By Choo Chon Kai
Indonesia has a rich history of peoples’ resistance. The resistances against Japanese Occupation and Dutch Colonization, are the struggles that brought together ordinary people from diverse cultural background on islands in Nusantara that spread from Hindi Ocean to Pacific Ocean.
Never has a local festival survived for so long; and neither have the Yilan people so determined to retain the brainchild brought up with their own hands.
The Yilan International Children's Folklore & Folkgame Festival(YICFFF), after reaching 12—before it got mature enough to prosper--was officially terminated by the Yilan County Government, due to years of substantial losses in visitors and revenue.
By Choo Chon Kai
Originally written in Chinese by at inmediahk.net Yan But To
Wong Chi Wah (a Hong Kong comedian) had reminded us in his show that we should be alert to losing freedom slowly like a frog boiled in warming water. The Subculture Press continues to publish its political satire every year. This year, "Memoirs of Commander Tsang's Spin Doctor" is quite popular in the book fair. Later Pang Chi Ming, director of the Subculture Press, fails to have a distributor to sell this book. All books are still kept in print shop. Does Hong Kong already become that "frog"? I go to interview Pang.
On September 21, marking the second anniversary of the murder of Diosado "Ka Fort" Fortuna, renowned Philippine labor leader and union president of striking Nestle workers, and the 35th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines, Taiwanese groups called for a boycott of all Nestle products. More than twenty protestors including unionists, students, academics, and common citizens picketed the headquarters of Nestle Taiwan, leafleted the lunchtime crowd and covered Nestle advertisement with protest stickers. The protest was organized by Taiwan Committee for Philippines Concerns and Consumer Action, Taiwan, and participated by Labor Rights Association and other groups.
By Judy a. Pasimio
In an act of solidarity with the thousand protesting monks, and ordinary women and men in Burma, Filipino workers shaved their heads in front of the Burmese Embassy in Makati City, Philippines.
"The Filipino working class joins the peoples around the world in condemning the brutal suppression by the military junta of the protest movement in Burma. We add the voice of the workers in the call for democratization in Burma, freedom for political prisoners and an end to the military rule," says Ms. Yuen Abana, member of the Partido ng Manggagawa (Workers' Party).