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Remembering Su Beng Taiwanese Revolutionary with Jiho Chang Ep 156

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

November 9th would be the 103rd the birthday of the late revolutionary, Taiwan independence activist, and historian Su Beng (史明), who passed away on September 20, 2019. I’ve been working on his English-language biography and I wanted to remember him on this day.


Su Beng’s visit expressing support of the students and activists who occupied the Legislative Yuan during the 2014 Sunflower Movement was made into a cameo appearance in the music video for “Island’s Sunrise.” The song was the unofficial anthem of the Sunflower Movement.


In this episode of Talking Taiwan, I spoke with Jiho Chang one of the co-authors of The Oral History of Su Beng (史明口述史), a three-volume book that he and others collaborated on while attending the National Taiwan University. In addition to talking about Su Beng’s legacy, Jiho shared some personal stories about Su Beng, and talked about Su Beng’s role in the Sunflower Movement.


The Oral History of Su Beng, a three-volume set (front view)


The Oral History of Su Beng, a three-volume set (side view)


At the end of the episode, I share some of my fondest memories of Su Beng.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • The public funeral/memorial that was organized for Su Beng on October
  • Su Beng’s lifelong commitment to the cause of Taiwan’s independence
  • The noodle shop that Su Beng opened in 1950s in Ikebukuro, Japan
  • The underground and after hours activities that happened at the noodle shop
  • The third and fourth floors of the noodle shop is being converted into a museum
  • How Su Beng’s residence in New Taipei has been converted into a museum
  • Su Beng’s connection to Taiwan’s current president Tsai Ing-wen
  • How Jiho first heard of and met Su Beng
  • The 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis
  • The English language version of Su Beng’s book, Taiwan’s 400 Year History The Chinese language version of Su Beng’s book, 台彎人四百年史(The Taiwanese People’s 400 Years of History)
  • China’s Anti-secession Law
  • Su Beng’s sit-in to protest China’s Anti-secession Law in 2005
  • How Jiho joined Su Beng’s protest of China’s Anti-secession Law and got to know Su Beng
  • The parallels and comparison between Su Beng and Che Guevara
  • How Jiho, Lán Shì-bó / Nâ Sū-phok (藍士博) and others National Taiwan University students started interviewing Su Beng and wrote a three-volume book, The Oral History of Su Beng(史明口述史)
  • Su Beng’s hospitalization for kidney failure in Japan in 2009
  • Su Beng’s life in Japan as a student at Waseda University
  • Su Beng’s family background
  • Su Beng’s Japanese girlfriend/partner who he met while in China
  • Su Beng’s love of Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Su Beng’s special relationship with his maternal grandmother
  • Su Beng’s role in the 2014 Sunflower movement


Related Links:

Felicia Lin (Su Beng’s Biographer), with President Tsai Ing-Wen and Su Beng (L to R)


President Tsai Ing-Wen with Su Beng, Taiwanese Revolutionary


Jiho Chang’s Facebook page:


Su Beng’s website:


About Su Beng website:


The Story of Su Beng Facebook page:


Su Beng’s wikipedia page:


The 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis:


China’s Anti-secession Law:


Su Beng’s noodle shop in Ikebukuro, Japan

Learn about Su Beng’s noodle shop in the blog post from:


The Taiwan Independence Action Motorcade (獨立台灣會)

Learn more from the blog post about the Taiwan Independence Action Motorcade (獨立台灣會):


Su Beng a the Revolutionary in New York Event on 7/22/11, hosted by Felicia Lin


The Revolutionary in New York event organized for Su Beng on July 22, 2011:


Sunflower Movement:


The music video for “Island’s Sunrise” (島嶼天光) in which Su Beng makes a cameo appearance:


Video of Su Beng arriving at the end of the occupation of the Legislative Yuan on April 10, 2014:


Felicia Lin’s interview about Su Beng for BBC Radio 4’s Last Word:

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Felicia Lin is the Host and Producer of Talking Taiwan, a podcast which seeks to introduce you to interesting stories connected to Taiwan and the diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community.

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