How Did it Begin and Where Is It Going?
Asian Debate League is an expansion of Taipei Debate Academy. Currently, it consists of debate academies in Taipei and Los Angeles.
Who Is The Founder Of ADL?
Jessie Chen, the founder and the CEO of Taipei Debate Academy and Asian Debate League. She is a former high school English teacher who has successfully coached a debate team at Santee High School. Her former debate team has participated in the Global, UN Debate in 2008 for the first time, and has ranked 4th place. Then in 2009, the team ranked 2nd. For this success, L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa personally visited and awarded her students in 2008 and California Congressman Bessara personally visited her students in 2009. Jessie and her Santee students were interviewed by several media: L.A. Times, TV Channel 35 Los Angeles, and given scholarships to 2008 Victory Brief Summer Camp held at UCLA. Recently, in 2012, two of her Taipei Debate Academy students were awarded at the National Junior Forensics League.
What Inspired Her?
In June of 2012, 32 students from Taipei Debate Academy made history at the NJFL (National Junior Forensics League) Tournament as the only and the very first international debate team to participate in the U.S. organized debate tournaments. Her students performed well at the NJFL, but they were not okay physically. Because they have traveled thousands of miles away from Asia to get to the U.S., and because debate is an intense activity, over half of them got sick – throwing up, coughing, sneezing, and sweating with fever if not suffering with jet lags.
She and her partners at that moment realized even though their students love debate passionately, coming to US to participate in debate tournaments more than once a year would be practically impossible. Thus the “need” to create a new “Asian Debate League” was born. With the ADL in Asia, which is comparable to the NFL or NJFL in the U.S., students all over Asia can participate in debate tournaments more frequently and more efficiently with less financial and physical burden. This will also enhance their chance of winning at the NFL and NJF when they do come once a year. With these issues in mind, Asian Debate League was born!
Teaching English 100, the College Composition class to Freshmen at CSULA
Teaching college students at CSULA – writing workshop
JC lecturing as a guest presenter at UCI to a group of English Teachers
JC teaching Santee High School Debate Class
2008 Santee Debate (Mayor, Media, Channel 35 Interview)
Ms Chen argues with Mr. Richert 1 (I was mad my team lost and his team won – Captured by student’s hidden phone camera )
Ms Chen argues with Mr. Richert 2 (I thought the judging was unfair – Captured by student’s hidden phone camera )
Santee Debate Team Goes to NY (We won 4th place, and went to NY for free)
2009 Santee Debate (CA Congressman Bessara, We won 2nd place, I came back to Taiwan while my students went to NY again)
My Santee Students and I at the Beach (Principal allowed my debate class a beach trip)