Sending Smoke Signals throughout the Land

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The Langyan Action Group (AKA Smoke Signals League) was first established in 2007 after a dispute between indigenous Taiwanese and the government about the natural land rights. It began as a fishing and hunting dispute and reported direspectful treatment by police, but has now developed into a movement promoting a more sustainable balance with nature and calling for a new constitution that takes into account the rights of the Indigenous Taiwanese (who were not considered in the 1911 constitution that was drawn up in Nanjing).

For the third successive year Langyan Action Group held their annual event at the Zhuwei Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei City. They choose to hold the event on 2/28, an infamous day in Taiwanese history due to the 1947 KMT government's massacre of an uprising, as it is now a public holiday in recognition of past injustices (Peace Memorial Day). While Langyan maintain their three main demands, this year had a special theme - while the KMT was celebrating 100 years of existence of the Republic of China, Langyan, with their indigenous star singers Banai and Kimbo, joined forces with No Nukes and their Sing-walk Troupe to demand a nuclear free Taiwan for a hundred years. Barbecued pork, dried fish, beetlenuts and beer were in full flow...

Photo: N.C.

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:50
Nick Coulson (聶克)

I was born in sunny Torbay on the south western coast of England's green and pleasant lands. I'm prowling the streets, parks and ruins of Taiwan hunting for absurdities and studying the sociology of the underground. Furthermore with our nomadic arts and action space "The Hole" we attempt to challenge rigid and alienating structures.


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