Epic tales of friendship remind us of the importance of global networks of friends for solving the Tai Ji Men case
Tai Ji Men spiritual school: 24 years of persecution (1996-2020) – Part II: The arbitrary arrest and detention of Tai Ji Men Master Hong Tao-tze
In late August 2020, Taiwan’s National Taxation Bureau (NTB) arbitrarily seized and auctioned properties that belonged to Dr Hong Tao-tze, the founder and spiritual leader of the Tai Ji Men, an organisation of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation.
TAIWAN: Tai Ji Men spiritual school: 24 years of persecution (1996-2020) – Part I: The 1996 crackdown
In late August 2020, Taiwan’s National Taxation Bureau (NTB) arbitrarily seized and auctioned properties that belonged to Dr Hong, the founder and spiritual leader of the Tai Ji Men movement and Academy in Taipei. Tai Ji Men is an organization of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation.
The political consequences of a 1931 incident in Vilnius, when a Polish student died trying to rescue a drowning Jewish child, demonstrate that friendship may change the course of history. We hope this will also happen in the Tai Ji Men case.
On International Friendship Day 2022, scholars, human rights activists, and Tai Ji Men dizi discussed the power of friendship and the Tai Ji Men case.
“That Which We Do Not Remember”: William Kentridge and Transitional Justice in South Africa—and Taiwan
South Africa’s leading contemporary artist offers a reflection on the limits of transitional justice in his country, which is also relevant for Taiwan and the Tai Ji Men case.
Human beings are made for and of liberty. When they lose it, they need a road to recover it—including in Taiwan.
The South African leader admitted his mistakes and learned from his errors—something that seems more difficult in the Taiwanese context.
On Nelson Mandela day, experts and Tai Ji Men dizi discussed freedom, transitional justice, and the fight for human rights.
Calling for a Solution of the Tai Ji Men Case
We join Tai Ji Men in respectfully asking the government of Taiwan, whose commitment to democracy in a region plagued by non-democratic regimes we appreciate and applaud, to return through a political act the confiscated sacred land to Tai Ji Men and publicly confirm that, as Taiwan’s Supreme Court stated, they never violated the law nor evaded taxes.
It would be a small step for Taiwan’s government, but a crucial one to tell the world Taiwan is truly committed to freedom of religion or belief and to the protection of religious and spiritual minorities that were once persecuted by its authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes.
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“The Tai Ji Men Case” web site is a project by Action Alliance to Redress 1219 whose aim is to collect and put at the readers’ easy disposal articles, documents, and videos—from academic studies to magazine articles—about the case of Tai Ji Men, a mempai (similar to a school) of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation headquartered in Taiwan, which has been victim of discrimination and persecution in its home country since 1996, and whose street protests have generated widespread international protests. Here you can find an exhaustive chronology of the case.
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