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Monday, April 10, 2006

International Democracy Forum in Taipei

In my perspective, democracy is one of the most powerful cards that people of Taiwan can play in the game of Taiwan-China controversy. I'm delighted to know that the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation is going to hold an International Democracy Forum on April 29 to 30 in Taipei to openly analyze whether the young, budding Taiwanese-style democracy can survive against various adversity and continue to thrive.

Free entrance to the forum but only 400 seats are availavle. For those who are interested, take a look at this introduction and forum schedule prior to signing up. Tel: +886 2 3322-4907 (Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation)

To those who truly care about the democracy in Taiwan, see you there! ;-)

Cheers - Jen

Disclaimer: the author is not an employee of that foundation and not in any format affiliated with it either.


Anonymous Echo said...

Does anybody notice that on the "introduction and forum schedule" mentioned in Jen's article, on the Saturday schedule only partial names of the speakers are given ?

Why did Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation (LCF) choose only to show partial names of some of the speakers ? Is it simply a typo ? Or other considerations are given?

I try not to jump to conclusion but can't help thinking that Lung Yingtai is pro-china herself and might have long been a Chinese Communism sympathist, judging from the fact that in most of her speeches she criticized a democratic Taiwan heavily but avoids criticizing the autoritarian Chinese government.

Is it possible that LCF invited pro-china speakers, and try to cover it up by not giving their full names such that no objection comes up before the meeting starts ?

2:10 AM, April 13, 2006  
Blogger Jen said...

Hi Echo,

Honestly I have this impression on Lung too but I am refraining from making a conclusion before I hear what they have to say. It is indeed peculiar that the foundation only listed partial names of the speakers for Saturday, whereas the speakers on Sunday have their full name published. You have sharp observation!

Meanwhile, I am also curious about what the speaker from China has to say about democracy. Hope he/she won't give us those old craps that some country, like China for instance, is too populous to afford democracy and that only a dictatorship like CCP can manage to run the country well.

10:56 AM, April 13, 2006  
Blogger Nijmo said...


I think nothing is more important then democracy. However, it always is a fragile thing. It has to be guarded constantly. Even here in the Netherlands were people take it for granted too easy. We remembered our freedom here yesterday, but our Day of Freedom, our National Independence Day is not even a National Holiday here! One has to work on that day. That shows you how easily things are forgotten and taken for granted.

I am very interested in democratic struggles all over the world. So in Taiwan as well, off course. I feel very sympathetic towards the Taiwan people and get very mad every time again when economic motives win it from human rights. I think it is the big flaw of capitalism and deserves constant attention, awareness and resistance.

Anyway, I am sorry for this long introduction, but I am interested in how the conference went. What were the conclusions? Did the "name thing" have any meaning? Was there a lot of international interest? Things like that.

8:07 PM, May 06, 2006  

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