What is justice? (正義系啥米) was held at the Leader University (立德大學) in Tainan yesterday. The event featured a concert with a number of leading Taiwan bands as well as an exhibition about 228 Incident. The event was organised by the Leader University Hot Rock Club (立德大學熱音社) and the 228 Memorial Foundation.
An exhibition about 228 was set up at the edge of the hall with many people walking through it during the afternoon. Many of the bands encouraged people to go over and have a look at the exhibition and think about what the 228 means. Every year on 28 February there are events to commemorate the 228 Incident, but it shouldn’t be an issue that is just put in the spotlight one day a year. Events like this give people another opportunity to learn about and reflect on the meaning of 228.
The line up of bands started with Rice Roll (御飯團) a band of students from Leader University. Next was S.O.D. whose members were alumni of Leader University. I was most impressed by the post-rock sounds of Bugs of Phonon (聲子蟲). The music continued to get louder and more extreme with The Hindsight (光景消逝) taking to the stage.
Fire-Ex (滅火器) from Kaohsiung were a huge hit with the crowd.
Solemn (恕), a local Tainan band, were next on stage. They amped it up to 11 with their powerful brand of metal. I also saw them play in Taichung a few weeks ago. They put on a great show.
Last but not least ChthoniC (閃靈) hit the stage. The event ended with a screening of Tears (眼淚), a film with a theme of transitional justice. Doris of ChthoniC and the members of Fire-Ex are in the film as well. The event was a great success in bringing young people together to think about issues of justice.
*More photos in the What is justice? 正義是啥米 set at flickr.