你想看到多關於台灣的本土英文新聞嗎? 請支持我們──「破土」

2016.11.10 | 11:25 AM    編譯 │ 破土 New Bloom    報導地點 │ 其他    瀏覽次數 │ 618 檢舉文章
破土是一本報導台灣及亞太地區社會運動及青年政治的雙語線上雜誌,於2014年太陽花運動後由一群學生與社會運動者成立。藉由撰寫新聞報導、分析及時事評論,以左派的視角出發,輔以中英雙語互譯,我們力圖提供一個空間,以促成左翼政治及智識的跨國對話。

資金來源及運用

破土為志願者運行的出版品,並沒有外界的贊助或是全職的雇員。破土大部分的成員都還在學或剛出社會,無償的撰寫、編輯及翻譯文章。破土最主要的支出為架設網頁的費用,而這費用為成員共同分擔。

有鑑於台灣媒體的報導常會被其資助來源所影響,我們並不收受任何具政治或商業動機的捐助,如果我們收到捐款,我們希望優先用於網站相關支出,其次是翻譯者的稿費。破土最獨特的地方在於我們為聚焦於亞太議題,跨國際合作、報導的出版品,因此翻譯文章對破土而言是首要之務,然而翻譯是一件耗時且需要高度專業的工作,而目前所有翻譯皆是無償提供。

組織架構

破土的運行是民主且集合式的,成員之間並沒有階級關係,我們希望藉由有長期投入工作的成員之間的討論、凝結共識及投票運行整個刊物,同時也非常歡迎與我們有共同理想的朋友加入運行。

未來目標

我們現在主要聚焦於撰寫新聞報導、分析及評論,在未來我們希望更進一步的擴展,組織中文或
英文的講座、讀書會或其他活動。我們過去曾經舉辦過數次講座,但並沒有足夠資源支持我們定期的舉辦。

另外,有鑑於紀錄台灣歷史的英語史料的缺乏,我們目前正在製作一部雙語的,關於黨外運動的口述史紀錄片。許多黨外運動的成員皆年事已高,我們認為盡快紀錄下他們的經驗是至關重要的,雖然有許多關於黨外運動的中文史料,對於這段歷史的英文敘述並不足夠,我們認為讓國際社會了解這段歷史是非常重要的事,也希望這部紀錄片能讓對黨外運動感興趣卻不會中文的人有更深入的理解。

我們希望在未來能夠執行更多類似的計畫,不只是紀錄台灣的歷史,也關心台灣社會當下的發展。舉例來說,2016總統大選時我們組織了“Project E”,提供了大選的特別報導,包括訪問來自時代力量、社會民主黨及自由台灣黨的第三勢力候選人、組織數場討論活動、和即時轉播罷選結果。

如果你希望能看到更多我們的工作,請支持我們!

New Bloom is a bilingual online magazine covering activism and youth politics in Taiwan and the Asia Pacific, founded in Taiwan by a group of students and activists after the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan in wake of the Sunflower Movement. We seek to put local voices in touch with international discourse, beginning with Taiwan. As such, we write news reports, analysis, and commentary on news events in Taiwan from a politically left perspective, with translation between both English and Chinese.

Funding

New Bloom is a volunteer run publication, with no full time funding and no hired staff. The majority of New Bloom members are students or other recent entries into society, who write, edit, and translate articles for free or at their own cost. The bulk of expenses in running New Bloom to date have consisted of paying for the website, which New Bloom members have paid out of their own pockets.

Given the problems in Taiwan with media outlets that is affected by where the money is coming from, we do not accept money that comes with political and business conditions. If we do have donations, we would hope to first pay for costs related to our website, and then prioritize paying our translators. Namely, we value translation as one of the most important tasks we are able to do, given our unique place in the world as a transnational publication with a base in both Taiwan and America and has a focus on the Asia Pacific. Thus, we see a need for more translation for Taiwan. Yet translation is a time-consuming task which requires mastery of multiple languages and as of now is unpaid.

Structure

New Bloom is run on a democratic, collective basis between members. There is no set hierarchy in place for the publication, regarding any set leader or leaders, but we seek to run the publication through consensus, discussion, and voting between members who have demonstrated a commitment to the publication over a period of time. As such, we run the publication as a collective. We are always open to new members who share our ideals and would be interested in helping out.

Future Goals

In the future, we wish to expand the kind of activities we do. While we currently focus on writing news reports, analysis, and commentary on our website, we would like to expand to organize talks, lectures, reading groups, and other events in the future, also in both Chinese and English. We have held events in the past, but currently lack the resources to hold them regularly.

Likewise, given the lack of English language materials on Taiwanese history, we currently are working on a multimedia project to document an oral history of the dangwai movement, which will be in both Chinese and English. In particular, seeing as many of the former participants of the dangwai movement are quite elderly, we see it as crucial to document their experiences sooner than later. And while there are many materials available in Chinese regarding the history of the dangwai movement, there are much less materials available in English regarding this history. We see it as important for the international world to know about this aspect of Taiwanese history and for there to be a resource out there for those who may be interested in this history but lack the adequate Chinese language skills to read Chinese language sources.

We hope to be able to carry out more similar projects in the future, not only considering Taiwanese history, but regarding present developments in Taiwanese society. For example, during 2016 elections, we organized “Project E”, which provided special coverage of 2016 presidential including interviewing Third Force politicians including candidates of the New Power Party, Social Democratic Party, and Free Taiwan Party, hosting several events, and live streaming election results as they came in on election night itself.

If you would like to see more of what we do, please support us!
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