FAQ

About the TANG Conference


Why should my family and I attend TANG?
At TANG, we are dedicated to bringing fostering pride and interest in Taiwanese culture and cultivating personal growth. What makes TANG unique from other Taiwanese American conferences is that we’re the only conference that spans all three generations. Through our unique position in the community, we provide a rare opportunity for families and old friends to reunite to truly build a multigenerational community and lasting relationships.

Do I/my spouse/my child need to be Taiwanese to attend TANG?
You don’t need to be Taiwanese!  All you need is an open mind and the desire to learn more about Taiwanese culture.

I went to TAC/EC in my youth and remember it not having any formal programming. Is that still the case with TANG?
TANG was created in 2003 with the sole purpose of creating a formal program for the 2nd generation that attended.  Every year, we rotate between themes of Identity, Family, Community, and Growth to create a space for self-development.  

What is the primary language used at TANG?
All TANG programs are in English with occasional programming allocated to learning Taiwanese and Mandarin. Most of our staffers are all American born, so English is their primary language as well. While some of our staffers do speak Taiwanese and Mandarin, it is not needed to participate in the programs at TANG.

My child doesn’t speak English, can they still attend?
Many of our counselors can speak only English.  For your child’s safety, we highly recommend that your child can speak English.

Which generations of Taiwanese Americans usually participate?
2nd generation and 3rd generation

Can parents come for the whole weekend as well?
Absolutely! The TANG Parents program was created so that the older 2G could bring their children.  There is also the TACEC program, where parents who are more interested about issues in Taiwan can participate as well.

This is my child’s first sleep away conference and I’m worried about them. What options do I have to address my concern?
Depending on which program your child is in, we have some options to try to address your concern!

Tiny Tots are required to stay with their parents or grandparents for the entire weekend.  During the day, feel free to drop by and stay since some of the kids miss their parents sometimes.  

For the Juniors and older programs, we recommend that campers share a room with other kids their age so that they can bond with some new friends, but we do sometimes make special arrangements. If your child has a friend in the same program that’s coming as well, you can request that your child room with them. We do our best to accommodate all requests.  All TANG programs currently reside in the same dorm building as well, so you can always check in with your child.   Some Parents prefer that their child in the Junior program stay with them at night, so that’s an option as well. Just make sure to request that your child will be rooming with your family at night.  

For Junior High and High School participants, we highly recommend them rooming with other fellow campers in their program.  We do our best to accommodate all requests.

Can my child join the program with a sibling/friend in a different age group?
Our counselors work hard to create a program that is tailored to each age group.  To be respectful to their hard work and to other campers, we would like all campers to attend the program that corresponds to their age group. 

Can I visit my child while they are in their respective programs over the weekend?
If your child is in Tiny Tots, you are welcome to drop by every few hours and anytime you’re available.  The kids sometimes miss their parents so feel free to stay and hang out as well.

If your child is in the Juniors, Junior High, and High School programs, you are welcome to visit your child during the weekend. However, please keep in mind that the activity locations are subject to change and your child will most likely be actively participating in the activities. We do collect phone numbers, so if there are any issues we will contact you.  You will definitely see your child during meal times as well since we are on the same campus. 

My child/myself cannot make the entirety of TANG conference. Will their fee be prorated?
We highly recommend that you/your child attend TANG in its entirety, but if you have a special circumstance contact us at hello@tangeneration.org

My child would like to attend the conference but has a conflict. Can I pull him/her out of camp for a short period?
We highly recommend that you/your child attend TANG in its entirety, but if you have a special circumstance contact us at hello@tangeneration.org

My child has certain allergies or daily medication requirements. Can they still attend TANG?
Yes. Please note their needs on the medical waiver form and be sure that your child brings all necessary medication with them.  The information will be confidential and only shared with people who will be in direct contact with your child.  

My child has special needs.  Can they still attend TANG?
Most if not all of the staff do not have formal training interacting with children with special needs. However, we encourage you to reach out to us at hello@tangeneration.org to discuss the specifics of your child’s needs and whether or not we will be able to accommodate them.

Are cell phones and laptops allowed?
Although, we recommend that participants leave video games, etc. at home, campers may carry a cell phone but should not be on them during programming.  Laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices are allowed during free time or after hours.

About the TACEC conference


What is the TACEC Conference and how is it different from TANG?
The TACEC Conference stands for Taiwanese American Conference East Coast (美東台灣人夏令會) and is geared towards first generation immigrants from Taiwan. First held in 1970, it was a summer retreat for Christian families but has turned into a conference that encompasses cultural and social activities, as well as issues related to human rights, the environment and current events in Taiwan. For more information visit www.tacec.org.

What is the demographic of TACEC?
TACEC is mostly comprised of first generation immigrants or graduate students that have stayed in the US from Taiwan.

What languages are used at TACEC’s workshops?
TAC/EC’s workshops are primarily in Mandarin or Taiwanese.  There unfortunately is no on-site translator for lectures. However, there are occasionally some speakers who conduct their workshops in English.

Can we register for TANG but attend TACEC’s programs?
If you plan on joining TACEC’s workshops, please register for the TACEC program itself so they can properly account for attendance.

I registered my family for the TACEC conference because we didn’t know the TANG program existed. Can I drop my child off for the TANG programs?
For the safety of all the children, we unfortunately cannot accept last minute registrants for TANG.  For future conferences, we highly encourage you registering your child early for TANG!

Campers


I just finished Kindergarten. Should I stay in Tiny Tots or go into the Juniors Program?
It is generally best if your child has finished 1st grade before moving up to Juniors. In Juniors, we have a longer day that includes small group discussions and other activities where the campers will be actively engaged.

I just finished 5th grade. Should I stay in Juniors or go into Junior High Program?
You should stay in the Juniors program and join the Junior High program after you’ve finished 6th grade.

I just finished 8th grade. Should they stay in Junior High or go into the High School program?
You should stay in the Junior High Program and join the High School program after you’ve finished 9th grade.  

I just finished 12th grade. Can I still go to TANG?
Absolutely! We have seniors that come back every year to join our High School Program which is meant for teens that have finished grades 9-12.  

I’m in the High School Program. How do I get involved with coordinating?
Coordinating is a great way to show your interest in staffing in the future! We have positions that you can get involved with during the conference or throughout the year. Reach out to your High School Program Directors to get more information!