"My research focuses on the personal and cultural identities of Taiwanese immigrants whose "globalcommuter" lifestyles enable them to fly back-and-forth across the Pacific, where they are employed within high-tech computer industries in both Silicon Valley, California and Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan. It analyzes the relationship between the identities of Taiwanese high-tech computer engineers and the planning of the physical environments (homes, landscapes, and communities) in which they live. "Trans-Pacific home phenomenon," is a phrase that refers to a trend, that emerged in the late 1990s, in which Taiwanese high-tech computer engineers, and their families, engaged in a lifestyle in which they commuted between their American and Taiwanese homes. The economic boom of the 1990s, that led to the rapid rise of computer hardware and software companies (located on both sides of the Pacific Rim), also led to the trans-pacific home phenomenon, in which thousands of Taiwanese born high-tech engineers realized that they could greatly increase their career opportunities by establishing a life-style that allowed them, and their families, to regularly commute between two homes, one in Silicon Valley and the other in Taiwan."