History and Function
In view of the ever-growing number of Chinese new immigrants settling down in the South Bay from around the world with no fixed place for regular social gatherings, the Overseas Community Affairs Council of Republic of China (O.C.A.C.) has established the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (T.E.C.O.), an official representation overseas of OCAC, in San Francisco (Sunnyvale) on March 26th, 1988. By OCAC's foresightedness, it is also the first permanent institute which OCAC founded in North America. The Culture Center has recently purchased a new facility (100 South Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas) which is currently under remodeling.
In addition to provide a regular gathering place for overseas Chinese community organizations, the Culture Center represents the government's mission and efforts in serving the overseas Chinese community. The importance of Culture Center's function and existence can never be overstated. In recent years, the overseas Chinese community organizations have been ever-increasingly relying on the Culture Center's services and facilities for conducting events and activities. Chinese compatriots in the Bay Area have become emotionally attached to the Center and the organizations it serves over all these years. The Center sponsors over 400 events with over 40,000 participants annually which definitely demonstrates the Culture Center's function on serving the overseas Chinese community and strengthening identity with the motherland.
The Culture Center's oversees the area of the City of San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and 15 other Cities within the County of Santa Clara. In this area, there are approximately 180,000 new and long-term immigrants from Taiwan with higher education working in high-tech industry and they maintain close social and economic ties with Taiwan, R.O.C.
The Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco (Milpitas)
Address: 100 S. Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035
TEL: (408)747-0378; (408)747-0394 FAX: (408)747-0415
Open Hours: Tuesday~Sunday(closed on Monday) 09:30 a.m.~ 05:30 p.m.
The Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco
Address: 769 Commercial Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 TEL: (415)986-1188 FAX: (415)986-5588 Open Hours: Tuesday~Sunday(closed on Monday) 09:30 a.m.~ 05:30 p.m.