Named after Monte Jade, the highest mountain in Taiwan, the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, West Coast ("Monte Jade") was established by a group of high-tech Chinese-American executives in Silicon Valley in 1989. Their initial driving force was to bring together the high-tech experts from the Bay Area and the other side of Pacific.
"Monte Jade" was chosen to signify cross-cultural and technological foresight and excellence of the highest level. Monte Jade, incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of California, held its opening ceremony in San Jose, California, on February 4, 1990.
Monte Jade's objective is to promote the cooperation and mutual flow of technology and investment. This provides an opportunity for professionals and corporations on both sides of the Pacific to network and share valuable experiences in investment, opportunities, management, technology and business information exchange.
Monte Jade's objective as well as its functions has been well accepted since its inception in the Bay Area in 1989. Several chapters across the nation have been established: New York (East), Chicago (Mid-West), Washington DC, New England, Pittsburgh, Atlanta (South-East) and Philadelphia. To better coordinate among all chapters, the Monte Jade-USA was organized in 1993. The founding organization in the Bay Area has thus become Monte Jade-West Coast."
There are four types of memberships: Corporate, Associate, Individual, and Honorary. Corporate membership is offered to high-tech and high-tech related business. Associate membership is for the non high-tech businesses. Those who identify with the association』s objective and are willing to participate in Monte Jade』s functions can apply for individual membership. Honorary membership is to recognize extraordinary contribution to the objective of Monte Jade. Corporate and Associate members must be represented by an individual of managerial level.
Establishment of MJAA
Following the 1995 Asian Study Tour, the Asian American young professionals who participated in the tour have since organized a chapter closely associated with Monte Jade West, MJAA. MJAA’s goal is to serve the professional needs of young professionals, such as networking, career development, and business opportunities in Asia. It organizes regular professional and social events throughout the year, with the Asia Study Tour as its marquee event. All its members are automatically included as Monte Jade West members, and its president sits on the Monte Jade West board.
Conference - generally in the form of a presentation/seminar on a specific
theme by distinguished guest speakers. This meeting also includes the swearing
in of the newly elected board chairman and its new members.
Dinner Meeting - to encourage and promote networking among members with
presentations by guest speakers.
(C) “Chancellor Tien Forum” – prominent leaders sharing their life
experience every other month.
(D) Annual Asia High Tech Study Tour - Weeklong tour to visit companies in different parts of Asia.
Investment Conference or Entrepreneur Workshop Series.
(F) Special-topic seminars, some of which
are in cooperation with other professional organizations.
(A) Monte Jade's
Office of the Secretary publishes a "Monte Jade Monthly." This
publication reports on current association affairs, news about its members, and
(B) Annual Conference proceeding is
published in conjunction with Annual conference and the proceeding covers
conference information and full year’s activities.
(C) Monte Jade's
home page on the Internet
Monte Jade has enjoyed popular support since its inception in 1989. The organizational structure has grown rapidly over the years. Monte Jade West currently has about 180 corporate members and over 1200 individual members. All chapters combined under Global Monte Jade puts total membership and their corporate employees at over 20,000 strong.
Today, there are 15 Monte Jade chapters in the whole world. Monte Jade, under the direction of its chairman and board members as well as the generous and enthusiastic participation of associate members, is casting a bold look in the future and is marching steadily towards the eventual formation of a worldwide organization that brings together the best in human resources in the science and technology arena. This effort will take on the upcoming technological challenge on a global level. It will provide an excellent opportunity to foster the development of new enterprises benefiting from the know-how of previous generations.