Taiwanniversary! 23 years of Happy!

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Twenty Three years ago, I stepped off the plane into Taiwan for the third time – and this time it wasn’t a short visit just to learn Chinese.

January 1995. It was the first week of the New Year and for me a whole new life. 

I didn’t know what I would be doing. Teach English?  Not me. At least not initially.
My first job was at a bar or a ‘disco pub’ as they called them.

  That Disco Pub was where I – not only – really learned Chinese (and a lot of Taiwanese!) but also where I really learned about the guts and innard bits of Taiwanese culture…. And the culture does go Deeeeeeeeep!

From there I forged a life here in Taiwan meeting lots of great people from around Taiwan and the world along the way….  making friendships and building relationships I still have to this day.

I missed my family and friends then of course and still miss them now, but I don’t regret living half my life on this Island.

That being said, Luvya Taiwan!

Thanks for the awesomeness!

 

 


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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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Hippy New Year – Thoughts PinBalling Inside My Skull

Hippy New Year – Thoughts Pin-Balling Inside My Skull

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As 2016 comes to a grinding halt and we set our eyes on 2017, there are many thoughts pin-balling inside my skull.

Thought I’d try to make sense of those thoughts here.
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I’m getting older.  I still feel like I’m in my 30s, act like I’m in my 20s but am starting to think like I’m in my 80s.  It’s that latter thought that reminds me I’m getting older.

What will I regret or be proud of when I’m in my 80s sitting in a rocking chair (or a tatami mat or bean bag chair) and pondering (lamenting) on all the things that filled my life?

Things I didn’t do but wanted to; things I’ve done and didn’t want to do; and of course the things I’ve pursued and accomplished.

How will I feel about the life I’ve lived from day to day?  From the Exciting to the Mundane, the Happiness to the Insane, the love filled days – to days of bitter sadness that seemed impossible to shake (fortunately those have been few and far between)?

That Day to Day life that has not only shaped who I am today but will – I presume –  have made me the person I will be in my 80s (and 90s! And if all goes well when I’m a Centurion… er… Centenarian!) sitting on a tatami mat (or beanbag chair!) sipping green tea, or a fine red wine or the juice of some fruit I’ve just blended.

When I’m in my 80s or 90s, I’m sure that I will appreciate how the Past me took care of the Future me.

And if you think about it, both the Past me and the Future me are living in the Now.

But we don’t walk our Journey Paths alone. So…

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On this last day of the year, I think about the friends and family who have passed into the great Unknown.

I think about all the musicians who died this past year. Musicians whose music helped raise me in areas of my life where my mother and father couldn’t.

I watch my son, getting older, trying new things, loving animals (as he takes care of two roosters, two hens, two turtles, a fish, a cat, a dog, and cockroach from Madagascar), pursuing art, practicing judo and taking on life armed with curiosity and gusto.
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I think fondly of my wife who has been there through it all. My ups and downs. Our ups and downs. The topsy-turvy curve balls life has thrown at us. I can’t believe we have been together almost two decades.

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I regularly meet with special friends a few times a week to make music, drink wine, laugh, talk about love and life, stare at a fire.  I don’t know where I would be – or who I would be – without them.

All these special people I’ve mentioned above are my Family.

I miss my friends and family back in the ‘old’ country – a place I left in my 20s to see the world.

I think about them often and always wonder – in an alternate universe – What If?

What if I never left my country of birth? What would I be doing now? What would they be doing now?

Pebbles. Lakes. Ripples.

With about half my life under my belt and – The Universe willing – another half to go, I seek to continue to try to make myself a better person, to help make the world a better place – anyway I can – by being nice to people, giving what I can, sharing my art and ideas, helping others with their art and helping them make their ideas a reality.

Pebbles. Lakes. Ripples.

As I think about the past year and look forward to this next one and as the pinball stops ricocheting in my brain, this clichéd mantra comes to mind – and for some reason it is really hitting home right now as I sit and write:

We’re all in this together.

In other words, we only have us, so let’s treat each other well.

May 2017 bring you Happiness, Peace, Love & Adventure!

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You might also enjoy this essay about FRIENDS:

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/who-what-is-a-friend-really/

 

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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!)

*********************************************************************

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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Part Four: Pictures from LUV2016!da-meta4-for-mag

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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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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.

Translations by:

Posted Soon!

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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True Story: Vietnam Veteran searches for his Son. This story has been updated please go to new link

This story has been updated. We are still searching!

Here’s the New Link:

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/

A Vietnam Vet in his seventies is searching for his son whom he’s never met and the mother of his son whom he was once in love.

He’s been searching since 1968 to no avail.. but now we have the power of the internet.

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 3x)

3/25 (FRIDAY):  WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION AND IT WILL BE UPDATED IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS… THE SEARCH CONTINUES!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR INPUT, LINKS, CONNECTIONS, IDEAS AND LOVE… KEEP IT COMING!  加油 !

 

Picture of Harvey Woods

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

I got a private message on social media asking for help. A woman named Leah from North Carolina asked if I could help find her brother whom she had never met. Her father, now in his golden years, wishes to find his long lost love and their son… before he dies.

The Community has come together and the search is on!
(Please scroll down for Chinese).

The Story

His name was Harvey Woods and he arrived in Taiwan in 1966. He was stationed at Qinquan Air Force Base (清泉崗空軍基地, CCK) in Taichung.  This was during the Vietnam War and many Americans in the military were stationed here in Taiwan.

Harvey was an Airmen 2nd Class and was attached to Detachment 3 / 2165 Communications Squadron.
His Commander’s name was Capt. Robert O. Bissey.
Harvey had two roommates: Sgt. Flemings (who was also his supervisor) and Airman 1st Class Tombs.

 

During his tenure in Taichung, Harvey had met Ming Ying Chi (We are not sure if it is Ming Ying-chi  or Chi Ming Ying as it is customary for Chinese to write their surname first but sometimes put it last when dealing with Westerners). They all lived in the same apartment building. 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 in her early 50s now.

He had nicknamed her Kiko and she affectionately referred to him as Mr. Woods.

They fell in love during his stay here and when Harvey left in 1967, he tried to take Kiko back to the United States with him.. but to no avail.

Harvey Woods is from Atlanta, Georgia and that is where he returned after Vietnam

Even whilst Stateside he tried to locate Kiko to join him in the US, but his attempts were futile.  Over the years, he had put out several ads in various newspapers in Taichung, but got no responses.

Saddened by losing his love but determined to move on with his life, he was to marry an American girl. That is when he learned that in 1968 Kiko had given birth to his son.

Kiko had written a letter to Harvey to tell him of the birth.  Unfortunately for Harvey and Kiko,  Harvey’s mother – perhaps a bit overprotective and wanting her son to get on with his life after the war – destroyed the one letter with Kiko’s return address on it thus all the clues that would have had helped find them.  Harvey’s mother would also not tell him the name of his son.

Finally, in desperation, Harvey told his daughter Leah and her siblings the whole story of their brother in Taiwan and asked if they could help…. he implored them to please help find his long lost love and their son before he dies.

Leah then got in touch with me through a PM – and others through the various social network groups.  We’ve all come together and now the search is on!

What We Know:

Kiko spoke a little English and would now be in her early seventies. Presumably, if she is still alive, she lives in Taichung.

Harvey and Kiko’s son would be bi-racial  (Chinese/African American) and approximately 47 years old.

 ATTENTION Fellow Detectives and Sleuths in the Community!

Here is what we have for you so far:

Looking for:

  1. The Mother: Ming Ying Chi 紀 明 櫻/possibly Chi Ming-Ying
    Nickname Kiko

    Approx: 70-71 years old
    Spoke enough English to communicate
  2. The Father: Harvey Woods
    From Atlanta, Georgia (Before and after military service)

    US Air Force stationed at Qinquan Air Force Base in Taichung, Taiwan during the     Vietnam War from 1966 – 1967.
    His Commander’s name was Capt. Robert O. Bissey.
    His supervisor was Sgt. Flemings
    His roommate was Airman 1st Class Tombs.
  3. Their son: Biracial – Taiwanese/African-American
    Approx. 47-48 years old
  4. Ming’s Younger Sister (in picture on the left): no other information

 

CHINESE TRANSLATION

大 家好!在照片中央的是我爸爸,自1968年起,他一直在找照片右邊的女士.她的名字是MING YING CHI (Surname 明 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.

Translations by:

Marya C. Mocha and Jill Chung and Eddie Lin

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

You are also welcome to leave information in the comments.

 

UPDATES
3. LAST UPDATE: March 25, 2016 1:00PM
2.Update: March 23, 2016 11:15PM
1. Update: March 23, 3:00PM

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Gypsi Gypsi & Friends Make Music… SALUT!

Music in Taichung, Taiwan!

Three Solo Acts!

March 12 is the 13th Anniversary of Salut on Soho Street and we have all come together to make it a special one.

Lee Fourie, a native of South Africa, has been putting on music events for a while now (twice a month!) for Salut and has got three very special acts lined up for March 12th .

Emily Ou 歐恩盈 kicks things off at 7PM. Emily is a Taichung Local and will be seducing you with her savory songs. She has a Great Voice, plays Cool Guitar and has a Smile that shines as bright as the words she’s singing. Emily has won awards and placed high in Music Contests around Taiwan. Get there early to chill with the groovy music Emily promises to deliver.

Picture Emily

At 8 PM – all the way from Taipei (but hails from England) –

Simmo Simpson is sure to get you rocking out to his Acoustic English folk-rock set. Simmo Simpson is a singer-songwriter who loves creating passionate music. You can find him performing at a variety of venues and he’s currently working on new material.

Simmo

Gypsi Gypsi will be gracing the stage at 9PM. It’s been a while since he’s had a solo performance (as he’s been busy stirring up Musical Madness with his band 大METⒶ4). Get ready for some Intimate Mood Music including Jizzy Jezus Juice & Mad Mary Magdalene Vibes, his own versions of songs that you may recognize, a couple of Gypsified versions of DM4 tunes and a couple of new pieces just for YOU.

Gypsi at Farm Jam

The night promises to be Provocative, Vibey, with sprinkles of Staunch Raunch and smidgens of – not only Sexy Whispers – but Trippy Tunicals as well… Creating a Special World (although fleeting) for you to come Celebrate & Revel in.

The Schedule (one more time!) and Bits:

Emily Ou – 7PM
Find her here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyousings07

Simmo Simpson – 8PM
Find him here: https://www.facebook.com/SimmoSimpsonMusic

Gypsi Gypsi – promptly at 9PM who will Tickle your Tushes till the Late Hours of the Evening.
Find Gypsi here: https://www.facebook.com/GypsiGypsiGypsi

If you’re not in Taiwan, you should be able to get yourself cheap enough plane tickets!

😉

Details for Venue:

Salut Pizza (Taichung, Taiwan

 

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Taiwanniversary Twenty One!

January 7, 2016.

Wow. Another year has just flown by.  So much life packed into 365 days…. and with this year being a leap year, with its 366 days, I’ll be setting out to accomplish much more – especially with that extra day!

This post started out as a New Year Blog Entry, but I was quite busy performing and before I knew it, today knocked and I realized it was the anniversary of the day I came to this Island – so I’ve blended my New Year Post with my Taiwanniversary Post.

I’ve jotted down my thoughts, hopes and yes, even a few fears for this year 2016.

I have also thought a lot about 2015 and the past in general. I thought about my family specifically my brothers and mother whom I have not seen in over 10 years (I haven’t left the Island for 10 years!), the birthdays, holidays and other special occasions I’ve missed.

I have thought about Friends who died this year..

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/a-friend-a-legacy-your-life-matters/

But it has been a wonderful Journey with all the bumps and beauty that go with a Journey.

I pondered my 20 year Taiwanniversary and what’s been happening since last year on this day (you can pop over and read a nice light piece on how I ended up on this awesome island as I do not want to repeat myself):

https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/twenty-year-taiwanniversary-and-how-it-happened/

I am grateful for so many things.

So here I am and it is right around lunch time and the sun is out here in Taichung, Taiwan. The birds are chirping, my cat is playing with a small imaginary animal.  My banana trees are swaying in the soft breeze, my dog is sunning himself in the yard. I just washed all my socks and they are hanging on the line.

Life is indeed good.

As I was bopping around getting little tidbits done before I performed with my band at a New Year Celebration in the city, I pondered upon this past year. All of the new people I’ve met, the many musicians I’ve been working with, how I’ve pushed myself to be more creative, how I have challenged and continue to challenge myself and expand my horizons.  It’s been pretty awesome. I am satisfied with my life, have made wonderful relationships with awesome people from around the world…

Speaking of around the world…

I’ve grown dismayed at what I see happening around our planet. The melting of the polar ice caps; the polarization of the masses making an Us against Them environment; corporate welfare; money in politics; hypocrisy in government; climate change (and the idiots that deny it); the dumbing down of the Citizenry; a bias media owned only by a handful of corporations…  is Freedom going the way of Orwell’s 1984?

What can we do about it?

On a more personal level. I am watching closely both Taiwan and the USA as both countries are entering election years. This should be interesting.

The differences between Taiwan and the USA when it comes to voting are quite different.  Taiwan’s leaders win by popular vote while in the US they do not. In both countries there is money in politics… but it is much worse and exploited in the US.

Both countries are a bit volatile.

The US looks like it could have another Civil War in the coming years. It is so divided. Not the Land of The Free anymore.

Taiwan has an occupying party called the KMT. They fled to the Island in the late 40s after losing a civil war in China with the Communists. Though, the first elected president was Lee Denghui in 1996, he eventually left the KMT. The KMT then lost the election to the DPP 民主進步黨 (Democratic Progressive Party)
in 2000.

After what looked like a dubious coup that ousted their elected president Chen Shui Bien on charges the KMT has also been guilty of (bribery charges), the KMT was again voted in.

The current President Ma  馬英九 who was born in HongKong is a wishy-washy suck up to China. China ridiculously claims sovereignty over Taiwan and Ma has tried to negotiate deals with China that would hurt Taiwan.  The Taiwanese People are fed up and the KMT is most likely going to collapse which will put the DPP – who acknowledge Independence for Taiwan –  in power.

Get the popcorn out..this could get quite interesting on both sides of the world.
So here I am, enjoying a good life in Taiwan –  Twenty One Years of Awesome, while watching from afar the Fish Bowl that is the USA and wondering where this year will take us all.

My Mantra for this year…

*Help Build Strong Informed Communities as We The People can govern ourselves.
*Make Music… even if it’s just singing in the shower.
*Do something Artsy.
*Write down your Thoughts as stories, Poems, Reports and Essays.

*Eat Healthy.
*Exercise.
*Smile.
*DREAM!

Peace & Love Y’all

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Boston Paul in 1995

 
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You Might also like to read:

A few more Guidelines I’ve picked up as I forge through Life: https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/lifes-guidelines-2/

What is a Friend?  https://bostonpaul.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/who-what-is-a-friend-really/

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