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Overseas Taiwanese Student Volunteers Assist Reception for Double Tenth Day

Hsiao Bi-Khim, with Dr. Aaron Chen and 47 Taiwanese students, after the 2022 celebration of Double Tenth Day

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States held an evening reception on October 5 at Twin Oaks in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Double Tenth Day, the national day of the Republic of China. The reception was attended by more than 1,000 dignitaries, including AIT Chairman James F. Moriarty, ambassadors to the U.S. of allied and like-minded countries and of members of the Organization of American States (OAS), officials of many countries’ diplomatic mission to the U.S., government and legislative officials from DC, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, and leaders of overseas communities.

Taiwan’s Representative in the United States, Hsiao Bi-Khim, thanked the people from all walks of life in the United States for their efforts and contributions to strengthening Taiwan–U.S. relations in the past year, and AIT Chairman James F. Moriarty echoed her sentiments, saying that Taiwan–U.S. bilateral relations will continue to deepen in various fields. At the end of the opening ceremony, the dignitaries and the other guests jointly toasted prosperity and long-lasting friendship between Taiwan and the United States.

The Education Division of TECRO recruited 47 Taiwanese students to work as volunteers for the reception. The students contributed to and participated in the event in a wide range of ways, including introducing guests to the light refreshments on offering which featured snacks typically enjoyed at night markets in Taiwan, aspects of culture, and some Taiwanese games, with friendly smiles.

The reception was a great success and a lot of positive feedback was received from the guests and from the student volunteers. For most of the students, this was the first time they had been to Twin Oaks. This is a place with long historical ties to relations between Taiwan and the United States,

and it was placed on the National Register for Historic Sites by the United States Department of the Interior in February 1986, in official recognition of its historic and cultural significance.  The students expressed deep gratitude to the Education Division for giving them the opportunity to help TECRO in the United States celebrate this year’s Double Tenth Day.