Taiwanese American Grassroots Lobbies on the Hill: A Case Study of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs

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Abstract

This paper explores the factors that have influenced the effectiveness
of Taiwanese American grassroots lobbies on Capitol Hill through a case
study of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a notable
non-state actor that has been actively advancing Taiwanese interests in the
United States since 1982. I undertake a comparative analysis of FAPA's
five campaigns: its request to the Taiwan government to lift its blacklist
policy, its urging of the U.S. government to allow Taiwanese Americans to
state "Taiwan" as their place of birth on their U.S. passports, its promotion
of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) and the
United Nations, and its campaign in favor of the Taiwan Security Enhance-
ment Act (TSEA) in 2000. The direct result of this analysis indicates that
FAPA's success does not solely lie in its ability to find a champion in
Congress, or to win the U.S. president's support. Equally important is the
nature of the issues that FAPA campaigns bring up. If an issue resonates
or is compatible with the preexisting collective identities and beliefs of the
actors it affects, it is more likely to be pushed through in the legislature.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIssues & Studies
Volume43
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)41-77
Number of pages37
ISSN1013-2511
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5171 Political Science
  • Taiwan
  • Lobbying
  • 5172 Global Politics

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