TAF founder Kenjohn Wang and Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee (1987 TAF Special Award, 1986 Nobel Prize Winner-Chemitry)


The Taiwanese-American Foundation (TAF) was established in November 1982 in Southern California. The founders are Mr. & Mrs. Kenjohn Wang of Long Beach, California who are originally from Taiwan. They generously contributed one million dollars following the example of Alfred Nobel in awarding and recognizing those who love Taiwan, identify Taiwan as their homeland, and who have achieved on outstanding accomplishment in their own fields or in any of the following three categories: 

         (1)  Science and Engineering award of Kenjohn Wang,
         (2)  Humanities award of Kenjohn Wang, 
         (3)  Social Services and Social Science award of Jacqueline Wang. 

     In early years, the winner in each category was entitled to receive ten thousand dollars and the selection of award winners was held every year. Since 1989, the selection is held every other year and since 1993, the award prize in each category has been raised to twenty thousands dollars. 

     Since its inception, TAF has been overseen by a Board of Directors who were carefully chosen among Taiwanese American leaders in Southern California who have great respect from their community. 

     In 1987, a graduate student award for outstanding research in science and engineering was also established through the contribution of ten thousand dollars by Mr. & Mrs. Chih-Cheng Wang. Each graduate student award winner received one thousand dollars then. The prize has been raised to two thousands dollars since 1993. In 1999, co-sponsored by Asian Pacific Public Affairs Forum (APPAF) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, TAF established a new award called "TAF/APPAF Young Civil Leader Award". Two $5,000 prizes were awarded to young civil leaders of age under fourty years old. 


     To establish and manage the fund so as: 

     - to award and recognize those who, regardless of their ethnic origin, love Taiwan, identify Taiwan as their homeland, and have achieved outstanding accomplishment in their selected field. 

     - to collect and record the information and personal data of distinguished Taiwanese Americans. 


     TAF is a public benefit non-profit organization. Its capital does not belong to any individual or any group of people. 

Qualification of Applicants for Awards:

     Individuals, regardless of their ethnic origin who love Taiwan and recognize Taiwan as their homeland qualify for TAF awards. Each applicant must be nominated by a well-established organization, on the recommendation of three individuals of integrity. Application form can be obtained from the TAF office by mail or phone. Following is the address of TAF office: 

4698 East Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite C 
Long Beach,CA 90804 
Tel : (562) 498-3428 
Fax : (562) 498-0426 


Website : http://www.TAFAward.com