Charles Chen

1. Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies

I grew up in Vancouver, Canada (also known as Northern Hollywood where X-Men, Twilight, and Smallville were filmed) and was born in Taipei, Taiwan (also known as Formosa, the beautiful island). I am multi-lingual and can speak Mandarin and can also understand Taiwanese. Currently, I am an in-house lawyer at a global footwear accessories startup in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Community Care Day Summer 2014

From the three scenic cities (Taipei, Vancouver, and New York City), I’ve tasted some of the best Asian foods in the world. Besides my love to eat, I love traveling as well. I traveled to over 30 countries across five continents and I am still constantly exploring. I am also passionate about photography and an avid player in badminton and volleyball.

2. Why did you join TAP? What are your favorite events?

I joined TAP because I love Taiwan and I wanted to meet other young Asian professionals. My very first TAP event was volunteering at the TAP Night Market, followed by cooking oyster pancakes at Passport to Taiwan and helping out with Summer Olympics. It has been amazing to experience these events each year. After learning more about TAP-NY and meeting more people, I found the monthly dinner series, Lunar New Year Banquet, weekend community care days, and Tech Tours to be awesome, too.

Cooking Oyster Pancake 2013

3. Tell us something cool that happened to you this past year.

The friendships that I’ve made are definitely meaningful. Getting to know the most incredible people through volunteering and attending TAP-NY events and being involved in activities such as the Brazilian Ju-jitsu workshop, organizing the first TAP-NY Dodgeball team, and solving puzzles in Escape the Room were just some of the highlights this year.

TAP Activities

4. If we wanted to hang out, where would we find you?

Besides TAP-NY events, you will likely find me in Chinatown – eating different delicious snacks and dishes.

5. What’s your advice for any newer members who want to get more involved?

I would encourage new members to attend as many activities as possible. One of the best ways to get more involved is volunteering. TAP-NY is entirely volunteer run. Pick an event that interest you, and you will have a lot fun volunteering and have the opportunity to make new friends. If you are not sure where to start, now that you know a bit about me from reading this newsletter, I encourage you to come say hi to me and I can introduce you to more people at TAP-NY using Mandarin or English.

TAP Gala Sept 2015