History of Taiwanese American Conference / East Coast

The Taiwanese American Conference/East Coast (TAC/EC) was first held in 1970 at Downingtown, Pennsylvania as a summer retreat for area Christian families. Over the years the conference program has expanded to encompass the cultural and socio-economic activities of the Taiwanese American community as well as issues related to human rights, environmental issues and current events in Taiwan. The number of participants has steadily grown, exceeding 2,000 in some years.

TAC/EC draws participants mainly from New England, the Middle Atlantic States, Washington DC and Virginia. Well-known leaders active in religious, cultural and political fields in Taiwan are invited each year to participate as speakers. Since a vast majority of the Taiwanese Americans immigrated to the US as graduate students, the educational achievements of the conference participants are unusually high. Another unique feature of the conference is the wide age range of the participants; from infants to senior citizens. The second-generation Taiwanese Americans are well represented and the youth organize and manage their own programs.

The conference provides an ideal occasion for old friends to meet and new friends to make. It enhances the cultural heritage of the Taiwanese American and also provides a forum for them to express their concerns about current and future development in Taiwan and Taiwanese Americans.

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Year

Location

Organizer

45

2014

East Stroudsburg University South Jersey/Delaware/Philadelphia
44

2013

Millersville University Washington, D.C.
43

2012

Danbury, Connecticut Boston
42

2011

Poconos, Pennsylvania New York

41

2010

University of Delaware

New Jersey

40

2009

Carnival Destiny

South Jersey/Delaware/Philadelphia

39

2008

Carnival Victory

Washington, D.C.

38

2007

University of Massachusetts

Boston

37

2006

University Connecticut

New York

36

2005

Cornell University

New Jersey

35

2004

University of Delaware

South Jersey/Delaware/Philadelphia

34

2003

University of Delaware

Washington, D.C.

33

2002

University of Massachusetts

Boston

32

2001

University of Delaware

New York

31

2000

University of Delaware

New Jersey

30

1999

Bloomsburg University

South Jersey/Delaware/Philadelphia

29

1998

University of Delaware

Washington, D.C.

28

1997

University of Connecticut

Boston

27

1996

University of Delaware

New York

26

1995

Cornell University

New Jersey

25

1994

University of Delaware

South Jersey/Delaware/Philadelphia

24

1993

University of Delaware

Washington, D.C.

23

1992

University of Massachusetts

Boston

22

1991

Cornell University

New York

21

1990

Cornell University

New Jersey

20

1989

University of Massachusetts

South Jersey/Delaware/Philadelphia

19

1988

Penn. State University

Washington, D.C.

18

1987

University of Massachusetts

Boston

17

1986

Cornell University

New York

16

1985

University of Massachusetts

New Jersey

15

1984

Kutztown University, PA

South Jersey/Delaware/Philadelphia

14

1983

University of Delaware

Washington, D.C.

13

1982

University of Massachusetts

 Boston

12

1981

Gettysburg Coll., PA

New York

11

1980

E. Stroudsburg, PA

New Jersey

10

1979

Gettysburg, PA

Philadelphia

9

1978

Massanetta Spring, VA

Washington, D.C.

8

1977

Brown University, RI

Boston

7

1976

Massanetta Spring, VA

New York

6

1975

Camp-of Woods, NY

New Jersey

5

1974

Camp-of Woods, NY

New York

4

1973

Camp Taconic, NY

Boston

3

1972

Downington, PA

Philadelphia

2

1971

Highland Lake, NY

New York

1

1970

Downington, PA

Philadelphia