Some photos from my lectures at 淮北市实验高级中学 (Huaibei Experimental High School).
A link to some photos of a lecture I gave at a high school in all my derpy glory.
Perry Link: In China in the 1980s, the word renquan (“human rights”) was extremely “sensitive.” Few dared even to utter it in public, let alone to champion the concept. Now, nearly three decades later, even people at the lowest levels of society demand their rights. No one brought about this dramatic change single-handedly, but arguably no one did more to get it started than Fang Lizhi, the Chinese astrophysicist, activist, and dissident, who died a year ago. We were friends for many years; here are eight of my favorite memories of him.
Photo of Fang Lizhi by Forrest Anderson/Getty Images
Read more about Fang Lizhi from China Digital Times.
This article is amazing. Linking to it again:
In May, 1989, while student demonstrators were in the streets of Beijing calling for democracy, I listened as a Western journalist interviewed Fang. At the end, the interviewer asked if there were a way he could pursue follow-up questions if necessary. Fang said “sure,” and gave the reporter his telephone number.
“We’ve heard that your phone is tapped,” the reporter said. “Is it?”
“I assume so.” Fang grinned.
“Doesn’t that…bother you?” the reporter asked.
“No,” said Fang, “for years I’ve been trying to get them to listen to me. If this is how they want to do it, then fine!”
China missed a golden opportunity for political reform in the 1980s and it is doubtful when the next one will come, says a son of Hu Yaobang, the widely respected late liberal leader, whose death helped trigger one of the largest democratic movements in modern China.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post ahead of the 25th anniversary today of his father’s death, Hu Dehua lamented the lack of progress in political reform and the continued lack of protection for press freedom over ths last quarter century.
Hu Yaobang believed political reform had to go hand-in-hand with economic reform.
In 1986, he was planning a draft law to safeguard press freedoms, but was purged in 1987 before it could be enacted.
"Press freedom should have been the first step in political reform, but there is still no law on it … I guess it will never come out," Hu Dehua said.
"When you have no law to protect these rights, everything is in the hands of the officials.
"Although we have a constitution which guarantees freedoms in speech and assembly… in fact, there are hardly any freedoms. We have no right to supervise [the government]."
Collection of photos of the end to the Sunflower Student Movement occupation of the Legislative Yuan on April 10th, from Taipei Times.TOP: Student protesters and members of the public last night hold up their lit mobile phones on Jinan Road in Taipei, where they gathered after students evacuated the Legislative Yuan. Apr 11, 2014 Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei TimesBOTTOM LEFT: Police take control of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei after students evacuated the premises yesterday. Apr 11, 2014 Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei TimesBOTTOM RIGHT: Students hold sunflowers as they leave the Legislative Yuan yesterday and enter Jinan Road in Taipei. Apr 11, 2014 Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times
IMAGINE ONE DAY
imagine many years later
can we still watch japanese cartoons
imagine letters we might receive
maybe with contents crossed out in red
imagine we could answer in peace
curious questions from our children
I will tell them about tonight
concise and in detail
so they can swiftly run to any crowded stage
I will tell them
peace is short-lived
struggle is constant
come on, go now
on this island
find your comrades
keep your loved ones
build your dream house
look for the nation of your ideals
raise all the flags
light every lamp
shout out your pursuits
warm winds will blow
students, policemen sleeping together
rain will keep falling
till you wake up to a dry day
Student protesters who have occupied the Legislative Yuan’s main chamber since March 18 will vacate the room at 6pm on Thursday, student leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) said yesterday evening after long debates among the participating students and other groups.
And so a new chapter begins. 台湾，加油！
BREAKING NEWS: Students of the #SunflowerMovement will voluntarily vacate the Legislative Yuan this Thursday 6pm. Calling on people to gather at the LY as students and the Sunflower Movement move back into society. Reasons for their decision written in an official statement, summarized below.
At a press conference Monday night at 8:00 p.m., the student leaders announced that their student movement has evolved to a state of becoming a citizens’ movement. They also asserted that the occupation of the Legislative Yuan was one of many actions they are ready to take. The Sunflower Movement has most definitely not stopped.
More, they have satisfied the following demands:
(1) Regulations for cross strait agreement monitoring: The Citizen’s version of the cross strait agreement monitoring draft bill has been sent into the Legislative Yuan. The Executive Yuan has also sent their version.
(2) Pass the cross strait agreement monitoring act before passing the trade pact: Wang Jing-Pyng promised to not hold any negotiation between the KMT and the opposition parties.
(3) Hold a citizen’s constitutional meeting: Students and citizens group already held Grassroot Citizen Constitutional Forum on April 6, and used the decisions made during the meeting to hold a forum inside the Legislative Yuan on April 8th. The movement has already provided the results of the citizen’s constitutional meeting to society.
(4) Retract the Trade Pact: According to the meeting on March 24 in the the Legislative Yuan, the Legislators have agreed to request the Executive Yuan to retract the trade pact and re-initiate negotiation. The Legislative Yuan will continue dealing with this issue.
Students also added that the whole of Taiwanese society has become a legislative chamber. The students will face all legal ramifications for their actions as they stand resolutely behind them.
Taiwan’s parliamentary speaker has made concessions to students occupying the legislature over a trade pact with the mainland, raising faint hopes that the demonstrators might end their protest.
Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said there would be no review or ratification of the controversial agreement in parliament until after a bill was passed putting pacts with Beijing under greater scrutiny.
"In consideration of the overall social costs, as the leader of the legislature, I solemnly state that there will be no review meetings or caucus meetings related to the trade services pact before enactment of the oversight bill," Wang said yesterday.
The speaker acted without the knowledge or backing of the government. The office of President Ma Ying-jeou said Wang had not told officials of his plan and it called on parliament to review the pact swiftly so it could be ratified.
Protesters fear the trade pact with the mainland - which would allow the two sides greater access to each other’s services sectors - will lead to job losses in Taiwan. They also argue closer ties with Beijing pose a threat to the island’s democracy.
I watched a live news report of this yesterday. Considering the KMT’s response, it’s either one hell of a setup or Wang is actually doing a good thing. Hats off to him for reaching out to the students.