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Interview with Kuan-Yu Chiang – Freethinker from Taipei, Taiwan

2022-05-11

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Canadian Atheist

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/01/23

Kuan-Yu Chiang is an HPT Chief Supervisor and Medical Doctor and a Freethinker from Taipei, Taiwan. Here we talk, in brief, about nonbelievers in Taiwan as part of an ongoing effort of collecting Asian region freethinker voices.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: In short, what was a point of becoming a freethinker for you?

Kuan-Yu Chiang: Don’t want to be restrained, and will not be run and suppressed by narrow Internet opinion.

Jacobsen: When did you find the community of nonbelievers in Taiwan?

Chiang: In the battle against cyberbullyers with progressive values, I finally found a group of like-minded people who can have friendly discussions on the Internet.

Jacobsen: How is Taiwan for nonbelievers, freethinkers?

Chiang: It can’t be recognized on the surface, but it is actually the common aspiration of every core idea that has not been examined by religion and specific groups.

Jacobsen: What are the current problems for nonbelievers, freethinkers, in Taiwan now?

Chiang: Still weak.

Jacobsen: Finally, what would be your idea for an event or a political activist initiative for Taiwanese nonbelievers, freethinkers in the 2020s?

Chiang: Promote more friendly and inclusive discussions, reduce bullying, return to rational and horizontal communication, criticize the mainstream hegemony of the Internet, and gain more recognition. This may be the common goal that non-believers in Taiwan can do at this stage.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time.

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