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New AIT Political Section Chief

Melvin T.L. Ang, the new Chief of the Political Section of the American Institute in Taiwan, takes up his duties in July 2003.

Before his current assignment, Mr. Ang served as the Deputy Chief of the AIT Political Section (2002-03). His other recent positions were with the Department of State: Congressional Fellow (Office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA)(2001-02), Deputy Director of the Office of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs, (1999-2001), Special Assistant to Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs (1998-99). He also worked in U.S. overseas missions in Guangzhou (1997-98), Beirut (1996-97), Riyadh (1993-95), Baghdad (1989-90), and Shenyang (1987-89). Before entering the Foreign Service, he taught history at Salisbury University, Maryland (1972-87).

Mr. Ang graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in Philosophy. He earned his M.A. in Far Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan and PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ang's wife is a librarian. Their daughter Jennifer is a lawyer.