6. Taiwanese United Fund 台灣人聯合基金會

台灣人聯合基金會 Taiwanese United Fund

TUFTUF is a nonprofit organization that celebrates Taiwanese American cultural heritage. Founded in 1986, it has played a significant a role in advocating cultural diversity and continues to facilitate cultural exchange between the Taiwanese American community and other American cultural communities.


The mission of TUF is to facilitate cultural exchanges, leading to understanding and appreciation of Taiwanese culture, and to foster pride within the Taiwanese American community of its own cultural heritage. The mission is attained through such programs as:

  • Great Performance Series – showcases exceptional performing artists of Taiwanese heritage through culturally diverse stage performances;
  • Cultural Niaht Series – showcases art, film, literature, cuisine, artifacts and indigenous customs; and
  • Grants – provides seed funding for programs, researchers and productions that promote TUF’s mission.

Past Activities

TUF has presented 17 Cultural Nights, as well as a number of art exhibitions, literature forums, film screenings and many concerts. Semiscon at the Ford is the 21st concert in TUF’s Great Performance Series.

In 1991, TUF commissioned renowned Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao to complete three concerti for violin, piano and cello, respectively. Chao-Liang Lin and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra premiered the violin concerto in 1992 at TUFs 3rd Great Performance concert.

Keynote speakers at past Cultural Nights include a Nobel Laureate scientist, artists, writers, linguists, poets, social advocates, an Internet-portal founder and an architectural historian. The 16th Cultural Night, which took place in 2004, featured a 10-course vernacular Taiwanese banquet at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. All dishes were prepared by a dozen chefs who made a special trip for the event. About 1,200 guests attended the ”Whetting More Than Appetites” banquet, which was presented along with Taiwanese poems, a multi-media presentation and demonstrations by chefs and food critics.

In 2005, TUF collaborated with Broadway singer-producer Welly Yang and co­produced a Broadway show entitled ”Finding Home, Mr. Yang is the founder and artistic director of 2g, a New York-based non-profit theater company. The show had a sold-out premier at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Through its Grant program, TUF has collaborated on various other projects with Asian Pacific Museum, KCET Television, Film Arts Foundation, Visual Communications, Zu Zu Film Production, University of Florida, Taiwanese American Writers Association, Taiwanese American Art Association and L.A. Arboretum Foundation, among many others.

南加州台灣人聯合基金會(Taiwanese United Fund)「南加州台灣人聯合基金會」成立於1986年,是洛杉磯當地非營利組織機構。在1980年代,南加州的台美人社區領袖及有識之士鑑於台灣文化需要被保存及推廣,乃於1986年由吳西面、林衡哲等人發起成立「台灣人聯合基金會」(Taiwanese United Fund, TUF) 致力於在美國保存及發揚台灣文化,讓台美人認識台灣傳統之美,以自己的台灣文化傳統而自豪,同時也讓其他族群瞭解和欣賞台灣文化的獨特性。



2007年開始為吸引第二代的參與,辨過十二場以英語為主台語為輔的「TUF Salon」,後改名做「Abt:_藝文系列」;講座包括胡長松主講「台語長篇小說“復活的人”的創作經驗與西拉雅身世書寫」、張復聚主講「太陽花世代ê母語態度」……等。