like-minded individuals and learn how to can make a difference for Taiwan today. They spend one day on Capitol Hill promoting Taiwan among their elected Representatives and Senators.
Is FAPA A Radical Taiwan Independence Organization?
No. FAPA promotes international support for the right of the people of Taiwan to establish an independent and democratic country. In other words, the 23 million people of Taiwan must have the right to determine Taiwan’s future, and nobody else. The right of self-determination is a basic universal right as laid down in the preamble of the 1945 charter of the United Nations. Additionally, FAPA promotes basic rights such as freedom, human rights and democracy for the people of Taiwan
Why Does FAPA Need Your Support?
FAPA is a non-profit American organization, i.e. not an extension or arm of a foreign political party or a foreign government. So FAPA relies on donations and membership fees. Donations to FAPA come from Taiwanese Americans all over the nation, starting from as low as $20. FAPA prides itself of promoting universal values. So despite its limited budget, FAPA manages to help forward Taiwan’s democratization process and international aspirations. Your donations enable FAPA to do its important work for Taiwan.
How Will Your Donations To FAPA Be Used?
Membership fees and donations make up FAPA’s budget. FAPA makes sure that donations are used with the utmost care. Most of FAPA’s income comes from donations from Taiwanese Americans who care about the future of their brothers, sisters and family in Taiwan. FAPA uses that income to pay for activities to benefit Taiwan’s democracy. For instance, FAPA has held several “Emerging Leaders” workshops inviting upcoming leaders from Taiwan to the Nation’s Capital seeking to broaden their political horizon and understanding of foreign affairs. Additionally, FAPA holds grassroots workshops, seminars, events on Capitol Hill, etc.