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Taiwan to US

Jun 22 - 30 2019 Colorado Springs, CO

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Delegates meet Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianna Primavera on a tour of the Colorado State Capitol

In June, ACYPL was pleased to welcome a seven-member delegation from Taiwan comprised of members from four political parties and representatives of civil society. The group began their visit in Washington, DC before traveling to Colorado. The exchange was carried out in collaboration with our long-standing partner, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), and the El Pomar Foundation.

In Washington, DC, the itinerary explored the relationship between the United States and East Asia. Eric Gomez, a policy analyst at the CATO Institute, discussed the US strategic military strategy in East Asia and the rise of China. The group also had a deep interest in journalism and free press and enjoyed a meeting at the International Center for Journalists. A conversation with ACYPL alumnus and Trustee Matt Sanderson, Attorney at Caplin and Drysdale, was also particularly engaging: many delegates are involved with elections in Taiwan and enjoyed learning about the United States’ campaign finance laws in addition to the differences and similarities between our two countries’ systems. The delegation also met with Representative and ACYPL alumnus Joe Morelle (D-NY) to discuss his role as a US Congressman and his ACYPL exchange to Taiwan in 1993.

The El Pomar Foundation then hosted the delegation in Colorado for five days. In Denver, the delegation toured the Colorado State Capitol and met with Lieutenant Governor Dianna Primavera. Lt. Governor Primavera was eager to hear about the delegates’ experiences and impressions of Colorado and answer their questions. While in Colorado Springs, the delegation was able to take a closer look at local government, meeting with several members of the Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County Commissioners. Lastly, the delegates met with members of civil society at Inside Out Services, an organization focused on creating safe spaces for youth who are a part of the LGTBQ community, advocating for their rights, and educating Colorado citizens on issues pertinent to the LGTBQ community.

Delegation poses with the Hybl Family in CO

The delegation was also fortunate to engage in a variety of cultural activities throughout the exchange. They toured the US Olympic Training Center and Garden of the Gods in Colorado and spent time at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Overall, the Taiwanese delegates had a very informative and insightful exchange, meeting a wide array of American politicians and citizens.