Taiwanese American Organizations in New Jersey
Edited by T. A. Archives
The state of New Jersey is located on the Atlantic Coast between the metropolises of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey’s natural environment is incredible, and the climate has four distinct seasons. There are numerous modern residential communities which are orderly and beautiful, giving New Jersey the reputation of being the Garden State. The state is home to the headquarters and research centers of many large American corporations, and it is an especially important area for the American pharmaceutical industry. On the educational front, the state is home to the famous Princeton University and Rutgers State University. Since Taiwanese people like to settle in places with good and easy transportation, New Jersey quickly became home to one of the largest and most important Taiwanese American communities in the United States. Over the past 70 years, Taiwanese Americans have established numerous organizations in the state, a number of which are still in operation today. Listed below are some of the major organizations:
- Taiwanese Association of America, New Jersey Chapter
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- Taiwanese Association of America, Northern New Jersey Chapter
Established by Maurice Hsu (the founding President) and others in 1981. The Northern New Jersey area covers the region west of New York City, which is home to many Taiwanese American individuals and families who work in New York City.
- Windsor Area Taiwanese American Association
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- Taiwanese Association of America, South Jersey Chapter
There are many Taiwanese American families living in the Cherry Hill area, located in southwest New Jersey, east of Philadelphia. Thus, in the 1980s, local Taiwanese Americans formed the South Jersey Chapter to hold social activities and softball tournaments. There were also some people who worked with local Congressmen and government officials to help benefit Taiwan.
- Political Organizations
Taiwanese Care, Inc. was founded in 1986 by a group of Taiwanese living in New Jersey who wanted to give back to their homeland and take care of the island of Formosa. The foundation’s mission was to raise awareness about Taiwanese culture, and to use rewards and financial backing to sponsor disadvantaged individuals and groups in Taiwan. For more details, please refer to pages ? to ?. Some major figures from the United Formosans for Independence (UFI) live in the New Jersey area, as it is the core of the organization’s operations. They organize a variety of large-scale activities to fight for independence for Taiwan and to change the current political situation. The local FAPA branch promotes foreign diplomacy through non-governmental channels, has built good relationships with local congressmen and political figures, and organizes activities to benefit Taiwan.
- Professional Organizations
The North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA), the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association (NATPA), and the North America Taiwanese Engineering and Science Association (NATEA) all have chapters in New Jersey. They hold various different professional activities and annual meetings.
- Social and Cultural Organizations
The local North America Taiwanese Women’s Association (NATWA) branch hosts many activities geared towards giving back to Taiwan, such as: donating old books to rural elementary schools in Taiwan and organizing Team Taiwan for Race for the Cure. Other organizations include the Chamber of Commerce, the Students’ Association, the Elders’ Association and Taiwanese Choir, the Taiwan Studies Center (台文研討中心), and more.
- Youth Organizations
The headquarters of ITASA and the Princeton University Chapter are located in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter of the Formosan Association for Public Years was also once active (it stopped operations after three years).
- Religious Organizations
There are six or seven Christian Churches in the state that have a mostly Taiwanese congregation. There are also branches of Tzuchi and Buddhist organizations.
In conclusion, these Taiwanese American organizations have played a very important role on the 70-year history of the Taiwanese American community, and we hope that many will continue to grow and develop.
Taiwanese American Organizations in New Jersey:
|1. Bridge Club||2. Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Northern Jersey||3. Chime-In Chorus|
|4. Democratic Progressive Party – US East Coast Chapter (DPP-AE)||5. Taiwan Solidarity Union, US East Coast Chapter||6. New Jersey Evergreen Association (紐澤西長春會)|
|7. Evergreen Academy (NJ- TEA)||8. Formosan Association for Public Affairs NJ Chapter (FAPA/NJ)||9. F.C. Federal Credit Union|
|10. First Presbyterian Church||11. Friends of Chen NY/NJ Chapter||12. Friends of Lee Teng-Hui NY/NJ Chapter|
|13. Grace Taiwanese-American Presbyterian Church||14. North American Taiwanese Medical Association NY/NJ Chapter (NATMA/NY,NJ)||15. North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association NJ/NY Chapter (NATPA/NY, NJ)|
|16. Princeton Taiwanese American Student Association||17. Rutgers Taiwanese Students Association||18. Taiwanese Association of America, Northern New Jersey Chapter (TAANNJ)|
|19. Taiwanese Association of South Jersey (TAA-South Jersey)||20. Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church (TAFPC)||21. Taiwanese American Industrial Technology Association (TAITA)|
|22. Taiwanese Care, Inc.||23. Taiwanese Language NJ Center||24. Taiwan Reformed Church|
|25. Tzuchi Foundation, NJ||26. Dr. Kang-Lu Wang Memorial Foundation||27. Windsor Area Taiwanese American Association (WATAA)|
|28. Wen-Chen Chen Memorial Foundation||29. Taiwanese School||30. Taiwan Chamber of Commerce|
|31. North America Taiwanese Women’s Association||32. Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA)||33. ITASA/Princeton University Chapter|
|34. Taiwanus.net||35. “Living Well Club” of New Jersey||36. New Jersey Sports Club (紐澤西運動俱樂部)|
|37. New Jersey Computer Association (紐澤西合訊電腦協會)||38. Taiwanese American Council||39. Taiwanese Sporting Association, New Jersey|
|40. Taiwanese Youth Club||41. Taiwanese American Association of Pharmaceutics||42. Happy Club|