53. Introduction of Taiwanese Association of America(TAA)-St. Loui 聖路易台灣同鄉會TAA – St. Louis 簡介

聖路易台灣同鄉會TAA – St. Louis 簡介

 (這簡介不是詳細的歷史, 歡迎過去與現今聖路易會員添加或改正. 以求真確中立的歷史)

作者 張理美

根據陳克充博士, 他在1962 年到密蘇里州 聖路易工作,當時約有十二位左右台灣同鄉:王茂修博士夫婦, 另一對夫婦, 四位華盛頓大學研究生以及兩位Concordia Seminary神學生。王茂修博士夫婦很關心台灣同鄉, 所以常邀請同鄉在他們家過節過年.

因爲同鄉不多, 所以未有甚麼組織。從次年開始漸有留學生及就業同鄉來。在70年代初增加不少醫師, 從此愈多移民搬入, 行商, 開餐館, 辦報社及研究院學生得學位後留下來做事者. 慢慢各種團體在聖路易成立, 例如 台灣同鄉會, 壘球隊, 排球隊, 基督徒團契 (請看T.A. Archives 的大聖路易台灣人教會簡介), 婦女會, FAPA, 教授會等. 各團體都有活動, 互動頻煩, 大家蠻親近. 壘球隊打得精彩, 甚至每年遠征別州比賽, 也曾主辦東區台灣同鄉會壘球比賽, 相當熱鬧. 運動的熱忱直到80年代才漸減。後來華盛頓大學, 聖路易大學, 密蘇里州大學, 也漸組成學生會.

聖路易台灣同鄉會是在1968 就成立了。七十到九十年代人數增加到 兩百多人, 平均每年四, 五次活動. 很多人熱心地同時參加多種上列的團體. 以下是每年會長名單(學位簡略):

第一年1968, 會長是丁博均 Paul Din博士, 現在L.A., CA。

1969 尹勝光(現在Houston, TX);    1970 羅鴻鑫 (Cleveland, OH);   1971 廖鍊 George Liaw(故);

1972 羅鴻鑫 (Cleveland, OH);        1973 林永哲 Frank Y. (NJ);        1974 廖坤塗 Kun T. Liao (故);

1975 許作初 (L.A., CA);                 1976 劉進興 Jason Liu (台北);   1977 黃達燐 David Huang(故);

1978 蘇洽星 Joshua Su (L.A., CA);    1979 廖鍊 (故);                       1980 謝寬仁 Kenneth K. Shieh(故);

1981 蘇希三 Anthony H. (STL);     1982 陳榮吾 James Z. (STL);

1983 楊金文Kim W. Yang, (Dallas, TX)                                       1984 林秀三 Shiu San (D.C.);

1985 邱泰茂 Tai-Mao Chiu (Dana Point, CA);                             1986 蔡宗達 Chung-Ta Tsai (?);

1987 林逸民 Tommy Y (Lo-Dong, TW);                                      1988 謝照寅 Jowe-Ynn Hsieh(STL);

1989 呂飛騰 Fei-Tung Leu (Sacramento, CA);                             1990 蔡承昌 Cheng C. (STL);

1991 謝寬仁 (故);                      1992 蔡式桂 Grace Hatch (STL); 1993 林天送 Tom T. (San Fran. CA);

1994 王茂修 Maw Shiau (故);   1995 周鴻恩 David H (?);          1996 張世聰 Shih C. (故);

1997 趙坤山 K.S. Chao (台中); 1998 王元和Yuan-Ho Wang (Raleigh, NC); 1999 邱良媛 Leanne Chio(STL);

2000 林有鄰 YouLin(STL);     2001 謝正忠J.J.Shieh (STL);     2002 沈文清 Wilson Shen(STL);

2003 簡雁齡 Carol Kuo (Voorhees, N.J.);                                     2004 郭勝義Albert Kuo (STL);

2005 呂惠香 Susan Huang (L.A. CA);                                          2006 王俊傑Samson (STL);

2007 何麗津 Christina Su (STL);     2008 林泰 Tai (STL);          2009 謝昌宏 Roger H.Hsieh(STL);

2010 陳珊 Sandy Chiu (Dana Point, CA);                                     2011 林泰;

2012 林嘉洋Sheila (台北);         2013 蘇希三;                             2014 張理美Lii Mei Beverly (STL);

2015 張理美 Beverly (STL);        2016 & 2017 蘇希三                 2018 林泰

 

1972年秋天高雄醫學院校友在蔡承昌與張理美的公寓聚會而成立聖路易高醫校友會, 當天就談論了應該組織全美台人醫師會。

在1984年終於由周烒明醫師在克立夫蘭發起而成立全美組織。

聖路易台灣人非常關心且愛本土台灣。對台灣民主運動熱絡參與,同心協力。會員們有很強的台灣意識。為支持FAPA及台灣的民主化, 平常有三至六人的群隊各別訪問密蘇里州,依利諾州, 及外州的國會上下院議員,支持, 溝通及促進提案. 有時舉行捐款會。

1986年許信良準備返台組黨, 聖路易同鄉一齊支持, 率先邀請他來演講. 剛好民主進步黨新成立.因此決定回台參加剛成立的民主進步黨, 聖路易同鄉一齊支持,捐款響應。並委託許信良舉上「民主進步黨海外組織」的旗回台。

另一軼事是聖路易台人與民主進步黨的友誼。時約1987 與1988, 當彭教授離開FAPA時, 本地林益顯醫師鼎力協助, 建立深交友誼。彭教授多次來訪聖路易, 台灣人亦尊崇支持彭教授, 多次全社區, FAPA, 醫師會, 教授會, 婦女會都出席參加。當時聖路易台灣人非常活躍, 同心合一為台灣的民主運動拼命。不少同鄉會會員也同時是醫師會會員, 教授會會員, 婦女會會員, 和 FAPA的會員或永久會員。

當時同鄉會每年多次的聚會都在一百五十至兩百多人左右。活動包括舊曆新年與中秋節慶祝, 228 紀念活動, 戶外活動, 野餐, 划船, 烤豬, 打球,參加當地美國人國際活動, 展示各種文物, 衣飾, 毛筆字及書寫展示, 茶道, 食物與珠寶義賣. 還有民族舞蹈表演等,有時邀請Missouri 地區美國人, 政要人物, 或台灣政要人物演講或參與等. 也曾經被邀請到中學去展覽台灣對世界有大貢獻的成就, 例如高科技, 文物, 熱帶醫學, 音樂, 藝術, 戲劇, 電影等.

在1989, 聖路易大學碩士班翁瑞霖與華盛頓大學博士班林泰邀請蘇希三, 發起組成聖路易青少年室內樂團(STYCO: STL Taiwanese Youth Chamber Orchestra). 所需的樂譜全部由三人謄寫、剪輯、或重編. 分工合作, 指揮, 教導第二代青少年. 每年都有上水準的表演. 演奏樂曲包括管弦樂版的台灣民謠和古典音樂. 一直到1996 不幸輟停.

從1989-1990 小布希總統提議並促進各移民種族的傳統慶祝, 至1991柯林頓總統宣布台美人傳統週慶祝於五月, 從此聖路易台灣人(像其他分會) 每年設計慶祝節目, 邀請並吸引美國主流社會人士與市民們。通過出名的聖路易動物園, 聖路易美術館, 科學館, 音響優越的Sheldon 音樂廳, 聖路易國際協會的馬賽克(Mosaic)計劃, 華盛頓大學, 聖路易大學, 或京園大宴會廳等處的配合, 介紹台灣文化, 舞蹈, 各種表演, 鼓勵美國學生對台灣研究的作文比賽, 近年來更介紹世界冠軍的台灣風箏製做產品, 並鼓勵美國人經驗放風箏的樂趣, 台灣生態與罕見鳥類展覽與教課, 雪山隧道創建示範, 蔡承昌醫師在私立芳邦大學為台灣畫家朱振南舉辦畫展, 張理美醫師主導的兩次台灣人少年和成人女音樂家, 作曲家表演的古典音樂會, 及台灣美食餐會(蔡承昌是協調者)等。(自2013至今的報導請參考T.A. archives).

世界First Lego League(FLL)機器人國際大賽是每年在聖路易舉行. 高雄林園國小學生2014年奪冠, 2015另一隊得第十六名(out of 108國家). (有一位主要選手食物中毒,上急診室兩次,一天住院). 台灣婦女會, 同鄉會, 在呂秀華, 蔡式桂領導之下出席, 幫助, 照顧與加油.

可惜在二千年代, 年齡的增加, 健康問題, 孩子們長大移居他州, 移民數目與性質的改變, 遷出加多, 等種種因素, 聖路易台灣同鄉會會員和聚會人數漸少, 願意參于董事會及當會長的人漸減低。至今(2018 年1月) 董事只剩七位。只好抽籤輪流當會長。謝昌宏志願當財政, 張理美志願當秘書, 抽籤當會長的是:2017 蘇希三, 2018 林泰, 2019 洪尚文, 2020 蔡承昌, 2021 謝昌宏,  2022 張理美, 和 2023 葉聰叡. 2016以前四年的董事還有謝正忠, 王俊傑, 楊信吉, 邱良媛, 和被邀客座李文志(華大研究生/博士後).

新一代的留學生有不同的文化, 興趣, 價值觀。各大學有台灣留學生協會及聖路易台灣人學者協會。近年會長與董事們努力溝通及參于他們的活動, 並在經濟上支持與協辦. 目前已有很好的關係, 不過仍未能招他們來接棒同鄉會的擔子。我們仍會繼續努力與年輕一代聯繫並支持他們。直到我們老去或用完我們所有的資源。

我個人從多國旅遊的觀察, 相信移民的協會與社團經過一,兩代後 會漸漸衰弱. 因第二和第三代孩子們會融化入(assimilate) 其生長的國家, 漸失去認同其父母或祖父母的祖國意識, 文化, 傳統, 和習俗。除非繼續有大量的同國移民進來, 這是個自然現像。

世上較特殊的一個例子是猶太人, 但是他們也已有很多同化於其他民族而成”美國”這大熔爐的一份子!

相信聖路易同鄉會會員, 過去至今都曾奉獻或多或少的努力於總會所訂的目標與展望: 對當地台人社區的聯誼與維護; 傳揚台灣文化及台人各方面對世界的貢獻; 推展與美國交流; 以及關心台灣事務並大力促進台灣民主發展. 很多人盡力以赴, 而且滿心寄望將來有接棒人繼續往新的目標及展望向前邁進!

Lii-Mei Beverly Chang Tsai, MD

My gratitude to Dr. & Mrs. Ker C. Chen, Ph.D. and Mr. Tony H.S. Su who provide essential information and encouragement.

 

Introduction of Taiwanese Association of America(TAA)-St. Loui

 (Edition and addition by the members of TAA-STL are welcome.)

Mr. Ker C. Chen Ph. D. came to work in St. Louis, MO in 1962, when there were approximately 12 Taiwanese folks in St. Louis: Mao Shiau Wang, Ph.D. & his wife, another couple, four graduate students of Washington University and two Concordia Seminary students.  Mr. & Mrs. Mao Shiau Wang very much cared for Taiwanese folks and often invited them to his home for holiday gatherings. That time, no organization was formed yet because of small number of people. From 1963 on, there were gradually more and more graduate students and professionals moved in. In early 70’s, many Taiwanese physicians came, followed by more Taiwanese business immigrants who opened groceries, restaurants, news paper publishing, and got in real estate business. There are also scholars who stayed in St. Louis after doctorate degree from local universities.

During this period, late 60’s to late 90’s, different Taiwanese organizations were gradually formed, such as Baseball team, Valley Ball team, TAA, Taiwanese Christian Fellowship (Ref. T.A. Archives – Introduction of Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Greater St. Louis), North American Taiwanese Women Association (NATWA), FAPA, NATProfessors A, and the Student Associations of each of the Washington Univ., St. Louis Univ. and Missouri State University, etc. Each organization had its own activities, but always with interactions. People were very close to each other. The baseball team played well and often challenged the other states. St. Louis team also hosted the East Region TAA Baseball leagues. The spirit of the sports were strong and only slowly faded in late 80’s.

TAA-STLwas established quite early, in 1968. The members increased to more than 200 people in 70’s to 90’s. Every year there were 4-5 events. Many people enthusiastically joined and involved in the services of multiple organizations. . The following is the list of the presidents of TAA-STL: (academic degrees omitted)

The first year 1968: Paul Din, Ph. D., now in L.A., CA

1969 Inn, Sheng-Kuang,( now in Houston, TX);  1970 Lo, Hong-Seen (Cleveland, OH);   1971 Liaw, George (late);

1972 Lo, Hong-Seen (Cleveland, OH);                 1973 Lin, Frank Y. (NJ);                         1974 Liao, Kun T. (late);

1975 Hsu, Tzoa Troo (L.A., CA);                        1976 Jason Liu (Taipei);                         1977 Huang, David (late);

1978 Joshua Su (L.A., CA);                                  1979 Liaw, George (late);                       1980 Shieh, Kenneth K. (late);

1981 Su, Anthony H. S. (STL);                            1982 Chen, James Z. (STL);                   1983 Yang, Kim W. (Dallas, TX)

1984 Lin, Shiu San (D.C.);                                   1985 Chiu, Tai-Mao (Dana Point, CA);

1986 Tsai, Chung-Ta (?);                                      1987 Lin, Tommy Y (Lo-Dong, TW);

1988 Hsieh, Jowe-Ynn (STL);                             1989 Leu,  Fei-Tung (Sacramento, CA);

1990 Tsai, Cheng C. (STL);                                 1991 Shieh, Kenneth K. (late);                1992 Grace Hatch (STL);

1993 Lin, Tom T. (San Fran. CA);                       1994 Wang, Maw Shiau (late);                1995 Chou, David H (?);

1996 Chang, Shih C. (late);                                 1997 Kun.S. Chao (Taichung);

1998 Yuan-Ho Wang (Raleigh, NC);                   1999 Chiou, Leanne (STL);                     2000 Lin, YouLin (STL);

2001 Shieh, J.J. (STL);                                        2002 Shen, Wilson (STL);                        2003 Kuo, Carol (Voorhees, N.J.);

2004 Kuo, Albert (STL);                                     2005 Huang, Susan Leu (L.A. CA);         2006 Wang, Samson (STL);

2007 Ho, Christina (STL);                                   2008 Lin, Tai (STL);                                 2009 Hsieh, Roger H.Hsieh(STL);

2010 Chen, Sandy Chiu (Dana Point, CA);         2011 Lin, Tai (STL);                                 2012 Lin, Sheila (Taipei);

2013 Su, Tony H.S. (STL);                                   2014 Chang, Lii Mei Beverly (STL);       2015 Chang, Lii Mei Beverly (STL);

2016 & 2017 Su, Tony (STL);                              2018 Lin, Tai (STL).

In the fall of 1972, Kaohsiung Medical University alumni gathered at Cheng C. & Lii Mei Tsai’s apartment and formed St. Louis KMU Alumni Association. On that day, there was a discussion to form a National Taiwanese American Medical Association, which eventually formed at Cleveland in 1984 by the leadership of Dr. Samual Chou.

The Taiwanese people in St. Louis love and care for their mother land Taiwan very much. They have been united and participated with zeal in the movement of promoting democracy of Taiwan. The members of TAA have strong Taiwanese identity. To support FAPA and Taiwan democracy, groups of 3-6 people sometimes visited the Legislative representatives of Misoouri, Illinois or other states to support, communicate and propose for Taiwan democracy. Some members held fund raising events for the senate or congressman. In 1986年, before Hsu, Shin-Liang went back to Taiwan to form a political party, The St. Louis TAA members supported him and invited him to give a speech. Right at that time, the Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) was just newly formed. So Hsu decided to support the newly formed DPP, rather than forming his own party. STL TAA members came together, charging him to carry the flag of DPP Oversea Organization to go back to Taiwan.

Another significant anecdote was the friendship between Professor Peng Ming-Min. It was during 1987 and 1988, When Prof. Peng left FAPA, Dr. Lin Ei-Shun stretched his arm and embraced him. They developed a dear friendship. He visited St. Louis several times, and St. Louis Taiwanese, welcomed and adored him respectfully. The whole Taiwanese community, the members of TAA,  FAPA, NATMA, NATPA, and NATWA actively attended the gatherings. Overtime, STL Taiwanese people have been very active and unified to promote the democratic movement of Taiwan. Many TAA-STL members are simultaneously members of other organizations. Many have been life time members of more than one organizations.

During those years, TAA-STL events were attended by more than 150 to greater than 200 people. The activities were like Lunar New Years’ Events, Mid-Autum Festivals, 228 memorial event, outdoor activities like picnics, canoeing, pig roasting, ball games, games, and the involvements in international events, to exhibit cultural materials (garments fashion shows, common clothes, calligraphy, tea ceremony, …), native Taiwanese dance,  food/jewelry sales; and sometimes inviting MO state representatives with or without speeches, American VIPs, and Taiwanese speakers from USA or from Taiwan. TAA also was invited to exhibit & demonstrate Taiwanese culture and their contributions to the world in technology, culture, tropical medicine, music & musicians, art, drama, and movies, etc..

In 1989, the  graduate students of St. Louis University Wong, Ray-Lin and of Washington University Lin, Tai invited Tony Su, to start the St. Louis Taiwanese Youth chamber Orchestra (STYCO: STL Taiwanese Youth Chamber Orchestra). All the instrument music was composed by three of them, including compiling, rewriting, and edition. They shared all the works, responsibilities, conducting, and teaching instrument technics. Every year the STYCO performed well above standard. The repertoire emphasized in classical music and orchestrated versions of Taiwanese folk music.This continued until sudden abrupt in 1996.

Since 1989-1990 USA President young Bush had proposed to promote and celebrate different ethnic heritages. In1991, President Clinton declared May to be the month for the Taiwanese American Heritage. Since then, TAA-STL, like other subchapters, designed and celebrated every year the celebration, open to public, inviting the American main stream society and American people. Through incorporation with St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum , Science Center, autistically renown Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis Mosaic Project of St. Louis International Institute,  Washington Univ. St. Louis Univ., or Mandarin House Banquet Hall, TAA introduced Taiwan culture, aboriginal dances, other performances, sponsoring the theses competitions on youth’s studying Taiwan.  In recent years, TAA-STL introduced the Taiwanese World Champion in Kite design and making, accompanied with a kite flying event that many American families experiencing the fun; inviting Taiwan expert in ecology and bird watching to exhibit and lectured in the endangered species of birds in Taiwan; inviting paper artist exhibiting paper cutting art; demonstrating the challenging construction of the snow mountain tunnel in Taiwan; Chu, Chun-Nan Art Exhibition at FontBone University sponsored by Dr. Cheng C.Tsai;  two classical concerts open to American public at Sheldon Concert Hall to introduce a young female Taiwanese American prodigyof first violin, Jecolia Wang and Carpe Diem String Quartet featuring Ms. Carol Ou as a Taiwanese American cellist professor and a Taiwanese composer & painting artist, Mrs. I-Uen Hwang. Both concerts mainly arranged and fund raised by Dr. Lii Mei Beverly Chang, incorporated with TAA-STL; and two years of Taiwan Culinary Food Fares, coordinated by Dr. Cheng C. Tsai. (Ref. T.A. archives from 2013). In March 2014, TAA-STL also supported the rally for Sunflower movement at the front lawn of St. Louis Art Museum.

The First Lego League International Mechanic Contest (FLL) is held every year in St. Louis. 2015 world champion belonged to Taiwan Kaohsiung Jin-Yuan Elementary School team and 2016 a different team got the 16th out of 108 countries. (One of the main contest members got GI flu or food poisoning, visited ER twice and stay in hospital one day.) It was our honor to serve them. Under the leadership of Mrs. Sophia Leu and Mrs. Grace Hatch, St. Louis TAA and NATWA joined the team to help, care and support.

Regretfully in 2000’s, with the factors of aging and healthy problems, children moving out of state, dwindled number and different philosophy of immigrants, outflow more than inflow, TAA-STL members have decreased in number. Willing participation in presidential and board directors works dropped. Currently to Jan. 2018, there are only 7 board directors. The president position is by drawing lots as shown below. Roger Hsieh volunteers to be the treasurer and Lii Beverly Tsai the secretary. President by lots:2017 Tony Su, 2018 Tai Lin, 2019 Sonya Hong, 2020 Cheng C. Tsai, 2021 Roger Hsieh, 2022 Lii Beverly Tsai, and 2023 Raymond Yeh. In four years before 2016,  J.J. Shieh, Samson Wang, Sidney Yang, Leanne Chiu and the invited guest director from Washington Univ. post-doc, Wen Chih Lee had served in the board.

The new generation immigrants have different culture, interest and value. Each universitiy has Taiwanese student association and TW Scholar Association. In recent years, TAA-STL presidents and director have exerted efforts to connect and participate in the young generation’s events, also sponsor and support financially their activities. The relationship has significantly improved. But still couldn’t convince them to take over the TAA-STL. We will continue to connect with them and support them, until we become too old and depleted our capabilities and funds.

My personal observation through international travels has revealed to me that after one to two generation(s), most of the immigrants associations or fellowship would fadeaway, because the younger generations will assimilate with the people and society of the country they are born. They have lost the zeal/love and the influence of their parents’ countries and identity, culture, tradition, and custom. Unless there were mass immigration of the kind, this is a natural phenomenon. The Jewish heritage is the only special case, but many of them also have assimilated with others in this giant pot of America.

I believe the members of TAA-STL, past, current, all have contributed more or less into the goals and visions of TAA-National:  Nurturing the friendship and protecting the right of people of the Taiwanese community in St. Louis metropolitan areas; Promoting Taiwanese culture and Taiwan’s contributions to the world; and Enforcing the interaction with USA; and Caring for Formosan affairs and strengthening the development of Taiwan’s democracy. Many people have tried their best and whole-heartedly hope that there are young people to receive the baton and march on for the NEW GOALS and VISIONS for a better future !!

By Lii-Mei Beverly Chang Tsai, MD

I am grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Ker C. Chen and Mr. Tony H.S. Su for their providing important information and encouragement.

 

Photos:

  1. A gigantic artisan world-winning kite was flying high in the sky of St. Louis Univ. High School ground. (2008) 世界冠軍的巨龍風箏在聖路易空中飛翔, 2008.
  2. Many people (mostly American people) enjoyed the fun of kite flying, many were for the first time. (2008) 很多大人小孩在聖路易大學的中學運動場放風箏, 大多是第一次享受這樂趣.
  3.  Our member, Professor Quo Shin Chi asked questions while Missouri State Senator, Mr. David Pearce was giving a speech.(2014) 密蘇里州參議員David Pearce 演講時, 齊國新教授發問, 2014.
  4. An Artist Proofed Print of Dr. Shih/Artist Shee’s painting was a gift (Dr. Tsai donated) to Senator Pearce. 送參議員Pearce的禮物是畫家Artist Shee 簽名的印版(print) (蔡承昌捐). 左起:沈文清, 蔡承昌, Mr. Pearce, 葉聰叡, 張理美
  5. TAA-STL sponsored the speech by the Executive Director of St. Louis Mosaic Project in 2014 at Washington University: From left: Raymond Yeh, Tai Lin, Beverly Tsai, Ms. Betsy Cohen, Tony Su.  TAA邀請Mrs. Betsy Cohen, 聖路易馬賽克計畫執行長, 在華盛頓大學演講.左起:葉聰叡, 林泰, 張理美, Ms. Cohen, 蘇希三
  6. Fist Lego League Taiwanese Team was called up to the contest. FLL機器人比賽現場高雄隊開戰.
  7. We are one of the most popular booths, many people loved to hang out with our pupils, also doing archery. 我們的攤棚是最受歡迎之一, 很多孩子及大人喜歡跟我們的孩子玩和射箭.

 

 

源自 張理美 01/2018

Posted in 01/2018