Sean Yu is the founder and one of the directors of the Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund. He has been consistently ranked as one of the top financial advisors in California and is actively involved in philanthropic developments.
Ever since the beginning of Sean’s career, philanthropy in education has been at the top of his agenda. The same year when he graduated from the University of Chicago and barely had anything in his bank account, he has been donating $100 per year to the University of Chicago, despite of his own debt of a $100,000 student loan. In May 2012, he established the Sean Yu International Relations Fellowship by directing a gift from his donor-advised fund, dedicating one million dollar from his retirement fund to the University of Chicago.
“Education is a means as well as an end. Higher education not only provides our students the kind of salary or wealth to live comfortably, but it also teaches them invaluable moralities. This is what made this society so strong,” he says, “So even a five-buck donation means a lot to them and to the entire society.”
Throughout the years, Sean helps students with the kind of support that would help them to lower their loan burden and to assist them to achieve academic excellence. As a Taiwanese American, Sean also actively fosters and encourages more and more Taiwanese American students to pursue higher education in various fields. In 2014, he co-founded the Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund (TASF), a scholarship fund dedicated to serving under-privilege incoming Taiwanese American college students. “The idea of giving back to the community is a weak one in the Taiwanese culture. People seem to have a tendency to leave all of their accumulated wealth to their children. More than reasonable amounts of wealth have been passed through inheritance. This is neither financially nor socially wise”, Sean urges. Indeed, by designating a nonprofit organization in one’s retirement account will provide some tax benefits, but “this is not the whole point,” Sean points, “after all, the whole point of giving back to the community is to promote the overall prosperity of the society that belongs to each one of us.”
Shawn Chou, ESQ.
Vida Law Group
Shawn Chou is Attorney at Law with the Vida Law Group, APC, an immigration firm that specializes in business and family-based petitions. He has been recognized as “Top Attorney” numerous times by Pasadena Magazine and currently a member of executive committee of the Los Angeles Bar Association’s immigration section. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and law degree at the Loyola Marymount University.
Asian Pacific Community Fund
Chun-Yen is the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), where she provides leadership and directs operations and grant making for the organization. Chun-Yen has over 16 years of professional working experience in non-profit executive management and fund development, state government budgetary analysis, and academic faculty fields. As Community Development Officer at a community bank in Southern California, she worked closely with the FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank, and other regulatory agencies to develop collaboration and partnership among financial institutions and non-profits to bring qualified Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) services, investment, and donation opportunities to low and moderate income communities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. As Senior Budget Examiner in the New York State Government, she analyzed state agency fiscal operations, developed budgetary and policy recommendations, evaluated proposed legislation, and monitored revenue and expenditures for the Governor. Chun-Yen is active in her community, serving as a recreation commissioner for the City of San Marino and as a board member of the Chinese Club of San Marino. Born and raised in Taiwan, Chun-Yen received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from National Taiwan University and master’s degree as well as doctoral candidacy in Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, SUNY at Albany.
Managing Partner and CEO
Chen & Fan Accountancy Corporation
Paul Y. Chen is a practicing CPA and is the managing partner and CEO of Chen & Fan Accountancy Corporation, specializing in financial audits, advisory, and income tax compliance for U.S. business entities, many of which are affiliated with multi-national groups with core operations in the Pacific Rim. Paul has 30 years of experience in public accounting serving industries such as distribution, property management, banking, manufacturing, biotech, and R&D services. Paul has a MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also an active participant in a number of community organizations and currently serves on the board of the Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce, Rosemead City Chamber of Commerce, STUF United Fund, San Gabriel Taiwanese Lions Club, and Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater L.A.
Business Development Associate
The Yu Group at Morgan Stanley
Patty Chao is the Business Development Associate for The Yu Group at Morgan Stanley. Besides of her professional works, she is passionate about promoting athletics, fitness, health, and the overall benefits of basketball. As the coach to a local Asian American youth team and captain of an adult team, she believes basketball builds good sportsmanship, discipline, and ethics through a competitive, fun, and safe environment. Patty graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Patty was born in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. at age of 2 with her parents.
Venquest Hotel Group
John Wang currently serves as Managing Partner of Silverstone Capital Management, President and Founding Member of Pacific Coast Realty Services Inc., and Chairman of VenQuest Hotel Group, which owns and manages a portfolio of hotels and commercial properties throughout the United States for the past 25 years. A visionary and entrepreneur, he has been instrumental in the formation, development and direct investment of over 30 companies since 1988.
Mr. Wang is a former Board Member of General Bank, a Los Angeles based financial institution with over $3 billion in assets. He was actively involved in the strategic planning and growth of the Bank and was instrumental in the Bank¡¯s formation of GBC Venture Capital in 1998. Mr. Wang was an active member of the Executive Loan Committee and Community Reinvestment Committee as well as the principal strategist in the successful merger of General Bancorp with Cathay Bank in 2003.
In 2001, Mr. Wang was appointed by the former president of Taiwan to serve as a member of the Taiwan Parliament from 2001-2004. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, he participated in and led several delegations on numerous diplomatic and trade missions around the world. Mr.Wang is currently a member of the advisory board for the Taiwan Parliament.
Catherine Ken, ESQ
Law Offices of
Catherine Ken has 30 years of experience in law practice. As one of the very few attorneys licensed to practice in both the United States and Taiwan, Catherine’s legal education and experience in both countries give her practice a unique multicultural focus which benefits clients engaging business and investment involving China, Taiwan and the U.S.
After graduating in 1986 from the prestigious National Taiwan University Law School, Ms. Ken passed the arduous Taiwan Bar Exam on her first attempt and became the youngest practicing attorney in Taiwan at age 22. In 1991, she earned a LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Catherine worked as senior attorney in Lee and Li, the largest law firm in Taiwan, where she represented multinational companies in business transactions and litigation. By 1996, she passed the California Bar and started her own law firm in Los Angeles serving the Chinese American community for estate and tax planning, business transaction, and litigation. Her devotion to the Chinese community in Southern California is reflected by her terms as president of the Taiwanese American Lawyers Association in 2000 and 2001 and involvement in local Chinese American groups and organizations.
Catherine’s unparalleled cross-border legal experience and tie to the USA and Chinese business communities enable her to effortlessly assist clients of multicultural background and those engaging business activities among the U.S., China and Taiwan.