Su Beng's autobiography to be released next month

Su Beng's Chinese language autobiography is set to be released next month. Here's a preview of what's inside:

Here are some additional photos captured of Su Beng and drafts copies of his autobiography, courtesy of Jean C. Han. Jean's father, Dr. Je-Chin Han wrote an introduction for Su Beng's autobiography:

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

Photo courtesy of Jean C. Han

12/25/15 MAKING HISTORY Crowdfunding Campaign Update

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Two years ago today the MAKING HISTORY crowdfunding campaign ended successfully funded at $16,730, approximately 12% over my fundraising goal! And I am so grateful for your continued support.

The revision of the English version of Su Beng’s TAIWAN'S 400 YEAR HISTORY has finally been completed! Revisions to the book include an updated timeline of events, which appears at the end of the book. Previously, the timeline ended in 1986 (the year TAIWAN'S 400 YEAR HISTORY was published). Now I have extended it to early 2015.  

For those of you who selected the ebook TAIWAN'S HISTORY perk, the revised version of TAIWAN'S 400 YEAR HISTORY is well on its way to being delivered to you. So you can expect to be receiving a "gift" in your email inbox.

It is my hope that one day there will be a complete English translation of the 2000+ page Chinese language version of Su Beng's book, THE TAIWANESE PEOPLE's 400 YEARS OF HISTORY  (台灣人四百年史).

Funds raised by the MAKING HISTORY crowdfunding campaign have helped me to continue research on Su Beng’s biography and will help in completing a short documentary about Su Beng, which is still in the works. 

As a special holiday gift, I'll also be sending the revised version of TAIWAN'S 400 YEAR HISTORY to those who selected the Doc+ebook perk.

I am immensely grateful for all the support that I have and continue to receive for my work on documenting the life of Su Beng. The revised ebook edition of TAIWAN'S 400 YEAR HISTORY is dedicated to my crowdfunding contributors. 

December Update About Su Beng

As usual Su Beng has been keeping a busy schedule but on December 10th he was checked into a hospital in Chiayi after he experienced some trouble breathing and had a minor heart attack. He also had some water in his lungs.

On December 7th he went down to Chiayi for speaking engagements and screenings of the documentary, "Su Beng, The Revolutionist."

Su Beng at a screening of "Su Beng, The Revolutionist" in Chiayi on December 8th.  

Q&A after the film screening.

On 12/9 he was at Nanhua University (南華大學 成均館) for a screening of "Su Beng, The Revolutionist." 

Unfortunately when Su Beng checked into the hospital on December 10th, he was initially in the ICU, but he was soon able to breath on his own.

Here's a Chinese language news article from the day Su Beng checked into the Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital: http://www.peoplenews.tw/news/2c7f0b5a-88fa-4421-b440-cf98ba644f22

During his stay there he had a number of visitors and an outpouring of support from friends far and wide including the Taiwanese American community in California- as seen below. The Chinese characters seen on the signs below "加油“ and "咁吧地" (which is a use of Chinese characters to phonetically represent a Japanese phrase) can both be loosely translated as words of encouragement i.e. "to keep going." The film "Su Beng, The Revolutionist" is also going to be screened in Northern California on December 19.

On December 17th Su Beng was able to return to Taipei where he entered the Taipei Medical University Hospital (台北醫學大學附設醫院).

Here's a Chinese language news article from the day Su Beng checked into the Taipei Medical University Hospital: 

He's had a quite a number of visitors during his stay there.

On December 19 he did a live chat from his hospital room with the audience at a screening of "Su Beng, The Revolutionist" in San Jose!

I've been in touch with Su Beng's assistant Bin Hong today (December 25th) and his condition has stabilized. Hopefully he will be discharged on Monday. 

 

 

11/9/15: Today is Actually Su Beng's Birthday

While today, November 9th is actually Su Beng's birthday, there was a big birthday celebration organized for him yesterday, November 8th in Changhwa at 桂都國際美食館. Here are some photos from the event:

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

What an amazing likeness of Su Beng and replica of his seminal work 台灣人四百年史 (The Taiwanese People's 400 Years of History in three volumes)!

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

There was even a seating chart for the event. Su Beng is "98 years young"- as they count it in Taiwan.

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

There was also a poster for people to write birthday wishes on it for Su Beng.

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: Bin Hong

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Looks like it was a very happy birthday indeed for Su Beng!

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

Photo courtesy of: 廖建超

11/8/15 Happy Birthday Wishes for Su Beng!

A HUGE Birthday celebration has been planned for Su Beng in Taiwan!

Su Beng is turning 98 as they count it in Taiwan, while, according to the Gregorian calendar he's turning 97. To learn more about how age is counted in Taiwan, you can read my previous blog post HERE. Photos of all the festivities will be forthcoming soon!

I wasn't able to be in Taiwan for the birthday festivities, but captured the next best thing at the screening of "Su Beng, the Revolutionist" on Friday.

WATCH this short video of the audience singing an early Happy Birthday to Su Beng:

Wishing you a very, very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Su Beng, O-ji-san! Please know that you are being thought of near and far! Thank you for being such an inspiration and for all of your tireless dedication to Taiwan and the people of Taiwan. 

11/6/15 Screening of "Su Beng, the Revolutionist" (史明紀錄片「革命進行式」) at the NY Taiwan Center

On Friday, November 6th, at 7:30pm, the Taiwanese American Association of New York - TAANY (大紐約區台灣同鄉會) is going to be screening the documentary film  "Su Beng, the Revolutionist" (史明紀錄片「革命進行式」) directed by Lihkuei Chen at the Taiwan Center in Flushing (137-44 Northern Blvd., Flushing, New York 11354). The film is about 2 hours in length and will have English subtitles. 

There will be a 30 minute real time conversation with Su Beng and the director of the film after the screening.

Each movie ticket is $10 and includes a small dinner box. Tickets can be purchased at the Taiwan Center in Flushing. Or you can reserve the ticket online here: http://goo.gl/forms/h35OtXNB4E and pay the fee via paypal account (taany@taany.org).

Tickets at door on the 11/6 night, will be $15.

My Talk on 10/8/15 About Taiwanese Revolutionary Su Beng at the Rotary Club of New York

I was invited to speak at the Rotary Club of New York on October 8, 2015 about my work on documenting the life of Su Beng.  

There's always so much for me to say about the rich life experiences of Su Beng and it was a challenge to get to everything that I wanted to say in the time allotted, but hopefully I left the audience wanting to know more. 

Since a couple of people asked, I did video record my talk, but I'll have to see how the video came out and if there are any good clips that I can take from it. 

Here are a few photos from my talk about Taiwanese Revolutionary, Su Beng at the Rotary Club of New York.

Special thanks to Jan Brown and the Rotary Club of New York for inviting me to speak, Victor Scott Rodriguez for taking these photos, and everyone who stopped by for my talk!

Photos from the opening day of the Su Beng Public Academy exhibit

Here are some photos from the opening of the Su Beng Public Academy exhibit on Sunday, August 16th, at the Taipei, North Gate post office. The exhibit will run until September 2nd and then it will re-run from September 12-30.

There was a lion dance performance to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.

Photo courtesy of: 曾惠蘭

Photo courtesy of: 曾惠蘭

Photo courtesy of: 曾惠蘭

Photo courtesy of: 曾惠蘭

Here's a video of the lion dance:

I wasn't able to make it to the opening so I recorded this congratulatory message for Su Beng: