More on Tibet – Latest from Avaaz.org

Protesters hold a demonstration urging US President George W. Bush to cancel his plans to attend the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing because of the situation in Tibet during a protest at Lafayette Park across the street from the White House in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2008. (c) 2008 SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The latest from Avaaz.org on Tibet:

Dear friends,

On Monday, thousands of people in 84 cities worldwide marched for justice for Tibet–and delivered the 1.5 million-signature Avaaz petition to Chinese embassies and consulates around the globe. Avaaz staff have engaged with Chinese diplomats in New York and London, delivering the petition and urging action. And a growing chorus of world leaders is joining the call. Continue reading More on Tibet – Latest from Avaaz.org

New York Chinatown

Here are some photos I took in Chinatown last weekend:

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Above: Buddha Kitsch

Below: Lychees, Rambutans, and Dragon Fruits

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Above: Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai – not as good as Din Tai Fung, but the best I’ve had in New York.

Below: Shanghai Noodle Soup from Joe’s Shanghai

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See the complete set on Flickr.

My Question for David Miliband


Learn more about the Avaaz/Miliband event at Chatham House in London in my previous post.

Hi, my name is Lee-Sean and I am from Taiwan, one of the most robust democracies in Asia, and a major trade partner with the European Union and the United States. However, due to diplomatic bullying and intimidation on the part of the People’s Republic of China, only a handful of countries have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and the more than 22 million people in Taiwan no longer have a voice in international organizations like the UN or the World Health Organization.

Why doesn’t the UK have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan and treat Taiwan as an independent country? And why not urge the Chinese government in Beijing to plan peace talks with Taiwan, just as the London government has done on the issue of Northern Ireland and in other conflict zones in the world?

Avaaz G8+5 Climate March – Rostock, Germany

Video slide show of Avaaz.org’s G8+5 Climate March in Rostock, Germany.


The background music is an instrumental piece by Hepnova. The inspiration for the piece came from my travels in the Nordic countries. In the piece, I attempt to evoke the awesome powers of nature, as well as the fragile balance of the polar regions.

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Support WHO membership for Taiwan!

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Taiwan has been excluded from the United Nations and its related organizations since 1971. Since then Taiwan has neither been privy to the health related work of the World Health Organization (WHO) especially regarding the spread of infectious diseases.

“The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”So reads Article 1 of the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO). Article 2 stipulates that the function of the WHO, in general, is “to take all necessary action to attain the objective of the Organization.” And Article 3 states, “Membership in the Organization shall be open to all States.”

Taiwan’s participation in the WHO is being blocked by China. China’s political meddling is potentially dangerous to the 23 million people who live on the democratic island of Taiwan. Once again, China has gone too far!

Support WHO membership for Taiwan! Sign the petition.

Read more:

The Economist – Diseases Without Borders: Taiwan’s Unhealthy Exclusion from the WHO

Boston.com – Taiwan makes plea for WHO membership

Taipei Times – World body denies press accreditation to Taiwan

Reporters Without Borders – The UN and WHO deny accreditation to Taiwan journalists
International Herald Tribune – U.N. health chief faces test over bird flu cooperation, Taiwan membership bid