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Chips and Chains: Trends in US-Taiwan Business

August 7, 2023

Friday May 12, 2023 1:00pm-4:00pm

Saturday May 13, 2023 9:00am-12:00pm

Peek Family Forum (Founders Hall 580) | Seattle Campus

As US-China relations grow increasingly tense, Taiwan has found itself in the middle of a decoupling of the two largest economies in the world. Taiwan-based semiconductor firm TSMC has responded to the recent US CHIPS Act by building a new fabrication plant on US soil. Taiwan and the US are on the cusp of signing a major bilateral trade deal.  Meanwhile, the global economy is still reeling from multiple years of supply chain disruptions from the COVID pandemic and its effects on inflation.  How will these changes affect Taiwan’s businesses?

The conference opened with a keynote address by Ryan Hass of the Brookings Institution. Hass’ remarks were followed by our first panel on supply chains featuring Tina Chen, Head of Strategic Sourcing at Swarovski, and John Hodowany, President of JC Grand, moderated by Professor Marie Anchordoguy. Day Two began with a panel discussing semiconductors moderated by Professor Debra Glassman. Professors Marie Anchordoguy and Suresh Kotha provided a rich depiction of the complexity of the semiconductor industry. Moderated by Professor James Lin, our final panel addressed US-Taiwan business relations more broadly. Director General Daniel K.C. Chen of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, John Hodowany, and Ryan Hass each provided their insights into the evolving relationship.

This event was hosted by the East Asia CenterFoster Global Business Center, and the Taiwan Studies Program.

The recoded footage is available on our YouTube channel and below.

Day 1

Day 2