By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Having served as a diplomat in several foreign countries and
territories, a seasoned U.S. diplomat who recently came to the end of his posting in Taiwan described it as the best, not only for himself but also for his family.
“I’ve been a diplomat for 25 years. And Taiwan is my favorite assignment,” said Joseph Bookbinder, who wrapped up his time as public diplomacy section chief for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and returned to Washington last week.
Both he and his family felt that Taiwan was the best posting he has ever had, Bookbinder said, which is why he chose to extend his three-year term for an additional year.
His family loved Taiwan so much that they did not want to leave, he said, adding that his children enjoyed the Taipei American School. His wife, who is a keen mountain climber, also joined hiking clubs with her friends and conquered several local peaks, according to Bookbinder, whose overseas assignments have included stints in China, Hong Kong and India. [FULL STORY]