1) Where were you born? /Where did you grow up?
2) Are you a
I wasn’t when I first moved back to
3) When and how did you first get involved with
I didn’t really start to think about
After having lived in
4) What are you studying in school right now?
5) We know you've been doing a podcast on
Currently, I’m trying to present politics in a more humorous manner. The things that politicians and the KMT say here in
I also want to start interviewing people for my show and well as trying to record some shorter podcasts. The problem with my web show now is that it’s too long. Most young people in
6) How would you describe young people’s general outlook and knowledge about the political situation?
Extremely apathetic and dangerously lacking. Too many Taiwanese youth watch the TV news or read the garbage papers out here without even thinking about where these messages are coming from (KMT). The Taiwanese have also been trained since a very young age by the KMT to not get involved in politics.
7) We can see in some videos you weren't the only one. Who else protested with you?
The day I went to protest, one of my friends went with me as well as three friends from DPP city legislator Wang Ding Yu’s office. One guy was filming while the rest of us protested.
8) What happened after you were ushered out of the room? How did security react? Did you get into any legal or administrative trouble?
After I was pushed out of the room, all the media ran out after me to get a quote and my information, leaving Chang Ming Qing all alone. There was a heavy police presence that day, but they had all went to the school main gate because Wang Ding Yu had taken protestors to protest in front of the school to create a distraction. The police didn’t think anyone was actually going to go in and protest, so they left Chang Ming Qing guarded by only three security guards. After they ushered us out, they immediately returned to the auditorium to protect Chang Ming Qing. Nothing happened legally or administratively to me. The cops were harassing me for awhile (checking my household registry and calling me) until Wang Ding Yu told the
9) What gave you the courage to speak up?
I don’t think what I did in anyway was courageous. I just did what any Taiwanese person would have done if given the chance. When I think of courageous Taiwanese people, I think of the tens of thousands of people that had their lives taken during 228 and the White Terror (Chiang Ching Kuo’s Terror). People like, Deng Nan-rung, who in 1989 took his own life by setting his office ablaze after 71 days of self-confinement to protest the right for freedom of speech, are truly the courageous people of
10) Many of us admire you for your bravery in the states. What was the Taiwanese public's reaction to your action? Have Taiwanese come to speak to you personally?
Overall the reaction was very positive. Right after my protest, I was interviewed by SET, and then Min Shi actually came to my house to do an interview. Min Shi mentioned my blog during their interview so after it aired a lot of people visited my blog. At first, most of the comments were all giving me support, but then I noticed a ton of haters leaving comments telling me I was crazy and that I should go back to the States. I was also asked to appear on Min Shi’s Boss Talk and was given a chance to speak at the DPP 10/25 rally as well. I also got free food for a week because all the restaurants I ate at saw my news and treated me.
The week after it happened, many Taiwanese people of all ages came up to me to shake my hand and just talk a bit about
11) What inspired you to protest in the way you did, as opposed to a different way of being heard?
Basically, I just used what I had at my disposal, my loud mouth and my incorrectly spelled banner. Taiwanese people need to be inspired to make a change from within. We can not keep looking to the rest of the world for help and guidance when we as a people are so divided. We need to come together and stand as one. Young people in