June 25-July 1, 2012
General Assembly News
PCT General Secretary visits Taiwanese churches in Hawaii
Reported by Sam Lee
Written by Lydia Ma
PCT General Secretary Andrew Chang visited various Taiwanese Presbyterian churches in Hawaii at the end of June 2012. His visit to Hawaii also included attendance at the Asia-Pacific Natural Hazard Conference 2012 from June 27 until June 29, which took place at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. One of the conference’s keynote speakers was a PCT elder, Chen Yi-leng, who presented his research thesis using various examples from typhoons, floods, and rainy seasons in Taiwan.
Chang was welcomed by local Taiwanese churches in Hawaii on June 25 and spoke at length with elders and members from these churches on PCT’s “One-leads-One” movement as well as PCT’s recent anti-price hike movement. He later reported that Taiwanese churches in Hawaii are very concerned about evangelistic ministries in Taiwan as well as the current political situation in Taiwan. There are also quite a few distinguished Taiwanese professionals residing in Hawaii in government and non-government sectors.
The objective of the Asia-Pacific Natural Hazard Conference 2012 is to promote closer ties and foster future research collaborations between Taiwan and Hawaii concerning natural disasters. For this reason, the University of Hawaii and the National Science Council in Taiwan were the hosts of this conference.
There was also a great deal of discussion on problems relating to nuclear energy and many scholars shared their thoughts on this issue based on how nuclear plants would affect earthquake and tsunami prone regions in Asia-Pacific. They also analyzed at length the state of nuclear power plants in Taiwan with hopes that it would contribute to better policies and response mechanisms.