Produced by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in August 2012
This video was produced by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in August 2012. It features the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Christopher Marut, and his wife, Loretta.
[TEXT: Christopher Marut]
[TEXT: Director of the American Institute in Taiwan]
Christopher Marut: [GREETING IN CHINESE]
I’m the new Director of the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei.
It is my privilege to expand America’s friendship
and wide-ranging relationship with Taiwan.
I have fond recollections of Taiwan.
I was a student there in the 1970s, and worked at AIT Taipei in the
late 1980s. I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to
An important part of my job will be to strengthen ties between our
The United States and Taiwan share deep economic,
educational, social and cultural bonds.
We have an abiding belief in democracy and the rule of law.
I look forward to hearing your views
about local and regional issues, and your future aspirations.
My wife Loretta and I are here exploring Washington’s beautiful
Enid A. Haupt Smithsonian Garden.
We’ve always loved the outdoors and are eager to
experience your mountain trails,
bike paths and beautiful scenery.
Loretta Marut: [HELLO IN CHINESE]
Taiwan is a special place for our family.
Both of our children were born in Taipei.
I look forward to our return.
Christopher and Loretta Marut: [CLOSING IN CHINESE]
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