Speaker Biography

Life Mission Statement: To positively impact individuals and community by cultivating personal values and passion, motivating progressive change, and realizing community potential.

Ho Chie Tsai, MD is currently a Board-certified urgent care pediatrician and hospitalist working around the San Francisco Bay area. He is on staff as an Attending Physician at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland, which primarily serves an ethnically diverse yet under-privileged patient population. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a Master’s Degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

During the 1990's, Ho Chie was actively involved with various pan-ethnic organizations at UIUC and throughout Chicago, including serving as Co-president (92-93) and Internal Vice-president (91-92) of the Asian American Association, co-founding the Taiwanese American Students Club (90-91), creating the Coalition of APA Organizations (91-92) now known as the Asian Pacific American Coalition, and helping to organize the Asian American Alumni Association of UIUC (94-95). Ho Chie was one of the original 15 founding "seeds" who met in the summer of 1991 on the East Coast and returned to their home campuses with the intention of creating an intercollegiate Taiwanese American students network, now known as ITASA. In his post-graduate years, he was a long-time Program Director for the grade school programs at the Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference and a former chapter president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (98-99).

Today, he remains proactively involved in various Asian Pacific American community grassroots and leadership development organizations, especially within the Taiwanese American community. He is well known for his contributions to Taiwanese American youth summer camp programs across the country. Since 1996, he has also served as a Taiwanese American Foundation Board Member, and currently, he is a core organizer of the North American Taiwanese Medical Association 2G, an allied healthcare professionals organization, a director of Taiwanese American Professionals in San Francisco, and the creator / manager of TaiwaneseAmerican.org, a national web portal site dedicated to connecting and highlighting the new generation of Taiwanese Americans.

Ho Chie continues to enjoy speaking on the workshop circuit at various Asian Pacific American conferences across the nation and being surrounded by youthful people with a vision for the future. He is always searching for creative ways to fulfill his life mission and hopes you might be inspired to pursue your passions in life as well.

Past Conferences

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, Midwest Regional Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
"Back in my day, we walked to school. Uphill. Both ways." Workshop co-facilitator.

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, West Coast Regional Conference, University of Southern California, 2009
"From Then to Now: The United State of Taiwanese America," Keynote speaker.
"Back in my day, we walked to school. Uphill. Both ways." Workshop co-facilitator.
"Career Panel," Moderator and Panelist.

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, East Coast Regional Conference, Duke University, 2009
"Building Community Through TaiwaneseAmerican.org," Workshop speaker.

Berkeley Taiwanese American Students Association, Berkeley, CA, 2008
"Taiwanese Americans in Action, Career Panel," Organizer and Panelist.

Taiwanese American Youth Leadership Camp, San Francisco, CA, 2008
"Whose Story is it Anyways? an interactive identity exploration workshop," Facilitator.

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, Midwest Regional Conference, Northwestern University, 2008
"Passion, Purpose, and People: Ingredients For Your Amazing Life Soup," Workshop speaker.

Taiwan Center of Northern California, Fremont, CA, 2007
"Superhero Series: Lessons in Teamwork and Leadership," Workshop series for grade school and junior high kids.

University of Illinois Asian American Alumni Network, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 2007
"The Role of Asian American Alumni at the University of Illinois," Speaker Panel

Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California's Lunar New Year Celebration, Hayward, CA, 2007
"Celebrating Identity: Perspectives as a Taiwanese American," Speaker Panel Moderator

SELAM Foundation, Berkeley, CA, 2006
"Developing Clinical Skills: A Team-centered Approach," Module Training Session Speaker

Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference, Manchester, IN, 2006
"Communicating Community: Passion, Purpose, People," Youth Program Session Speaker

Taiwanese American Conference / East Coast, University of Connecticut, 2006
"On Building Community: Lessons in Proactive Leadership," Workshop Speaker

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, Midwest Regional Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
"A Bit of Passion, A Big Impact," Opening Speaker

Asian Pacific American Coalition, The Unseen/Unheard Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
"Evoking the Past to Envision the Future," Opening Keynote speaker
"The Beat of your Heart, the Pulse of an APA Community," Workshop speaker

North American Taiwanese Medical Association 2G, San Francisco Bay Area, 2006
"Career Panel: Pursuing Your Passions," Panel & Event Organizer

Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference, Grand Rapids, MI & Manchester, IN, 1995- 2005
Junior Program Theme Speaker on rotating topics: Ethics & Values, Identity, Communication, & Leadership

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, East Coast Regional Conference, Rutgers University, 2005
"The Founding of ITASA," Keynote panelist

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, West Coast Regional Conference, Stanford University, CA 2004
"The History of ITASA," Introductory Keynote speaker

Taiwanese American Youth Leadership Camp, San Francisco, CA, 2004
"Rock the Boat: Lessons in Leadership," Camp-wide session facilitator

Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference, Manchester, IN, 2004
"TAFlove - Our Experiences, Our Stories," Junior High Program session facilitator

Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference, Manchester, IN, 2003
"Taiwanese Americans: Our Place in Asian American History," Youth Program & Junior High Program session speaker
"Lighting the Path to Leadership - Helping Your Child Find Their Way," Parents Program session speaker

Taiwanese American Youth Leadership Camp, San Francisco, CA, 2003
"Taiwanese Americans in Asian American History," Workshop speaker

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
"Taiwanese Americans: Our Place in Asian American History," Workshop speaker

Taiwanese American Foundation Summer Conference, Manchester, IN, 2001
"Asian American Media Stereotypes," Junior High Program workshop facilitator

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
"Taiwanese Americans in Asian American History," Workshop speaker

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, Northwestern University, IL, 1996
"Career Panel," Workshop panelist

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994
"Asian American Stereotypes," Workshop facilitator

Need a speaker or workshop facilitator?

Contact Ho Chie Tsai at hochie@hochie.net to check availability for your conference and to arrange a session that suits the theme of your programming.