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Unlikely duo devise pods to shelter homeless people

CHANCE ENCOUNTER:The pair met after Jong Chen, a Taiwanese urologist in the US, treated Mike Williams, a homeless inventor, for injuries he received on the street

By Nadia Tsao and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON, with staff writer

As a member of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, a non-profit organization founded in Los Angeles in 1982 that aims to promote Taiwan abroad, Chen said he pays close attention to Taiwan’s democracy and politics and returns to Taiwan whenever there is an election.

Aside from that, Chen visits Taiwan about three times a year to meet acquaintances and relatives, including his younger sister in Greater Kaohsiung.

“America may have become my other home, but my mind has never left Taiwan,” Chen said.

Saying the faith of his Protestant parents had played a major role in shaping his life perspectives, Chen said money had never been a priority in his life and that it did not matter whether he was paid for the treatment he provided.

“In this society, as long as you keep doing [what is right], your efforts will never go unnoticed,” Chen said.

Chen added that as a Taiwanese immigrant in the US, he also wanted to demonstrate to US society that “we [Taiwanese immigrants in the US] also give, not just receive.”

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