Anger with focus

The following article appeared in today’s Taipei Times

Julia Mariano issues an impassioned call to action at the launch of Joe Henley’s book ‘Migrante’ at the Vinyl Decision record shop and bar in Taipei on Saturday, 22 August, 2020.

In language that belies her cherubic appearance, Julia Mariano calls for “revolutionary rage.”

She is speaking at Taipei’s Vinyl Decision bar, alongside a portrait of Bob Dylan. This is the language of protest, for sure, but rather than channeling voices from a bygone era, Mariano is demanding that people take action right now.

The occasion is the launch of Taipei-based Canadian writer Joe Henley’s latest novel, Migrante (reviewed on page 14 in the Taipei Times on July 30), which details the tribulations of a Filipino migrant worker in Taiwan, and the largely Western composition of the audience is not lost on the speaker.

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