An American in Huaibei

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.

fuckyeahdementia:

TL;DR Wikipedia

CHINA CHINA CHINA CHINA.

fuckyeahdementia:

TL;DR Wikipedia

CHINA CHINA CHINA CHINA.

chinadigitaltimes:

nybooks:

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.
‘Hi! I’m Fang!’ The Man Who Changed China
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!”

chinadigitaltimes:

nybooks:

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.

‘Hi! I’m Fang!’ The Man Who Changed China

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!”

I come out of the supermarket to find this.

Random Chrysler Concorde on campus with a 江苏 (Jiangsu) license plate.

卫生不?

卫生不?

lettersfromtaiwan:

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 Times
BOTTOM LEFT: Police take control of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei after students evacuated the premises yesterday. Apr 11, 2014  Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei Times
BOTTOM 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
From 中国大好き:
想像一日
想像多年以後還能一起看日本的卡通想像收到的信中不會有被紅線掩蓋的內容想像我們終於可以坦然面對孩子好奇的追問
我會把這個夜晚細緻而簡潔的讓他知道以便他能夠迅速的奔跑到任何一個擠滿人的現場
我會告訴他和平是短暫的抗爭是常態快去吧在這座島上認出你的朋友顧好你的愛人蓋你夢中的樓房找你理想的國家
把國旗都升起來燈都打亮把訴求都溫柔吶喊看風吹過來椰子樹影搖晃學生和警察睡在一塊讓雨延續在乾燥的白天醒來
IMAGINE ONE DAY
imagine many years latercan we still watch japanese cartoonsimagine letters we might receivemaybe with contents crossed out in redimagine we could answer in peacecurious questions from our children
I will tell them about tonightconcise and in detailso they can swiftly run to any crowded stage
I will tell thempeace is short-livedstruggle is constantcome on, go nowon this islandfind your comradeskeep your loved onesbuild your dream houselook for the nation of your ideals
raise all the flagslight every lampshout out your pursuitswarm winds will blowcoconuts swaystudents, policemen sleeping togetherrain will keep fallingtill you wake up to a dry day

From 中国大好き:

想像一日

想像多年以後
還能一起看日本的卡通
想像收到的信中
不會有被紅線掩蓋的內容
想像我們終於可以
坦然面對孩子好奇的追問

我會把這個夜晚
細緻而簡潔的讓他知道
以便他能夠迅速的奔跑到任何一個擠滿人的現場

我會告訴他
和平是短暫的
抗爭是常態
快去吧
在這座島上
認出你的朋友
顧好你的愛人
蓋你夢中的樓房
找你理想的國家

把國旗都升起來
燈都打亮
把訴求都溫柔吶喊
看風吹過來
椰子樹影搖晃
學生和警察睡在一塊
讓雨延續
在乾燥的白天醒來

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
coconuts sway
students, policemen sleeping together
rain will keep falling
till you wake up to a dry day

再见,太阳花学运。万事如意。
Why Taiwan’s Protesters Stuck it Out.
Also see: Sunflower Protesters Open Up.

再见,太阳花学运。万事如意。

Why Taiwan’s Protesters Stuck it Out.

Also see: Sunflower Protesters Open Up.

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.
Out with some gals from class 4.

Out with some gals from class 4.

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.