In Prison: Taiwan’s VC Godfather & Malawai’s Grammy nomination

A venture capital mogul in Taiwan begins a nine-year prison sentence for insider trading today with s US$3 million fine. He issued a statement yesterday denying the charge and expressed gratitude for support of the business sector spearheaded by founders of leading companies in Taiwan that are well respected. He still has faith in the judicial system to clear his name through relief proceedings and called on his staff to get down to good work and stay until he gets out.

The inside trading conviction was based on anon-binding letter of intent from a US company to buy the company that he served as a director back in 2oo6.The court claimed insider knowledge of the culprit who made illicit gains close to US$15 million from stock trades.The business sector contended that the court was wrong and contradictory to international merger and acquisition laws. The mongul was once the chairman of Hewlett Packard Taiwan and had contributed a lot to Taiwan’s high-tech sector,  the verdict would deal a serious blow to confidence in the private sector.

“How can I know what I say I know is actually what I don’t know? Likewise, how can I know what I think I don’t know is not really what I do know? ” Chuang Tzu.

Malwai drummerMalawian prisons are notorious for their poor hygiene, overcrowding and spread of disease, inmates are imprisoned for crimes ranging from murder, burglary to witchcraft, one in 20 inmates die each year. Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan and wife recorded an album there in 2013 and it was nominated for 2016 Grammy along with the daughter of late sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

There were accusations of its celebration of criminals but Brennan claimed it was a humanising act. Some  prisoners have been proved innocent and released, others are caught up in bureaucracy for years while some people are in for life, for murder.

“This is the place where I discovered my potential,” A convicted thief-performer said. “I always tell myself that if I were outside, I would have been killed or faced something terrible…But I am glad to be part of the people that have put Malawi on the map.”

“How can I tell how things are? How can I tell how things are not?” Chuang Tzu.





Love and Loss, Signature of Life

The charm of the lady flooded the lines in a touching article “Four Weddings and One Funeral”written by violinist Jimmy Lin Cho-Liang in a Taiwanese magazine “Wealth”.

Cho Liang Lin

She married in her forties and had three weddings in three cities all in two weeks  just for significant family members who could not travel. (Sydney where she lived for years, Munich where her mother-in-law was and then Taiwan where her dear uncles were.) It must have been exhausting. She became a mother five months later and her relatives heard about her lymphoma before their baby gifts even arrived in her hands. Her chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant all failed. His brother held a simple wedding in the hospital so her sister could attend. A few days later, she passed away. The baby was not even one-year-old. Her funeral was like a carnival, nobody wore black according to her request. She was a bright meteorite that swept through the sky. The most important events in life she went through fast forward in a year or so.

“Everything has a reason for being so. Everything has a reason for existence to be possible. ” Chuang Tzu

In contrast below a very slow film “Amour” that won numerous awards but the Guardian called it an ad for euthanasia. The film stripped aside all the glamour of long careers of the octogenarian actor and actress. Beauty faded , they glow from within, accepting stark reality of age, failure and ego disintegration.

“Nature gives us form, belabors us with living, eases us with old age and lets us rest with death. Therefore if life is good, death is good as well.  ” Chuang Tzu

Finally for any love and loss. Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto Second Movement played by  Lang Lang
The melancholy music filled with feelings of ineffable blessings, a beautiful signature of life. For any musician, loss of hearing would render him or her useless , a disability discriminated and doomed in any music career. Blessed with the profound sound of silence, Beethoven’s true nature emerged.

“Use of No Use is Great Use” Chuang Tzu.