Seemingly, this is an everlasting issue confronting humanity: The wealthy landowners/landlords, (not including the ownership with proper land-stewardship for the needs and well-being of the most people), most of them own the lands via inheritance, conquering/invasion, land-speculation, or practicing renter-ism to make huge profits with minimum efforts from the haves-not (reminding me of some vivid descriptions in the book "Evicted"). The major issues caused by this phenomenon are housing problems, poverty, and social instability globally.
This is one of the most severe types of socio-economic inequality/inequity ever existing on this planet.
Taiwan, no exception! The irony is that most governments , in particular, super-Captialism moocher (indeed, respecting the humongous private properties, protected by the RICHly written constitution), sitting on the bench to allow it to happen, if not being the culprits, while Communism has been much ado about something...
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Xena Crystal LC Huang My baby-sister who passed away last summer, was one of the victims, being a shell-less snail, enduring the brutal renter-ism for a long time in Taiwan...
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Xena Crystal LC Huang I barely escaped it when I was young in Taipei many years ago.
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Xena Crystal LC Huang There are several housing movements going on in Taiwan. I got this site, as an example https://www.facebook.com/housingmovement2.0/?pnref=story
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
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Xena Crystal LC Huang Just found one of my old posters -
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Xena Crystal LC Huang 支持有巢氏運動, 倒不是眷念生不帶來死去的脚下方寸之地, 而是不忍坐視迄这亙古以來最残酷的人類不平的事実...
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Xena Crystal LC Huang I found an old FB Notes posted last year: https://www.facebook.com/notes/xena-crystal-lc-huang/022616-f-how-to-earn-the-identity-of-landownership-this-is-your-land-the-reality/10153879653330874/
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02/26/16 (F) How to Earn The Identity of Landownership: This is your land – the reality of “有土斯有財” vs. the myth of “住者有其屋”
Recalling the past, and looking at the current progress, obviously, many contemporary Asian students sent by their parents to America have enjoyed better learning and living conditions. Since a couple of decades ago, I started teaching at two Universities and currently a Technical College, I have the opportunity to teach and interact with students from Taiwan (the student population in the US have been dwindling drastically, though), China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the rest from Southeast Asia, due to the flourishing economy and rising living standards. Apparently, compared to my early situation as an international student, their patterns of consumption are strikingly shocking to me. For examples, some of my students from the Far-eastern Asia at a previous University that I taught, purchased new cars with cash, rented the high-end apartments, shopped at personalized stores, and visited their native countries almost every semester. When I was a student at UW-Madison with tight budgeted scholarship, I lived in the co-op to save rent, or got the sublease during summers and winters as the best as I could, looked for car-pools via the kind people who gave you rides to grocery stores, and worked part-time at a couple of libraries and restaurants for buying extra books. The average years of money I saved which allowed me to go back to Taipei was 3.5 years. That's why I always feel awkward when people's kind and casual chatting, "How is your summer/winter break? Did you go back to visit your friends and relatives?"
These are also great temptations to me : why not just quit my teaching job which constantly puts me under tremendous stress and demand as almost the only minority (in terms of racial/ethnic dimension) faculty member among 268 at my current work-setting ??? Thinking of going back to Taiwan, if not staying with my brother's family, then I would be a 100% 無殼蝸牛 (literally, a-snail-without-shell, popularly used in Taiwan, in particular, Taipei) - the landless/ homeless. How could it be and what a funny joke: the knowledge, working experiences with several hard-earned/ "invested credentials" from the US, would lead to such an incredible situation? By the way, a couple days ago I compared the kind-n-wise remarks of Jung with Gates on my blog. If they did say so, not from the mischievous posters, then I found them handy for my self-examining what kind of mistakes were made by my choices. It reminds me of one of the important concepts in sociology which I preach every semester while conflicting with Horatio Alger's "national zeitgeist" regarding Max Weber’s notion of life-chance.
Coffin echoes this thought:
Regarding this historically man-made disastrous social problem, it happens to me with pains that I am able to manage, can you imagine the suffering of most people who have been trapped in the elephant-in-the-room social structure accepted as their fate?
In short, long time ago when I worked at the Congress (立法院-the Legislative Yuan, later at 行政院-the Executive Yuan) in Taiwan, “住者有其屋” 只當是個有屋有宅, 大廈連雲者的清涼口號. 到如今, 卻是官官相護, 官商勾結的業障... - both in the US. and Taiwan.
他山之石 : In history, lands belonged to monarchs, aristocrats, warlords, churches, and later, the capitalists. Peasants, surfs and proletarians worked on the landowners’ lands/factories. Generally speaking, land reform involves different scales of changing laws, regulations or customs regarding land ownership in "some civilized" societies. History shows that most of the land reforms did not come easily, and oftentimes, the bloody revolts or revolutions were the norm.
Just browsed through fb friend Andy Tung's post, and found how the Dutch deals with the housing issues:
Xena Crystal LC Huang Song for today without right-left wing labeling...
Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land
the great Woody Guthrie
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greedy profiteering, or for undeserved earning then something happens):
Most Germans don't bother to own a house without Communist Revolutionary Purging on the vast- land owners and Land-Reform Turmoils as happening in China, Cuba, N. Korea, and the rest of regimes.
Most Germans don’t buy their homes, they rent. Here’s why
It's just a fact. Many Germans can't be bothered to buy a…
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Xena Crystal LC Huang How many Germanic style of Governments exists today...
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Last year, I was back to Taiwan to see my youngest sister who was in severe illness. My elder sister helping me look for a place for a short stay. Then we met a person who owned 12 units of new and spacious apartments in a 24-floor Mansion, was curious if we were interested in anything, (since I was from "America"). This person also has other properties for rent (while most of them were vacant....)
Then I thought about several dear friends of mine in Taiwan, who own vast lands, houses and mansions (most, due to inheritance or land-speculation - 炒地皮) - as expensive as those of Tokyo, while my youngest sister died due to the SSS (Shell-less Snail Syndrome)...
I am not a sour-grape/green eye type of person. I do admire and respect their capacity to own these super expensive commodities in Taiwan, but am also skeptical of the Taiwan's Government, like most of her kind - what she has ever done to the SSS people...
Xena Crystal LC Huang 这是我第一次對心爱的臺灣說重話