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Louis was born and raised in Orange County, California. He moved to San Diego to attend college at UCSD, majoring in International Economics and Accounting. He is currently an accountant at a publicly traded cloud based IT company and also an independent consultant for small business accounting. Besides his professional life, he spends his free time learning new guitar riffs, exploring new places, and attempting to become an amateur film critic.

Contact: louis.lau@tap-sd.org

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Jeffrey was born and raised near Boston, MA. He became involved in the Taiwanese American community when he attended Brown University, acting as Treasurer and then President of Brown Taiwan Society during his time there. He moved to San Diego in 2013 for his PhD program in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at UC San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing volleyball and exploring sunny San Diego.

Contact: jeffrey.yuan@tap-sd.org

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JoJo is originally from Hong Kong. She moved to Guang Zhou, Los Angeles, and Swansea (U.K.) before she decided to stay in San Diego. She is currently a Treatment Coordinator in a mental health intensive outpatient program. When she is not at work, she enjoys traveling, trying different food, exercising, watching YouTube/Netflix, shopping, hanging out with friends, and staying home but do nothing.

Contact: jojo.lee@tap-sd.org

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Jessica was born and raised in Las Vegas, completed her undergraduate studies in Utah, and graduated from San Diego State University with her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She currently works as a mental health therapist for a county-contracted mental health clinic. She specializes in treating severe psychiatric disabilities in young adults. When she’s not brainstorming events for the TAP-SD community, Jessica likes to follow politics, play badminton, eat weird foods, and attend community events.

Contact: jessica.young@tap-sd.org

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Ruby was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She moved to Los Angeles (Rowland Heights) with her family when she was 14, then relocated to Sunny San Diego for college. She currently works as an accountant at a biotech company. Her hobbies include traveling, going to the beach, trying out new restaurants, and cooking. Her favorite food is pasta and her favorite dessert is tiramisu! She hopes to explore Europe on her next adventure!

Contact: ruby.li@tap-sd.org

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Jefferson has lived in many cities throughout the US including but not limited to Houston, the suburbs of LA, Miami, and Saint Louis. He graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science in 2012 from Wash U and is now working as a software engineer at Neustar. In his free time, Jefferson enjoys kickboxing, playing beach volleyball and dodgeball, and tasting craft beer and coffee.

Contact: jefferson.hwang@tap-sd.org

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Eric Ching is an attorney that practices real estate law and business law. Since graduating and passing the bar, Eric has worked as an associate litigation associate handling various real estate litigation matters. He is an active member of San Diego’s community. In addition to being a board member of Taiwanese American Professionals of San Diego, he is also a board member of San Diego Chinese Attorney’s Association, and a member of the San Diego County Bar Association. Eric actively participates in the local community by hosting informational seminars on real estate investment, landlord-tenant law, and business law.

Contact: eric.ching@tap-sd.org

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Alex was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and headed out west to attend UCSD. Alex graduated with a degree in Environmental Engineering in 2014 and is now working as a Civil Engineer at a private Civil/Environmental Engineering Consulting firm upon graduating from UCSD. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing tennis and basketball, and spends time volunteering with various environmental organizations in San Diego.

Contact: alex.lin@tap-sd.org

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Howard was born in Taiwan and grew up in New Jersey. He moved to San Diego to work as a mechanical engineer in a biotech company. He found his passion for engineering from building remote controlled fighting robots in high school. When he’s not on the computer browsing Twitter or watching TV shows, Howard likes to go running and surfing.

Contact: howard.hwang@tap-sd.org

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Wilma lived in Singapore, Taipei, and Boston before escaping to warm and sunny San Diego. She graduated from UCSD in Molecular Biology and currently does research on viral proteins. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, spending time with her pup, and cheering on Boston sports teams.

Contact: wilma.lee@tap-sd.org

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Karen born and raised in Taiwan. She got her PhD in biology at Illinois Institute of Technology. She is working at San Diego State University as a postdoc in biology. She loves doing experiment in science and spent a lot of time in the lab. In her free time, she joins TAP’s event and enjoys hanging out with friends.

Contact: karen.hsu@tap-sd.org

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Iris was born and raised in the New York area. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in biomedical engineering and currently works at a biotech company in San Diego. When she is not at work, Iris enjoys walking shelter pitbulls (she dearly misses her pup back in NY), traveling with family and friends, eating beef noodle soup at her grandmother’s house, and snowboarding during the winter.

Contact: iris.kao@tap-sd.org

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Justin was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. He graduated from UCI with a degree in Business Economics and a minor in Computer Science, and currently works as a software engineer for a cloud based IT company. A person with many diverse interests, you can find him anywhere taking photos, at the boxing gym, or hacking away on personal projects. One of his favorite types of food is Eva Air’s airline meals because it reminds him of travel and going back to Taiwan.

Contact: justin.shaw@tap-sd.org

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