Notice: This entry was published 5 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
Getting on my laptop is a rare thing on this vacation because we’re out all the time. We get home late at night, go to bed, and then get up in the morning to leave again. I have a huge backlog of photos to go through once I have more time, but I thought I should share a few pictures I took when I visited the Sunflower Movement site a few days ago.
For those who don’t know, the Sunflower Student Movement began almost three weeks ago when the Taiwanese government passed the CSSTA (a trade pact with China) without extensive review. You can read more about it on this article: Inside Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement, as well as check out the Reddit AMA by the students that began the movement. I’m still educating myself on the issue so I think external sources would be more reliable.
I’ve always been pro-Taiwan even before I met Michael, so my knee jerk reaction is to support the protest. I still feel that way after reading up on the matter, if only because I have seen the passion of the Taiwanese people with my own eyes and I believe in the right for people to decide how the fate of their country. I’m still trying to approach all of this as an observer because I’m keeping my prejudices in check.
The protest site itself is surreal however. It extends over about three blocks and it was full of people, and we came during a lull. There were a lot of old people speaking though the megaphone about the history of Taiwan. They had medical volunteers and free food and drink for all, and they even had a free charging station and free tents to sleep in.
I’ll be posting a few more on my (new!) Flickr stream for anyone interested.