The National Association of Chinese-Americans (NACA) celebrated in Atlanta Oct. 6 the 46th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, while the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office here held a reception on Oct. 10 to celebrate its National Day.
Some 250 people attended the Oct. 6 dinner at the Honto Restaurant on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road which almost had to be canceled due to a power failure caused by Hurricane Opal. The electricity came back on, however, about an hour and a half before the guests arrived, including Cao Dong Chang, a representative from the PRC’s consulate in Houston. “We are convinced that all the Chinese, including the ones in Taiwan, support the reunification of China,” said Mr. Chang, who also talked briefly about the progress of China’s economic development.
More than 400 people attended the National Day reception at the J. W. Marriott Hotel at Lenox during which Stanley S. T. Kao, director general of the economic and cultural office here, announced that 54 members of the Taipei City Council, and two of their associates, each purchased a brick for the Centennial Park in honor of the 1996 Olympics. Atlanta is a Sister City of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
Mr. Kao also said that “by any standard, Taiwan is functioning as a modern, liberal democracy.” He cited the more than 70 legally registered political parties on the island and the elections for governor and mayor held in 1994 as well as the upcoming presidential election in March 1996.
Although Mr. Kao did not directly address the issue, Taiwan’s efforts to rejoin the United Nations were summarized in literature handed out at the reception and there were signs on display proclaiming “Return the Republic of China on Taiwan to the U.N.”
ATA Investment, China Professional Travel and Tours, China Tour, Coca-Cola and the PRC’s Consulate in Houston were the sponsorsoring organizations of the NACA dinner. For more information about NACA, call Lani Wang at (404) 394-6542. The information division of the Taipei office may be reached by calling (404) 522-0481.