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Global Columbus: Eugene Chen

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Eugene Chen (and wife, Hsing-Shan Tsai)
Eugene Chen (and wife, Hsing-Shan Tsai)

Eugene Chen

Born in: Tainan, Taiwan

Age: 27

Primary language: Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese

Title: Human Resources Generalist for HMLD Engineering, Cummins

Education: Master’s degree in human resources from the University of Illinois — Urbana Champaign

Family: Wife, Hsing-Shan Tsai; brother, Aaron Chen, who is an engineer at Intel in Hillsboro, Ore.

Hobbies: Gold and video games. Hsing-Shan likes cooking and reading.

When did you come to live in Columbus?

January 2012.

Tell me about your work.

I support more than 1,000 engineers around the globe from an HR standpoint. I’m the first contact person if employees have HR questions or concerns. You’d be amazed if you know how many questions I get every day. I report to my boss at work and my wife at home.

What do you like best about your job?

My job allows me to meet all different kinds of people. I like that.

What were some of your first impressions of the United States?

Cold and dry during wintertime, super dry. The wide landscape and clean, fresh air. Oh, and playing golf is cheap.

What were some of the most difficult things to adjust to?

American humor and slang. You’ve got to know the culture and background to understand.

How have people reacted to you in Columbus?

People are friendly and nice. I certainly have no problem interacting with people here in town.

What do you miss most about Taiwan?

Family, food and friends. I was back in Taiwan two weeks ago and it was 70 degrees, so I guess warm weather.

How did you come to be a part of the Columbus Chinese Association?

At first, I was helping one of the members in organizing events like Ethnic Expo and Chinese New Year gala. Then, when I got to know more people (and vice versa), I joined the Columbus Chinese Association Board.

What advice do you have for newcomers to Columbus?

Since I was the president of Columbus Chinese Golf Club for 2013, I’d recommend newcomers to join CCGC and play golf.

What’s your favorite place to visit and why?

My home. But if my boss is reading this column, I’d say my office. Seriously, I like to go downtown Indianapolis to try out different Chinese restaurants and do grocery shopping.

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