Ai-jen Poo

Ai-Jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Worker Alliance (NDWA). She is featured on the 2012 TIME 100: Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. She has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996 and spearheaded the successful passage of NY state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, Ai-jen was recognized by Women Deliver as one of 100 women internationally who are “delivering” for other women. She cites her strong sense of justice to her Taiwanese background.

A tiny snapshot of Ai-jen’s numerous achievements include—recipient of the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award, the Twink Frey Visiting Scholar Fellowship at University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women, Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and Feminist Press’s “40 Under 40″ Award.

Workshop Speakers

Herbert Chang is currently a software developer at Aereo, Inc., a technology start-up focused on creating the next generation experience for television watching. He has been a supporter and advocate for Taiwan for many years, currently serving as the Chapter President for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a national grass-roots political organization advocating for Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American interests. He is also a part of the team that produced Dear Taiwan, a documentary film exploring the question of national identity among Taiwanese youth of today. In his spare time, he plays frisbee, rock climbs, snowboards, and of course, listens to lots of music.

Candice Chiu is currently an associate at Bancroft PLLC, a boutique law firm in Washington DC.  She recently served as a Judicial Clerk to retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court of the United States.  She is a graduate of Harvard College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School, where she served as Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review.  As a second generation Taiwanese American, Candice served as the President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association in college and Finance Chair of the 2002 ITASA conference.

Ching Lee retired from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 2009. He was the head of the Psychology Department for nine years. His specialties are Biopsychology, Animal Behavior, Behavior Genetics, Health Psychology, Alternative Medicine. Currently he is President of Taiwan Photography Association and President of Taiwan Academy of Languages and Culture.

Felicia Lin is a Taiwanese American writer who has been documenting the life of Su Beng, a nonagenarian Taiwanese revolutionary, activist and historian. through interviews, video and audio recordings since 2004. She is now working with Su Beng on writing his memoir in English. In 1991, while at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she helped to found the Intercollegiate Taiwanese Students Association (ITASA). In 2001, after obtaining a master’s degree in psychology at New York University, she left for Taiwan on a quest to discover her roots. She was teaching English at Kao Yuan University, located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, when she “discovered” Su Beng. Also in the works is a romantic comedy novel with a multi-ethnic cast of five characters, who go through hilarious dating and relationship adventures in New York City. Currently Felicia resides in New York City. To learn more about her project to document the life of Su Beng visit her blog.

Victoria Linchong is an award-winning Taiwanese-American actress, writer, producer and director working in both theater and film. She is currently in post-production for ALMOST HOME: TAIWAN, a documentary about Taiwan’s identity and independence and workshopping BIG FLOWER EATER, an experimental play that examines the history of women in Asia through shamanism. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the intercultural theater and film company Direct Arts. See more about her work here.

Frederick Liu is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, where he practices in the appellate group. Before joining the firm, Mr. Liu served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., the Chief Justice of the United States. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven M. Colloton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Liu graduated from Yale Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Maggie Hsu is a co-founder of Mochi Magazine (MochiMag.com) and a native East Coaster. She graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and from Harvard College with a degree in biology. She has worked at LVMH doing champagne strategy for Veuve Clicquot and at Hilton Worldwide doing brand strategy. She is currently a management consultant.

Christine Wei is the deputy editor at Mochi Magazine (MochiMag.com) and a Taipei-St. Louis-NYC transplant. When she’s not dreaming of new destinations to explore or breathing in more calories than she should, she’s working as an associate editor at New York Family magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like National Geographic Traveler, Disney’s Babble.com, FATHOM, Elite Traveler, and Girl Gone Travel.

Stephanie Wu is a co-founder and editor in chief of Mochi Magazine (MochiMag.com). She grew up in Taipei and moved to New York to attend college, receiving degrees in journalism and East Asian studies from New York University. During the day, she works in the magazine industry as an associate editor at Town & Country, a luxury lifestyle magazine. She previously freelanced at Health and Esquire and has held internships at InStyle, Teen Vogue, W, Marie Claire, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Su Hwei Lin is the President, CEO, trademark owner of Manhattan Portage, a well-known international brand for reliable, lightweight, functional messenger bags. The highly respected executive in the Manhattan business community graduated from business school in Taiwan and studied Economics and Japanese History in Nagoya. For five years, she traveled between Asia, Europe, and America, building an import/export design business involving these continents. She came to New York in 1991 exporting Manhattan Portage bags to Asia. In 2007, Su Hwei launched a new MP line called Token as a high-end designer collection of bags. She has since grown all the companies she now owns into a multi-million dollar business that circles the globe. Her personal and business philosophies are deeply rooted in her Taiwanese background, which taught her the importance of kindness and persistence. To this day, she partners with manufacturers in Taiwan to sell quality products at fair prices.

Michelle Young is the Founder of Untapped Cities, a travel website focused on the rediscovery of cities through architecture and urbanism. Her writing and photography has appeared in the Huffington Post, Business Insider, The New York Times, Pitchfork, International Business Times, Architecture Daily and more. She began her career in the corporate offices of Abercrombie & Fitch, J.Crew and Calvin Klein but made an exit from fashion in 2008, traveling to work for earthquake disaster organizations in Peru and Sumatra. She regularly speaks at conferences and universities, including the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference “Jane Jacobs Revisited,” the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City, Brandeis University, Columbia University, UPenn and the School of Visual Arts. She also gave a talk on the sociology of fashion design in Asia at the 2004 Yale ITASA conference. Michelle holds a masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University, a B.A. from Harvard in the History of Art & Architecture, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. She credits her non-traditional lifestyle to the upbringing of her renegade Taiwanese parents.

Jenny Wang is a recent graduate from Rutgers University. Jenny has been actively involved in various Taiwanese American activities for a number of years. At Rutgers University, she was on the Executive Board of the Rutgers Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA) for 3 years. In addition, Jenny is a former Formosa Foundation Ambassador. She also was a member of the 2012 UN4TW and Taiwan Week planning committee, where she helped plan a little bit of each event during the Taiwan Week, as well as served as a press correspondent for the committee. She assisted in updating UN4TW Twitter page and sent out press releases. She was also co-MC for both the Music, Sounds Delicious event and the UN for Taiwan rally.  In 2013, Jenny has been elected to be the Public Relations/Marketing Chair  for the Formosan Association of Public Affairs (FAPA). Jenny thoroughly enjoys working closely with other individuals that care so deeply about Taiwan and hopes to inspire others.