The day that I arrived in Taipei (March 25th), I received an email from Andy saying that he and his wife Hanji were in Taipei and wondering how they could get a copy of the Chinese language version of Su Beng's book, Taiwan's 400 Year History. Andy had contacted me about this last year, but since he lives in the U.S. and Su Beng's book was out of print and under revision at the time, I couldn't get a copy over to him.
When I received his email, I knew that I had to seize the opportunity to get the book over to him and to meet in person. What a coincidence it was that we all happened to be in Taipei at the same time! Andy and I have never met and have only corresponded via email. The following day (March 26th), I had planned to attend the last screening of the documentary, Su Beng, The Revolutionist (史明紀錄片「革命進行式]) in Taipei with Bin Hong, Su Beng's assistant. So I invited Andy and his wife along to the screening, and I asked Bin Hong to bring copies of the Chinese language and English version of Su Beng's Taiwan's 400 Year History to the screening for them.
So it's thanks to Bin Hong, and a very happy coincidence that I was finally able to deliver both the Chinese language and English language versions of Su Beng's book, Taiwan's 400 Years of History to Hanji and Andy.
It was also quite a thrill to see the footage that I shot of Su Beng inside of the occupied Legislative Yuan appear during the end credits of the movie, and to see my name scrolling up an actual movie theater screen.
What an auspicious way to start things off! I can't wait to see what else is lies ahead during my time in Taiwan this time around.