The United States and Taiwan share the ideal that people have the right to make their own decisions and elect their own governments – the fundamental values of democracy.

The Formosa Foundation is committed to strengthening the ties between the two countries in order to create lasting and mutually beneficial relationships that protect the vital interests of both the United States and Taiwan.


Formosa Foundation in Action



The Formosa Foundation dedicates itself to the advancement of human rights, democracy, and the right to self-determination of Taiwan.


2015 Ambassador Program
June 15-26, 2015

The Formosa Foundation is now accepting online applications for the 2015 Ambassador Program. Please click here for more information. Applications, including required documents are due March 31, 2015.

The Program will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 15-26, 2015.

The Ambassador Program, in its 12th year, has graduated approximately 300 young people, giving them the skills to help change the hearts and minds of our elected leaders in Washington about Taiwan. Formosa Foundation ambassadors have received praises as being Capitol Hill's most articulate and effective advocates for U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relations.

For more detailed program description and current/past year program reports, click here.

October 10, 2012

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) Calls for Humanitarian Parole for former President Chen Shui-bian

We are pleased to share with you a letter from Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding his concern about recent reports of the status of imprisoned former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bain.

In his letter, Rep. Berman called on President Ma Ying-jeou to release Mr. Chen from prison based on humanitarian grounds in order to receive the thorough, long term medical treatment that he needs to aid his physical and mental recovery.

During the first week of October the Formosa Foundation was on Capitol Hill briefing members of Congress and their staff on several pressing issues including the deteriorating condition of former President Chen Shui-bian.

The Foundation would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Rep. Howard Berman for his rapid response and dedication to and protection of human rights and civil liberties.

Read the Congressman's letter here.

April 25, 2012

Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA)
Requests Taiwan to Grant Former President Chen, Shui-bian Medical Parole

We are pleased to share with you Congressman Ed Royce’s (R-CA) important letter regarding the protection of human rights and civil liberties in the case of former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian.

Congressman Royce is actively involved in bringing attention to many of the unfortunate human rights abuses being committed around the globe. He is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a vigorous participant in the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. In his letter, Royce draws attention to the disturbing reports concerning the deterioration in the health and physical condition of the former president. Royce has requested that the current Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou grant a medical parole to Chen.

Yesterday in a Huffington Post article, Human Rights Action Center founder, Jack Healy wrote at length about the mistreatment and abuse of human rights in the case of former President Chen.

Read the Congressman's letter here.



April 20 , 2012

Congressman Daniel Lungren (R-CA) Urges Medical Parole for Former Taiwan President Chen

Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA) strongly urges the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission to call on the Taiwan government to grant a medical parole to former president Chen Shui-bain and investigate the facts surrounding Chen's treatment. Our thanks to the Congressman for his support of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Read the Congressman's letter here.

Spring 2012

Gordon Chang:
"The Tide is Turning Toward Taiwan: Developments in Washington and Beijing"
March 31, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

Formosa Foundation is grateful for our special guest Gordon Chang, author and media pundit, for his speech which was both optimistic and morale building. The speech attracted about 100 participants to the Taiwan Center in Rosemead, CA.

Watch the speech video here.

Winter 2011

Ensuring Free and Fair Elections: Taiwan 2012
December 1, 2011
Washington, DC

The Formosa Foundation hosted an a timely discussion on the upcoming 2012 Taiwan Presidential and Legislative elections on December 1, 2011 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - SVC 212-210, Washington, DC (full report).

(Click on the image for a detailed agenda and speakers biographies)
Elections flyer 2011

Congressional Statements
Supporting Free and Fair Elections: Taiwan 2012

An ongoing effort. Read more.

Fall 2011

November 12, 2011
Policy Forum ft. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)

Join the Formosa Foundation and our special guest Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, for an important discussion about Taiwan and how to bolster the relationship in Washington. The community forum is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 PM at the Taiwan Center in Rosemead, CA (more).

September 14, 2011
The Taiwan Policy Act of 2011 I

The Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ileana Ros-Lethinen (R-FL), today introduced a significant piece of legislation that clarifies the United States policy toward Taiwan and enhances its oversight in the implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act. The Taiwan Policy Act of 2011 is cosponsored by Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL), Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and Dan Burton (R-IN).

A copy of the legislation is attached here.

September 12, 2011
Cornyn, Menendez Push to Mandate Sale of F-16 Fighters to Taiwan

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced legislation to require the Obama Administration to sell 66 new F-16C/D multirole fighter jets to Taiwan. The Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act of 2011 will help bring the United States into compliance with its legal obligations under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 to provide Taiwan with the military equipment it needs to maintain its self-defense capabilities.

A copy of the legislation is attached here.

Summer 2011

Congressional Hearing on Why Taiwan Matters

We are thrilled to share the news that Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has formally announced that she will hold a full committee hearing on June 16 to call attention to Taiwan’s important to the United States.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen to Speak on Why Taiwan Matters

The Formosa Foundation announced today that U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the new Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will join the Foundation on Saturday, June 11, for a discussion on the importance of Taiwan. The event will be held at the Taiwan Center in Rosemead, California at 1:00 p.m.