Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Surprise for Su Beng

On November 9, 2011 a surprise music concert birthday event was planned for Su Beng's birthday. It was held at the Howard Civil Service International House (公務人力發展中心福華國際文教會館) in Taipei and about 700 people were in attendance.

I'm sure it must have been an enjoyable event for Su Beng because he is quite the music lover. In fact, he told me that as a student at Waseda, he was quite the classical music aficionado. Anytime a new classical music record was released he'd immediately run out to buy it. He said he had a collection of about 8,000 records at the time. Once he even pawned a personal item for cash so that he would have money to purchase records.

Su Beng and Linda Arrigo

Su Beng and Bin Hong singing.

A photo of Su Beng's maternal grandmother.

A photo of Su Beng's Taiwan Independence Action motorcade.

A bronze bust of Su Beng made by Wen-teh Lin.

Su Beng sitting atop one of his Taiwan Independence Action motorcade propaganda trucks.

A close up of the bronze bust of Su Beng made by Wen-teh Lin.

A photo of the book cover, Conflict & Challenge: Lifestory of Su Beng (衝突與挑戰: 史明生命故事 作者蘇振明), which is an authorized Chinese language biography of Su Beng written by Professor Su Jen-Ming. The book also includes illustrations drawn by the author, Professor Su who is a professor of art.

November 7, 2011 at the ART base

On November 7th there was a small press conference at the ART (Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan) base announcing a surprise music concert/birthday celebration event for Su Beng, who's birthday is actually on November 9th. Several artists and their works of art honoring Su Beng gathered there that day.

Further details and explanations on the photos below will follow at a later date.

Where I am able, I will offer a brief explanation of the people in the photos below.

Bin Hong, Su Beng's assistant.

Wen-teh Lin, an artist friend of Su Beng who sculpted a bust of Su Beng. I met Mr. Lin in 2007 and wrote briefly about him. To read that post and to see photos of the sculpture which was still a work in progress at the time, click here.

Professor Tsay, Chairman of the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan (ART).