Friday, May 24, 2019

The 'Tank Man' Returns

Shake, a Taiwanese artist has created giant inflatables of a tank and "tank man" – the lone protester who stood in front of a convoy of tanks – to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. 

The balloons are on display in Taiwan’s capital Taipei, by the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, one of Taiwan's most famous landmarks. 

The photo of a man in a white shirt standing in front of a tank in Beijing's Tiananmen Square became one of the most famous photos of the twentieth century. He has never been officially identified – but that simple act made him a symbol of peaceful resistance across the world. 

"As a Taiwanese I hope I can help China to also achieve democracy one day", Shake told Reuters news agency. 

BTW, reporting of the June 04, 1989 incident is heavily censored in China. 

Yesterday, I was at Wisma IEM in Jalan Selangor, PJ in Selangor – again to deliver another Competent Communication speech. This time, it was a CC #10 titled Light a Fire.

This was my third speech this week.

I also participated in Table Topics. 

And I surprised myself by being voted Best Project Speaker as well as Best Table Topics Speaker. 

It's been years since I attended an IEM Toastmasters meeting and it was especially good to catch up with long-time-no-see Toastmaster, Alex Lu.

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