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作者:黄智美(民主党秘书长徐顺全博士太太)

我在1980年离开台湾前往美国求学。当时台湾还在国民党的蒋经国统治下。我对政治并没有感到特别的兴趣因为台湾是一个繁荣的社会,在我成长岁月过程中,确实是没有经历过太大的生活困难。

有一次学校放暑假,我回到台湾,发现弟弟的电脑荧光屏面前挂了无数不同款式的头箍。这些都是他出席各种公众抗议集会后所收集的。这些抗议集会包括要求“修改宪法”、“呼吁举行直接总统选举”和“反对建造核子发电厂”等等。

当我看那些五颜六色的头箍时,深感不舒服,便问他:“你参加这些集会安全吗?”弟弟笑着对我说:“时代不同了!没什么可担心的!”

我问弟弟他怎么会“参与”这些政治活动?什么时候开始对这些活动感到兴趣?他回答说,服兵役时期由于“太过无聊”,便把时间花在阅读报章新闻。那时候的台湾正好是处在修改报章出版与印刷法令后的蓬勃时期,市面上出现了大量的独立新闻刊物。

除了头箍之外弟弟也收藏了他参加抗议活动时所穿过的衬衫。依他所说,这些些衬衫是限量版物品因为当时的台湾就像二十一世纪的新加坡,参与抗议活动是非法的,很少人敢于参加,所以拥有这些衬衫的人数不多。可是后来事局变了,人们不再害怕了,参与抗议行动的人数也增加了。印刷衬衫的产量是以千数为标。衬衫也不再是人们所追逐的限量版物品了。

回头看,我似乎是错过观看台湾民主转变过程的机会了。

当今的新加坡是我台湾亲戚朋友所夸为“又干净又有秩序”的地方,可是它却也是因我丈夫无准证在公共场合演讲而被监禁五次的国家。

有很多新加坡人向我表示对我们一家人过着这样的生活深感惊讶,问我是如何应付过来的。其实,政治斗争并不一定会导致我们与其他人不同,过着不正常的家庭生活。我们的孩子从小就已明白爸爸的工作性质,因此不会感到恐惧。在今年初的某一天,我的长女在班上答复老师时,说“我的爸爸正在坐牢。”当时她的老师感到很尴尬,低声地告诉我女儿说:“你不需要说出来,我自己看报章就行了。”

当顺全的护照被政府扣留时,我对我母亲说顺全也许再也不能回到台湾探访她老人家了。

令我感到惊讶的是,我的母亲竟安慰我道:

甭担心。这情况将不会是永久的。没有一个独裁政府是永远不倒塌的。”

我当然相信我母亲所说的话是正确的。

黄智美全家福链接视频网址:

1.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn5H5Pjhsck

2.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J0b4nDrQL0

GROWING UP IN TAIWAN

I left Taiwan for the US to study in the 1980s, when Taiwan was still under the rule of KMT’s Chiang Ching-Kuo. I was not particularly concerned about politics, as Taiwan was a prosperous society and I didn’t really experience any hardships during my growing up years.

When I went home for holidays in-between school terms, I noticed my younger brother’s computer monitor was draped with all sorts of head bands he had collected from attending various public protests, be it for “amendment of the Constitutions”, “calling for direct Presidential elections”, or “anti-nulcear plants”.

I was extremely uncomfortable seeing those colourful head bands and asked him, “Is it safe to go for those protests?” My brother laughed and said, “Time has changed! It’s no big deal now.”

I asked my brother how he got “involved” in politics, or at least how he started to get interested in it. He told me that he was “too free” during his NS days and was reading newspapers all the time. It happened to be the booming period of many independent newspapers in Taiwan after the amendment of Newspaper and Printing Presses Act.

In addition to head bands, my brother collected T-shirts worn during public protests. According to him, those T-shirts worn during the initial protests were collectors’ items now because there were very few people who dared to participate. Protests were illegal then, much like it is now in 21st century Singapore. Subsequently, T-shirts from later day protests were less sought after as they were printed by the thousands.

It seemed that I had missed the whole transition of Taiwan’s democratization process.

The present Singapore is the place many of my Taiwanese relatives praised as “very clean and orderly”, whereas my husband is in jail for the 5th time for speaking in public without a permit.

Although Soon Juan’s non-violent campaign has always been misinterpreted as “courting trouble”, the purpose of his civil actions is to make a simple point that “if you are not prepared to go to jail, how do you stage a public protest when one day, there is a need to do that in order to put pressure on the government to change laws that actually work against the people”.

Many Singaporeans have expressed their amazement to me about how we cope with such kind of circumstances. Actually, the political struggle we are in does not prevent us from leading as normal lives as any other family. Our kids know that this is part of their father’s work, it’s nothing frightening at all. Earlier this year, when my eldest daughter told her teacher that “my father is in jail”, her teacher was rather embarrassed. She told her quietly that “you don’t have to tell me everything, I will read the newspapers myself”.

After Soon Juan’s passport was taken away and he was prevented from leaving Singapore, I told my parents that he probably won’t be able to visit them in Taiwan for the rest of his life. Surprisingly, my mother said,

“Don’t worry. It won’t be a permanent situation. No authoritarian government is going to last forever.”

I certainly hope she is right.

RELATED LINKED 相关链接:
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J0b4nDrQL0
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq0SksN0Gns

3.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn5H5Pjhsck

4.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J0b4nDrQL0

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