America, Taiwan and Peace in the Indo-Pacific
The University of Wisconsin–Madison hosted Bi-Khim Hsiao, representative of the Republic of China (Taiwan), for her lecture, “America, Taiwan and Peace in the Indo-Pacific,” on Thursday Sept. 30 2021.
Hsiao addressed Taiwan as a young and vibrant democracy, as well as a frontline democracy under constant threat. Furthermore, she offered insights into how Taiwan and the U.S. work together, and noted the importance of peace in the Taiwan Straits as a matter of international concern.
Hsiao, a former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator in Taiwan, was sworn in as the new envoy to the U.S. in July 2020. She is the first woman to hold this role. Her bicultural and bilingual identity is unprecedented for someone in this position. Born to a Taiwanese father and American mother, Hsiao lived in Taiwan through junior high school then came to the U.S. for senior high. She completed her bachelor’s from Oberlin College and master’s from Columbia University.
The lecture is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, East Asian Legal Studies Center, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, wispolitics.com, Wisconsin China Initiative, and the Student Association of Taiwan.
A recording of the event is available through the CEAS YouTube channel.