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Standing up for Taiwan

Hundreds march in Manhattan to rally for UN membership and call out China’s aggression

By Chris Fuchs  /  Contributing reporter in New York

“I think people are stopping to pay attention,” she said.

The group also brought in two exhibits, including one called “Hospital Without Borders,” which was featured at Washington Square Park, Hu said.

“Hospital Without Borders” appeared in May near the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, ahead of the World Health Assembly, in an effort to showcase the value, achievements and contributions of Taiwan’s public healthcare system.

After getting invitations to attend the annual meetings as an observer for eight consecutive years, Taiwan was not invited last year or this May.

“We want people to know all the things Taiwan does, not just the things China does to us,” Hu said, explaining the importance of the educational exhibits.

Despite not making a push for UN membership this year, Taiwan did send cabinet officials to attend a series of events in New York showcasing the nation’s efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and lobby for support for Taiwan’s participation in UN events.

For the older hands who showed up to Saturday’s rally, they said they still come out year after year because they believe Taiwan will one day make it back into the UN.

“Everything takes time,” said Doris Liu (張秀美), speaking in a mix of English and Mandarin.

Now in her 70s, Liu has attended the march for a few decades. She said she and her husband, Vincent (劉照男), were gladdened and proud to see so many younger men and women of Taiwanese descent in attendance.

“There is hope,” Liu said.

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