Deana Chuang is a second generation Taiwanese American. Born and raised in Southern California, she graduated from Pomona College with degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies. After graduation, Deana lived in Taiwan for a year learning Mandarin prior to attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon graduation from law school, Deana worked in private law firms and for federal judges. She currently works for the City of Burbank as a prosecutor and serves as Co-Coordinator of the North American Taiwanese Women’s Association II. Deana resides in Los Angeles and enjoys eating out, learning golf, and community service.
Who you are and what do you do?
I am a second generation Taiwanese American living in the great city of Los Angeles. I work as a prosecutor for the City of Burbank, primarily handling driving under the influence, domestic violence, and drug possession cases.
What does it mean to be a Taiwanese American?
Being Taiwanese American means having the understanding and experience of two vibrant cultures, both of which I value. I am empowered with the wisdom of knowing and living two ways of life, two histories, two traditions. The awareness of both Taiwanese and American cultures makes me unique and more powerful.
Why should people come to TANG?
People should come to TANG because it is an excellent opportunity to meet others who share our Taiwanese culture. While I have always participated in the Asian American community, I find that Taiwanese-centered activities have special meaning to me. Growing up, I would have loved to attend a summer camp specifically for Taiwanese Americans.
What are you most looking forward to TANG this year?
I am looking forward to meeting other Taiwanese Americans, particularly the campers. I rarely have opportunities to interact with elementary, junior high, and high school Taiwanese Americans, so I look forward to hearing about their experiences. I’m curious to learn what kind of progress has been made since I was a teenager.
What does “growth” mean to you?
Growth means accepting and learning from life’s challenges. Every day presents opportunities for growth.