December 2, 2012

Concerned about a brain drain, Taiwan recruiting California students

Taiwan’s minister of education, Wei-Ling Chiang, traveled to California in October, and one of the issues he addressed was and imbalance in the numbers of university students being exchanged by each country. “Just 3,561 American-born students are enrolled in Taiwanese universities, while about 24,000 Taiwanese students enroll in universities in the U.S,” Chiang said. “We really have to address the situation now.” According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Taiwanese education officials are renewing their efforts to enroll more international students and have opened a dozen Taiwanese college information centers have opened in nine countries in the last few years.

Taiwan’s university recruiters have begun to target a new demographic according to the report: the Taiwanese American teenager. The pitch was perhaps more attractive to parents of the second- and third-generation Taiwanese American students who were the targets of the enrollment push. “Your children will enjoy a high quality education while learning about Taiwan’s culture,” said Chiang, a Stanford graduate. About a thousand people attended the first Taiwanese education fair in the U.S., held in October at the Chinese Cultural Center in El Monte that had been advertiseed in local Chinese language radio and television stations.

While their children didn’t always agree, the idea of a Taiwanese education appealed to parents who believe their children will graduate into a job market increasingly dominated by Asian languages and businesses.

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June 1, 2007

Broadcom opens next generation cellular design center in Taiwan

Press release- too bad California didn’t get this center:

Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a significant expansion of its cellular design center in Taiwan that will help to drive development of a new generation of Microsoft Windows Mobile smart phones based on Broadcom’s highly integrated 3G cellular chipsets.  “We expect smart phones to capture increasing market share as optimized silicon solutions drive handset costs lower,” said Jim Tran, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Mobile Communications line of business…  The Broadcom Taiwan Design Center is located in the Xin-Yi district of Taipei City… Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

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March 2, 2007

Intel to invest 65 million in Taiwan`s Powertech

“Intel Corp, the world’s largest chip maker, will invest 65 million US dollar in Taiwan’s Powertech Technology to boost its flash memory business. Intel will make the investment in Powertech, a memory-chip packaging and testing company, through its venture capital arm, Intel Capital, the companies said today. The agreement was confirmed by Intel Capital Singapore-based spokesman. The acquisition is aimed at expanding Santa Clara, California-based Intel’s Nand flash memory business, giving it access to components and the supply chain, he said. Nand flash is used to store data such as music and photos in MP3 players, digital cameras and other consumer electronics.”

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Taiwanese-Americans Remember Massacre

“Immigrants from Taiwan are commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 228 Incident, a brutal crackdown that began on Feb. 28, 1947 and led to the massacre of as many as 30,000 people in Taiwan by the Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) government… Until the late 1980s, when the first Taiwanese president took office, anyone who talked about the massacre would be persecuted. At a memorial concert at Stanford University on Feb. 25, about 300 people gathered to hear Taiwanese musicians. Another concert was staged on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, where Taiwanese-Americans lit 600 candles to commemorate the anniversary. Family members of victims spoke at press conferences in cities across the country from New York to Los Angeles.”

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February 4, 2007

Taiwan Launches Manhunt for Omni Bank Owner

“A San Gabriel Valley bank has found itself the focus of unwanted attention after an international manhunt was launched for one of its Taiwanese owners following the collapse of several of his family’s Asian holdings… For more than a month Taiwan authorities have been attempting to arrest Wang, founder of the Rebar Group, and his wife, Chin Shih-ying. They fled Taiwan in late December as news broke of the failure of several companies, including the Chinese Bank in Taipei. Prosecutors in Taipei issued warrants on Jan, 15 for the pair on charges of embezzlement, insider trading and fraud.”

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