FAPA Media Coverage

US Office Needs Renaming Support

“On Dec. 17, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, which has for decades advocated in Washington for Taiwan’s interests, initiated a joint letter by 78 US lawmakers, presented to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling on the US government to change the name of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington to the “Taiwan Representative Office.”
Taipei Times (2020.12.31) | Tommy Lin

78 US House of Reps members call for naming Taiwan representative office “Taiwan Representative Office”

“A letter signed by 78 members of the US House of Representatives was handed to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo yesterday, calling for changing the name “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” (TECRO) to “Taiwan Representative Office” (TRO)... [t]he letter was initiated by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA).”
Taiwan English News (12.18.2020) | Phillip Charlier

Most Pro-Taiwan Lawmakers Reelected To Congress

“In the outgoing Congress, there are 26 members in the Senate Taiwan Caucus and 139 members in the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, according to the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a Washington-based nonprofit organization advocating for stronger U.S.-Taiwan relations. Both caucuses are co-chaired by Republican and Democratic members.”
The News Lens (11.13.2020) | TNL Staff

At least 131 pro-Taiwan lawmakers reelected in US

“According to the Washington-based Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), there are currently 26 members of the Senate Taiwan Caucus and 138 members of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus. Both caucuses focus exclusively on improving relations with Taiwan.”
Taiwan News (11/12/2020) | Ching Tse-Cheng

Two Bills, Two Approaches To Taiwan

“Regardless of future events, the act’s long odds of passage smack of political theater. In a statement to The News Lens on the two bills, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) President Dr. Minze Chien expressed praise for both, but appears to home in on the Taiwan Relations Reinforcement Act….”
The News Lens (10.23.2020) | Nicholas Haggerty

Book Review: A Taiwan Advocate in the US

“Together the couple became active participants in organizations such as the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) and WUFI-USA (the American branch of the World United Formosans for Independence). As such, they lobbied congress to promote passage of resolutions and bills to support Taiwan while cultivating friendships with prominent congressional aides with ties to influential administration figures. These aides can then serve as conduits for messages to high officials.”
Taipei Times (08.27.2020) | June Teufel Dreyer

Trade, security among top priorities for new Taiwan envoy to U.S.

“Hsiao, who interned at the Washington-based Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) during her college years, said her experience in the intervening 30 years has taught her to temper some of her loftier goals and ideals.”
Focus Taiwan (08.04.2020)

Overseas Taiwanese Organizations Place Ad in US Newspaper

“A total of 10 Taiwanese groups, including the Washington-based lobby group Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), jointly published a full-page ad in the Washington Times on Wednesday (May 20). In addition to sending congratulations to Tsai, the ad was intended to celebrate Taiwan’s democracy while calling for the U.S.’s diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, said FAPA via Facebook.”
Taiwan News (05.21.2020) | Sylvia Teng

Taiwan Serves as Democracy Haven

“Shinchimmi (新珍味), a ramen restaurant in Japan opened by Taiwanese activist Su Beng (史明), was a gathering place for Taiwan independence supporters in Japan. A three-story building in Washington, DC, is the headquarters of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a grassroots organization that has advocated for Taiwan independence in the US Congress since 1982… Today, the stories of overseas Taiwanese have become an exemplar for Hong Kong freedom fighters. With their legislation, members of the US Congress were a driving force, pushing to lift martial law and promote Taiwan’s international status.
Taipei Times (05.03.2020) | Yang Kuang-Shun

US-Based Taiwanese Associations Pen Letter to Trump

“Two major U.S.-based Taiwanese associations, the <>bFormosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) and the North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA), on Wednesday (April 15) penned a joint letter to President Donald Trump.”
Taiwan News (04.17.2020) | Kelvin Chen

Virus Outbreak: Groups Question WHO Claims on Membership

“The joint letter was endorsed by the North American Taiwanese Medical Association, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) and the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association in response to the WHO’s statement titled “Information sharing on COVID-19” published on March 29.”
Taipei Times (04.08.2020) | Lin Chia-Nan

Battleground for Taiwanese Identity Shifts to US Census

“Organizers played down any geopolitical goal, such as trying to influence recognition of Taiwan as a sovereign or independent country, which has been the goal of other write-in campaigns, most notably by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) in the 1990s.”
Northwest Asian Weekly (03.19.2020) | Mahlon Meyer

The Formosa Incident: A Look Back

“In addition to pressure from the grassroots level, Taiwan’s democracy movement of the 1980s had important support from abroad: In the US and Europe, the overseas Taiwanese community coalesced after the Kaohsiung Incident through organizations such as the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA). They were effective in getting members of US Congress and European parliaments to speak out for human rights and democracy.”
Taipei Times (12.10.19) | Gerrit Van Der Wees

Why Do Taiwanese Empathize With Hong Kong Protesters?

“In Washington DC, for example, the Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC) was recently established as a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democracy and human rights in Hong Kong. The HKDC can join with established Taiwanese organizations like the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) to mutually lobby congress for support of pro-Taiwan and Hong Kong legislation. The DPP can also potentially extend its help in Washington, as it is the only Taiwanese political party with a DC office. To borrow a tactic from the CCP playbook, Hong Kong and Taiwanese organizations can form an “United Front” in Washington against China’s authoritarianism and aggressive foreign policy.” The News Lens (11/21/2019) | Milo Hsieh

HK, Taiwan Stand Up As Allies in US

“Speaking at the council’s launch, Wong said: “Taiwanese Americans established FAPA to fight for a better future. How about we Hongkongers,” referring to the the Formosan Association for Public Affairs…Today, FAPA is a grassroots organization with about 3,000 members aiming to promote US-Taiwan relations.”
Taipei Times (10.10.2019) | Yang Kuang-Shun

Time is Right for Taiwan, US to Resume Diplomatic Relations: Former Premier

“Visiting the U.S. for a meeting with the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) in Washington D.C., Yu observed that U.S. President Donald Trump has already altered the status-quo of U.S.-China relations, and with friends of Taiwan in top cabinet positions and significant support in U.S. Congress, Taiwan should seize the moment to pursue a restoration of bilateral ties with Washington. Yu pledged to devote himself towards achieving that goal.”
Taiwan News (09.15.2019) | Duncan DeAeth

Why a New Law on Taiwan Officials Visiting the US Marks a Victory For a Long-Running Lobby Group

“While a win for Taiwan, the new law was also a huge success for the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) – a major lobby group behind the law. Jonathan Lee, FAPA’s vice president, said the unanimous support did not come easy, as many average Americans do not know much about Taiwan.”
Hong Kong Free Press (04.22.2019) | Kris Cheng

President Tsai Lauds US Ties at FAPA Celebration of Taiwan Relations Act

“The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) hosted a banquet in Taipei on Saturday, March 30 to celebrate 40 years of the Taiwan Relations Act, and the first year anniversary of the Taiwan Travel Act becoming law”
Taiwan News (03.30.2020) | Duncan DeAeth

Explainer: The US treats Hong Kong as a ‘separate territory’ for trade purposes, but for how long?

“But if the escalation of Hong Kong politics continues, occasional trips to foreign capitals may not be enough. Joshua Wong said Hong Kong needs an equivalent of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a US-based organisation that advocates for Taiwanese interests… ‘In the US they have a few dozen offices, and some staff in Washington DC doing long-term lobbying work,’ Wong said. ‘The result is a lot more robust.’”
Hong Kong Free Press (01.19.2019) | Holmes Chan

INTERVIEW: Fighting for Taiwanese Identity and Human Rights in Norway

“[Last weekend] I shared my thoughts at the Orange County FAPA [Formosan Association for Public Affairs] to see the reception of the Taiwanese American community here. [We organized] a Q&A and I tried to persuade them of the importance of our case for Taiwanese abroad, especially after our democratization in the 1990s.”
The News Lens (09.25.2018) | David Green

Pro-Taiwan Group Proposes Name Change for Taipei Rep. Offices in US

FAPA argues that the “Taipei” in the office title is misleading, and that a more proper title would be the “Taiwan Representative Office," since the offices effectively represent the interests of Taiwan’s entire population, and not simply the city of Taipei.”
Taiwan News (09.13.2018) | Duncan DeAeth

FAPA Proposes Renaming Taiwan’s Representative Office in U.S.

“The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a Washington, D.C.-based pro-Taiwanese independence group, is calling for a change in the name of Taiwan's representative office in the United States, Coen Blaauw, executive director of FAPA, said Tuesday.”
Focus Taiwan (09.12.2018)

US House Resolution Calls for Full Diplomatic Ties With Taipei, ‘One China, One Taiwan’ Policy

“The announcement of the legislation was made public by a press release from the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a U.S. based advocacy group for Taiwan.”
Taiwan News (06.21.2018) | Duncan DeAeth

Chinese netizen demands Costco apologize for 2016 apology letter calling Taiwan a country

“In 2016, Washington D.C.-based Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) requested that Costco stop referring to Taiwan as a "Province of China," in its online job application form. In response, Costco Senior Vice President Patrick Callans sent a letter to the NGO wrote, "The oversight will be corrected. (And it was simply an oversight, not any commentary on Taiwan's status. As you probably know, we have retail locations in Taiwan and very much consider it a country.)"
Taiwan News (05.23.2018) | Keoni Everington

US Senate Passes Taiwan Travel Act

Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) president Mike Kuo (郭正光) told Taiwan’s Chinese-language media that the bill will remove obstacles to Taiwan’s top officials, including Tsai Ing-wen’s visits to Washington.”
Taiwan English News (03.01.2018) | Phillip Charlier

US House of Representatives passes Taiwan Travel Act

“The President of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), Peter Chen (陳正意), said that the unanimous passing of the Taiwan Travel Act in the House is an important milestone. FAPA, an NGO in Washington D.C., is now pressuring the Senate to guarantee that the bill becomes a law as soon as possible.”
Taiwan News (01.10.2018) | Renee Salmonsen