Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Register Now for the Taiwan Culture and History Camp/Tour

We wanted to recommend to everyone:
1. Even if you are living in Taiwan, or if you might not classify yourself as "youth", you are welcome to register.
2. Please remember the October 8 registration deadline.
3. This event has hosted many very excellent speakers including one famous Austronesian author.
4. Even if you have visited a lot of the sites in Taiwan, joining this event is worthwhile. Even while on the bus, there are a lot of discussions regarding Taiwan's history and cultures. The Foundation tries to keep the registration fees very low, and subsidizes the cost.


Dear Friends:

The Tsunah Foundation has launched its Eleventh International Youth Culture Tour of Taiwan program. This is a great opportunity for young International Taiwanese, who are at least 18 years old and were born and/or grew up outside of Taiwan, to get to know more about their motherland. I hope you, your children, or your friends who qualify will enroll in this wonderful program. Please also help relaying this great news by forwarding this information to your friends, members of your organizations, and people in your local Taiwanese communities, or by posting this letter on your web-site and/or establishing the link from your web-site to Tsunah Foundation’s web-site,

The highlights of this year’s program are listed below.

1. This special November’s tour lasts seven days & six nights (11/08/10-11/14/10).
2. The cost is $650 per person excluding the airplane ticket cost.
3. There is a scholarship program for the participants.

This year, the group will visit the beautiful I-Lan County scenic sites and stay in the Tsunah Center and its dormitory facility for the first two days. Then, the group will go on an around-the-island tour along the island’s most beautiful east coast to Taroko National Park, Hualien, Taitung and Kaohsiung, then back to Taipei, visiting sites of historical and cultural interest, and having some fun at the same time.

Please visit the Tsunah Foundation’s web site, for detailed information and updates.

The deadline for the enrollment is October 08, 2010. However, it is strongly recommended that interested people register as soon as possible due to limited availability. The airplane ticket is also increasingly difficult to find after August due to airlines reduction of flights.

I am looking forward to your participation and/or help. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail or call me for any question.

Best Regards,
Justina Wu

Tsunah Foundation
(858) 456-1258





這個十一月八日到十一月十四日的英文台灣文化之旅是今年我們第一次嘗試舉辦的,但也可能是唯一的一次。請不要錯過這個難能可貴的機會。US$650的旅費包括您七天的全部費用,吃、住、交通費及參觀景點的門票等。報名表及相關中英文詳情,請上慈林基金會的網站 瀏覽及下傳。


Justina Wu
Tsunah Foundation
The Tsunah Foundation (慈林基金會) was founded in March 1991. Its roots, however, extend back further to a tragedy in 1980, when Mr. and Mrs. Lin I-Hsiung (林義雄) and Su-Min (方素敏) lost their mother, Lin-Yu Ah-Mei, and their twin daughters, Lien Chiun and Tin Chiun, to a politically motivated assassination. Soon after Mr. Lin was released from the political imprisonment, Mr. and Mrs. Lin were exiled from Taiwan. Out of the depths of their grief for their loved ones, and for their separation from their homeland, Mr. and Mrs. Lin found new life and new hope, for themselves and for Taiwan. Eleven years later, the establishment of the Tsunah Foundation in Taiwan was, and remains today, their expression of that hope. The Tsunah Foundation has two missions: (1) to promote the values of empathy, love, and respect for all people, and (2) to promote cultural activities, and foster the development of a community of culturally enlightened, caring Taiwanese citizens.

Posts from facebook... that show Taiwanese culture

Kin-á-ji̍t sī Peh-go̍eh-cheh. Góa tńg-gōa-ke khòaⁿ pē-bú. Góa chah nn̄g-pau ka-pi hō͘ in, soah-bóe--á ōaⁿ chi̍t-tui mi̍h-kiāⁿ tò-tńg-lâi. Lāng kóng cha-bó͘-kiáⁿ-chha̍t tio̍h-sī án-ne. :)

今仔日是八月節, 我轉外家看爸母. 我扎兩包咖啡乎in, 煞尾仔換一堆物件倒轉來, 人講查某囝賊著是按呢. :)

It's moon festival day today, i went back to my parents' place to visit them. i brought them 2 packs of coffee beans, but when i left, they gave me plenty of things, well, it is what "daughter thief" exactly means. :)

- Marcie Lee, Taipei, TAIWAN

Monday, September 20, 2010

Use your own language.

Unashamedly celebrating one's own language and culture in Taiwan.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Metropolis Now: Top global cities

Foreign Policy magazine included Taipei in the list of the worlds top global cities. Hopefully, the magazine will investigate Kaohsiung next time when compiling its Global Cities Index.

Any thoughts on how to improve FP's ranking methodology? I did not see very much about freedom versus human rights violations, oppression, or crime. Nor was pollution much of a consideration, it seems. Note that some of the cities mentioned as top global cities also ranked as cities with the world's worst traffic. So this ranking most definitely does not assess which are the best cities to live.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Do you need the pinch of the crab?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Examples of Videos needed in Taiwan

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Calling on creative Taiwanese young professionals, college and high school students to interview old farmers or Austronesian village elders and record their thoughts to make short videos like this one. It will be a wealth of richness of culture and connection with Taiwan's peoples and past, present and future.