They are smart. They are passionate. And they are angry.
They are the top students, scholars and professionals in business, economics, engineering, and health care from Emory University and the University of Georgia. On a seemingly quiet Sunday afternoon, these extraordinary souls gathered for one extraordinary cause – they wanted to let the world know that Taiwan’s hard-earned democracy cannot be bought with Chinese RMB.
On March 17th, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-Jeou and his pro-China legislators attempted to force an economic trade pact (CSSTA) with China through the Legislative Yuan without any parliamentary or public oversight. The Pact, if passed, would negatively impact millions of workers in Taiwan and essentially annihilate Taiwan’s economic and political independence from the Red Behemoth. While the U.S. allowed her pivot to Asia to crumble because she is too busy containing Russia, the young and conscious Taiwanese are ready to confront the Goliath with a strong will of freedom and love for democracy.
Taiwanese and their friends in the free world have echoed to support this noble movement. In the great city of Atlanta where American hero Martin Luther King, Jr. was nurtured, the Taiwanese community has certainly taken his lecture into their hearts: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” And there they stood, dignified and determined: “Defend democracy at all cost!” “We are Taiwanese! Our country is not for sale.”
They all knew that the odds were against them. They are rich in knowledge and passion, but poor in resources. In contrast, China’s state wealth and influence have made the world ever perverted. Due to a crooked system, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has always held the parliamentary majority in Taiwan, and we have recently learned that this government will not hesitate from using state brutality and pro-China media conglomerates to silence and demonize any opposition. Nevertheless, the Sunflowers dared to take their first step without seeing the whole staircase, because they have faith in democracy and a vision for a better Taiwan.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.