FAPA Officially Granted Ownership Of ‘Taiwanese American Heritage Week’ Trademark

This Sunday – Mother’s Day – will also kick off the annual week long celebration of Taiwanese American Heritage Week (TAHW).

The TAHW was initiated by FAPA in 1999, and for the past 13 years FAPA  chapters — in cooperation with other like-minded Taiwanese-American  organizations — have actively organized local celebrations from Oregon to Miami and from San Diego to Boston.

According to FAPA President Mark Kao: “This annual observance of TAHW offers us Taiwanese Americans an excellent opportunity to share our unique and proud heritage with the American public in general, and to express our gratitude to our adopted country.”

In 2000, then President Bill Clinton congratulated Taiwanese Americans with their annual celebration stating: “The people and culture of Taiwan have made invaluable contributions to every sector of our society… In celebrating your unique heritage, you provide our country with a needed source of strength and inspiration, helping to  forge a brighter future for us all.”

FAPA President Mark Kao states: “To make sure that the TAHW remains an annual celebration solely for Taiwanese Americans, FAPA decided last year to trademark the ‘Taiwanese American Heritage Week’ name.”

On April 13, 2012, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted FAPA the TAHW trademark.

FAPA President Mark Kao continues: “Taiwanese Americans having their own Heritage Week will reinforce the understanding amongst the American public that Taiwan is not a province of China, but a free, democratic and independent nation-state, separate from China.”

FAPA President Mark Kao concludes: “In the spirit of Taiwanese determination and American volunteerism, we urge all to explore the significance of both Taiwan and being Taiwanese during this important week.”

台灣人公共事務會 獲「台美人傳統週」商標權利

本週日,適逢母親節, 也是一年一度台美人傳統週 (Taiwanese American Heritage Week)慶祝活動的開始。

台美人傳統週於1999年由台灣人公共事務會 所發起。過去13年以來,台灣人公 共事 務會各分會與其他有志一同的台美人團體,積極地籌辦當地的慶祝活動,從奧勒岡到邁 阿密,聖地牙哥至波士頓。

據台灣人公共事務會會 長高龍榮表示:「這個一年一度的台美 人傳統週慶典, 提供給身為台美人的我們一個絕 佳的機會,與美國大眾分享我們獨特及使我們 引以為傲的傳統,並對接納我們的美國表 示感謝。」

柯林頓總統在2000年恭祝台美人一年一度 的慶祝活動時表示:「台灣的人民及文 化對 我們的社會多方地帶來了無價的貢獻…當你們慶祝你們獨特的 傳統時, 你們也提供了我們國家一個亟需的力量並成為激勵人心的來源,協助我們大家 一起共創美好將來。」

台灣人公共事務會會長 高龍榮指出:「為確保一年一度的台 美人傳統週為僅屬 台美人的慶典,台灣人公共事務會於去年決定將『台美人傳統週』註 冊商標。」

2012年4月13日,美國專利商標局正 式核發台灣人公共事務會「台美人傳統週」 的商標。

高會長並補充:「台美人擁有自己的傳 統週,將會加強美國大眾對台灣不是中國 的一省,而是一個自由、民主及獨立的國家, 與中國大不相同的認知。」

他最後表示:「本著台灣人的意志及 美國人的志工主義,我們敦促所有人一齊在 這重要的一週當中,來體認台灣及身為台灣 人的重要性。」

(May 11, 2012) FAPA Officially Granted Ownership Of ‘Taiwanese American Heritage Week’ Trademark / 台灣人公共事務會 獲「台美人傳統週」商標權利