Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When my mother was teaching art in a high security penitentiary in Hawaii, the inmates taught her to say law when talking about court cases, but never to say justice.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Is the US a democracy? Or does all the power go to those with all the money?
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mencius said, If the heavens decide great things for you, first your television is turned off, your FaceBook is closed, your computer is shut down, your cell phone is taken away, so that no nonsense clutters up your heart, to bore you to death, so you can really start to live your life.

~from FaceBook, Gmoz Aquamarine.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Several times on this blog I have written about the small group of Jingpo from Yunnan who live in Taiwan >>link<<.
Recently Professor Taimu of the National Taipei University of the Arts has been studying the munao, an important Jingpo dance. Not only studying but also leading his students in the dance. He got in touch with me, and we arranged for Zit Khung hang sau, chairman of the Taiwan Jingpo Association, to give a talk at the school and lead the students in a dance: the first time they had seen a real, live Jingpo! A merry time was had by all.
景頗來臺五十年的鄉愁、孤獨,難以忍受;與家鄉聯繫全斷,只聞浩劫不斷:大躍進、破四舊、文化大革命,家人生死不明,祖先文化不彰。解放軍咆哮血洗臺灣, 小兵守住崗位,死守臺灣,怎敢奢望與家人相會?臺灣雖然逃過劫數,生活安全,但日見「浩瀚中國文化」淘他們少數民族的根。好不容易成親生子,只見在臺景頗 的第二代徹底漢化,「景頗」只是老爸口中的一個詞。
五十年來,每次被問起家鄉,自稱「景頗」,很少人聽過,更沒有人想再問。自將祖傳當寶,但為世人所棄。多年的教訓,他們認為不會有人對他們的文化有興趣。
近日國立臺北藝術大學的鍾教授研究景頗的目瑙縱歌,也帶學生跳。他與我聯絡上了,我們請在臺景頗會的孔會長到學校介紹景頗文化、帶學生跳目瑙。孔會長得知有人對景頗有興趣、還跳目瑙,喜出望外,不敢相信。我們到北藝大之前,他一再問我,他們要跳舞給我們看嗎?他們要教我們跳舞嗎?
到了大門看到海報:歡迎在臺景頗族的孔會長:身經百戰的老軍士差點沒哭出來,說,「我這一生沒有這樣禮遇!」感動得幾乎講不出話。
目瑙跳完,我們去吃飯、送會長到臺北車站,他一再說,「今天很快樂、很快樂。」

Sunday, April 13, 2014


瑞典書介紹世界狗,臺灣土狗當然選了國際名狗Byajing。這是她的第三本書。
International Sirius (dog star) Byajing appears n her third book, a Swedish book introducing dogs from around the world. In this well chosen photo, she shows everybody what a fine Taiwan tugo looks like, in her natural setting. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

「為國計者,惟社稷是利。」

~崔浩、義熙十三年西元四一七年

Thursday, April 10, 2014

overheard:
禮拜二是星期幾?
rough translation: What day of the week is Tuesday?