Director-General Anne Hung Hosts Reception for the 101st National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Boston with 700 Guests in Attendance, October 3, 2012

Ms. Anne Hung, Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, hosted a reception for the 101st National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston on the evening of October 3, 2012. The event attracted an enthusiastic gathering, in excess of 700 guests from across the New England area which included prominent members of the various State Senates and Houses of Representatives, city and local governments, business, and academic communities.

It was an honor to share in the joyous celebration of the National Day with such distinguished guests as the Honorable Stanley Rosenberg, President Pro Tem, from the Massachusetts Senate, and Massachusetts State Representative Kevin Honan who presented a Joint Resolution from the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives supporting the “Inclusion of Taiwan in International Organizations and Agreements.” They were joined by Massachusetts State Representatives Donald Wong and Tackey Chan. The Resolution was particularly meaningful as the US Department of Homeland Security announced just one day prior that the Republic of China (Taiwan) was admitted as the 37th nation in the US Visa Waiver Program.

We were especially honored to have Speaker William O’Brien from the New Hampshire House of Representatives extend his congratulations. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin of Rhode Island also offered his well wishes. Mr. Jack Richard, Constituent Service Counsel, representing Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to extend his congratulations for the National Day.

The evening was topped off with a toast to the friendship between the United States and the Republic of China and a cake cutting ceremony in which Rode Island State Senator Elizabeth Crowley and New Hampshire State Representatives Robert Foose and Marilinda Garcia joined in.