Su Mei Kao Chin – Taiwan

(or Kao Chin Su Mei)

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “The long history of unfair resources distribution and disrespect for cultural diversity has made aborigines lose sight of who they really are and what their future will be.”.

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Kao Chin Su Mei – Taiwan

Kao Chin Su Mei (40) is a legislator who fights for the rights of aboriginals of Taiwan and Lanyu Islands. She is a member of the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan’s parliament) and has reactivated aborigine’s rights movements, silent for years. In 2004, Kao Chin consolidated the effort of aboriginal representatives in the Legislative Yuan to pass the Basic Law for Aboriginals. (Read this on 1000peacewomen).

… Kao Chin led a group of Taiwanese plaintiffs in a lawsuit in which the Osaka High Court ruled in September last year that the prime minister’s visits to Yasukuni Shrine constitute a violation of Article 20 of the Constitution that provides for the separation of religion and state … (Read all on Mainichi Interactive, August 14, 2006).

She is understood as a right-wing nationalist.

… A group of Taiwanese aborigines will launch a lawsuit and a series of protests in Japan to demand that the names of Taiwanese soldiers listed at a controversial Tokyo war shrine be removed, organizers said Wednesday. Aboriginal lawmaker Kao-Chin Su-Mei, who organized the event, will leave on Thursday with four others to file a suit seeking the removal of the names of their compatriots from Tokyo’s Yasukuni shrine, said Lin Yi-jun, one of her aides … The island’s indigenous people suffered bitterly during the Japanese colonial period, with many aboriginal men being forced to join the military. Some 28,000 Taiwanese names — about 10,000 of them tribesmen forced to join the Japanese military — are listed at the shrine dedicated to 2.5 million war dead … (Read all on The China Post, Taiwan, August 10, 2006).

The protesters, many descended from Aborigines who had suffered during Japan’s 50-year colonial rule, scuffled with security guards surrounding the lawmakers but no one was seriously injured. They also burnt a Japanese imperial flag … (Read the Peninsula, 4/6/2005).

Bio: Name: Mrs. Kao Chin, Su-Mei, Party:no, Party organization:no, Electoral District: Aboriginals District, e-mail, Date of commencement:2005/02/01

Former activities by Kao Chin Su Mei:

The english People’s Daily Online, June 20, 2005;

Ups and Downs in Taiwan: about the struggle between Japan an the Taiwan Arborigine’s protests concerning their soldiers;

Getting it wrong at Yasukuni, August 17, 2006, a controversial opinion to our Peacewomen.

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