The following was posted on another thread:
[quote=“Anonymous”]How about as a nice Christmas present, they change the name to “American Professionals in Taiwan”? What’s a Chinese American? The lines are getting a little blurred these days, but not everyone knows it. I have purposely avoided the group since back in ‘92 because I remember when they first formed, the message was, “Despite our name, we welcome everyone”. Well then why still call it Chinese-American professionals? I only joined Oriented when I saw that a variety of people were posting messages. It was very obvious then that it was formed as a dating and social pool for many (Chinese) Americans who wanted to weed out the white trash. The original founders’ shallowness and obvious anti-white stance (most of whom showed their professional loyalty and love for Taiwan by leaving years ago) has left a bad taste in my mouth that I can’t shake.
Unlike fee, I think NT$1,500 is pretty reasonable for a Christmas party and to meet some of the most talented people around. I went to one AmCham YP/Oriented joint happy hour, and had a blast, meeting old and new friends. Now that the bad old days are over, how about a name change? Or at least a better explanation of why its called “Chinese American Professionals in Taiwan” or should I go and form, “White, Black, Hispanic and Everyone Else Who’s American but Not Chinese American Professionals in Taiwan.”
Sorry to dump this on you and ruin the whole spirit of Christmas. I don’t know anyone else in that group at the moment. Delete this if you wish or move it to another thread.[/quote]
CAPT’s name has always been problematic. When I first joined the CAPT EC, there was only one – 1 – person on the committee who literally fit the bill. The rest of us were Taiwanese, Taiwanese-returnees, Parachute kids, TAS brats, a Korean-American, and a Filipino (uh, that was me). Granted, there was no “non-ethnic Asian” – although when I left to focus on ORIENTED, I handed over to one (although he is not “trash”, he is most definately white and he still is white as far as I can tell)
Everyone back then wanted to change the name or did not have a problem in changing it. The problem was that we flat that changing the name meant sacrificing CAPT’s history, too. CAPT 1 (the 1992 version), for all its shortcomings, is remembered as very successful and effective. When its level of success was considered too difficult a standard to maintain, it was shelved.
When CAPT was resurrected, on the back of everyone’s mind was that it did not need to seek the same goals as the original. CAPT 2 became a scaled down version of CAPT 1.
Btw, the most popular proposed name for CAPT back then was Greater China Professionals (GCP). When I rejoined CAPT last year while I was in grad school, there was no longer any talk about changing the name – although the EC had turned over twice by then, so almost all the officers had long accepted the name. I did make it a point to not use the name Chinese-American Professionals in Taiwan at all. Indeed, you will not see it spelled out on its website.
I think that if an organization called WBHEEW’sABNCAPT was indeed formed, it should consider a shorter name
Although I am no longer part of the CAPT EC, I am still a CAPT member – I’m on the e-mail list (and there are no dues ). I hope CAPT redefines itself, especially since ORIENTED.com has effectively usurped CAPT’s position.