There are days of petites bonnes in which we indulge ourselves. There are days we uphold our non-negotiable principles and ideals.
Irrelevant to our daily life are the governmentally determined “national holidays.”
With one regime succeeding another, we Islanders have been molded into various shapes that fitted different colonizers’ wants and needs: Politically esteemed greatness of alien languages; politically enthroned alien cultures that are arbitrarily declared to be our mother cultures; self-abnegation and self-exploitations that have so sadly become our mental reflex through decades of alienating education. Who are we and what do we still have, if any, as our years have become theirs – their initiatives, their propaganda, their misrepresentations and their interventions. Which histories shall we bear in mind? Festivities of which cultures shall we venerate and celebrate? Which heroes and heroines do we worship? By names of whom do we make our vows?
May our agenda Jour après jour be the starting point of change! We start from the very scratch – day by day, day by day… until we eventually trace back and reach the forgotten memories and living styles that were once energetic on this island.
Like Taiwan itself, Jour après jour our 2021 agenda embraces local festivities, pays respect to rituals of the Indigenous peoples, welcomes also cultures of the new comers. No colonizers. Nor snobbishly designated “national” holidays. Every one has his/her own days of significance. Taiwan per se is the substance from which we draw multicultural perspectives. Engraved in our memories are our histories – as well as people who deserve commemoration.
There are days of petites bonnes in which we indulge ourselves.There are days we uphold our non-negotiable principles and ideals.
This is our collectively invested effort. A clearer future is our reward.