2010 Taiwan Green Party City Council Candidate for Zhongzheng and Banga Districts, Taipei City: Candidate No. 4 Song Jia-lun
Song Jia-lun was born in Miaoli County in 1983. She is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Fu Jen Catholic University who has been involved in Taiwan’s gender/difference movement for many years. She has recently become involved in Taiwan’s farmer and environmental movements after the Dapu Incident in Miaoli County and through this she has come to a new understanding and imagination of how the youth can participate in politics and become a part of Taiwan’s future.
1. organizer, 2003 Taiwan Gay Pride March,
2. member and founder of the Anti-censorship Alliance,
3. founder of the BDSM Company
4. founder of the Taiwan International Family Association [Traditional Chinese only],
5. panelist at the Cross Strait Conference on Gender/Sexuality.
My Name is Song Jia-lun. I’m looking for a job in Zhongzheng and Banga.
My name is Song Jia-lun. I was born in the beautiful town of Nanzhuang in Miaoli County. I am 27 and am a 2010 representative of the “Youth Council Vision” alliance. At the end of this year, I will be looking for a job in Zhongzheng and Wanhua. This job requires me to put up a bond of NT$200,000.
My father was adopted. My mother is from Indonesia. I have been working and living in Taipei since I graduated from high school when I was 18. I have done all kinds of jobs while hanging out in Taipei. I worked as a temp at government offices, insurance companies, and as a design assistant. During these eight years, I worked and went to school, graduating from a junior college and a vocational school. During that time my has risen from NT$20,000 to just NT$24,000. My rent has always been about NT$4,000 and I have no savings. I took out student loans and started graduate school this year while working part time. Over the summer, I needed to earn my living expenses for the next semester, so I worked as a drinks promotion girl to be able to save enough money That’s when I met [Wang] Zhong-ming [candidate for city council in the new Xinbei City, Danshui District]. I suddenly felt the hopelessness of our life in the city and the capitalist structure. We set up the Youth Council Vision to change this city.
But I need NT$200,000. This city has deprived me of the possibility of a reasonable life, and yet they say that change depends on yourself. But it is absolutely impossible for ‘myself’ to put up NT$200,000. So I’m looking for money and support from every voter who wants to hire me for the job of city councilor in Taipei City’s Zhongzeng and Banga districts. I understand poverty and the underclass and I have the energy that comes from life on the edge. I am telling this city: Democracy should not be in tune with capitalism. So I oppose temporary employment, and exploitation, I support the legalization of sex work, and I support the homeless because we could all become homeless. These are the three three main platform planks in my candidacy for city councilor. I am speaking up for the underclass and the all the young people in the city who are in the same situation as I am!
Official election site: Youth Council Vision
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