Staunch Partners and Allies


2019 / March

Esther Tseng /photos courtesy of the Information Resource Center, AIT /tr. by Phil Newell

“Mostly, I remember that Taiwanese were very friendly,” says Stephen Young, former director of the Tai­pei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan, who lived in an American military com­mun­ity in Kao­hsiung for two years when he was 12 years old. He recalls: “As an eighth-grade student, I used to walk down the dirt road and wait for the school bus. Little local kids would see us there and say ‘Bi-gok-lang OK’—‘American OK.’ I think there was a sense that America was Taiwan’s friend and partner, and even children had that sense….”


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