Protest for Hong Kong against China Extradition in Taipei, Taiwan

(Photos Below Article)

(Taipei, Taiwan)  I was asked to go to Taipei to cover a very important event. Students from Hong Kong and their Taiwanese supporters staged a protest against the Beijing backed Hong Kong leaders who introduced a bill called the “Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019”.

Basically this bill would allow the Beijing backed Hong Kong government to send those accused of crimes (whether guilty or not and ANYONE accused no matter where they are from) to the Kangaroo Courts of China to face prosecution.  This seemingly mundane bill would widen and strengthen the powers of Beijing in Hong Kong which is supposed to be operating under a separate legal system.

Two Million Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest.  That is One out of Seven Hong Kong-ese.

In Taiwan, there were over 10,000 protesters raising their fists in the air against the Beijing government and to show support for their Brothers and Sisters in Hong Kong.

Beijing must understand that The People aren’t going to take it.

The protest was Peaceful and often teary-eyed as some of the students may not be able to return to their families and friends in Hong Kong upon graduation for fear of backlash and severe punishment.

There were also tears for the movement’s first Martyr. A thirty five year old man surname Leung who called for the city leader Carrie Lam to step down and denounced this legislation.  Wearing a yellow raincoat he jumped off a tall building and fell to his death. You will see some of the Protesters wearing yellow raincoats in some of the photos below.

The protest in Taipei was peaceful but quite emotionally charged.  The general mood was hope though there were bouts of angry shouts, sadness and tears.

I got to know a few of the organizers. People just like you and me with Hopes and Dreams about the future.  Now Uncertainty looms.

The Taiwanese should also be very concerned about this bill and pay attention to what is happening in Hong Kong as Beijing claims it has sovereignty over Taiwan (it doesn’t) and says that the One Country Two Systems model they use in Hong Kong will be used in Taiwan if they ever decide they want to try to take Taiwan by force.

As We The People can see, the system cannot work as the Chinese legal system would be laughable if it wasn’t so corrupt.

We are not sure how this Movement will pan out… but these photos are my small part to make sure the Movement doesn’t die out.

香港 加油!  Stay Strong Hong Kong!
台灣:注意!Pay attention Taiwan!

#NoChinaExtradition

PHOTOS:

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LUVstock: Why You Need to go! The History. The Mission.

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LUVstock!

Part One: The LUVhistory

Part Two: The Mission

Why you need to go to LUVstock!

*No Commercial Sponsorship.
*Grassroots Beginnings which we continue
*Support your local Musicians & Artists
*Be in Nature
*Get and give a weekend of Music, Peace & Love

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Part One: The LUVhistory

History of LUV

    LUVstock has been around for a while.  It started out as a musician’s birthday party (we’ll call him “P”) in an empty residential neighborhood way back in 2000. As the years roared on, the party got bigger and the impromptu, improvisational jams turned into actual shows with bands asking or being asked if they wanted to play at the party.
    Two bands turned to five, then five bands to nine.  The initial birthday party had thirty or so guests that turned into a gathering with fifty or sixty guests that eventually became a mini fest with over 100 guests attending… and it kept growing!

P’s Birthday Party turned into P-Stock (as a bit of a joke when the party was written about in a local magazine) and once it became a thing (in 2006) it became a two day mini-fest and was renamed LUVstock. 

Vendors replaced potluck. A LUVcrew and voLUVteers were needed to take care of logistics and bits. 

LUVstock subsequently had to move out of the neighborhood into a bigger venue (2009) and grew from 10 bands to about fifty bands (with a few DJs) on three stages over two days.

LUVstock was held in an old unused amusement park. It was special. Old rides from yesteryear with peeling paint, old machinery, overgrown shrubbery, screams of delight from children still echoing in the wind – all added to the charm of the venue.

At the LUVmeetings it was often brought up if there should be a cover charge.  P always said no.  He paid out of pocket. Donations were then suggested and P thought that might be a good idea as costs – for what was becoming a big festival – were increasing. Rent for the venue, three stages, sound & sound crew, vending tents, T-shirts, crew, staff, bar stock…. and everything else.

Guest Attendance for LUVstock doubled at this new venue and by the time 2012 rolled around LUVstock saw roughly a couple thousand people over two days.  It had grown into a huge production and was done with no budget and supported only through donations.

LUVstock became a social experiment.  Could The People all pull together and pay for a big festival?  It came close, but was always short.

In 2013 it was projected to grow even more. A couple days prior however, it was reported that a Huge Typhoon was going to hit the Island.  Taichung, where LUVstock was held, almost never got hit hard, so LUV wasn’t called off.

The winds and rain started the Friday night before and people began arriving.

Most of the vendors pulled out, stage/sound crew had to pull out, a few out-of-town bands pulled out. Was the LUV called off? Perhaps it should have been, but they decided to go for it! The Festival was moved inside The Refuge (which could hold about 300 people) and while the Music was ROCKING inside, the Typhoon was ROCKING outside!  LUVstockers braved The Winds and Rain from Mother Nature who happened to not be in a nurturing mood that weekend.

LUV2013 was a magical one… it also happened to be the last one at that old amusement park as the land was sold a couple of months later.

The organizers then looked for a new location. Everyone searched high and low, far and wide. The organizers even thought to bring LUV to another city. Venues were either too expensive, too far away, too many neighbors (thus sound complaints) or not compatible with the LUV vibe.

Summer 2014 saw no suitable venue.  So LUVstock – after five years of being held on a vast piece of land – was brought back to its original location in the now not-so-empty residential neighborhood.  It was called MiniLUV and had a few bands, a vendor, and some very awesome attendees.  Another MiniLUV was held in 2015.  The LUV was kept alive. The organizers refusing to let that flame blow out.

Then in March of 2016, P was asked to help organize another unrelated event – a going away party for a friend. The venue they found happened to be a farm in the jungle of a mountain. A venue that P had been to a few times before – many years ago – for a few trance parties.

The party happened. It was awesome. P and the landlords (a couple of farmers) drank tea together and bonded. They asked if P wanted to do another event there one day (they didn’t want any trance parties, but they loved the Live Music!). The LUVseed began to grow.

The LUVstock Music Festival now has a new venue, a new time of year (changing from a summer event to an autumn one) and reasonably priced tickets.

November, 2016 had hundreds of people come from all over the island to get a little bit of LUV.

To all the LUVstockers past and present who have waited patiently for us to put on our magical Festival again….  THANK YOU!

….LUVstock is back!

(If you want to be involved with LUVstock please drop us an Email: LUVstock @ live . com (no spaces)  and share your ideas!  If you are a Band, DJ, Vendor, Sponsor, want to voLUVteer or have any questions… drop us a line!)

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Part Two: The Mission

LUVstock means so many things to so many people over the last decade.  In this day and age, the world needs a little bit more love… if people are shown love they will spread love. It’s contagious.  For years LUVstock was a donations only event.  In 2016, the organizers decided to sell tickets to pay for everything needed.  The LUVorganizers kept the tickets as cheap as possible for a trial One Day Event.  The Event went off without a hitch, got all the bills paid and invoked good feelings all around.

The LUVstock mission will to be to continue that Groovy LUV Vibe. Eventually getting more international bands to come play (we had Van Coke Kartel from South Afrika in 2011!

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The Organizers and Patrons of LUVstock hope to perpetuate Peace, Love, Tolerance, and Understanding through Art, Music and Camaraderie.

Join us!

SCROLL DOWN FOR VITAL INFORMATION… BUT WHILE YOU’RE SCROLLING, CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE LUVpix!

 

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VITAL INFORMATION!

2018 Facebook EVENT PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1948647502039332/

FB LUVstock Page: https://www.facebook.com/LUVstockFamily/

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LUVstock & The LUV2016 Festival

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Part One: The LUVhistory

Part Two: The Mission

Part Three: LUVstock 2016 AKA LUV2016

Part Four: Pictures from LUV2016!

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Part One: The LUVhistory

History of LUV

    LUVstock has been around for a while.  It started out as a musician’s birthday party (we’ll call him “P”) in an empty residential neighborhood way back in 2000. As the years roared on, the party got bigger and the impromptu, improvisational jams turned into actual shows with bands asking or being asked if they wanted to play at the party.
    Two bands turned to five, then five bands to nine.  The initial birthday party had thirty or so guests that turned into a gathering with fifty or sixty guests that eventually became a mini fest with over 100 guests attending… and it kept growing!

P’s Birthday Party turned into P-Stock (as a bit of a joke when the party was written about in a local magazine) and once it became a thing (in 2006) it became a two day mini-fest and was renamed LUVstock. 

Vendors replaced potluck. A LUVcrew and voLUVteers were needed to take care of logistics and bits. 

LUVstock subsequently had to move out of the neighborhood into a bigger venue (2009) and grew from 10 bands to about fifty bands (with a few DJs) on three stages over two days.

LUVstock was held in an old unused amusement park. It was special. Old rides from yesteryear with peeling paint, old machinery, overgrown shrubbery, screams of delight from children still echoing in the wind – all added to the charm of the venue.

At the LUVmeetings it was often brought up if there should be a cover charge.  P always said no.  He paid out of pocket. Donations were then suggested and P thought that might be a good idea as costs – for what was becoming a big festival – were increasing. Rent for the venue, three stages, sound & sound crew, vending tents, T-shirts, crew, staff, bar stock…. and everything else.

Guest Attendance for LUVstock doubled at this new venue and by the time 2012 rolled around LUVstock saw roughly a couple thousand people over two days.  It had grown into a huge production and was done with no budget and supported only through donations.

LUVstock became a social experiment.  Could The People all pull together and pay for a big festival?  It came close, but was always short.

In 2013 it was projected to grow even more. A couple days prior however, it was reported that a Huge Typhoon was going to hit the Island.  Taichung, where LUVstock was held, almost never got hit hard, so LUV wasn’t called off.

The winds and rain started the Friday night before and people began arriving.

Most of the vendors pulled out, stage/sound crew had to pull out, a few out-of-town bands pulled out. Was the LUV called off? Perhaps it should have been, but they decided to go for it! The Festival was moved inside The Refuge (which could hold about 300 people) and while the Music was ROCKING inside, the Typhoon was ROCKING outside!  LUVstockers braved The Winds and Rain from Mother Nature who happened to not be in a nurturing mood that weekend.

LUV2013 was a magical one… it also happened to be the last one at that old amusement park as the land was sold a couple of months later.

The organizers then looked for a new location. Everyone searched high and low, far and wide. The organizers even thought to bring LUV to another city. Venues were either too expensive, too far away, too many neighbors (thus sound complaints) or not compatible with the LUV vibe.

Summer 2014 saw no suitable venue.  So LUVstock – after five years of being held on a vast piece of land – was brought back to its original location in the now not-so-empty residential neighborhood.  It was called MiniLUV and had a few bands, a vendor, and some very awesome attendees.  Another MiniLUV was held in 2015.  The LUV was kept alive. The organizers refusing to let that flame blow out.

Then in March of 2016, P was asked to help organize another unrelated event – a going away party for a friend. The venue they found happened to be a farm in the jungle of a mountain. A venue that P had been to a few times before – many years ago – for a few trance parties.

The party happened. It was awesome. P and the landlords (a couple of farmers) drank tea together and bonded. They asked if P wanted to do another event there one day (they didn’t want any trance parties, but they loved the Live Music!). The LUVseed began to grow.

The LUVstock Music Festival now has a new venue, a new time of year (changing from a summer event to an autumn one) and reasonably priced tickets.

This past November 12 had hundreds of people come from all over the island to get a little bit of LUV.

To all the LUVstockers past and present who have waited patiently for us to put on our magical Festival again….  THANK YOU!

….LUVstock is back!

(If you want to be involved with LUVstock please drop us an Email: LUVstock@live.com and share your ideas!  If you are a Band, DJ, Vendor, Sponsor, want to voLUVteer or have any questions… drop us a line!)

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Part Two: The Mission

LUVstock means so many things to so many people over the last decade.  In this day and age, the world needs a little bit more love… if people are shown love they wil spread love. It’s contagious.  For years LUVstock was a donations only event.  In 2016, the organizers decided to sell tickets to pay for everything needed.  The LUVorganizers kept the tickets as cheap as possible for a trial One Day Event.  The Event went off without a hitch, got all the bills paid and invoked good feelings all around.

The LUVstock mission will to be to continue that Groovy LUV Vibe. In 2017, LUVstock will be a two day event with 3 stages, will include events within the event.  There will be more paid staff on hand to make things go that much more smoother; there will be more trained voLUVteers on hand to hep with the event. The landlords have promised the LUVstock organizers more land to use on there farm and planning for the LUV will begin much earlier. So stay tuned!

(We will write more about the LUV Mission soon!)

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Part Three: LUVstock 2016 AKA LUV2016

The Organizers for LUVstock 2016 (the 11-ish one!) did not have the usual five months to get ready for LUVstock. They barely had two!  A lot of hustling, bustling and quick thinking was needed.  The right people at the right time came on board and they pulled it off.  There were many things the organizers wanted to do for LUV2016, but time and budget would not allow.  Still, what an awesome time!

Below is a list of Awesome Earthlings that helped in someway with the LUV.

(If you are interested in being part of LUVstock2017… Drop us an email here):

LUVstock @ live . com (no spaces)  SUBJECT:  Vendor? VoLUVteer? Sponsor?

It takes a lot of people to put on a festival and make it awesome so…. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THESE FINE EARTHLINGS THAT WERE PART OF THE LUV!


The LUVcrew & Staff

1. Rita Blunck (Bar/Vendors)
2. Craig Itx (Photographer/VideoGrapher)
3. Baubay Hu(Gate/Merch)
4. Miky Lai (Gate/Merch)
5. Sandra Huang (Bar/Translation/Logistics)
6. The Timmy (Security/Gate/Parking)
7. Daniel White (Vendors/General BS)
8. Rock Starkey (Security/Bands/Stage Manager)
9. Donovan (Everything Man)
10. Jonathan Taylor (Gate/Parking/ETC)
11. Adam Hoole (Bar)
12. Wing Wan-meng Chen (Bar)
13. Boston Paul (Bands/Stage/Problem Solver/Security/Scape Goat)

voLUVteers
1. Candice Cheng
2. Yujie L. Ferguson
3. Eric Ferguson
4. Michelle Li
5
. Arlan Bonwick

6. Blair Hairgreaves
7. Julianne Huang
8. Jason Grenier
9. Lincle Lin

Vendors:

1. Chinglish Café
2. SiKaKa
3. Ongoro
4. P-Joes
5. The Refuge Bar
6. Yummy Cakes
7. The Artists (Praneeta, Jade, Stephen)

Sponsors:

Chinglish Café
GuanXi Magazine
The Refuge Community
Compass Magazine


SHOUT OUTS OF APPRECIATION for helping to sell tickets:

1. Salut Pizza
2. Chinglish Café
3. 談祖翼 & Tiffany Lo (AKA Joey the Sound Guy) – 雲豹音樂事業有限公司
4. Kaya Wiltshire
5. Most of The Bands

Sound & Stage

談祖翼 from 雲豹音樂事業有限公司

The Musicians, Bands and DJs

1. The Bootleg Boots (Taichung)
2 Point 22 (.22) 點二二 (Taichung)
3. Wandering Singer Lama””修道” (Taichung)
4. The So-So’s (Taichung)
5. OCD – Hsinchu
6. Paul S Lawrence (Hualien)
7. Ghost Money All-stars (Gaoxiong)
8. DA META4/大METⒶ4 (Taichung)
9. HoDala (Taichung)
10. ManManlai with Jimi Ma (Taichung)
11. Aurora 極光樂團 (Taichung)
12. PhiloSophia (Dajia)
13. The Dark (Taichung)
14. The ShapeMaster (Taichung)
15. Jack Boyd Solo (Hsinchu)
16. The Cuervos (Hsinchu)
17. SHA DRA & Entheosid (Taipei)
18. Dave Stanley (Taichung)
19. Koyote.
20. The UkulAlien
21. Mr. Green
22. DJ Mikey J (Taichung)
23. SHA DRA (w/Kneesha) & DJ Entheosid
24. DJ K.O.K (Hsinchu)
25. DJ RoBeat

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What is Basic Aid & Basic Human Needs?

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What is The Basic Aid and Basic Human Needs (BHN) project?

It all started when our friends Jess and Dan Ship left a comfortable life teaching English in Taiwan to work in the trenches of  the poverty stricken part of Varanasi to help street kids. Through BHN, they provide shelter, food, medical treatment, education and of course love to these children… and have been doing it for over a decade.

It hasn’t been an easy road, but it has been fulfilling.

BHN is a nonprofit organization in Varanasi, India, that has been giving hope to underprivileged children through their school and hostel (Jeevan School).

Every year, Jess comes back to raise money for their school. As she was a musician that we had all done shows with, jammed with or just sat around a campfire and sang songs on beat up guitars with, we decided to put on little festivals to help out and Basic Aid was born.

Though Basic Aid has also been there to help raise money and send supplies to typhoon stricken areas of Taiwan, the main focus has been to raise money to send to the Jeevan School or to buy things BHN needs: musical instruments, blankets, clothes, food and much more.

 
You can also get a bit more understanding and see some of the work they are doing in these videos:
 
Basic Human Needs’ Jeevan School:
 
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo93DC-8kCk

You can find out more about this project and donate here:

http://www.basichumanneeds.org

Our next Event will be August 27 2016. You can find out more about this here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/576570342541013/

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Zhongle Boogied All Night

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This past weekend June 27, in a Jungle deep in the Mountains of Taiwan – right outside of Taichung – there was a rumble. A deep, deep rumble one could feel in their bones, all through their body… from head to toes, knees to nose, finger tips to rosy lips…

…and for me, it all started  about twelve years ago when I went to a gathering there, had a good time and was half out of my mind all night. Good times, indeed.

Then…

…it was twelve years later – on June 25, 2016 to be exact – and this time it was bigger, grander, wilder.

This past weekend, I was one of three organizers who – after twelve years of only jungle noises – got that Jungle alive again with the sound of Music… lots of Music… about fifteen hours of music. Boogie Music….  Boogie Music in the Jungles of TaiZhong… the TaiZhongle…  yes the Jungle… the Zhongle…

…and what do we want to do in the Zhongle?  We want to Dance… get our Funk on… WE WANT TO BOOGIE!

Zhongle Boogie was Born!

Hosting the Event was I and I World Parties
(www.facebook.com/groups/iandiworld)

in cooperation with The Refuge Community
(https://www.facebook.com/TheRefugeCommunity)
and
Luna-See Gatherings
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/381108698683201/)!

The Music filled the Jungle.. it filled our ears… it filled our very souls…

…and what Music was able to do all this?

Five Wild Bands & Five Wicked DJs!

We promoted, we sold tickets, we got everything we could do done by the time our event rolled around.   We beat the odds and deflected the Monkey Wrenches. The cops came and checked on us – we’ve dealt with them before – and we had them on their way in no time.  It rained for a bit in the afternoon… but that didn’t stop us (though I did get the shock of my life when I tried to move some wires out of the water…  a few F#$%^& Bleepity Bleep Bleeps later and I was back to organizing).

We – and by we I mean…

Torah Oglander
Robert Harford 
and
Boston
Paul. (AKA The Militant Hippi)

…got an awesome team together. That team needs a mention as all of them worked their asses off:

*Sandra Huang – from The Refuge –  got Rita, Adam and Wing together to work the bar.
*Danielle Painted that AMAZING Zhongle Boogie Back  Drop that you’ll see in all the pictures.
*Miky picked up the bits when we had too much on our plate and she ran the gate like a trooper.

*Torah and Boston Paul handled Logistics, setting up, stage and sound.
*Robert handled PR, Tickets, Buses and getting Vendors signed on.

… all of our skills merged and overlapped and the next thing we knew – IT WAS ON!

The Food Vendors came (and kept us fed).

The Bands came (and kicked some serious RockN ass).

The DJs came (and kept us dancing till the sun came up)….

…and The PPPs (Passionate Party People) came and came and came again… by the hundreds!

Every Nook & Intimate Cranny was filled with Revelers, Smiles & Hugs.

Laughs & Jungle Bugs…

People danced, pranced and wiggled their hips..

They jumped down and up, pumped it up – and made dancing duck lips.

It was mid-afternoon and the organizers were hanging the last of the signs, getting the bar fully stocked, making sure the vendors set up in the right areas, got the sound check checked, got the bands and DJs settled comfortably in the Green Room, and finally we hung that Wicked Zhongle Boogie Back Drop that filled the Back of the Stage and let people know where the F@#$%^ they were.

Our Sound Man Joey – AKA 談祖翼 – from 雲豹音樂事業有限公司 Music Studios made it all sound awesome and he and his crew made the stage look pretty with the lights.

Then came our First Act:
Jerome Truman got up with his guitar, his pedals, his stomp box, foot tambourine and his silky smooth vocals that brought the crowd out from their shelters and into the mid afternoon rain.  He was later joined by Aksana Leo AKA Abby Leonard who rapped her way into our souls… and further blew our minds later in the evening with her Dance Crew.

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Jerome Truman from Loose Lion

 

The Second Act not to be outdone –  was: Three Day Bender  a Menage a Trio that – as expected – rocked it … bringing to the event Bluesy and RockN Tributes .. AND lots of originals.  The vocal harmonies were to die for and the pinpoint drumming glued it all together.
Three Day Bender Members included:
Bass and Vocals: Catharine Brown
Guitar and VocalsChris Bailey
Drum Kit:
Hanro Van Wyk (AKA Jubba)

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Three Day Bender (Photo: Boston Paul)

 

The Third Act included a bunch of Silly Simians Serious about their SeApe Apocalypse 末日之猩 Kicked Human Ass and took names.  High Energy Punk with generous doses of Ska and Surf Music with lyrics that resonated.  Lots of laughs and head banging were had indeed.
The Apes that make up this bad ass band included:

Imran Durrani: Guitar/Vocals
Greg Rushton:  Bass/Vocals
Lee Carrick:  Guitar
Paul Butler: Drum Kit and Computer

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The Apes! (Photo by Boston Paul)

 

The Fourth Act infused Genre Fusion into the evening and brought a seamless segue from the hardcore Apes to one helluva Reggae Act (and The Headliner!) that followed.

大METⒶ4 ROCKED IT with their original music ranging from Rock, to Rap Metal, Hiphop to Ska, reggae to pieces sprinkled with Jazz and Middle eastern melodies. DM4 members included:
Guitarist:
Raven
Bassist: Johnty
Drum Kit: Arlan
Vocalist & Other Bits:  Gypsi Gypsi

DM4

 

The Fifth, Final & Headlining Band played it all: Reggae, Funk, Soca and Roots.
Dread Rider kept the guests Boogieing in The TaiZhongle’s Jungle until the DJs came and amped it up for the rest of the night.

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Dread Rider Boogieing down!

I know all the bands personally and I knew before Zhongle Boogie happened that The People who came out this night were in for one helluva treat.

Next up we had the DJ’s and MCs.

The DJs included:

DJ Bull..great guy played wicked tunes.

Mixer T  – AKA Torah  – AKA One of the Three Organizers. This was also his going away party and what a send off! He kept the night going with Funk, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass and Reggae. I speak for many when I say we’re going to miss the F@#$%^ out of him.

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Mixter T!

 

*DJ Subtle –  A Man that knows how to work those decks… he’s been a favorite in Taiwan for years and knows how to keep the party RockN (Picture coming soon).

*Pro Res: Zhongle Boogie’s featured DJ from Kaohsiung

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Pro Res


The MCs included:

*Aksana Leo

Abby From Craig

Aksana AKA Abby Leonard is a Poet and MC and has been writing for 18 years. She has an arsenal of rhyme books she’s written that show diversity in subject matter while keeping complexity and science in the mix. By paying attention the the micro-movements and feeling the micro-vibrations, her arrangement of alliteration is unique, cryptic, and high caliber... and she dances pretty damn good too. Photo by Craig Cross

 

*Sha -Dra  ( with Naoise )

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Shadra and Naoise Photo by Boston Paul


SHA DRA 玄武 is a bilingual conscious rapper out of Texas and now based in Taipei.
Check out his blog ShamanDragon.com or his youtube channel at
youtube.com/ShamanDragonTV)

*Ganesh AKA GOD’EM
*K-roll
Kroll Ganesh

*DJ T-Hi

 There was an awesome Light Spinner named Dez Ariel Element.

The Dancers were:
*Margo LaPierre
*Kaya Wiltshire
*Cat Cisternas

 

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And finally the ones that kept us fed:

*Gong High Buffalo Wings

*Charlotte Wang S.A. BBQ

*The Flying Pig! Bubba Elvis Hottep on Deli Sandwiches

*Mr India

*Danielle Wittstock Boogie Fruit Stand Smoothies

*Providing the YUM YUM MUCNHIE FOOD was Jessicat’s Baked Goods
Gessyka Seeyouattheclub Martin

*Daniel Castano/ Amber Alvarez Empanadas

*Rafael Islamov Premium Baltika Beer from Russia!

The people that helped us promote also need a thumbs up:

 

1) Uptowner: Amazing Breakfast place!
https://www.facebook.com/theuptownertaichung/?fref=ts

2) Amicci: Italian at a good value.
http://www.amicitaiwan.com/

3) Mr. India: Good Indian made by Indian chefs!
https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g297910-d65285

4) PJs: Solid bar and food place with a great location!
https://www.facebook.com/pj.taichung?fref=ts

5) Sojo 7: Bar with outdoor seating that also serves food.
https://www.facebook.com/Soho7taichung/

6) Pizza Rock: Taichung’s most popular pizza!
http://www.pizzarock.com.tw/

7) Gong Hight bar:
https://www.facebook.com/GongHigh/

8) Funkoo Tainan
https://www.facebook.com/funkoo.tainan?fref=ts

 

Twas a special night… lots of people befriended lots of other people. I met lots of cool people saw a few people I had not seen in a while – one being Josh Adams… I almost didn’t recognize him, it had been YEARS.

The Jungle was alive with the sound of music. The sound of Laughter.

It was Beautiful.

Thank you everyone for making it Great!

Enjoy Highlight Pictures below!

 

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This Beautiful Woman Danielle made the Zhongle Boogie Back Drop AND she made delicious Smoothies ALL NIGHT! Photo by Boston Paul

 

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The Militant Hippi with his Beautiful Wife & another Hottie.

 

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Laughter, Unicorns and Sultriness.

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Cheryl, Brian, Boston Paul and Josh Adams

 This will be UPDATED in the next few days with more names, pics and Bios!

Stay Tuned!

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You can Follow the Militant Hippi/Boston Paul on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BostonPaul
or
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilitantHippi

You Might also like to read some other short stories and Original Work by Boston Paul AKA The Militant Hippi:

  1. About a Great Grandfather and his Great Grandson:My Great Grandfather: When Cultures Clash. Ass kicking, long hair and Hard Knocks

 

2. Hate waiting in line?  This is for you:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/the-express-lane-10-items-or-less/

 

3. A bit of Horror and suspense… never blow this guy’s candle out!

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/short-story-the-flame-that-softly-danced/

4. Getting Stoned at The Fair

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/short-story-stoned-at-the-fair/

Published in: on June 28, 2016 at 3:59 AM  Comments (1)  

Art, Music, Taiwan & The Refuge Community for GuanXi Magazine

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

                       Art, Music, Taiwan & The Refuge Community

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(This article was originally written for Guanxi Magazine Spring Issue/2016)

It was the year 2000 and spring was swaddling Taiwan as we moved into our new house on a dead-end street. Little did we know how that move – over the next sixteen years – would affect people’s lives – and moreover how much our own lives would change in that time.

We had worked out a pretty good deal on rent as it had only been a few months after the big devastating earthquake in the autumn of 1999. The house was a bit farther away from the city, and had a good sized yard. Perfect.

Friends began visiting from the city. They would lay in the grass, look up at a sunny sky while birds were chirping and exclaim… what a refuge!

Hearing this so many times and from so many different people we all started referring to our home as The Refuge. People brought their art, art supplies, instruments, food and ideas on the weekends. Together we would make art, music and share food and ideas. 

A Community was being built without us realizing it at first and it grew exponentially. There was no other place like it that we knew of in Taichung and at the time, no one was doing what we were doing. It was revolutionary.

Because of my love for music and art – and the whole birds of a feather concept – Our ‘refuge’ attracted artists, musicians, thinkers and supporters from all walks. Many Taiwanese frequented our place of course but there were also people coming from all around our beautiful island paradise – and the world. Then we started doing small events… some that grew into big events.

The Refuge has gone through many changes since the early 2000s and will keep changing with the times and the environment.  But one things is certain: The Refuge is all about the Art and Music Community.

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In the spring of 2011, the mayor of Taichung shutdown all the bars and music venues after a popular bar (that featured live music) burned down in Taichung, The Refuge Community defiantly stayed open. We felt it was worth the constant risk of being raided and fined just to keep the music scene alive. We had just relocated The Refuge to an old amusement park and because of the fire and subsequent shutdown of venues, we were the only venue (opened past 10PM) in Taichung where bands could play… and play they did!

Unfortunately, the land where that Refuge was for three years has since been sold to a big corporation and we have moved back to our original location. But we still have events and we still support aspiring musicians and artists.  We still have an eye out for another awesome venue, but to date, we haven’t found anything as special as when we were at that old amusement park. We’ll keep looking though!

Speaking of aspiring musicians and artists… after spending some time going to The Refuge events, and meeting the movers & shakers and supporters of The Refuge Community, many have discovered the artist within themselves. Surrounded by experienced and talented artisans from around the world, aspiring artists and musicians get the encouragement they need to go for it. The Refuge has seen thousands come through its doors.  And what a high it is to see people discover their talent or develop skills they never knew they had. What a high it is to see someone with skills and finally getting the opportunity to see those skills manifest. The Refuge Community gives people that necessary encouragement to grow. And that is beautiful.

And it’s that high and that beauty that keeps us doing what we do.

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The Refuge acts as a nerve center for charitable and cultural activities and puts on a variety of large and small events. Some of these events include: LUVstock (Music/Art Festival), Basic Aid (Fundraising/Charitable Organization), Hobo Happiness (Folk Fest featuring Scott Cook and other Local Musicians), Luna-C (Full Moon Events with Bands & DJs) as well as helping and promoting others and their events around the Island. LUVstock for example grew from a house party with one stage, a few bands and fifty or sixty guests –  to moving to a bigger location with three stages, fifty bands, twelve DJs, vendors, camping and over 2000 guests getting their groove on for the weekend… and without ever selling out to The Man.

There is so much more The Refuge does or is part of, but this article has a word limit, so be sure to find us by looking at the links at the end of this piece.


The Refuge has an eclectic collection of art, music, doodads, trinkets, musical instruments. The Refuge boasts over a terabyte of music from around the world and over two terabytes of local music and shows that we have recorded over the years. And we have a pretty damn good sound system to listen to it all on, too! The Refuge is a friendly inviting place that is always – as many of you know – morphing into something different, new and interesting. People come from all over the Island with their ideas, and artistic know-how.

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This is what keeps The Refuge relevant, growing and fun.

Come be part of a Refuge Jam, a drum circle… come to an event (we usually have events at least once a month – look below for links!).  The Refuge is still one of very few places in Taichung that continues to have Live Music in a very chill environment.

Look at the links below to see how you can be part of The Refuge Community and be up to date for Refuge Happenings!

Come be part of what we do.

 
The Refuge is an icon in Taichung as it continues to provide Creative Outlets for Artists, Musicians, Bohemians & Truth Seekers. Come explore, create & make new connections with others.

                                           A Strong Community Makes a World of Change.

If you would like to get in touch and find out more about Boston Paul & The Refuge Community, check out the links below:

*https://www.facebook.com/BostonPaul
*https://twitter.com/MilitantHippi
*https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheRefugeCommunity
*https://www.facebook.com/TheRefugeCommunity
*https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com

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You can Follow the Militant Hippi/Boston Paul on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BostonPaul
or
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilitantHippi

You Might also like to read some other short stories by Boston Paul AKA The Militant Hippi:

  1. About a Great Grandfather and his Great Grandson:My Great Grandfather: When Cultures Clash. Ass kicking, long hair and Hard Knocks

2.  This is my weapon and this is my Gun, based on real life events, a young man finds himself in Central America:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/this-is-my-weapon-and-this-is-my-gun/

3. Hate waiting in line?  This is for you:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/the-express-lane-10-items-or-less/

4. The Would Be Patriot:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/a-good-young-man-or-lockes-socks-the-would-be-patriot/

5. A bit of Horror and suspense… never blow this guy’s candle out!

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/short-story-the-flame-that-softly-danced/

6. Getting Stoned at The Fair

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/short-story-stoned-at-the-fair/

 

Boston Paul decides to stay in Taiwan after outpouring of Love and Well Wishes 謝謝你的愛..我會住在台灣。

April 2


Happy Day After April First!

Yesterday I announced that I would be leaving Taiwan.

(Link to that story below)

After making the painstaking decision to leave this Wonderful Island Paradise on April First,  the outpouring of Love & Well-wishes has prompted me to stay one more year… it’s going to take me about that long to sell and throw away all my stuff anyway.

In the meantime, I hope that many of us can meet – as we always say we will – for a few drinks and a warm chat.

Life is short…  live it well.

 

Peace and Love

The original story is here:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/boston-paul-to-leave-taiwan-after-21-years-%E4%BA%8C%E5%8D%81%E4%B8%80-%E5%B9%B4%E5%88%B0%E4%BA%86-%E6%88%91%E6%9C%83%E9%9B%A2%E9%96%8B%E5%8F%B0%E7%81%A3/

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Boston Paul to leave Taiwan after 21 years ** 二十一 年到了 – 我會離開台灣

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Boston Paul to leave Taiwan after 21 years ** 二十一 年到了 – 我會離開台灣

UPDATE BELOW

The time has come to leave this wonderful island. An island I’ve spent almost half my life on.  I’ve met so many wonderful people, watched a generation grow up. I saw the very first Taiwanese elections in 1996 as China dropped missiles off the coast to intimidate the newly elected government.  I saw the Taiwanese band together and rebuild after the devastating earthquake in 1999.   I watched a music scene grow from Singaporean cover bands to an original music bonanza.  I met my wife here. My son has grown up here.  There are many here that I call Family.

The decision was a tough one.  But I’ve realized that my time here is over and it is time to leave.

Good bye Taiwan… it’s been awesome.

Spring is here… time for rebirth and a new life..

Whatever I can’t take with me I will sell and give away.  I won’t be returning to the USA as the political climate there is unsettling.  I will most likely venture to India, then Mongolia, then settle in Nepal…. But who knows where my Journey Path will take me?

Thank you all for the many years of friendship and through all the ups and down, I thank you deeply for the love, caring and companionship.

Peace and Love

UPDATE:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/boston-paul-decides-to-stay-in-taiwan-after-outpouring-of-love-and-well-wishes-%E8%AC%9D%E8%AC%9D%E4%BD%A0%E7%9A%84%E6%84%9B-%E6%88%91%E6%9C%83%E4%BD%8F%E5%9C%A8%E5%8F%B0%E7%81%A3%E3%80%82/

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You can Follow the Militant Hippi/Boston Paul on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/BostonPaul
or
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilitantHippi

中文: 幫我找到我的兒子! Please help me find my son! BREAKING! Vietnam Veteran’s dying wish: To find his Son & Lost Love in Taiwan即時新聞! 越戰退伍老兵臨終前的願望:找到在台灣的昔日戀人,還有他從未謀面的兒子

中文

幫我找到我的兒子! Help me find my son!

Picture of Harvey Woods

 

English translation HERE:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/breaking-vietnam-veterans-dying-wish-to-find-his-son-lost-love-in-taiwan%E5%8D%B3%E6%99%82%E6%96%B0%E8%81%9E-%E8%B6%8A%E6%88%B0%E9%80%80%E4%BC%8D%E8%80%81%E5%85%B5%E8%87%A8%E7%B5%82-2/

一位女士居住在北美北卡羅萊納州名叫Leah,尋求我的協助,希望我幫助她找到從未見面的哥哥,Leah的父親,在他的黃金歲月中,已自1968年以來為尋找妻小既無濟於事音訊全無。

但是現在我們有了強大的網路力量!

Boston Paul 和 Shaun Bettinson 與Leah家人經常聯絡並每天更新最新消息。

這是一個正在進行的故事,隨著越來越多的信息被賦予不斷更新。

HARVEY WOODS
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Harvey Woods離開亞特蘭大,佐治於美國空軍並於1966年抵達台灣被分隊到二千一百六十五分之三通信中隊的空軍二等。在越南戰爭期間,他被派駐在Qinquan空軍基地(清泉崗空軍基地,CCK)。在當時越戰當中也是美國空軍最多在台灣的時候。

在他於台中空軍任職期間,Harvey遇到一名台中當地女孩(翻譯語可能是明紀英或紀明英,因為寫法是習慣先寫自己的姓氏,但已知它是最後西方人打交道時 使用)。Harvey當時給她的小名為 “Kiko”她也稱Harvey為Woods。他們當時也住在同一棟公寓裡,很快就發展出了戀情。Kiko與小她6~7歲的妹妹同住在一起(如圖所示)。 Harvey和Kiko在台灣期間墜入愛河,並當空軍的Harvey在1967年被重新分配,他試圖帶Kiko回美國 – 但因戰爭,兩方政府和繁文縟節防止發生。

Kiko隨著Harvey去台北送機,送Harvey離開台灣,這時Harvey才得知Kiko已懷有他的小孩。Harvey帶這痛苦與難過離開台灣,他曾試圖把他們母子兩帶回美國他發誓,一旦他是美國本土,他會,讓他們到美國,並會支持他們在那重要時間。

當他正要登上軍用飛機,離開他的愛和未出生的兒子,Harvey和Kiko親吻,擁抱,然後Harvey無奈地登上了飛機。當飛機在跑道上滑行,哈維他的眼睛僅盯在馬切達向他招手。隨著飛機起飛,哈維能看到她依然揮舞著。這是一個很長及令人心碎的旅程到了世界的另一邊。

雖然當時在美國本土唯一通信方式透過手寫信或是電話通信,-哈維獲得他的第一封信來自馬切達。他馬上回應。馬切達之後又寫了回信,並告訴他,她生下了一個男嬰。哈維回信寫他永遠保持著希望相信他們會再重逢團聚,他欣喜若狂……因為一名男嬰-

由於命運的安排他從馬切達那收到最後的一封信。雪上加霜的是,哈維的母親有點過分,因為她希望她的兒子,戰爭結束後結束他與Kiko的戀情。因此所有的線 索在那終止,Harvey在那時候起終止所有kiko的訊息,包括孩子的名字一切的訊息化為煙霧,最後唯一的訊息是那張黑白的照片也因為它被存放在安全的 地方。

因失去他的愛和不能夠見到他的兒子感到難過,哈維決心他的生活必須繼續前進,在將近十年後娶了一個美國女孩。但他從未停止過嚮往在與他兒子和他見面並表明 他愛他。他從來沒有失去希望,希望在哪一天能實現。多年來,他曾登廣告在台中各報刊,但許多次嘗試被證明是徒勞的沒收穫的。

經過多年這個故事依舊是影藏在他們家中,直到近日他才對他的大女兒Leah訴說這故事希望Leah能在他死前幫他找到他台灣的兒子。他懇求他們請大家幫忙找他的兒子在他靈臨終前圓了他的夢。

哈維了解到,馬切達也不得不與她的生活繼續前進,並可能害怕挺身而出,如果她聽到這個故事。哈維明白她可能結婚或不願看到他……作為20世紀70年代當種種因素:過度保護母親,政府的繁文縟節,遠隔重洋,不可預見的問題,語言隔閡,和其他障礙等問題。

這個故事已經將近五十年和哈維生活從自越南戰爭以來開始。就像許多越南老兵,他也曾靠酒渡日,淹沒他的悲傷,淹沒了內疚,淹死的渴望。他現在克服了這一切,決心繼續尋找他的兒子..在他這個年齡,這可能是他最後的機會了。

當他被問到,如果跟他們見到面你想說什麼?他說,愛他兒子從我心中深深地感到抱歉並讓Kiko與我兒子知道我從沒忘記過他們,我的兒子,我的她。

可以理解的是,如果馬切達不願或不能挺身而出,如果有人知道馬切達和/或她的兒子,請讓他們知道哈維伍茲在尋找他們,並希望他們過得很好。

Harvey在生命的最後一章,他的願望……結束,這樣他才可以和平真正休息。

請分享這故事,如有任何消息也歡迎

該事實與線索
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以下是我們到目前所擁有的資訊:

母親:
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名稱: Ming Ying Chi 紀 明 櫻(我們不確定中文字.) Chi Ming-Ying
– 台灣人
– 年齡:70 -71歲
– 足夠的英語溝通
– 據推測,如果她還活著,她可能仍住在台中
– 有一個女兒如今在50年代中期她姓名

父親:
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名稱: Harvey Woods
– 從亞特蘭大,
– 佐治亞州(前,後服兵役1966年越南戰爭期間,駐紮在Qinquan空軍基地台中,台)
– 美國空軍 1967年
– 他的指揮官在台灣的名字是上尉羅伯特O. Bissey
– 他的上司是軍士。佛蘭芒
– 哈維有兩個室友在台灣:
– 軍士。佛蘭芒(上司)
– 空軍一等兵十三陵

兒子:
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名字: 我們不知道
名稱:不知道
– 混血兒-台灣-中國/非洲裔
– 約。 47-48歲
– 可能有綠色的眼睛哈維的其他兒子有綠色的眼睛):

明的妹妹(圖中左側)
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– 無信息


翻譯:

 

Jill Chung

Jill Chung

Published in: on March 30, 2016 at 2:29 PM  Comments (2)  

BREAKING! Vietnam Veteran’s dying wish: To find his Son & Lost Love in Taiwan即時新聞! 越戰退伍老兵臨終前的願望:找到在台灣的昔日戀人,還有他從未謀面的兒子

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(Center) Harvey Woods,  (Right) Ming Ying Chi AKA Kiko, (Left) Ming’s Younger Sister

1. Introduction
2. The Story
3. The Facts & Clues
4. Chinese Translation (中文)
https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/breaking-vietnam-veterans-dying-wish-to-find-his-son-lost-love-in-taiwan%E5%8D%B3%E6%99%82%E6%96%B0%E8%81%9E-%E8%B6%8A%E6%88%B0%E9%80%80%E4%BC%8D%E8%80%81%E5%85%B5%E8%87%A8%E7%B5%82-2/

5. Update Record

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/breaking-vietnam-veterans-dying-wish-to-find-his-son-lost-love-in-taiwan%E5%8D%B3%E6%99%82%E6%96%B0%E8%81%9E-%E8%B6%8A%E6%88%B0%E9%80%80%E4%BC%8D%E8%80%81%E5%85%B5%E8%87%A8%E7%B5%82-2/

1. Introduction

I got a private message on social media asking for help. A woman named Leah from North Carolina (USA) asked if I could help find her brother whom she had never met. Leah’s father, now in his golden years, has been searching for them both since 1968 to no avail.

But now we have the power of the internet!

Boston Paul and Shaun Bettinson are in constant contact with the family and are updating everyday.

即時新聞! 越戰退伍老兵臨終前的願望:找到在台灣的昔日戀人,還有他從未謀面的兒子

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information is given.

請幫忙廣發此帖,但願能早日找到她母子倆,謝謝 !

 (This story has been updated 5x)

2. The Story
(Chinese coming soon/中文翻譯中)

Harvey Woods left Atlanta, Georgia with the Air force in 1966 and arrived in Taiwan as an Airmen 2nd Class attached to Detachment 3 / 2165 Communications Squadron. He was stationed at Qinquan Air Force Base (清泉崗空軍基地, CCK) during the Vietnam War. Many Americans in the military were stationed in Taiwan while the US was fighting the North Vietnamese.

During his tenure with the Airforce in Taichung, Harvey had met a local girl named Ming Ying-chi (It could be Ming Ying-chi or Chi Ming-ying as it is customary for Chinese to write their surname first but are known put it last when dealing with Westerners). Harvey had nicknamed Ms. Ming Kiko and she affectionately referred to him as Mr. Woods. They lived in the same apartment building and they soon developed a relationship.  Kiko lived with her younger sister (shown in the picture) and a daughter who would have been about 6 or 7 years old then (making her mid-50s now). Harvey and Kiko fell in love during his stay in Taiwan and when the Airforce reassigned Harvey in 1967, he tried to take Kiko back to the United States with him – but a war, two reluctant governments and red tape prevented that from happening.  

Kiko traveled with Harvey to Taipei to catch his flight out of Taiwan. He had just learned that she was pregnant with his child – making it that much more painful to leave. He vowed that once he was Stateside, he would do what he could to get them to the USA and would support them in the meantime.

As he was about to board that military plane and leave his love and unborn son, Harvey and Kiko kissed, hugged and then Kiko’s Mr. Woods reluctantly boarded the plane. As the plane taxied on the runway, Harvey kept his eyes fixed on Kiko waving to him. And as the plane took off, Harvey could see her still waving. It was a very long, heartbreaking ride back to the other side of the world.

Whilst stateside – and one should not forget that correspondence by hand-written or typed letters (AKA snail-mail) and telephone were the only ways of communicating long distance back then – Harvey received his first letter from Kiko. He responded immediately. Kiko wrote again some time later telling him she had given birth to a baby boy. He wrote her back ever-hopeful that they would be reunited. He was ecstatic… a baby boy!

As fate would have it – that was the last known letter he’d ever receive from Kiko.  Adding insult to injury,  Harvey’s mother – perhaps a bit overprotective and wanting her son to get on with his life after the war – destroyed both letters (and presumably any other letters he did not know about) with Kiko’s return address on it thus all the clues that would have had helped him find them.  Harvey’s mother would also not tell him the name of his son… all vital information went up in smoke and with Harvey’s mother to her grave. Everything he had from Kiko was destroyed except that one black and white picture as something told him to put the picture in a safe place.

Saddened by losing his love and not able to meet his son, Harvey was determined to move on with his life and married an American girl almost a decade later. But he never stopped longing to meet his son and show him that he loves him. He never lost hope that they would meet one day. Over the years, he had put out several ads in various newspapers in Taichung, but his many attempts proved futile.

After many years of keeping this story hidden from his family, Harvey Woods – in desperation – told his now grown up daughter Leah and her siblings the whole story of their brother in Taiwan. He implored them to please help find his son before he dies.

Harvey understands that Kiko also had to move on with her life and could be afraid of coming forward if she hears this story. Harvey understands she may be married or unwilling to see him… as 1970s low-tech communications, over-protective mothers, governmental red-tape, vast oceans, unforeseen problems, language barriers, and other obstacles had come between them.  

It’s been almost fifty years and Harvey’s life has been a roller coaster ride since the Vietnam War. Like many Vietnam vets, he’s had bouts with alcohol helping drown his sorrows, drown the guilt, drown the longing. He’s overcome all that now and is determined to keep looking for his son.. and at his age, this may be his last chance.

When asked what he will do if we find his son and his once-upon-a-time love, he answered, “I want to apologize to Kiko from the bottom of my heart and to make it known to her that I never forgot about our son…. and that I have never forgotten about her.” 

Understandably, if Kiko is reluctant or unable to come forward, we ask that if anyone knows Kiko and/or her son, please let them know that Harvey Woods is looking for them and wishes them well. At the very least, he desires to know if his son is OK.

As Harvey lives the final chapters of his life, he desires closure… so that he may truly rest in Peace.

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3. The Facts & Clues

 ATTENTION Fellow Detectives and Sleuths in the Community!

Here is what we have for you so far:

The Mother:

Name: Ming Ying Chi 紀 明 櫻/possibly Chi Ming-Ying
Nickname: Kiko

*Taiwanese Chinese
*Age: 70-71 years old
*Spoke enough English to communicate
*Presumably, if she is still alive, she may still live in Taichung
*Has a daughter now in her mid 50s.

The Father:

Name: Harvey Woods

*From Atlanta, Georgia (Before and after military service)
*US Air Force stationed at Qinquan Air Force Base Taichung, Taiwan during the Vietnam War from 1966 – 1967
*His Commander’s name in Taiwan was Capt. Robert O. Bissey.
*His supervisor was Sgt. Flemings
*Harvey had two roommates in Taiwan:
Sgt. Flemings (his supervisor)
Airman 1st Class Tombs.

Their Son:

Name: Not Known

*Biracial – Taiwanese – Chinese/African-American
*Approx. 47-48 years old
*May have green eyes as Harvey’s other sons have green eyes.

Ming’s Younger Sister (in picture on the left):

*No Information

 4. Chinese Translation (中文)

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/breaking-vietnam-veterans-dying-wish-to-find-his-son-lost-love-in-taiwan%E5%8D%B3%E6%99%82%E6%96%B0%E8%81%9E-%E8%B6%8A%E6%88%B0%E9%80%80%E4%BC%8D%E8%80%81%E5%85%B5%E8%87%A8%E7%B5%82-2/

年起,他一直在找照片右邊的女士.她的名字是MING YING CHI (Surname or ?),她能說英語,現今應該約70歲了。

我爸當年是美國空軍一員,越戰時期曾駐台中,他很愛她,也很想把她帶回美國,可是那時 候情況不容許。她曾寫過一封信給我爸說她有了他的孩子,是個混血兒, 現年約47-48歲,因為我爸跟別人結婚 了,我祖母沒把信交出,當然也沒給他MING的回郵地址或孩子的名字。 我爸曾連續幾年在台的報紙刊登尋人廣告,可是音訊全無。他自1968年一直在尋找MING和他倆的孩子…最近,他跟我及他其他孩子說出這個故事,希望 我們能在他死前幫他找到她和那孩子。照片中左邊的是MING的姊妹…抱歉,我也沒有她的名字。

請幫忙廣發此帖,但願能早日找到她母子倆,謝謝您們!

大 家好!在照片中間的男士是我的父親,在右手邊的女士是我父親從1968到現在一直再尋找的人。她的名字是“Ming Ying Chi”(翻譯者的我在想因是羅馬通用譯語),我父親給她的小名是“Kiko”。現在的她約為70-71歲,會說英文,我父親非常愛她,也曾想把她帶回美 國,但當時情況不容許。她曾寫信過給我父親,告訴他,她生下了他們倆的孩子(男生為台灣-非洲美國裔,現今年齡約為47-48歲),後來我父親跟別人結婚 了,當時我祖母沒把信轉交給他,並且也沒告訴我父親Ming的回信地址及小孩的名字。我父親曾登報協尋過,但始終無音訊。從1968到現在,我父親一直再 尋找“Ming Ying Chi ”,及他們的兒子。最近他告訴我們這些孩子,希望他在臨終前幫他找到他們倆。而在圖當中的左邊是Ming的姐妹,但我不知道她的名字。

※如果,有人在台中,有任何他們的消息,請幫助我,取得聯繫他們,我由衷萬分的感謝

During the Vietnam War an Airman in the Air force was stationed in Taichung, Taiwan. He fell in love with a Woman. She was unable to go back to the US with him, then gave birth to their son… he’s been looking for them ever since.

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This is an ongoing story please check back every day as there will be UPDATES…

You are also welcome to leave information, ideas, links, and clues in the comments.

 

5. UPDATE RECORD

 

March 27:  THE SEARCH CONTINUES!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR INPUT, LINKS, CONNECTIONS, IDEAS AND LOVE… KEEP IT COMING!  加油 !

 

4. Update: March 27, 2016 – 2:00PM
3. Update: March 25, 2016 – 1:00PM
2.Update: March 23, 2016 – 11:15PM
1. Update: March 23, 2016 – 3:00PM

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