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The Enduring Vision

A story of the native Atabu tribe in Taichung, Taiwan

This is the story of native Atabu tribe(also known as Hoanya) in Taiwan and of the visions that Atabu tribals have shared. The first vision is of the land itself.

For the prehistoric adventurers who crossed over the sea from South Asia, for the Europeans who began to arrive in the 17th century, and for the later Chinese immigrants who poured in by the tens of thousands, Taiwan offered a haven for new beginnings. In this way, we share a link with those who went before us who also cherished this Island’s forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers.

But the vision involves more than a love of the land. It also entails a commitment to an ongoing “mind reform” and dream: the dream of creating an independent nation, a just, and righteous social order. Central to the native Atabu tribal vision of the good society is the notion of individual freedom. To be sure, our commitment to freedom as frequently faltered and stumbled in practice. During the reign of Chin dynasty, The native Atabu tribals who sought freedom of worship for themselves often denied it to others. Chinese who cheered the conque of this island lived by the cheap labor of the native Atabu slaves. Many a Chinese tycoon conveniently forgot that economic exploitation can extinguish freedom as effectively as tyranny or military force. And through much of our history, the native Atabu tribe-most of the population—were relegated to second-class status and forced to change their names into Chinese names under the “magistrate order” issued in China. Since our forefathers lived near by a forest(forest pronounced as “lin” in Mandarin) and “Lin” turned to be our last name. For many Atabu tribals, the conversion process was understandably a torturous process, Poverty, loneliness, and fear so pervaded Hoanya that even the second classes could not avoid feeling anxious over the future.

The conversion experience molded individuals like John’s forefathers, who felt confident that they could conquer any enemy because they had already conquered themselves. By bending their wills to a much higher purpose while preparing for a new born generation, a generation of Atabu men and women unknowingly steeled themselves to tame the hostile frontier.

“The land was ours before we were the land’s.” Only by entering into this deep relationship with the land itself---“such as she was, such as she would become”, like a mother who was nurturing and rocking the baby…..etc”, did our identity as a people fully take shape. The encounter of Chinese colonists with a strange new island of mystery; but of course, what the Chinese settlers called the new world was in fact the homeland of the native Taiwanese peoples(including the Atabu tribe, also known as Hoanya) whose ancestors had been “the land’s” for at least several hundred years. Atabu tribe had undergone an immensely long process of settling the island, developing divergent cultures, discovering agriculture, and creating a rich spiritual life tightly interwoven with the physical environment that sustained them. Although the native Atabu tribe’s story before the Chinese’s incursion is recorded in archaeological relics(southern tip of Taiwan nearby Pin Tung) rather than written documents, it is nonetheless fully a part of Taiwanese history. Nor can we grasp the tragic conflict between old and new world peoples that began soon after Chiang Kai-Shek’s arrival in 1947 without understanding the continuities of native Taiwanese history before and after contact with Chinese, or without appreciating the native Atabu tribe’s tenacious hold on their ancestral soil, forests, and waters.

Burning hatreds produced by an intolerable situation underlay this so-called 228 Massacre. Once again John Lin orchestrated a funeral fit for martyrs and used the occasion to solidify native Taiwanese opposition to Chinese authority: that it was a ruthless attack on unarmed civilians who dared to stand up to military bullies. The “ 228 massacre” profoundly affected Taiwanese, forcing many to confront the stark possibility that the Chinese KMT government might be bent on coercing them into paying “the unrighteous debt” through naked force.

Written by a native Atabu tribal, Mr. John Lin, was also an engineer of TTV for more than 30 years(Taiwan TV Corporation), who wished himself had been the deceased Vietnamese government leader of Ho Chi Ming who was strong and brave in leading his people and fighting for the Vietnamese liberation.

John is living An Atabu tribe peasant life in Taipei City and constantly visiting his relatives in Taichung where a lot of Atabu peasants are still fighting for their visions. John’s address is: 4F. 207, Don Shin St. Nangang, Taipei City, The Republic of Taiwan. You are very welcome to call him at 886-2-2788-2284.

Translated by Fred Wen, one of the top members of TAIP.

by ayanokouji3 | 2003-04-24 13:10 | Comments(0)  

Have them paid for it! –228 Incident

On February 28, 1947, and during the several weeks thereafter, there occurred a popular uprising of Taiwanese people, known as the "228 Incident," sparked by the corruption, malfeasance and brutality of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or current KMT) government of China and its lower educated soldiers, which at the end of World War II had "liberated" the Taiwanese from their Japanese colonial oppressors. As the consequence of the KMT government's brutal suppression of the uprising, tens of thousands of Taiwanese, including many of Taiwan's intellectual elite, were rounded up and massacred; and over the ensuing four decades of martial law, many more Taiwanese were imprisoned and killed. Whereas from the time of the 228 Incident up till present, has any Chinese made apologies to those Taiwanese victims and family members? The following diagram clearly indicates the 2 complete different sections between the Independence(seeking for the new born nation as the Republic of Taiwan) and Unification( under the condition of accepting ROC, the Republic of China on Taiwan by China which is refused).


by ayanokouji3 | 2003-04-03 22:24 | Comments(0)  

台灣は中國の一部ではない! / Taiwan is not a part of China


台灣は一つの獨立主權國家であります。台灣は中華人民共和國の一部分ではなく、中華人民共和國の一つの省でもありません。海峽の兩側は「特殊な國と國との關係」であると。すなわち、台灣と中華人民共和國とは、二つのそれぞれに獨立した國であると述べたのであります。中華人民共和國は、一日たりとも台灣を統治したことはなく、一文たりとも台灣から税金を徴収し得なかったのであり、台灣に對して主權を主張する權利はございません。台灣は、すべての台灣人民の台灣です。台灣と中華人民共和國が二つの國であることは、既存の事實でございます。しかしながら、世界の、かなりの數にのぼる國ぐにが中共に利用され、台灣が主權獨立國であることを認めようとしません。現實を正視せず,台灣人民を尊重しないかようなやりかたに,私たちは嚴重に抗議します。すべての新台灣人は一致團結して、中共の覇權的壓制に反對しつつ、國際社會の支持を求め,早く台灣正名の目標, 台灣共和國を實現せねばなりません。

Taiwan is not a part of China

Ever since the Taiwan Government authenticated the Taiwan-China relations as a "special state-to-state relationship", The truth is that Taiwan and China are two separate countries. The Taiwanese people have long opposed the so-called "one China" policy endorsed by many countries around the world, and which is well plotted by China. Although this policy has been hailed as the foundation of cross-strait relations, it has only resulted in the suppression of Taiwanese "self-determination" and the long lasting pursuit of a new born nation- The Republic of Taiwan. The People's Republic of China (PRC) has never governed Taiwan for even one single day. Any kind of threats, verbal or military from the PRC, are outright expressions of aggression of a foreign regime over another. The only way to maintain peace and prosperity in Asia is to recognize the reality that the Republic of Taiwan and China are two separate sovereign countries. Only the acknowledgement of this truth can bring about stability in the Asian region.

【編集】台灣建國黨本部  Compiled by Taiwan Independence Party 台灣建國黨
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【郵撥帳號】19226544 戶名:建國黨 Taiwan P.O. Account No.19226544 Account Name: TAIP

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by ayanokouji3 | 2003-04-01 22:05 | Comments(0)