TANG traces its roots back to TACEC (Taiwanese American Conference East Coast), a conference formed by the first wave of Taiwanese immigrants arriving in America in the 70’s and 80’s. Though it began as a retreat for families living in the Northeast, TACEC’s focus soon grew to incorporate issues related to human rights and advancing freedom and democracy on the island nation of Taiwan. All these years, parents attending TACEC brought their children in tow, creating an impromptu community for second generation Taiwanese Americans. These youth eventually organized to create their own programming and served as one of the nation’s earliest communities for native born Taiwanese Americans.
In 2003, TANG (Taiwanese American Next Generation) was created with the explicit goal of organizing a formal program for young Taiwanese Americans attending TACEC. Our counselors, program directors, executive director, and board of directors are all former campers (some of whom are now parents of campers in our Juniors Program!) volunteering in order to ensure this community continues to enrich the lives of each generation. In the decade-plus that TANG has existed, camp/conferences have been organized in partnership with TACEC and independently in 2008 and 2011 at Villanova University and the University of Scranton.