During her speech, Ambassador Hsu shared stories of her work alongside colleagues at TECO to promote Taiwan in New York. She noted that 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of America’s Taiwan Relations Act and reviewed the friendly exchanges that characterize the close bilateral relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. In particular, she cited a recent cooperative project in education – the launch of the first Chinese Overseas Flagship Center in Taiwan hosted by National Taiwan University (NTU) in September 2019. The Taiwan center is part of a broader program by The Language Flagship, funded by the U.S. National Security Education Program (NSEP), to train American students to achieve professional proficiency in select foreign languages deemed critical to U.S. security and economic competitiveness. Based on this international collaboration framework, more than 100 American students were expected to study for one year at the Taiwan center within three years, representing a key project in bilateral Taiwan-U.S. exchange in the field of education.
Ambassador Hsu also praised the Education Division and FTSANY for organizing the event and providing a platform for students to proactively learn more about Taiwan’s international situation. Given the approaching Christmas holiday season, organizers set up holiday-themed decorations and donned Christmas outfits, imbuing the event with an extra festive atmosphere.