Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy Members Revisit Honolulu to Continue the Promotion of Love, Peace and Hope

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Proclamation of September 16, 2001 as Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze Honored for His Peace Efforts in Honolulu in 2001

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, the leader of Tai Ji Men, is presented with a proclamation by the representative of Mayor Jeremy Harris of Honolulu in 2001, declaring September 16, 2001 as Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu.

HONOLULU, Sept. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, various commemorative events took place around the United States. Twenty-three Tai Ji Men members visited Honolulu, Hawaii on September 3-5 to reflect on the historic day and the importance of peace. They also celebrated September 15 as International Love and Peace Day, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu. The group visited different locations to promote the idea of conscience, love, and peace, including Honolulu City Hall, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, Honolulu’s Chinatown, Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Waikiki Beach, and Pearl Harbor.

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, the leader of Tai Ji Men, Mrs. Hong, and Tai Ji Men members were invited to the 54th Annual DPI/NGO Conference in September 2001, and they witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During those difficult times, Tai Ji Men hosted ceremonies of ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love in New York and Honolulu to soothe people’s hearts and pray for the United States and the world, and visionary leaders from all walks of life were invited to ring the Bell and make peace wishes.

At that time, New York was in chaos, and the world was under the threat of more terrorist attacks. The iconic World War II port of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was projected to be the next target, and many people sought to evacuate the country. Tai Ji Men had been invited to participate in the Aloha Parade before the 9/11 attacks. Dr. Hong, Mrs. Hong, and the Tai Ji Men members, as martial artists, were adamant that they would fly to Hawaii as promised, despite all odds. Due to numerous flight cancellations, the group waited at the airport every day until they were eventually able to go to Hawaii on the 15th and 16th on separate flights. Despite the cancellation of the Parade, the delegation still held “A Night of Ancient Culture,” a cultural feast and an ancient bell ringing ceremony to pray for Hawaii, the U.S. and the world, in Hawaii Theatre Center on September 16.

430 Tai Ji Men members were supposed to participate in the parade, but only 36 were able to make it to Hawaii to perform at the theater. Their sincere, peaceful, and righteous performances brought nearly 1,000 people to tears. Jennifer Hung, a Tai Ji Men member who returned to Hawaii 20 years later, recalled, “When everyone closed their eyes, they silently and sincerely prayed that there would be no more terrorist attacks, that the living would be comforted, and that the souls of the departed would rest in peace. At the end of the event, many people were very touched and praised us for being fearless and selfless.”

During the bell ringing ceremony on September 16, 2001, Dr. Hong explained the significance of the ceremony: “The peaceful sound of the Bell brings the blessing of peace and stability. All living creatures in the world are our brothers and sisters. It is with a heavy heart that we pay tribute to the victims of September 11. Global solidarity and cooperation are an urgent imperative, and with sincere care from the heart, we can resolve the sorrow of the world and reignite the hope of life.” Dr. Hong expressed his prayers for the 9/11 attacks: “May the souls of the deceased rest in peace, and I lead my disciples to pray with the world with a sincere heart and the mighty righteous energy from the auspicious formation. Let us resolve hatred and conflict with love.” Representatives from many faiths and walks of life were invited to join in praying for Hawaii, the United States, and the world.

The then Mayor of Honolulu Jeremy Harris expressed his appreciation to Tai Ji Men’s contributions to world peace and praised Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze for being “an outstanding leader who imparts the philosophy of yin and yang, and advocates the concept of physical, spiritual and mental health.” Mayor Harris also commended the Cultural Goodwill Group organized by Dr. Hong for strengthening relationships among countries and cultures through cultural exchange. He proclaimed September 16, 2001 as Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in the City and County of Honolulu.

Tai Ji Men’s leader and members consoled people’s hearts with cultural performances full of love and peace in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities. Twenty years later, Tai Ji Men members returned to Hawaii, and now the world is facing the impact of the pandemic, natural disasters and war. With the conviction that conscience is the wellspring of love, they promoted the International Day of Conscience in Honolulu and emphasized that conscience leads to good governance, and with conscience-driven politics, people will be blessed. They sang peaceful songs in various tourist attractions, hoping that global citizens will work together to overcome the pandemic with conscience.

“When we sing, we think of true love and peace for everyone,” said Tai Ji Men member Nunu Tun, adding, “We hope that everyone can return to the origin, which is a peaceful world. We are bringing the energy of love and peace to every corner of Honolulu again by singing songs like ‘Love and Peace Song,’ ‘Love of the World,’ and ‘Love.’”

“Twenty years ago, my parents were members of a cultural goodwill group that was to visit Honolulu for cultural exchange, but they couldn’t make it because of the 9/11 attacks,” recalled Alan Shih. “It’s a huge pity. I am delighted to be in Honolulu today, and I bring the best wishes of my parents and all of my Tai Ji Men brothers and sisters to this city. I pray that the world will be filled with love and peace, that everyone will act with conscience, and that every family will be happy.”

Another Tai Ji Men member Ying-fen Chang said, “We also went to Hawaii with the goal of drawing international attention to the significance of protecting religious freedom and human rights. The sacred land of Tai Ji Men was illegally auctioned and forcibly confiscated by the Taiwanese government on August 21, 2020, severely violating Tai Ji Men members’ freedom of belief and right to select their own path of self-cultivation. This has become a shocking case of human rights violations in the world.”

The ECOSOC-accredited NGO CAP-LC (Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience) submitted a written statement about the Tai Ji Men case and other unjust cases to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, indicating that in various countries, taxation has been used as a weapon to discriminate against religious and spiritual minorities.

On September 3, members of Tai Ji Men and the Action Alliance to Redress 1219 protested in front of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, delivering a petition letter to Tseng Yong-Kwang, the Office’s director-general, asking him to send their message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. They were received by Director Joffrey Han of the Office, on his behalf. Tai Ji Men members urged President Tsai to lead her administration to truly rectify the Tai Ji Men case, revoke the unlawful 1992 tax bill, and return the illegally confiscated land to Tai Ji Men as soon as possible. Director Han stated that he would inform the director-general of their message.

On September 4 and 5, members of Tai Ji Men and the Action Alliance to Redress 1219 continued to hold signs at various Honolulu attractions to protest the nearly quarter-century-long persecution of Tai Ji Men by a few Taiwanese rogue bureaucrats, and many Honolulu residents expressed their support for the protest and wished for a speedy resolution of the Tai Ji Men case. Tai Ji Men members sincerely hope that everyone’s conscience will be awakened, that no more cases of injustice will occur, and that the world will be filled with love and peace!

Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy: Tai Ji Men is an ancient menpai (similar to school) of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation. It has carried forward the wisdom of Daoist philosophy, one of the highest philosophies of humankind. It is an international nonprofit cultural organization. Its contemporary zhang-men-ren (grandmaster), Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze established the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in 1966, and since then it has grown to 15 academies worldwide.

Dr. Hong teaches his dizi (similar to disciples) methods to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual balance, and tens of thousands of families have benefited from his teaching. At Tai Ji Men, martial arts and wisdom have been passed down from the shifu (master) to his dizi. Through this time-honored tradition, the shifu and dizi promote the Tai Ji Men culture and martial arts around the world while embodying what is true, good, and beautiful as well as spreading the ideas of conscience, love, and peace. Over the past half-century, the shifu and dizi have self-funded trips to over 300 cities in 101 nations to conduct more than 3,000 cultural performances and exchanges and have been recognized as “International Ambassadors of Peace and Goodwill.”

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New immigration policy reopens offshore visa service

Jakarta The Directorate General of Immigration has reopened the offshore visa service under the new normal, as stipulated in the latest immigration policy issued by Law and Human Rights Minister Yosanna H. Laoly.

Under the Law and Human Rights Minister’s Regulation (Permenkumham) No. 34 of 2021 regarding Visa and Residence Permit Provision during the Handling of COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (PEN), the offshore visa service that had been suspended earlier has been opened once more, according to a press statement released by the Directorate General of Immigration.

In the press statement, head of public relations and general affairs at the directorate general, Arya Pradhana Anggakara, informed that offshore visa approval requests can now be made based on the type of activities that the foreigners will perform, in accordance with the law.

Visa approval applications can be submitted online on the website online.imigrasi.go.id, while work visa applications can be uploaded on tka-online.kemnaker.go.id, Anggakara said.

Source: ANTARA News

COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Depok reaches 58 percent

Depok, West Java The number of recipients of the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination in Depok City, West Java, reached 943,001 people, or 58.44 percent of the total targeted 1.6 million.

According to the city government’s press release received here on Saturday, the number of fully vaccinated people in Depok stood at 391,200 people, or 24.24 percent of the vaccination target.

Head of the Disease Prevention and Control Division of the Depok Health Service, Umi Zakiati, confirmed that in the group of medical workers, 17,009 people had received the first dose of vaccination, 15,625 had received the second shot, and 7,544 medical workers were administered the booster vaccine.

In the target group of public service workers, the first dose of vaccination was administered to 283,577 people, while the second dose of vaccination was given to 99,571 people.

“There is also one person who received the third dose of vaccination,” Zakiati noted.

Source: ANTARA News

Ensure fulfilment of rights of Kiwirok attack victims: LPSK

Jakarta Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) Head Hasto Atmojo Suroyo has reminded the government to ensure the fulfilment of rights of those falling victim to several armed Papuan separatist terrorists’ attack in Kiwirok Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, on September 13.

“The LPSK is authorised to provide immediate medical support to the victims after an act of terror,” Suroyo stated.

Suroyo confirmed that the LPSK was currently communicating with officials to determine whether the attack in Kiwirok last Tuesday (Sept 14) was classified as an act of terror.

Suroyo stated that the designation of the Kiwirok attack as a terrorist incident would authorise the LPSK to provide medical support and assistance to the victims and witnesses of the incident. Apart from medical support, physical protection and psychological rehabilitation assistance are also available to the victims, he added.

The victims can also apply for compensation designated for victims of terror attacks by seeking the court’s decision, Suroyo noted.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia eyes repositioning for global competition amid pandemic

Jakarta The conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic have impelled Indonesia to reposition itself and rise amid the global competition, according to State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir.

“It is the right time for Indonesia amid the pandemic to reposition itself and rise amid the global competition,” Thohir noted in an official statement received here, Saturday.

One of these opportunities is the development of the battery industry for electric vehicles, especially since Indonesia is the largest nickel producer.

In connection with the electric battery industry, Minister Thohir had earlier held discussions with the coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment, finance minister, and minister of investment/head of BPKM.

The meeting discussed development of the electric battery ecosystem for electric vehicles, including mines, smelters, batteries, electric cars and motorcycles, and battery recycling, to fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, such as parking lots for electric vehicles.

Minister Thohir remarked that Indonesia must capitalize on the opportunity for transitioning to keep up with the electric vehicle trend, which is estimated to only last from 2023 to 2026, before the demand for electric vehicles peaks in 2030.

Source: ANTARA News

Siak brothers target gold medals in Papua Games

Siak Wawan and Anggit, two of the three roller skating athletes from Siak District, Riau, are ready to secure gold medals in the XX National Games (PON) in Papua scheduled to commence from Oct 2.

The three athletes are Tengku Wahyu Gunawan (Wawan), Tengku Anggito Wicaksono (Anggit) from Siak, and Jovi Julianto from Tualang. Interestingly, Wawan and Anggit are brothers competing in the roller skating branch.

“It is true that we are brothers. I am the older brother and Anggit is my younger brother. We are targeting to win the medal even though our opponents are tough,” Wawan noted on Saturday.

He expressed pride and happiness to be the representatives of Siak District to represent Riau Province while competing at the national level.

“We are focusing on training, as there is no venue in Labersa, and it is only available in Siak. Hence, we practice here with our coach. Usually, we go down at every event under PT Bumi Siak Pusako,” he remarked.

He also sought prayers and support of the people of Siak and Riau while competing in the Papua PON.

In addition, Wawan lauded the head of the Indonesian Roller Skating Association in Siak District, Arfan Usman, and the Siak National Sports Committee (KONI) management for having placed their trust on him to represent Riau.

These three roller skate athletes from Siak have delivered several achievements at the national level.

Tengku Wahyu Gunawan stood first in the 300m sprint competition in the 2017 North Sumatra Governor’s Cup event, first in the 5,000m men’s competition in the 2017 North Sumatra Governor’s Cup, second place in the 500m sprint competition in the West Sumatra Pariaman Mayor’s Cup, second place in the 10,000m men’s event of the 2019 Siak District Cup Championship.

Meanwhile, Tengku Anggito Wicaksono came first in the 1,000m sprint event in the 2019 Siak District Cup Championship while stood third in the men’s 300m Individual Time Trial Sprint in the Papua PON in Bekasi, West Java, 2019.

Meanwhile, Jovi Juliardo, an athlete from Tualang, Siak District, has won several events, such as coming first in the 10,000m competition of the 2015 West Java Open National Championship, finishing second in the 300m sprint in the Solo Mayor’s Cup 2016 National Championship, securing a second place in the 200m sprint event in the Pariaman Mayor’s Cup competition in 2019, and standing second in the 10,000m competition at the 2019 Siak National Championship.

Source: ANTARA News

Papua PON – Indri Sukmaningsih fighting for gold despite age

Indri Sukmaningsih realizes that she is no longer young, being born on July 24, 1990, yet the fire in her stays ablaze as she is set to earn gold medal in the coming Papua National Sports Week (PON).

She was fully immersed in her training upon being visited by ANTARA’s team in Jambi’s Tri Lomba Juang KONI Stadion on Tuesday.

Sukmaningsih (31) absorbed everything, from physical to tactical training, taught by her two coaches known as Ardiman, and Widodo. She sacrificed almost three hours training, in the morning and evening, to achieve the gold medal in Papua National Sports Week XX 2021.

“I am fully aware that (I am) no longer young and (I) have a son. But to achieve that dream, hard work is needed. And I am ready in the coming National Sports Week,” she said.

Sukmaningsih wishes for prayers and support from the family, friends, and Jambi residents, so all her effort would bear a sweet fruit in form of gold medal.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia draws with Barbados in 2021 Davis Cup

Jakarta Two opening matches between Indonesia and Barbados in the first round of the 2021 Davis Cup Group II World ended in a draw at the St. Michael National Tennis Centre, Friday or Saturday local time.

The men’s singles match was held on the first day. Indonesia was left behind 0-1, as Gunawan Trismuwantara was defeated by Barbados top tennis player Darian King, 1-6,1-6.

Meanwhile, on the second day, Justin Barki was successfully held to a 1-1 draw after defeating host representative, Kaipo Marshall 6-2, 6-4.

“We laud Justin’s performance, who was able to meet the target of the Indonesian team to hold a draw to host in the first day,” Indonesian team captain Febi Widhiyanto stated in a press statement on Saturday.

Source: ANTARA News