Social Movements

Interview: Hung Chun-Hsiu (洪淳修)

Hung Chun-Hsiu (洪淳修) is a documentary filmmaker and, most recently, the director of The Lost Sea (刪海經). His other films include Fishermen in the City (河口人),《城市農民曆》and《船長要抓狂》. On August 21st, he was interviewed by New Bloom's Brian Hioe. The following is the English language translation of the interview.... Read More

Looking Back on 323

Bolao is the pseudonym of an American of Taiwanese descent living in Taipei. Through a strange set of circumstances, though an American by birth and upbringing, he was involved in the attempt invade and occupy the Executive Yuan, Taiwan’s executive branch of government. The following is his investigation into and personal account of the Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan occupation, both of which he was a participant in.... Read More

The Impossibility of Democracy in Hong Kong?

Does the possibility exist for Hong Kong to attain democracy? This question has yet to be settled. In the face of China’s refusal to allow non-vetted candidates to run for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, the highest political position in the Hong Kong government, the stage is set for Occupy Central to once again seize control of Hong Kong’s Central district, the city’s financial and economic heart... Read More

松煙護樹的121天

松煙護樹在持續了121天後,面臨了極大的挑戰,凌晨兩點多,突然有四十至五十名警力集結開始驅離,原本駐紮的帳篷和器材被拆掉,放到三部卡車上載走,大約兩點半整個營地已經被清空。當時有五個人住在帳篷中,當筆者約莫三點到達現場時,大約已經有二十左右的朋友聚集,大部分是台灣護樹團體聯盟的成員。可能是因為時間很晚了,護樹聯盟也無法即時回應,社群網路上面並沒有太多的消息,所以除了聯盟之外並沒有太多人響應,除了我以外沒有其他記者,包括中文媒體,大部分的中文媒體都是在事發之後透過從社群網站上收集資訊及訪問成員得到資訊。... Read More

The 121st Day of the Songyan Occupation

On its 121s day, the longstanding Songyan occupation, protesting the unlawful cutting down of trees in the area outside the site of the future Taipei Dome, near Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, faced its greatest tribulation to date. A police raid upon the occupation encampment was conducted at 2 AM which, according to those present, brought in approximately forty to fifty police officers... Read More

From Out of KMT Party Education, Towards the Path of Justice

I was once a supporter of the KMT. When I was young I worshipped President Chiang Kai-shek's heroic deeds in the war against Japan, appreciated his opposition to Communism, and was grateful for him founding Taiwan. At that time, I believed the White Terror only harmed those antisocial personalities who didn't listen to the government, and that the government was teaching them how to be good people by arresting them, and that only by going along with the anticommunist policies of the government could one find prosperity... Read More

從黨國教育走出,追求轉型正義

我曾是一位國民黨死忠支持者,我小時候曾經崇拜 蔣中正總統反共抗日的英勇事蹟、欣賞他為正義反共、感謝他建設臺灣等事蹟。當時我認為白色恐怖受害者都是群不聽政府的反社會人格者,政府是在教育他們好好做人才逮捕他們,唯有跟隨政府反共才能帶來最後的幸福。在學校教育和家庭教育的內外兼修下,塑造出一個「優質青年黨員」,當時我的思想和今日王炳忠一樣,認為中華民國是正統,中國共產黨是群齷齪無恥的反動分子,我對愛國歌曲是如數家珍,不論是《中華民國頌》、《中華之愛》、《鋼鐵的心》、《中國一定強》、《抗敵歌》等我都倒背如流。直到我國二那年「陳為廷立法院備詢事件」轟動杏壇,當時我因為在校園內推動學生權益運動(要求老師不得隨意搜身)也被別人貼上「沒禮貌」的標籤而心有戚戚焉,因此稍微關注一下這個人。透過他我認識很多民主鬥士,我在他臉書上認識了鄭南榕、陳文成、黃信介等人物。我當時很驚訝,對一個受黨國教育的人,我難以相信這是台灣近代民主發展的過程,我以前一直以為我們民主是黃花崗七十二烈士鮮血換來的、是革命先烈奉獻青春建構的、是國父十二次革命創造的,當然他們對今日的貢獻功不可沒,但是近代民主意識能崛起主要是戒嚴時期黨外運動灑下的種子茁壯而成的。... Read More