Local doctors present for passing of 2 state resolutions
Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack welcomed Dr. Grace Shu, Dr. Jason Shu, and a delegation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Harrisburg Oct. 16 in order to celebrate passage of PA House Resolution 1149 (primary sponsor: Representative Jeff Wheeland) and PA Senate Resolution 465 (primary sponsor: Senator Gene Yaw). State Senator John Gordner of Berwick officially greeted the delegation from the floor on behalf of Senator Yaw. Both resolutions commemorate the bilateral economic and trade relationship between Pennsylvania and Taiwan; both resolutions passed unanimously on a bi-partisan basis.
Dr. Grace Shu is the City of Williamsport’s Chief Advisor for International Affairs. She is also Chairman of the Asian American Voters Coalition. She formerly served as Vice President of the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Jason Shu is a National Health Service Advisor and a former member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. Representing the Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office were Ambassador Lily Hsu, Political Division Director Ronnie Lu, and Deputy Counsel Haowei Wei. They all met with General Assembly members, including Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Senator Guy Reschenthaler, Senator John DiSanto, Director Nick Troutman of Senator Yaw’s office, House Speaker Michael Turzai, Representative Jeff Wheeland and his legislative aide Amy Barr, Representative Helen Tai, and Representative Patty Kim, who is the first Asian-American to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In 2005, Pennsylvania established a trade and investment office in Taiwan. Since then the Commonwealth has exported several hundred million dollars’ worth of goods and services to Taiwan encompassing a variety of industries, including electronics, machinery, chemicals, and agriculture. Taiwanese companies, in turn, have invested significantly in Pennsylvania, creating thousands of jobs.
Dr. Grace Shu noted that several cities in Pennsylvania have sister-city relationships with cities in Taiwan, and that the most recent data show that these relationships account for millions of dollars of positive income. Dr. Shu is optimistic that these relationships will continue to directly benefit Pennsylvania’s cities, such as Williamsport, and counties, such as Lycoming.