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UAB Piano Series: Steven Lin

Friday January 15, 2016

UAB Piano Series featuring Steven Lin, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, 4 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. On the program are works by Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, David Hertzberg and Ravel.

Taiwanese-American pianist Lin is an immediately engaging and imaginative young artist, applauded by the New York Times for playing that is “… immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics.” His growing list of awards includes the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In May 2014, his dynamic playing at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition was recognized when he was awarded the Silver Medal as well as numerous performance prize engagements in Israel and internationally. His website is at: www.stevenlinpiano.com

Tickets are $15; $5 for UAB students. For tickets information, please visit www.uab.edu/cas/music or call 205-975-2787 or 205-934-7376.

HTAA 2015 Fall Hike Invitation

Monday October 12, 2015

DeSoto Falls & Little River Falls, Saturday, 10/17/15

We (Huntsville ??????will gather at the Office Depot Store (near the intersection of South Memorial Parkway and Governors Drive) in Huntsville, Alabama at 9:00 AM on Saturday, 10/17/15 to start our hike. We will drive in caravan to the DeSoto Falls (see attached map) and have your own-prepared lunch there.

After lunch, we will start sightseeing the DeSoto Falls area and then drive to the DeSoto State Park Country Store & Nature Center to have a short stop to buy souvenirs. We will then hike the loop Lost Falls Trail (3.2 miles) to see the Needle-Eye Rock, Laurel Falls, Lost Falls, CR Caves, Azalea Cascade and Indian Falls.

We will then drive to the Little River Falls area to sightsee and then leave for the Triple R BBQ in Scottsboro, Alabama to have an optional dinner. They also have ribs and catfish in addition to BBQ in their menu.

To register, or for more information, please call or email Charles Chen at 256-350-1906 (home) or 256-227-2723 (cell), or ccchen123@charter.net. Registration is easy. Just provide: (a) your name, (b) the number of people in your party, and © a phone number (preferably a cell) where you can be reached in case of a change/emergency.

As always, each hiker is responsible for his/her own safety. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and over able to hike are welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children. Note there are restrooms at the DeSoto Falls area and at the DeSoto State Park Country Store & Nature Science area.

Please backpack your own lunch, snacks, plenty of drinking water (HTAA will provide two bottles of drink water to each hiker). Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes with good tread for slippery, wet rocks and mud, and layered clothes for warmth. Other things you may want: walking stick, camera, hat, gloves, toilet paper, rain gear if rain is in the forecast, and an extra pair of dry socks in case your feet get wet.

The Overall Schedule of the Hike on Saturday, 10/17/15, is as below:

9:00 AM —— Gather at the Office Depot Store in Huntsville, Alabama (near the intersection of South Memorial Parkway and Governors Drive)

9:15 AM —— Leave for DeSoto Falls in caravan.

11:00 AM —— Arrive at DeSoto Falls parking area and have own-prepared lunch in the picnic area.

12:00 PM —- Start sightseeing DeSoto Falls area and take a group picture.

1:00 PM —— Arrive at DeSoto State Park Country Store & Nature Center to have a short stop to buy souvenirs.

1:30 PM —— Start hiking the loop Lost Falls Trail (3.2 Miles).

3:30 PM —— Return to DeSoto State Park Country Store & Nature Center; Wash up

4:00 PM —— Arrive at Little River Falls parking area and start sightseeing and take another group picture.

5:00 PM —— Leave for Triple R BBQ for optional dinner (BBQ, ribs, catfish, etc.)

7:00 Pm —- End of hike; Return home safely.


The date of this hike, 10/17/15, is intentionally chosen to be close to 10/21/15, which corresponds to 09/09/15 in Lunar Calendar. This is the traditional date in Taiwan and China for mountain hiking to show respect to ancestors and to avoid evils.

Drawn Map and Directions

TAA-ALC Mid-Autumn Festival

Friday August 28, 2015

Dear TAA-ALC members,

It’s time for us to get together. We will have potluck event 1-5pm, Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Traditional Pavilion in Veterans Park, Hoover, AL.
Detail is attached.

Please let us know if there is any new friends who are interested to join us.

Rain or shine, we are looking forward to seeing you.


2015 Mid-Autumn Festival

Time and Date: 1-5 pm, Saturday, September 26, 2015

• Potluck, TAA-ALC will provide fried rice, chow-mi-fern, and moon cakes. Food will provide 1- 2pm.
• Nonmembers are welcome; however, you will need to pay for the meal.

Please let us know 3 days in advance. (Adults: $20/person; Children: $10/person)

Location: 4800 Valleydale Road, Hoover, AL 35242
Traditional Pavilion in Veterans Park

ISO Central Secretariat: Change the present "Taiwan, Province of China" to "Taiwan"

Wednesday September 12, 2012

by Judy Lin

Taiwan is definitely not “a province of China”.

We, the Taiwanese, have elected our leader through direct democratic means, fully support the democratic rights of self-determination, and the entitlement to certain inalienable rights of all humanity.

Taiwan has its own political, postal, financial, and socioeconomic systems that is run independently. We are citizens of Taiwan, not China. There is no “Taiwan, Province of China” in any of our documentation indicating our citizenship to Taiwan or any relevant information.

If the ISO does not rectify this problem, it would further increase our own pains of our identity being overruled. For the past six decades China had been threatening Taiwan with military conflict. They already have maintained a substantial number of missiles aimed at Taiwan, with annual increases in both numerical strength and weapon efficiency.

Due to present ISO standards, any statement made on a form in the Internet would change “Taiwan” as “Taiwan, Province of China”. This is a tremendous insult both to us, the petitioners, and the Taiwanese community. We humbly plead the ISO to change this mistake and allow the Taiwanese people to proudly select their country as “Taiwan”, not “Taiwan, Province of China”.

The link here is the key evidence of the imperative need to rectify this mistake.

Petition Letter


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