A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US


Harvard Taiwanese Cultural Society is a student-run organization at Harvard College dedicated to promoting the culture and heritage of Taiwan and Taiwanese-Americans. From cultural events like making dumplings (from scratch!) to social events like karaoke to special events like our annual Nightmarket, TCS explores the Taiwanese culture from a variety aspects! Our goal is to enhance awareness of Taiwanese culture and to provide a place for those interested in Taiwan to further develop their understanding.

Vision: To foster a community in which people of all backgrounds can share, explore, and further develop an interest in Taiwanese culture.
Mission: We are a student-run organization at Harvard College dedicated to promoting the culture and heritage of Taiwan and Taiwanese-Americans. One primary quality you'll notice about TCS is our tight knit family-like structure. As one of the most active organizations on campus, TCS puts on many events each semester, sharing the joys and wonders of Taiwanese culture.

Check out our constitution or our Facebook page for more info!



Events



Featured Event: TCS Speaker Series, Vice President Lai Ching-te


On the evening of October 1, 2021, Harvard’s Taiwanese Cultural Society (TCS) invited Taiwan’s Vice President Lai Ching-te for our fall speaker series. The event took place in the CGIS South Tsai Auditorium, and was joined by close to 30 Harvard Taiwanese students to collectively celebrate our heritage and highlight Taiwan’s success story in containing COVID-19.

As an ongoing initiative, TCS is dedicated to bringing influential keynote speakers to the Harvard campus every semester. In the spirit of achieving our mission of spotlighting Taiwan on the international stage and sharing our cultural backbone with the community, we specifically asked VP Lai to cover a broad range of timely topics, including the synergistic role between the private sector and the government in combating the pandemic, the teamwork and resilience shown by policymakers and citizens, and the challenges ahead of this democratic nation.

VP Lai is a thoughtful leader and a well-received politician who represents the Democratic Progressive Party. In the most recent September polling, he held the highest support rate out of all candidates in the run for Presidency in 2024. VP Lai is also a Harvard Master of Public Health alumnus, as he shared with us his memories of the Yard. Ultimately, the event was a high profile success in many ways. It was extensively covered across all the major publications and news channels in Taiwan and remained in circulation for a week. In fact, the event ended up as a permanent feature on the Presidential Office site. TCS is very glad to be able to organize such a momentous event, and we look forward to bringing more events of the same caliber to the Harvard community and Taiwanese in the Boston area.

The full recording version of the speech can be found here.



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2021 Board




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Brandon Chen '22,
Co-President

Brandon is a senior in Cabot House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Linguistics. He has been involved with TCS since freshman fall and loves the community, friendship, and food found within. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, napping, playing polo, and staring into the sky like an idiot any time a plane flies overhead.

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Mari Chen-Fiske '23,
Co-President

Mari is a junior concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Outside of classes, she enjoys rock climbing, listening to Radiolab, and drinking tea. Her favorite breakfast from 7/11 is a tea egg and banana. Mari loves being part of the TCS community and is looking forward to a fun and fulfilling year!

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Caitlin Hauser '24,
Vice President (Internal)

Caitlin is a sophomore potentially concentrating in ESPP or Chemistry. She is originally from Switzerland but now lives in Ottawa, Canada, and spent her gap year living in Taipei. Outside of school, she enjoys playing piano, playing volleyball, learning languages and travelling. She's very much looking forward to this upcoming year with TCS!

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William Wu '23,
Vice President (External)

William is a junior in Leverett House concentrating in Economics, with a secondary in Environmental Science. As a native from Taipei, he is committed to sharing a piece of his Taiwanese heritage to the Harvard campus. Aside from planning and executing annual TCS events, he has been active in sourcing exciting opportunities with other cultural groups, ranging across academia and governmental sectors. In his spare time, William can be found playing tennis or guitar.

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Derek Hwang '24,
Social Chair

Derek is a sophomore pursuing a chemistry concentration and an economics secondary concentration. He is originally from Iowa and loves country music and all things rural. He enjoys immersing himself in Taiwanese culture and learning more about his extended family. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, playing the cello, and most importantly, banging his head on his table because of organic chemistry. He's excited to call TCS his second family and can't wait to learn more about his identity.

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Nicole Chen '23,
Finance Chair

Nicole is a junior in Currier studying economics with a secondary in philosophy from the SF Bay Area. Nicole loves visiting her extended family in Taiwan over summers and enjoys the Taiwanese food and night market scene. She is excited to serve TCS as finance chair and is looking forward to sharing more of Taiwan's culture with the Harvard community!

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Christie Hung '22,
Alumni Relations Chair

Christie is a senior in Cabot House studying Chemical and Physical Biology. Christie is from New Jersey, but enjoys visiting Taiwan almost every summer for its night market, mango shaved ice, and boba. In her free time, she enjoys listening to alternative EDM music, playing violin, baking, and medical and crime drama shows.

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Henry Kuo '23,
Outreach Chair

Henry Kuo was once a First-Year in Pennypacker Hall. He is passionate about Computer Science & Neuroscience. He is interested in answering the questions: What is intelligence? How did intelligence come to be? Henry is also interested in bridging the talent gap in Taiwan. As an international student from Taiwan, Henry makes sure that TCS is providing the "right" culture. Other than that, he regularly attends and endorses TCS events. Outside of TCS, he enjoys reading Dan Brown novels, playing the piano, and watching YouTube videos.

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Edward Lee '22,
Finance Chair

Edward is a senior in Eliot House concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology. Outside of TCS, he performs as part of the Taekwondo demonstration team.

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Emily Tsai '24,
Design Chair

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