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Letter from Dr. Daniel Hsu - NATMA Foundation SC Chapter

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Photo captions (from left to right): 1. Patients in the international medical mission 2. 2019 NATMA Scholarship award; 3. The free dental clinic in LA Taiwan Center; 4. Mr. Chen Jianwen, the chairman of Laguna Woods Taiwan Presbyterian Church, accepting the education fund for Dr. Cheng’s children


The North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA) has reached a milestone of 38 years since its founding in Cleveland, Ohio in 1984. To ensure the financial stability of NATMA, the non-profit NATMA Foundation was established as a 501(C) in 1995 with the US IRS. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The goals of the NATMA Foundation include promoting the science and art of medicine, furthering international medical and cultural exchanges, and encouraging members to participate in international medical relief. Each NATMA National President will serve as the Director of the Foundation for two years after his or her term is completed.

In addition to the National Foundation, NATMA also established the following groups:

1.Dr. C. Y. Lee Young Physician Lectureship Series

2.I-Yang Lin M.D. Memorial Lectureship

3. International Medical Mission Free Clinic.

4.Taiwan for WHO fund

5.Medical Services in Taiwan.

6.Hawaii Hepatitis Foundation

7. Chuan Lyu Fund Medical Humanities and Arts Fund.

The Southern California Chapter of the NATMA Foundation was established in 2010. Among the 15 branches in the United States, the Southern California branch is one of the most active groups. With its large number of members, the Southern California branch of the foundation has a total of 21 directors, with each one committing to donate more than 500 US dollars per year. With a fixed source of funds, the Southern California Chapter is able to carry out many projects.

Projects of Southern California Chapter include:

1. Sponsoring international medical missions, including Panama (Dec 2018), Guatemala (July 2019), Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Belize, Honduras (March 2019), Myanmar, and Paraguay (Dec 2018). Other projects include Southern California Taiwanese American Heritage Week in May, medical lectures at Taiwan Center, C.P.R. classes and free dental clinics.

2. NATMA Scholarship, established in 2008, awards 3-5 Taiwanese American medical students each year a scholarship of $1000 to $2000. The goal is to introduce younger generation to NATMA and encourage them to participate in its activities. This year is the 15th year of the scholarship, with 3 awards worth $3000 each.

3. Helping other medical or humanitarian charities every year, as well as supporting 2G young Taiwanese Organizations, such as ITASA, TACL, TAO, UCI Academic Friday, Taiwan-US Scholarship, Kaya Children International, Amos Health & Hope, Pacific Times, Wan-Fo Cheng Free Clinic, etc. In 2011, NATMA donated $105,000.00 for the construction of Luodong St. Mary's Hospital Nursing Home and donated $24,380.00 for Tainan Disaster Relief in February 2016.

In May of 2022, the tragedy of Taiwanese Presbyterian Church shooting in Laguna Woods, Southern California, led to the death of Dr. Cheng, who was a second-generation Taiwanese and American physician who bravely sacrificed his life to save the elders. The foundation raised $23,500 for an education fund for his children.

Finally, I would like to thank our physicians and members whom I have known for than ten years. They have contributed money and effort to the growth of NATMA in all aspects with kindness. I would also like to thank the support of our community members, whether through financial support or volunteering. I would like to express my deep gratitude to you on behalf of the Southern California Chapter of the NATMA Foundation! I will uphold my life principles of "love, tolerance, and hard work" in continuing to serve NATMA and the Taiwanese American community. Finally, it is my hope that there will be a younger generation of NATMA who will outshine their predecessors.

Dr. Daniel Hsu, whom many younger NATMA members affectionately refer to as 'Uncle Daniel', is a founding member and a pillar of NATMA. We love you so much, Uncle Daniel! 🥰

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