October 20, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tony Ong will give the talk, "The Current Taiwan-U.S.-China Dynamic in a New Chapter of Cross-Strait Relations," Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the MacArthur Chair in East Asian Studies series, and co-sponsored by the departments of political science, international relations, and East Asian studies.

Ong is the director of the press division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York, which serves as the de facto consulate general of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The press division represents Taiwan's Government Information Office (GIO), a cabinet-level agency responsible for the government's international and domestic communication in broadcasting, periodicals, and films. As the official mouthpiece of the government, its goal is to help local and international media outlets achieve a more comprehensive understanding of Taiwan.

"We are honored by Tony Ong's visit to the campus," said Zhiqun Zhu, associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell, where he holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair of East Asian Politics.

"As a veteran diplomat, Mr. Ong will help us understand the complex Beijing-Taipei-Washington triangular relationship, which has tremendous impact on security and development in Asia and beyond."

Career information officer
In his long and varied career with the GIO, Ong has spent more than a decade overseas. As a career information officer, he has headed many divisions, most recently the press division of TECO's San Francisco office. Prior to his work in San Francisco, he served as director of the GIO's Department of International Information from 2006-07, where he oversaw the operation of GIO's 46 overseas offices. He also served as deputy director and acting director of the GIO's Hong Kong office, the Kwang Hua Information and Culture Center, from 1997-2003.

In addition to his extensive management experience, Ong is well-versed in the theory and practice of public diplomacy as well as the operation of international public relations for governments. He is co-translator of the Chinese-language edition of Jacques Attali's Noise: The Political Economy of Music.

Ong received his bachelor of arts degree in history from National Taiwan University in 1977, followed by a master of arts degree in comparative literature from San Francisco State University in 1991.

Contact: Division of Communications



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