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[April 14] The Future of US-Taiwan Relations: A Conversation with Representative Bi-khim Hsiao

April 10, 2023

On Friday, April 14, 2023, at 9:30 AM PT, the UW Taiwan Studies Program will welcome Representative Bi-khim Hsiao for a public conversation with JSIS Professor James Lin to discuss the future of US-Taiwan Relations.

The Future of US-Taiwan Relations:
Representative Bi-khim Hsiao in Conversation with JSIS Professor James Lin

University of Washington (In-person Only)
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Bi-khim Hsiao (Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

Representative Bi-khim Hsiao assumed her position as Taiwan’s Representative to the United States in July 2020, after serving as a Senior Adviser to the President at the National Security Council of Taiwan.

Representative Hsiao previously served four terms in the Taiwan Legislature, representing overseas citizens for the first term, and then the constituents of Taipei City and Hualien County through different terms. For many years she was ranking member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and previously the chair of the USA Caucus in the Legislative Yuan.

She began her political career serving as Director of the Democratic Progressive Party International Affairs Department. After Taiwan’s first democratic change of government in 2000, she became an Adviser in the Office of the President, and was international spokesperson for all DPP presidential elections between 2000 and 2012.

Representative Hsiao has taken on numerous leadership roles in international organizations. She was the Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), an organization representing Asian democratic political parties. Between 2005 and 2012, she was elected Vice President on the Bureau of Liberal International (LI), a London-based global political party organization.

She is also a founding Board Member of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Representative Hsiao grew up in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan. She has an MA in Political Science from Columbia University in New York and BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, Ohio.

James Lin (Assistant Professor, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington)

James Lin, Associate Chair of the UW Taiwan Studies Program, is a historian of Taiwan and its interactions with the world in the 20th century. His research examines international agrarian development, beginning with rural reform and agricultural science in China and Taiwan from the early 20th century through the postwar era, then its subsequent re-imagining during Taiwanese development missions to Africa, Asia, and Latin America from the 1950s onward.