Final Week: the Asian Young Leaders for Democracy program

Last week (8/18 – 8/22)

Finally, we had the AYLD! I’m disappointed that I decided not to stay for the whole conference, though I would’ve flown back Monday and started class Wednesday. At least I stayed for half of it. I’m grateful to Ya-wei (my supervisor) because I got to interact with the participants and help with their sessions, meaning I heard from all the guest lecturers. We had talks about indigenous rights, disinformation, human rights law, digital security, democratic innovation, and more. Of course it was satisfying seeing the payoff from our preparations. It was also funny sometimes. For example, I had prepared the roommate assignments and apparently put two people together who were roommates at a similar democracy conference earlier in the year! They asked me if it had been intentional, but it really wasn’t.

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Week Six: Interview and Incense

Week Six (8/11 – 8/17)

On Monday I had the privilege of interviewing a young woman named 吳奕柔 (I-jou Wu). I-jou is a student at National Taiwan University and is a leader in the Taiwan Youth Association for Democracy (TYAD), a NGO founded to unify students to on issues related to democracy. I met with her to discuss the Youth Combatting Fake News Front, a student movement that she and TYAD help to lead. She told us that her motivation for advocacy is to combat the threat of China, delay the day that Hong-Kong-type street protests are necessary, and to build support networks to prepare for when that day comes.

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Week Five: A Tectonic Tremor, Thursday Trip, and Typhoon Tease

Week Five at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (8/4 – 8/11)

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Week Four: I Reflect a Little

 

Week Four at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (7/28 – 8/3)

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Week Three (Part 2): Wow! Attending the Inaugural Asian Human Rights Court Simulation!

Week 3 Part Two (7/25 – 7/28)

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