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H-ASIA Date: August 21, 1995 1)************************************************************** From: email@example.com.EDU "Chau-Yi Lin" Subj:An Introduction of FAPA The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) An Introduction Established in 1982, in Los Angeles, CA, by prominent political, academic, business and social figures, FAPA is a non-profit public research and education organization dedicated to promoting the rights and interests of all native and overseas Taiwanese. With Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and also incorporation in the State of New York, FAPA exerts influence through its members in major metropolitan chapters around the world, e.g., North America, Western Europe, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and Taiwan itself. At present, FAPA has established over two dozen local chapters in North America. Goals: 1. To seek international support for the right of the people of Taiwan to determine their future status. 2. To promote human rights, freedom and democracy for the people of Taiwan. 3. To protect enhance the rights, interests and welfare of Taiwanese communities throughout the world. Performance: Since its establishment, FAPA has concentrated on monitoring United States policy regarding Taiwan and making recommendations for improvements. This reflects the conclusion of FAPA's leaders that the United States is the most important external factor with the ability to influence the government on Taiwan and Taiwan's international status. I. International Support for Taiwanese self-determination: FAPA solicited Members of Congress to introduce resolutions concerning the future of Taiwan. In 1983, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Senate Resolution 74, which stated that "Taiwan's future should be settled peacefully, free of coercion and in a manner acceptable to the people on Taiwan." In 1990 House Concurrent Resolution 293 was introduced, stating that "in determining the future of Taiwan, the will and wishes of the people of Taiwan should be taken into account through effective democratic mechanisms, such as a plebiscite." In 1991, three Resolutions were introduced. FAPA encouraged its friends to express support for self-determination by the people of Taiwan. Ever since several resolution were introduced in support of United Nations membership for the 21 million people of Taiwan. A Bill was introduced urging Taiwan's Government to abolish Taiwan's blacklist. And on October 25, 1994, an amendment in the State Department Technical Corrections Bill was signed into law by the President law allowing for Taiwanese Americans to list as place of birth in their American passports "Taiwan" instead of "China." FAPA has also initiated misc. Congressional hearings on issues related to freedom and democracy for the people of Taiwan. (Freedom of speech and the 4th TV station, UN membership for Taiwan, fairness of Taiwan's elections, safety and security of Taiwan etc.) II. Furthering Human Rights on Taiwan: FAPA strongly supports the human right provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act, Section 2(c) of 1979, governing U.S.-Taiwan relations in the absence of formal diplomatic relations. Through its Washington, D.C. office, FAPA attempts to bring human rights problems on Taiwan to the attention of members of the U.S. Congress, appropriate U.S. government agencies, the American Institute in Taiwan and the general public. III. Promoting Democracy: Through Congress, FAPA has initiated and achieved the following: 1. Establishing the Committee for Democracy on Taiwan in May 1986, which seeks to promote human rights, freedom and democracy for the people of Taiwan. 2. Facilitating the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs to invite 15 leaders of the newly formed DPP in Feb. 1987 to attend an American seminar concerning democracy on Taiwan. 3. Sponsoring the "Run for Democracy on Taiwan" demanding open and fair election of all seats in national legislative bodies of Taiwan. 4. Pushing Congress on resolutions regarding Taiwan. FAPA is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, all dues and monetary contributions are tax-deductible as charitable donations (ID# 11-2615291). For more information or questions, please contact: Coen Blaauw or Echo Lin Executive Director Director 552 7th St., S.E. Washington D.C., 20003 Tel: (202) 547-3686 Fax: (202) 543-7891 E-mail: Coenblaauw@aol.com Jenhui@aol.com An official WWW site is created by Mark Shih: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu:80/~mshih/graphics/index.html You can reach us also at: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu:80/~mshih/graphics/fapa_mail.html ================================================================= To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to H-ASIA@msu.edu For vacations send message to firstname.lastname@example.org on message line type set h-asia nomail upon return simply type set h-asia mail