Sun, Jun 03, 2007 - Page 3 News List

New organization seeks to promote Taiwanese identity

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

The recruiting of young blood to promote a Taiwan-centric identity among the nation's youth prompted the launch of a new organization yesterday called Taiwan Society Young Power.

The organization was the most recent addition to the pro-independence Taiwan Society.

"As young people living in this age, we're rich in material," Taiwan Society Young Power president Hsu Shun-te (許舜德) said. "However, we're empty inside. Our understanding of Taiwan is blurred ... we don't know who we are and we don't know where we're taking Taiwan."

mission

It will be the mission of the Taiwan Society Young Power to promote Taiwanese identity, in all its aspects, among young Taiwanese.

To demonstrate that the organization was different from traditional political organizations and to emphasize that Taiwanese identity should be established in all aspects, the inaugural ceremony proceeded in a non-traditional way.

The ceremony began with a performance and featured a rock band.

love lost

"I once dated a girl but was dumped because I supported the pan-green camp and refused to participate in the anti-Chen [Shui-bian (陳水扁)] movement last year," said French Fries, the lead guitarist of Children Sucker, which performed at the event.

"So I've written the following song to commemorate the lost love," French Fries said before performing the song Love.

In the last few lines of the song, French Fries expressed his hope to find an ideal true love.

"I'll walk with you along the road toward independence," the band sang.

No political figure was invited to speak at the event.

"Taiwanese identity should be established in all aspects including the humanities, arts, music, history, and ecology," Hsu said.

summer trip

To help younger generations better understand Taiwan, the organization is planning an in-depth trip around the country.

"We're planning a scooter trip around the country sometime in the summer," Hsu said. "During the trip, we'll make stops at various locations to learn the history and local culture of these places."

Hsu said that after the trip, all participants would be asked to submit articles on the trip or share pictures taken during the event.

"We'll put all the articles and pictures into a book," he said.

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