Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Sunday, April 20, 2008

American Ambassador's Residence

Some of you might remember the home of the American ambassador to Taiwan on Chungshan N. Road.

I recently came across this article in the archives of the Taipei Times from November 2, 2002. The house was converted into an art house movie theater and exhibition space after we closed our embassy.

The article also describes the American military presence and how it affected those who lived and worked in that part of Taipei -- very interesting reading.


George said...

The article may have some inaccurate stats. I remember hearing when I was stationed at HSA that the total number of US Servicemen in Taiwan was closer to 13,000 (includes the air base in Tainan). The article mentions only up to 2000 between 1965 and 1972. Also, R and R from Vietnam did not begin until late 66 from my recall. Which is correct?

Don said...

The author may have intended to say that the American military presence in Taiwan increased during the Vietnam War, including all those who were there on R&R.

Or it could be that Taiwan reporters research their facts about as well as American reporters do, which is to say hardly at all.