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Our Mission Statement

TAP-NY is a chapter of TACL National, a 501c3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to connect, develop, and represent the Taiwanese American community in the greater NYC area by providing programming and partnership opportunities, and by supporting and promoting the evolving Taiwanese American identity everywhere.

TAP-NY events are open to all regardless of background. Whether your goal is personal or professional development, cultural engagement, or simply to have fun, get active, and meet new friends, we look forward to welcoming you to an upcoming event!

Interested in learning more about our reach, demographic, and how you can support our mission? Email us at [email protected] for a packet regarding partnership opportunities!

Values

Community building

 


 Openness and friendliness  

Cultural and social relevance

Meet the Board

The board of TAP-NY is a diverse and ambitious set of individuals committed to furthering TAP-NY’s mission. By dedicating our time to TAP-NY, we are contributing to something bigger — harnessing our passion into giving back and building a stronger community. We are ambitious in our goals, strive for creativity and innovation, and are continuously working to grow both the organization and ourselves.

Ben was born in Taiwan and grew up in Rochester, NY, where his parents are very involved in the local Taiwanese organization. At the University of Pennsylvania, he was an active member of the Penn Taiwanese Society. Upon graduation, he moved to New York and joined TAP to continue his involvement in the Taiwanese community. Now as an active board member, Ben plans to share Taiwan's rich history and culture with all those interested through creative and engaging programming. In his free time, Ben loves playing board games, ridiculous group fitness classes, binge watching Netflix, and exploring the NYC food scene (and taking photos!)  He's excited to meet you at the next TAP event!

Ben Watkins
Co-President

Julie was born and raised in New Jersey, but spent many summers of her childhood in southern Taiwan. She studied Decision Processes, Finance, Management, and French at the University of Pennsylvania and was an active member of the Penn Taiwanese Society. Upon graduation, she stayed in Philly for several years before moving to NYC, working in finance most of her career and now exploring the healthcare tech and startup world. Julie enjoys long-distance running, hiking and camping, international travel, spontaneous adventures, and of course, sharing her love of Taiwanese culture.

Julie Shen
Co-President

Jen was raised in Northern Virginia and went to the University of Virginia where she studied biomedical engineering. Shortly after graduation, she decided to change directions and headed to law school. It only took a summer internship in NYC for her to realize that it was time to leave Virginia. She relocated to NYC after graduation where she currently works as an intellectual property attorney. In her spare time, she likes to watch way too much Netflix, meet new people, eat everything New York has to offer, and give back to the community through TAP.

Jen Nguyen
Vice President

Kevin was raised in Maryland (301!), and studied Computer Science and Finance at UVa while serving as president of TSA.  After graduating, he moved to NYC for the ibanking life before coming back to his senses and joining a software startup.  On the weekends, you can usually find him <a href="http://www.instagram.com/wovenking"> taking photos</a>, listening to kpop/cpop/edm, or playing vball.  Kevin also enjoys meeting people, discussing startups, and calories.

Kevin Wong
Professional

Jordan was born and raised in Central Jersey but frequently visited Taiwan for family reunions. A proud survivor of ‘art school,’ he earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduation, he worked as an independent contractor whilst traveling throughout Europe and Asia. He eventually settled down in the Big Apple where he currently works in tech as a user interface designer. In his spare time, Jordan can be found maintaining his travel lifestyle blog, experimenting in the kitchen or planning out his next adventure!

Jordan Hu
Content & Marketing

Harrison was born in Taipei and grew up in the suburbs of North Jersey. He studied Industrial & Management Engineering at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and was actively involved in TASA as the Social Chair. Soon after graduation, he moved to NYC where he currently works in business analytics. He visits Taiwan yearly to see family and eat Taiwanese street food.  Harrison often spends his free time climbing at Brooklyn Boulders or improving Taiwanese recipes at home. He loves to drink scotch/coffee, listen to EDM and meet new people. Growing up with a competitive spirit, he enjoys playing sports and video games. Harrison hopes to help TAP members lead a more active lifestyle and build long lasting friendships.

Harrison Wang
Social & Athletics

Sarah has lived most of her life in a small, rural town in Illinois but dreamed of living in a big city. She studied Economics at Washington University in St. Louis and has a Master in Public Health from the same university. Oddly enough, she reverted back to working among economists and is now a Data Manager at the Independent Budget Office, a non-mayoral city agency akin to the Congressional Budget Office but for the City of New York. When she's not working, she's usually found cuddling with her cat, playing video games, or working out at Crunch.

Sarah Sayavong
Community & Advocacy

Kristie was born in Edison, New Jersey and studied English, Spanish, and Music at Rutgers University. She moved to NYC in 2015 and currently works at a tech startup. An avid fan of dou hua (豆花) and all Taiwanese street food (except stinky tofu), she travels to Taiwan every few years to get back in touch with her roots. In her spare time, Kristie enjoys ballroom dancing, outdoors activities, traveling, and reading.

Kristie Kuo
Membership

Kelly was raised in Maryland and attended Emory University, where she studied Political Science and Economics. After graduation, she moved to NYC and currently works at a FinTech startup. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys sampling different studios on ClassPass, meal prepping, and hanging with friends.

Kelly Lin
Cultural & Mentorship

Cindy was born and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City. She first visited China and Taiwan, at 10 and 23 years old, respectively. She received her bachelor's degree from New York University, where she studied Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. After graduation, she stayed in New York and currently pursues a career in healthcare and research. In her free time, she loves to travel and immerse herself in nature and different cultures in order to gain a better appreciation of the world around her.

Cindy Wang
Cultural & Treasurer

Jessica was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey and studied Economics and Marketing at Northwestern University. She moved back to the east coast and straight to NYC after graduating and currently works in advisory at a digital consultancy. In her free time, Jessica likes exploring new restaurants, hiking, shopping online sales, and keeping up with the Kardashians.

Jessica Ching
Professional

Allison was raised in Maryland and studied Marketing and Operations, Information, and Decisions at the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to NYC after graduating and currently works at a marketing agency. In her free time, Allison enjoys exploring dessert places, watching Taiwanese variety shows, and cuddling with her cat.

Allison Wong
Social

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