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ITASA 2017 Midwest Conference at University of Michigan: Lí chiah pá bô?

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The Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to connect Taiwanese American students across the country, inspires them to spearhead change, and empowers them to be the next generation of community leaders. The University of Michigan and the University of Illinois - Urbana, Champaign are proud to announce that we will be co-hosting the ITASA Midwest Conference this year.

About Our Conference: Lí chiah pá bô?

Our theme this year is Lí chiah pá bô, or "Have you eaten yet?". We ask you to think, who in the United States is afforded the same indulgences, who is afforded a seat at the table? Through our conference from March 31st to April 1st, we will aim to connect the Taiwanese American experience to an involvement in other disparaged minorities. 

This conference aims to reconcile the ideas of Taiwanese American identity and civic complacency through the alignment towards other minority communities and the oppression they face. By understanding Taiwanese history and the current Taiwanese American status, we strive to critically examine our involvement and support of other marginalized communities. 

Wherever attendees find themselves, from beginning their undergraduate adventure to beginning their commencement, we promote conference participants to explore the Taiwanese American consciousness and trajectory together.

Why Donate?

In order to make this conference possible, we need your support! The conference is estimated to cost around $16,000. As a college-based organization, our funding is limited to what we apply for and raise on our own. We would greatly appreciate any donations that you, our donors, are willing to give! Your generous contributions will help empower students leaders to strive towards bettering their communities, and build the next generation of global leaders.

Specially, your support will go towards inviting influential speakers to share their stories, creating and hosting social events that provide students with the opportunity to connect with one another, and funding for other necessary costs (eg. printing of pamphlets and booking venues). With enough support, we may also be able to lower registration fees, allowing more students attend this meaningful conference. As a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible. 

Who Will be There?

Sample of Attending Schools:

·        University of Michigan

·        University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

·        Northwestern University

·        Case Western University

·        Carnegie Mellon University

·        Notre Dame

·        The Ohio State University

·        University of Chicago

·        University of Pennsylvania

·        James Madison University

·        John Hopkins University

How Else Can You Help?

If you are unable to donate but are looking for other ways to help, we would love to include you! We will be needing volunteers for our conference, so if you are interested, please email Grace Wu at   

Thank you in advance for your donations!

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