About San Jose-Tainan Sister City Association
San Jose-Tainan Sister City Association (SJTSCA) was formally incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in the State of California in November 2009. SJTSCA’s predecessor “San Jose-Tainan Sister City Committee” was operated under the Pacific Neighborhood Inc. (PNI) for 30 years. SJTSCA received its tax-exempt recognition from the Internal Revenue Service in March 2010 and from the California Franchise Tax Board in May 2010.
San Jose-Tainan Sister City Association is a PUBLIC BENEFIT nonprofit corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes. Specifically, this nonprofit corporation is organized and operated to foster and promote the friendship and partnership between the cities of San Jose, California, USA and Tainan, Taiwan. Its purposes are to:
- coordinate and strengthen interactions and understanding among citizens of America and Taiwan;
- cultivate a meaningful and lasting global relationship, such that citizens from both communities have the opportunity to learn about each other’s distinct culture, to foster and support cultural, economic, educational, business, and technological exchanges between the cities of San Jose and Tainan;
- support regional Sister City activities for the benefit of the nonprofit corporation and the citizens of San Jose; and
- continually support other Sister City programs that are dedicated to enriching and strengthening international exchange.
Bylaws and Conflict of Interest Policy
Current bylaws were adopted in December 2009
Conflict of Interest Policy was adopted in December 2009
You are encouraged to participate in our Program activities
To meet our missions, we have developed four (4) programs in furtherance of our charitable purposes. Our officers, directors, and members will administer these programs through their volunteering services.
Cultural Program is designed to enhance the appreciation of the unique cultural and historical background of the two cities through a variety of beneficial activities, including music, ethnic food, or other media. The program is intended for individuals of all ages, including children and adults who are genuinely interested in learning Taiwan’s culture. he Cultural Program is highly beneficial for giving citizens from both cities the great opportunity to actively explore the other culture through hands-on recreational activities. Introducing an atmosphere where each individual can share their special interests in cuisine, music, arts, sports, and other passions, gives individuals the chance to develop lifelong friendships with others. Therefore, we hope to implement these activities such that individuals could foster better understanding and appreciation of both cities.
Education Program is designed to foster mutual understanding of the cultural, economic, and technological development of the two cities. Our organization is dedicated to strengthen the partnership and bond between the cities of San Jose, California, USA, and Tainan, Taiwan, by encouraging regular communication and dissemination of valuable information. We strive to build global harmony, promote widespread cultural understanding, and stimulate economic and technological development.
The program is intended for officers, Board of Directors, members, supporters of our organization, as well as any individual who is genuinely interested in participating in our program. The program is intended for individuals of all ages, including children and adults who are genuinely interested in participating in our program. As our organization’s primary goal is to provide unique opportunities for citizens to experience and explore other distinct cultures, we hope that a great number of individuals will participate in our Education Program.
Technology & Trade Program:
Technology & Trade Program is designed to promote the exchange of experience and knowledge within the technological sector, and to promote economical trades. This program in particular may be coordinated with the annual technology forum that is cosponsored by the Northern American Taiwanese Engineering Association-Silicon Valley Chapter. The Technology Program will be open to people with technical expertise and those who genuinely interested in technology. The program is intended for individuals anywhere between the ages 30 to 70. Through this program, we hope to stimulate a technological environment through which both communities can actively learn, work, and resolve technological issues collaboratively.
Trade Program promotes and sponsors economical trades between San Jose/SV/CA and Tainan/Taiwan.
Ambassador Program is designed to encourage citizens to become involved in the community through education or community services. We hope to encourage citizens from both cities to become involved in the community through community service activities. The program is intended for individuals of all ages, including children and adults.