First Announcement of the TAC-WC Conference 2019   – Jim Wang

The Taiwanese American Conference-West Coast (TAC-WC) will take place during July 19-20, 2019 at the University Guest House and Conference Center, located in the historic Fort Douglas (110 Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt lake City, UT 84113). The Guest House and Conference Center includes a 180 room hotel with spectacular views of Salt Lake Valley and the surrounding University of Utah campus. The Conference Center has approximately 30,000 sq. ft of unique meeting space. Its proximity to a TRAX train station allows one to make a direct connection to downtown and to Salt Lake City International Airport. The rooms are comfortable, with affordable rates and also with nice amenities such as complimentary hot breakfast and wireless. In the summer months, it is competitive to book the Guest House and Conference Center for events.

Dr. Jim Wang (Emeritus Professor of the University of Utah) serves as the Chairman of the Board Directors of TAC-WC for 2018-19. He also assumes the responsibility of organizing the TAC-WC 2019 conference. The board members had proposed several subjects that could be used as the theme for the conference. After discussion and deliberation during the past months, the board members have unanimously chosen: Serve America; Recompense Taiwan to be the theme for the conference, with Dr. Ed Huang in charge of the speaker selection committee to invite speakers to expound on this conference theme.

In addition to enjoying talks delivered by distinguished speakers, seeing old friends and making new acquaintances, another conference highlight will be the after conference tours. Hoping to provide the conference attendees with a delightful and unforgettable memory of the conference long after returning home, Dr. Jim Wang has personally designed the itinerary of two tours, with one going north and the other going south of Salt Lake City after viewing the life performance of the Mormon Choir and Spoken Word at the Temple Square Tabernacle in the morning of July 21, 2019. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful landscape of stunning mountains, lakes and rivers from the windows of a chartered tour bus as you are taken to various locations.The northbound tour group will cruise to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. While in Jackson Hole, Jim also arranged to have the tour group to participate voluntarily in rafting through the Snake River, from which one can comfortably view the magnificent snow-capped Tetons. One might also spot a moose wading in the back eddy, an osprey diving in the river, or other rare animals playing on the banks of the Snake River.

The southbound tour group will be guided to visit five spectacular National Parks in Southern Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zions). After touring Bryce Canyon National Park, the group is scheduled to lodge in Cedar City for the evening of July 23, 2019, in time to see the performance of a Shakespeare’s play Macbeth  at the world-renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival at 8 PM. The Utah Shakespeare Festival is widely recognized as one of the best professional theater events in the nation. It was awarded the Tony Award for outstanding “Regional Theater”. We are lucky to be in Cedar City during one of its short performance dates to see a performance.