The Kaohsiung Branch Office of the American Institute in Taiwan represents U.S. interests in southern Taiwan and endeavors to strengthen ties between the American people and the people of southern Taiwan through an active program of public diplomacy and outreach. AIT/K also actively promotes U.S. commercial interests, follows and reports on economic and political developments, and provides essential services to U.S. citizens residing in southern Taiwan. AIT/K’s district includes Chiayi City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Taitung County, and Penghu County. This area, roughly one third of the island, has a population of over six million people, including approximately 8,000 American citizens.
U.S.-affiliated organizations in the district include the Kaohsiung American Chamber of Commerce, the Kaohsiung American School (pre-K through grade 12) and the Kaohsiung Morrison Academy. National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung has an America Center established in cooperation with AIT.
Meet our mascot: Amigu
Howdy! I’m Amigu. I’m an exchange student this year from Texas.
AIT/K mascot “Amigu” is a water buffalo, which combines elements of American and Taiwanese culture. He is a little “cowboy” wearing a hakka flower shirt, a pair of jeans, and boots. “Amigu” is an icon on AIT/K’s social media platforms.