Bookbinder named AIT Public Diplomacy Section Chief

By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Joseph Bookbinder assumed duties as Public Diplomacy Section Chief for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Aug. 1, the AIT announced yesterday. Bookbinder, who has served as a Foreign Service Officer for 21 years, joined the United States Foreign Service in 1992 and has had overseas assignments in India, Taiwan and China, the AIT said in a statement.

His most recent overseas assignment was as the Chief of the Public Diplomacy Section at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong from 2009-2012, where he worked on a range of press, cultural and education programs.

Bookbinder has also had three domestic State Department assignments. Most recently, he served on the State Department’s Board of Examiners as an Assessor from 2012-2013.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Bookbinder worked at Harvard Magazine. He also taught English and American History at two Chinese universities in the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Guangzhou from 1986-1988. He speaks Chinese and French. Bookbinder was born on Long Island, New York. He attended Harvard University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History.

He is joined in Taiwan by his wife, Min, and two sons, the AIT said.