January updates about Su Beng

After Su Beng was discharged from the hospital on December 28th he had a number of visitors at his home, who were there to help him ring in the new year.

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Photo courtesy of  吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

On January 2nd Su Beng had a tang yuan (湯圓) i.e. sweet rice dumpling making party at his home. In Taiwan it is traditional to celebrate the first day of winter by making and eating sweet rice dumplings. 

Photo courtesy of  吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of  吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of  吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of  吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 許文輔

Photo courtesy of 許文輔

Photo courtesy of 許文輔

Photo courtesy of 許文輔

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

In early January the DVD version of the documentary film Su Beng, the Revolutionist was released.

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

January 21: Despite getting a black eye due to some anticoagulant that Su Beng has been taking, he's been getting back into his exercise routine. 

Above photos courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page

 

Su Beng also had a gathering with several old friends.

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

On January 23rd, Su Beng hosted an end of Lunar New Year event to thank his supporters, by making and eating lun pian (aka lumpia or lunbian), which is a sort of Taiwanese summer roll.

There's a large variety of ingredients used as filling for lun pian, as you can see fom the spread on the table in the photo below.

Photo courtesy of   Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Here's what a rolled lun pian looks like.

Photo courtesy of   Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

There was lots of merriment.

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

And Su Beng was asked to sign copies of his autobiography.

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   張瑜庭        

Photo courtesy of 張瑜庭   

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of   吳欣怡

Photo courtesy of 吳欣怡

On January 26th Su Beng had dinner with supporters and friends of The Taiwan Independence Association.

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

Photo courtesy of  Su Beng's Facebook page   

Photo courtesy of Su Beng's Facebook page 

On January 30th at 3pm, the 2016 Hong Kong Independent Film Festival screened the documentary film, Su Beng, the Revolutionist. Director Lihkuei Chen was at the screening to participate in a Q&A with the audience. 

Some words from Su Beng regarding 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen being elected President of Taiwan

I FINALLY figured out how to share a Facebook video to my blog about Su Beng here! What a HUGE sense of accomplishment.

So here it is, albeit a bit belated-- a video that Su Beng posted to his Facebook page after the recent Presidential election in Taiwan (January 16, 2016), in which  蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen was elected the next President of Taiwan. I had initially shared it on my Facebook page, The Story of Su Beng, which is dedicated my project to document the life of Su Beng. My English translation of what Su Beng said in the video appears below:

 Click on this link or on the image below to watch the video:

Congratulations to Tsai Ing-wen on winning the Presidential election. If Tsai Ing-wen did not win, Taiwan would be headed for trouble because if the Kuomintang continued to rule and to allow the Chinese Communists to infiltrate Taiwan, as they have done with the minority groups in China, then the Taiwanese would not have a future. What is the Taiwanese people’s future? That Taiwanese can be the masters of their nation (and determine their own fate). By electing Tsai Ing-wen, we have hope. Going forward, now that Tsai Ing-wen has been elected it doesn’t mean that Taiwan is independent, if the people of Taiwan do not work together in solidarity, if they do not work toward independence for Taiwan then Taiwan will not be a future. Besides working together everyone needs to support Tsai Ing-wen to improve Taiwan. Let’s all work hard for this.

2/8/16 Happy Lunar New Year of the Monkey

HAPPY LUNAR New Year of the Monkey everyone! Look what arrived in the mail for me from Su Beng, just in time for the Lunar New Year- a signed copy of his autobiography. 謝謝 O-ji-san! 新年快樂 May the new year be full of great abundance and possibilities!

Stay tuned for more updates.

1/16/16 Tsai Ing-wen elected as the next President of Taiwan

What an incredible moment in history! Taiwan will soon have a female President. Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) received 6.9 million votes, around 56% of the total. Her opponent, Kuomintang candidate Eric Chu got 3.8 million votes. or around 31%. 

Dr. Tsai mentioned Su Beng at the end one of her speeches after winning the election, and this picture is worth a thousand words, especially on this day that Tsai Ing-wen has been elected as the next President of Taiwan.

Photo courtesy of:  劉建華

Photo courtesy of: 劉建華

There have been so many historic moments along the way, including Su Beng's first visit to the Democratic Progressive Party's headquarters in June 2014  where he met with Tsai Ing-wen and personally introduced her to me.

A year later Tsai Ing-wen spoke in New York in June 2015. Special thanks to all of my friends who attended Tsai Ing-wen's speech in New York. Thank you for your support. And a HUGE thanks to EVERYONE who has been working so hard for Taiwan. I couldn't possibly name everyone! Here's to Taiwan's new political path!

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1/15/16 Su Beng at a rally for DPP Presidential candidate Dr. Tsai Ing-wen

Of course Su Beng was at a rally for Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, the day before the Presidential elections in Taiwan, which will take place 1/16/16.

For LIVE English coverage of the Presidential election in Taiwan this Saturday, tune in to ICRT's special Taiwan election coverage!

Time: Sat. 1/16, 4pm to 9pm
Place: Taipei 100.7FM, or listen online at http://www.icrt.com.tw/icrt_channel.php
http://www.icrt.com.tw/info_details.php…

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.