By Stephanie Chao ,The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hundreds of overseas Taiwanese welcomed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (���^��) in Los Angeles Friday, the first stop in her “The Light Up Taiwan U.S. Campaign Tour.” Tsai’s U.S. campaign tour is scheduled to take the chairwoman into six cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Houston and San Francisco. Delegates from the DPP’s Western U.S. headquarters, Friends of Tsai Overseas (���~�p�^�ᴩ�|), as well as students from the University of Southern California (�n�[�j), University of California, Los Angeles and Riverside received the candidate.
Amid shouts of ��Tsai Ing-wen, dongsuan! Tsai Ing-wen, dongsuan!�� which means ��get elected,�� 102-year-old Tsai Jui-yun (���綳) presented a bouquet of flowers for Tsai.
The presidential candidate said she believes that compared with her tour four years ago, this tour will reap more fruitful results because of her lengthier and more thorough preparation and her experience from the previous tour. Interaction with overseas Taiwanese and Americans from all sorts of fields will definitely reap insights, Tsai said. She also emphasized that the DPP delegation’s first stop in Los Angeles, which is home to a large population of overseas Taiwanese, is a way to give her regards to country people, to report back on Taiwan’s development in recent years and to exchange ideas.
Tsai believed discussions with overseas Taiwanese and American leading experts in all sorts of fields will be successful. Representative Tsai Jui-yun encouraged the welcoming delegation to support Tsai for a successful election to become the next president. Tsai will meet with Ted Lieu (�B����), a Taiwanese-American Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 30. She will also attend a youth panel discussion afterwards, which hundreds of students have already signed up for. A student surnamed Chang from University of California, Riverside said that she plans to ask Tsai questions regarding how she will deal with food safety and youth employment problems, as overseas students will probably head back to Taiwan for work.