University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the North America Taiwanese Women's Association Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator North America Taiwanese Women's Association
Collection Title North America Taiwanese Women's Association Records
Dates 1989-2013
Identification 02/2013-006
Physical Description 6.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials ChineseEnglish
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL:, Phone: 713-743-9750

Historical Note:

Founded on 13 March 1988, the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association (NATWA) organized during an era when Taiwanese women had no independent organization to represent them. In 1987, Ms. Maysing Yang became the Taiwanese American Association’s (TAA) first female president and ushered in a new era for Taiwanese women. Enlisting the services of Ms. Annette Lu, founder of Taiwan’s women’s movement, to aid in planning, the first steps toward a women’s branch of the TAA began to take shape. In March of 1988, thirty Taiwanese women from the United States and Canada met in Los Angeles and under the guidance of Ms. Lu, voted to form NATWA.

The members voted Fu-Mei-Chang of San Jose first President, with Grace Chou serving as Vice-President and president elect. At the same time, seven by-law board members were also elected and in July of the same year 45 members voted to approve the official by-laws. The seven board members, having concluded their duties, became the first seven regional board members representing US East, US Midwest, US West, US South, US Great Plains, US Southeast, and Canada. The organization continued to grow for the following six years when the sixth president, Ying Lee, broadened NATWA’s structure. During her tenure, Ms. Lee organized committees and create formal job descriptions for office holders.

NATWA continues to grow to this day with the participation of over 1,000 members. Run primarily by volunteers, the organization boasts a healthy financial standing due to its publications, especially its yearly calendar. Though faced with obstacles on the world stage, NATWA has garnered more support in the foreign community and in December 2000, NATWA became one of the five collaborating members of the World Taiwanese Congress.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the photographs, publications, and ephemera belonging to the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association. Materials are arranged topically and then chronologically, whenever possible. The series included are: Photo Albums/Scrapbooks, Publications, and Ephemera. The bulk of the materials are written primarily in Taiwanese except for the cookbooks which also include the English translation of the text.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Publications (document genre)
Topical Term:
Asian American women
North America Taiwanese Women's Association
Women -- Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

North American Taiwanese Women’s Association Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by North American Taiwanese Women's Association, 2013

Detailed List of Contents

Photo Albums/Scrapbooks

Scope and Contents
This series contains photo albums and scrapbooks maintained by NATWA. All materials for the corresponding year were contained in individual albums or binders. The binders and albums have been deconstructed and preserved in archival sleeves though the original order has been maintained. Two oversized albums remain intact and can be located in OVS Box 5. Any written material and photograph captions within this series are written primarily in Taiwanese.
Box Folder
1 1 1996-1997
2 1997-1998
3 1998-1999
4 1998-1999
5 1999-2000
6 2000-2001
7-8 2001-2002
9 2002-2003
10-11 2003-2004
Box Folder
2 1 2004-2005
2 2005
OVSBox Item
5 1 1993-1994
2 1993-1994

Printed Materials

Scope and Contents
This series consists of printed materials published by NATWA. Included are the complete collections of membership directories, convention handbooks, magazines and calendars. The calendars are an important part of the NATWA tradition. First thought of by Ms. Annette Lu as a means to promote Taiwan, the calendars began with a donation by Japanese businessman Ing-Ke Kao and the annual publication has been instrumental in the organization’s financial success. All publications held in this series are primarily written in Taiwanese.
Membership Directory
Box Folder
2 3 1990-1996
4 1997-1999
5 2000-2001
6 2002-2003
7 2004-2005
8 2006-2007
9 2008-2009
10 2010-2012
Convention Handbooks
Box Folder
2 11 1995-1999
12 2000-2003
13 2004-2008
14 2009-2013
NATWA Magazine
Box Folder
3 1 1989-1991
2 1992-1995
3 1996-1997
4 1998-1999
5 2000-2001
6 2002-2003
7 2004-2005
8 2006-2007
9 2008-2009
10 2010-2011
11 2012-2013
OVSBox Item
4 1 Calendars (13) 1991-2013
Box Folder
3 12 Resource Handbook, 1997
13 Q & A Series, 2000
14 Caring Book Series, 2002
15 Our Stories, by Carol Yang 2004
16 Homestyle Cooking of Taiwan, 1995
17 Taiwanese Homestyle Cooking, 2013


Scope and Contents
This series contains materials related to NATWA but does not fit into any previous series. Included are banners, scarves and a pin all decorated with the NATWA logo.
OVSBox Item
4 2 Canvas Bag undated
3 Large Banner 2003
4 Small Banner 2003
5 Scarf 2003
6 Scarf 2012
7 Pin undated