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3215 Edition

October 7 - October 13, 2013

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Dr Samuel Noordhoff, An Medical Missionary Having Served Taiwan 40 Years, Came Back To Visit Old Friends

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

Dr Samuel Noordhoff, respectfully called "Taiwan's Schwitzer", at the invitation by Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation, came back Taiwan to visit his old friends from September 21 to October 4th. Together with his wife, Lucy Noordhoff, they attended a press conference for a charity award event - "Smile to Live", and reunited with about 200 craniofacial patients who had been operated by Dr Noordhoff.

 

 

As the age of Noordhoff is 86 years old and diagnosed with Parkinson disease, all his Taiwan close friends knew that this long trip was a great pressure to his vulnerable health. So, when Noordhoff still spoke a fluent Taiwanese, hoping this trip may not be the last coming back to Taiwan. All his acquaintance knew in heart that this trip might be the last chance to see him here.

 

 

Noordhoff also met his last patient in craniofacial operation, Hwang Yu-lung, who was still an infant 14 years ago. Hwang paid his salute and respect to Noordhoff for giving him a new life, saving him from various kinds of discrimination. When Noordhoff made a public speech, he spoke in a fluent Taiwanese to praise current advance of Taiwan's medicare having reached a same level like USA. But, regarding the phenomenon that a quarter of Taiwanese doctors engaged in cosmetics surgery, he criticized: "Make money is not wrong, but values should hold on!" Noordhoff insisted that a good craniofacial operation can rebuild a child's life, its value will always help this patient to walk in confidence in the coming 60 or 70 years. Although the process of craniofacial operaion is hard and difficult, it is full of value and meaning.

 

 

Noordhoff came to Taiwan as a medical missionary on September 28, 1959. Six months later, he succeeded the post of the Superintendent of Mackay Memorial Hospital(MMH). From 1960 to 1975, during his service in MMH, he launched a series of modernization in medical equipment, services, physician training, and talent recruitment. He established the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation in 1989. Since then, together with good medicare and professional psychological treatment, it is estimated over 25,000 children with craniofacial problems received operations through this Foundation. In 1999, Noordhoff was awarded "Great Purple Medal" from President Lee Teng-hui to honor his contribution to Taiwan. In the same year, he retired and returned back to USA.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Dr Samuel Noordhoff (Middle) and Lucy Noordhoff(right), together with Dr Yang Yuh-cheng(Left) who is current Superintendent of Mackay Memorial Hospital

 

Photo by Mackay Memorial Hospital

 

 

 

 

 
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3215 Edition

October 7 - October 13, 2013

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The 4th Murder By Numbers Film Festival Kicked Off To Urge A Rational Talk About The Plea Against The Death Penalty

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

October 10th is not only a country's birthday, but also a miserable day to execute Jiang Kuo-ching. In addition, it is the 11th World Day Against The Death Penalty. In order to engage a rational dialogue with Taiwan society, who overwhelmingly support the death penalty, 18 documentaries and movies will be introduced to the public in October. This film festival activity is supported by Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty(TAEDP), Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Amnesty International Taiwan, Judicial Reform Foundation and EU Economic and Trade Office etc.

 

 

And these documentary films will be played for 35 sessions in the cities of Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaoshiung each, with a major topics as "Lost/Murdered Faces - The 4th Murder By Numbers Film Festival". At the very same date, October 10th, similar anti-death penalty film festival will be held in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, expecting this plea for human rights could be rationally discussed in the Asian societies.

 

 

Ms. Lin Shin-yi, CEO of TAEDP, said that this film festival was roughly divided into 4 parts. Films in part 1 mainly expressed their concern over the victims abused by the death row convicts; films in part 2 discussed various problems after the death row convict was executed; films in part 3 talked about what if the real culprit showed up?; films in part 4 displayed the real stories of Asian death row convicts from Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

 

 

Ms. Lin remarked this kind of film festival had been held for every 3 years in the past. The scale of the 4th Murder By Numbers Film Festival is the biggest ever, attending with so many films and simultaneously screen-played with many Asian cities. She admitted the pressure against this film festival from Taiwan society is still giant, as Taiwan's Ministry of Justice is likely to keep executing those death row convicts this year. But, Lin wished this film festival could build up a platform to dialogue with the public about the abolition of death penalty. Further, Lin wished one day Taiwan government could fulfill her solemn promise to international society, marching forward to abolish the death penalty!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

 
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October 7 - October 13, 2013

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Documentary About The Rebuilding of Hsiaolin Village Is Nominated To Compete In The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

"A gift from the Sky — The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village, Part 2", a documentary directed by Lo Shin-chieh and his wife Wang Hsiu-ling, was nominated as one of 15 candidates to compete the famous Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival from October 10 to 17. There are 1,761 documentaries from 123 countries attending this film festival this year, and "A gift from the Sky" is the only one entry using Chinese language.

 

 

More than 600 people of Hsiaolin Village in the Kaohsiung area were buried alive by a catastrophic Morakot typhoon mudslide that wiped out a large part of the village on Aug. 8, 2009. "A gift from the sky" recorded in video the spiritual sojourn how six couples engaged to find a way out within this trauma. Either by traditional folk religious liturgy - "Kuan Loh Inn", recalling the loved ones from the hell, or by delving into giving birth of the child, these expressions show how the survived were struggling to placate the souls in suffering.

 

 

Through the images, this director couple also wish to expose various kinds of interest conflicts and human greed after volume resources flooded into the inflicted area. There were violent stand-offs within the survived villagers; blind motifs and cunning ideologies between the government, religious group and the financial conglomerate.

 

 

Regarding the restored "Hsiaolin Evening Sacrifice Festival", a Plain-Aboriginal liturgy initiated by the residents of Hsiaolin Village after the Morakot Typhoon mudslide, Director Lo made a sharp critique through interviews and pictures that it is nothing more than a common activity to earn living for the survived. The real purpose is to raise money from the government.

 

 

Though this film had received aid from The Foundation of National Art and Culture, Director Lo said this grant has never dominated his original intention to criticize the incompetence of Ma administration. He always thought, from the very beginning he shot "A Gift for Father’s Day — The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village, Part 1" till "A gift from the Sky — The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village, Part 2", the catastrophic thing to cause this Morakot Typhoon Mudslide was the ill-judged engineering plan to induce water across the nearby hills.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Director couple: Director Lo Shin-chieh and his wife Wang Hsiu-ling

 

Photo by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

 

 

 


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