Young Adults – Staff Group

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Christine Su

YA Program Director

My name is Christine Su.  I have a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and have been a therapist for 7 years. I've worked in multiple settings at JFK medical center in Edison, NJ including inpatient rehab, acute care, brain trauma unit and outpatient.  Currently I'm working in the home care setting with VNA medical group.  I have a passion for neurological patients but also believe that every aspect of physical therapy whether its orthopedic or neurological can provide a full outlook in the treatment of a patient.  On my free time I enjoy playing sports. I usually play in a softball league, play tennis with my family, and basketball with friends from church.  I also am an elder at my church, TAFPC (Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church) located in Hillsborough, New Jersey.  I enjoy watching shows on Netflix and traveling to different countries.  The last places I've visited were Iceland, Portugal, and Italy.  And of course for many years, I've enjoyed being a part of TANG (Taiwanese American Next Generation) as a counselor or program director, leading programs for Juniors, High school, and now the Young Adult program.  

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Shaowei Tu

My name is Shaowei and I am originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. My family and I moved to the U.S. (Richmond, VA) when I was in middle school. Currently, I am a solutions consultant for Oracle, which just means I travel around the country and show our wonderful customers how we can help make their everyday work lives easier. I went to Virginia Tech for my undergraduate degree and Wake Forest University for a master's degree. I enjoy competing in sports and traveling to experience all that our wonderful earth has to offer. My favorite moment from TANG is the Taiwan night, where everyone come together for an exciting and entertaining performance, following by authentic Taiwanese food.

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Isaac Chen

My name is Isaac Chen and I'm a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Philadelphia, PA. My personal hobbies include running, biking, reading and discussing politics/philosophy, and following the Philadelphia Phillies. My favorite activity from TANG 2018 was Taiwanese Cooking with Tom Wu -- the combination of traditional Taiwanese cooking and a hands-on group activity made it the most memorable part of last year's TANG. 

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Peter Lin

Taiwanese-American trombonist Peter Lin is a young and creative musician active on the New Jersey and New York scene. A graduate of the esteemed jazz programs of William Paterson University (undergraduate) and Rutgers University (graduate), Peter studied with trombone legends such as Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig, Robin Eubanks, Steve Davis, & Frank Lacy. He has performed with many notable artists including Slide Hampton, Winard Harper, Charli Persip, Valerie Ponomarev, JD Allen, & Radam Schwartz. Peter is also an established educator, holding a prestigious faculty position at Melissa Walker & Christian McBride’s non-profit organization, Jazz House Kids. His first record, With Respect, featured arrangements of classic Chinese and Taiwanese songs, which peaked at #3 on the NACC Charts and #4 on the RMR Charts. His second album, New Age Old Ways, features eight of his original compositions along with an original comic book with illustrations by Kelly Lin.

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Amanda Chou

From: Charlotte, NC

School / profession: Graduated from Wake Forest University, NC in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science, minor in Environmental Studies.

I am currently working as an IT Agile Project Manager / Sr. Scrum Master, which means I coach and foster technology teams to continuously improve their productivity and efficiency - and team happiness 🙂

Hobbies: During my free time I love drawing, decorating my house and discovering new places to eat and try good coffee.

Last year was my first time staffing for the YA program, and I loved every minute of participating in workshops that surround personal growth - these discussions challenged us to reflect deeply and find motivation and joy in the midst of our busy, fast-paced lives as young professionals.

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Keshine O'Young

From: Poughkeepsie, NY

I am currently working as a software developer for the Weather Company in Massachusetts. Outside of work I play an unhealthy amount of video games, currently playing Apex Legends mostly. I’m always up for talking about any games though. I’ve been coming to TANG for 5+ years and finally decided to do some staffing. I hope everyone who comes can enjoy it as much as I do every year.

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Howee Wu

I’m Howee! Currently, I am a second grade elementary teacher serving the community of Newark, New Jersey! My dream is to teach abroad and literally become a global citizen. My alma mater is Soka University of America in Southern California. Through my university, I was able to travel to 23 countries with no out-of-pocket costs and study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France with a French family. I am obsessed with traveling (so far 51 countries and counting) and Snapchatting. I enjoy singing, performing like Lady Gaga, and music!

I grew up a bit in Taiwan but spent most of my life in NJ.

Tom Wu

Tom Wu

From: Fort Lee, NJ

School:

  • BS Nutrition conc Dietetics from Montclair State University
  • AOS Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America
  • BPS Applied Food Studies from The Culinary Institute of America

Profession: Was a GM(in training) at Chipotle, currently working as a Sous Chef at a meal delivery company

Hobbies: During my very, very few free time, I usually enjoy playing tennis, paintball, and riding my motorcycle. I do play other sports, however those are the main ones. I also enjoy going to the beach and hiking in the mountains (friends and company always invited). Food and cooking is my passion, and my life goal is to change the way we view food and food culture through proper education.

I have been a part of TANG since 2004, started staffing at 2006 and have been doing it every since. I have been a counselor and program director for all the programs, except for tiny tots. My goals for the YA program is to be able to create a YA community which we can share experiences, look for help and advice, make memories, and hang out. At this age, most of the people we know are usually the people we work with and/or hang out with. The TANG community is one of the best community to be surrounded by a diverse group of peers working in many different fields, in different stages of life, and with a large collection of interests and passions that we can “tap” into and benefit from each other.