12/08 Fri. 6:30pm~9:30pm@ TECO Taiwan Matters: Incorporating grassroots movements & public art

posted Dec 4, 2017, 9:39 AM by Jimmy Huang

Taiwan Matters :如何結合草根運動和公共藝術來國際倡議

我們人不在台灣,我們可以怎樣為台灣貢獻呢?在海外,如何參與活動讓更多人認識台灣呢?

大紐約地區的台灣人們,從解嚴之前就以台灣入聯為台灣發聲、實踐國際參與。這個社群裡參與的人也持續演化。一開始的發起人已在紐約定居,現在的參與者還包含在美國出生長大的第二三代、以及青年時期搬到紐約的新一波的台灣人

活動的方法也是不斷有新的模式。今年九月,參與者還開始結合裝置藝術、戶外演講、珍奶園遊會,來讓紐約的居民、遊客更認識台灣。這次講座將會有八位參與者,分享靈感、活動工作準備好玩跟困難的地方。其中兩位建築師也會分享如何用自身的專業領域來做些公共取向的藝術。你也可以分享你覺得未來海外台灣人社群可以採取的行動跟參與策略。

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時間:12/08 Friday 6:30pm ~9:30pm
地點:  The Taipei Economic And Culture Office in New York ( 1E 42nd st, New York, New York, NY 10017)

Taiwan Matters : How to incorporate both grassroots movement and public art in global advocacy

How do we give back to Taiwan while we are not physically in Taiwan? 
When we are not in Taiwan, what can we do to let more people know about Taiwan?

From street rally to street fair, from demonstration to art installation, what do they have in common? Why are they connected?

As a part of the movement to bring more awareness for Taiwan to New Yorkers during the month of September when world leaders convene in the Big Apple for the annual United Nations General Assembly, a group of volunteers worked tirelessly to bring a series of events together to engage in such effort as Taiwan is excluded from the United Nations.

Taiwanese in the New York area have been advocating UN membership for Taiwan and participating in global advocacy since during the martial law era. 

Taiwan, a vibrant democracy in east Asia and a strong ally of the USA, is the only country in the world systematically barred from participating in the global arena. The movement to recognize Taiwan as Taiwan can be traced back as early as the 50's and continues to present day. As the years pass, the activist community continues to grow and evolve. Today, younger activists are comprised of 2nd/3rd generation Taiwanese American as well as recent migrants who moved to New York for school or work. 

The organizers have also been experimenting new formats in advocacy. Past September, they’ve incorporated public art, outdoor speaker sessions, even a bubble tea street festival to let residents and tourists in New York to learn about Taiwan and its people. 

How do they do it? Why do they do it?

There will be eight volunteers in this upcoming panel. They will share their experiences in making these things happen. Two of them are architects, who will share how they have used their professional skills to create art to raise awareness. You can also come and share what other strategies and campaigns we can use in the future. 

Come to this interactive workshop, where volunteers for each of the events shares their views and find out the reasons behind their work to bring justice for Taiwan!
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