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Zijie Yang (楊子頡)

Zijie Yang (楊子頡)

一個連自身存在都與所身處社會一樣荒謬的年輕男子,不太適應團體,不易尋得認同與歸屬感。曾參與06年廢墟佔領、寶藏巖公社抗爭;10年參與桑雅靜心劇坊學習舞踏;現為諾努客反核文化行動團隊活動企劃與鼓手,台灣大學社會工作學系系學生。

Monday, 30 January 2012 17:49

奮力與時代共鳴─獨立媒體青年工作者思與見

 

 

新聞工作是一條艱辛的道路,選擇進入非主流媒體奮鬥,更是一路布滿荊剌。青年記者如何堅持為他人發聲?又如何聆聽自己內心的聲音?(攝影/張智堡)

採訪|楊子頡、楊子瑄、陳詩婷 整理|楊子頡

本月的「青年發聲」單元,邀請五位現任或曾在獨立媒體工作的青年記者進行座談。他們分享彼此的工作經驗、家庭關係、面對挑戰的堅持以及未來的自我期待;從工作到生活層面,藉由梳理對自我的反思、懷疑或肯定,訴說出在新聞媒體環境的人生體悟。

Friday, 23 September 2011 12:07

Africa can learn from Asia

Interview with Niyomwungeri Maxime Jim from Rwanda

This tall, strong and positive young man with such a broad smile on his face is Niyomwungeri Maxime Jim. We met each other at a party at which were assembled lots of guests from the "Say Taiwan Homestay project".

He came to Taiwan from Rwanda, an inland country with the highest density population in Central Africa. As his name is not that easy to pronounce for Taiwanese people, his host family gave him a Mandarin nickname, "Lu An" (路安). His host family lives in Dong Shih, Taichung city, in a quiet and pleasant suburban neighbourhood. "They treat me so well! They make me feel like a prince!", he says. His host father, Peter Chen is a devout christian who is in charge of a daycare center for the elderly."I thought the host family would just be a place to sleep and that I would have to take care of myself. But they treat me like their own son, which I never expected. They give me so much that I do not want to leave Taiwan." He says happily.

Besides his host family, another impressive experience for "Lu An" was in the Taiwanese night market. "The night market is fun, I eat everything, and today I ate so much I almost died... So I learned today, that you need to just have a little taste then move on to the next stall…." He also emphasized the liveliness of the city,"Wow! You drive very fast and everyone seems to follow the rules. Every one stops at traffic lights."

We began to discuss more about the differences between Taiwan and Rwanda : "I think you are united and your people share the same vision for the country. The police treat people in a friendly way and you really feel they are working for tthe public. They want to see their country grow better, it is very nice."

I was interested that he said he found it hard to hear from local Taiwanese people."Taiwanese people work hard, I want to learn from you for my country's future development." "...You really show your respect to each other. People truly care about and respect others from the bottom of their hearts. They don’t judge you. I don’t feel like I’m foreigner here. He adds: "I don't understand what happened in your past, but I think that what brings you together is bigger than what separates you." I was suprised that we are united more than divided in his eyes.

He think there are a lot of things to learn from Asia. He feels like all Asians come from the same place, hence there is an ability to cooperate and to work in unity. Finally, we asked him what Taiwan can learn from Africa, to which he responded: "Come to Africa and you will find out! We’ve been through so much pain, but we are still joyful, that’s what you can learn."


Interview filmed by Hallie Haller and Cerise Phiv, edited by Zijie Yang and Cerise Phiv

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:57

他們的另一個世界:移工們的台北星期天

遠離家鄉的東南亞移工們,在異鄉城市築起一座座屬於自己的假日限定天堂。在這裡,他們充分享受自由與熱情,也撫慰彼此疲憊的心靈。


Monday, 23 May 2011 17:15

Music and Movements: God Save the Rave

Gon-Li She (共力社), meaning community power group, started off as a group of friends in the Punk music scene.  Through the mediums of Punk and electronic music, they try to provide a release for an angry, alienated youth and to further channel this mood into social change organizing music events to support social movements and demonstrations. Willy Chen calls Gon-li She is "an organisation of empowerment."

Following the Fukishima nuclear disaster in Japan, Gon-li She collaborated with NoNukes to organise a VJ, DJ combination rave, as a precursor a week before they brought the Rock truck and the Electro truck to the bigger 4/30 anti-nuclear demonstrations in Taipei. Willy Chen tells us more:

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Photo: N.C.


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Sunday, 22 May 2011 18:48

Academy of Interference

The Jammers (干擾學院) began in Taipei National University of the Arts, set up by a group of graduate students including Wu Wenjun, Ye Zhenyu, Zheng Anqi and Huang Huiyu. They began by inviting different activists to their campus to hold informational and instructional meetings. They also did field research in several villages which were suffering harshly under land exploitation. After studying the issues involved, they decided to contribute to the activist profession, using contemporary arts to participate in cultural actions. We managed to interfere with the academy's lesson plan so they could join us for an interview:

Alternative (for Readers in China)

In one cutural action, Oyster Times, they printed 10 000 fake front pages for each of Taiwan's four major newspapers, declaring, as a hoax, that the proposal for the controversial KuoKuang Petrochemicals factory had been rejected by the government. The stunt achieved its desired media attention but one can only speculate whether this had any influence. Nonetheless under pressure from many sides, the government removed its support for the project which could have endangered the survival of the last remaining Chinese White Dolphins.

Interview and filming by Zijie Yang and Nick Coulson, Editing by Pinti Chen, Subtitles by Conor Stuart

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:46

Innovation in Anti-Nuke Protests

NoNuke Cultural Activism Group ("諾努客文化行動團隊" ) was set up in 2009 to protest Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant. In the following interview, Yang Zixuan and Pei Linong introduce some NoNuke cultural actions:

Monday, 30 November 2009 00:00

Treasure Hill

Treasure Hill is located on the site of a temple devoted to Guanyin, in Taipei. Over fifty years ago, people started building their own houses, on this land owned by the Ministry of National Defense. Originally it was settled in by war veterans, but developed into a community composed mainly of poor people, migrant workers and others who couldn’t afford the steep prices in the area. Thus the inhabitants were generally a marginalised and voiceless community. In 2004, the government declared that it was going to raze the buildings in the pursuit of urban development. Students and teachers of several National Taiwan University departments along with the NGO ’OURS’ and many ’Artivists’ acted to try and save the residences. The academics and artivists attempted to support the cause, and give voice to the voiceless by putting it in a context that would be more likely to achieve government support. 


Zijie, who studies at NTU’s Social Work department was amongst those who joined the experiment. Zijie and a small group were given a place that local photographer, Li Guomin (李國民), had been fixing up, to base themselves and live from for the following six months. Many artivists resided at Treasure Hill for short periods of time, few lived for long spells of time. For Taiwan it was an experimental, but historical cooperation between art and activism. For some of those involved, it was a cultural space that had art potential, others were more concerned about the residents property rights. Their actions had both successes and failures, but finally in 2006, the government took the decision to go ahead in evicting residents and taking down buildings. When renovation is completed this year a small proportion of the residents have been promised they will be allowed back.

Yang Zijie, Li Guomin and another reknowned artist Wu Zhongwei (吳中煒), were among three people accused and sued by the government.

Two years after, the artivists and residents were evicted, Zijie reflects on the movement to maintain Treasure Hill. With hindsight, He discusses the pitfalls and difficulties involved in understanding the needs of those one is trying to help when socially engaging and which aspects he feels could have been handled better.
 


Introduction by Nick Coulson


 

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