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PROFILE: Freelance writer uses craft to engage in social activism

By Chen Hsiao-yi and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The perceived inefficiency of the law later prompted Yang to sign up for a training program at the Judicial Reform Foundation, where he was taught how to use plain language to explain complicated legal terms to the general public and to encourage people to “not remain silent, but to be a citizen who dares to challenge the system and those in power.”

Stepping up his efforts, Yang resigned from his job to spend more time writing about social issues.

In addition to joining the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Yang also accompanied social activists as they took to the street to voice their opposition to media monopolies or nuclear energy.

“As a freelance writer, I never see my job as just a source of a meager income,” Yang said.

“Rather, I see it as a channel through which I can hear different people share their stories about how they fought for their beliefs … and be amazed by their unwavering determination in pursuing justice and fairness,” he added.

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