Our Mission Statement

TAP-NY is a chapter of TACL National, a 501c3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to connect, develop, and represent the Taiwanese American community in the greater NYC area by providing programming and partnership opportunities, and by supporting and promoting the evolving Taiwanese American identity everywhere.

TAP-NY events are open to all regardless of background. Whether your goal is personal or professional development, cultural engagement, or simply to have fun, get active, and meet new friends, we look forward to welcoming you to an upcoming event!

Interested in learning more about our reach, demographic, and how you can support our mission? Email us at [email protected] for a packet regarding partnership opportunities!


Community building

 Openness and friendliness  

Cultural and social relevance

Meet the Board

The board of TAP-NY is a diverse and ambitious set of individuals committed to furthering TAP-NY’s mission. By dedicating our time to TAP-NY, we are contributing to something bigger — harnessing our passion into giving back and building a stronger community. We are ambitious in our goals, strive for creativity and innovation, and are continuously working to grow both the organization and ourselves.

Allison was raised in Maryland and studied Marketing and Operations, Information, and Decisions at the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to NYC after graduating and currently works at a marketing agency. In her free time, Allison enjoys exploring dessert places, watching Taiwanese variety shows, and cuddling with her cat.

Allison Wong

Connie was born and raised in New Jersey and studied Cognitive Science and Piano Performance at Northwestern University. She moved back to the east coast after graduation and now currently works as a software engineer at a startup.

Connie Wang

Emily was raised in Chattanooga, TN and studied Violin Performance at Northwestern University. She moved to New York to pursue artist management in the classical music world. In her free time, she likes to explore different cuisines, binge watch TV shows, and an occasional active lifestyle.

Emily Oing
Community & Cultural

Harrison was born in Taipei and grew up in the suburbs of North Jersey. He studied Industrial & Management Engineering at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and was actively involved in TASA as the Social Chair. Soon after graduation, he moved to NYC where he currently works in business analytics. He visits Taiwan yearly to see family and eat Taiwanese street food. Harrison often spends his free time climbing at Brooklyn Boulders or improving Taiwanese recipes at home. He loves to drink scotch/coffee, listen to EDM and meet new people. Growing up with a competitive spirit, he enjoys playing sports and video games. Harrison hopes to help TAP members lead a more active lifestyle and build long lasting friendships.

Harrison Wang
Sports & Social

Jessica was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey and studied Economics and Marketing at Northwestern University. She moved back to the east coast and straight to NYC after graduating and currently works in advisory at a digital consultancy. In her free time, Jessica likes exploring new restaurants, hiking, shopping online sales, and keeping up with the Kardashians.

Jessica Ching

Julie was born and raised in New Jersey, but spent many summers of her childhood in southern Taiwan. She studied Decision Processes, Finance, Management, and French at the University of Pennsylvania and was an active member of the Penn Taiwanese Society. Upon graduation, she stayed in Philly for several years before moving to NYC, working in finance most of her career and now exploring the healthcare tech and startup world. Julie enjoys long-distance running, hiking and camping, international travel, spontaneous adventures, and of course, sharing her love of Taiwanese culture.

Julie Shen

Kelly was raised in Maryland and attended Emory University, where she studied Political Science and Economics. After graduation, she moved to NYC and currently works at a FinTech startup. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys sampling different studios on ClassPass, meal prepping, and hanging with friends.

Kelly Lin
Vice President

Matt was born and raised in the upstate town of Ithaca, New York where he spent not only his childhood, but also his college years at the Hotel School at Cornell University. Upon graduation, he moved to Singapore for a few years to live, work, and gain exposure internationally across Southeast Asia before making the move back to NYC in 2015. Currently, Matt works in executive recruitment for an international hospitality consulting firm in NYC and enjoys competing in Boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as practicing leatherworking and woodworking at home.

Matt Chen

Rachel was born and raised in Maryland, and studied Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University. She has been in New York since 2017 and currently works in healthcare administration. In her spare time, she enjoys sampling ice cream spots, stumbling upon street festivals, and exploring museums.

Rachel Lin
Vice President

Sarah has spent most of her life in the Midwest but is now a data manager for a New York City agency. Since moving here, she's been enjoying all the wonderful art the city has to offer, from small and large immersive theater productions to performances by dance companies from around the world. Otherwise, she's hanging upside down for aerial yoga or chilling with her floofy cat Yzma.  She has learned a lot about Taiwan from her dearest friends and has been excited to be a part of this vibrant community in NYC. If you need any other reassurance that everyone is welcome in our community, look no further!

Sarah Sayavong

Warren was born and raised in the upstate town of Vestal, NY and traveled further upstate for his undergraduate studies at SUNY Geneseo. Upon graduation, he ventured south to the University of Kentucky and obtained a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration - spending the next 5 years working in the veterinary & orthodontic industry. Currently, Warren works in partnerships for a national youth soccer program in NYC. In his spare time, he can be found at his local CrossFit box, cheering for his favorite soccer team, NYCFC, watching anime, or planning his next travel adventure!

Warren Niu