Dear Delegates and Special Guests,
We are very pleased to welcome you to the nineteenth session of TAIMUN at the American School in Taichung! We are fortunate to be living in a country that has managed the pandemic so expertly that we can have this gathering at all. Your interest in global issues and global solutions makes us even more fortunate and we thank you for joining us.
There is no shortage of pressing global issues today. The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the whole world. In a matter of months, millions have been directly impacted and just about everyone on earth has felt some impact. A second pandemic has also risen in prominence. It has also been causing suffering and deaths, but for much longer. This metaphorical pandemic, racism, may not be curable with medicine, but our proactive actions to confront it can serve as a needed vaccine.
Today, we have seen disturbing signs of how racism continues to plague the world, most visibly with police violence against African Americans in the United States. However, we also see signs of hope in the wave of global protests against racism that spread quickly from George Floyd’s Minneapolis to Manchester; from Jakarta to Johannesburg, from Sao Paolo to Sidney and even closer to home in Taipei.
In 1945, the United Nations was established as a forum to ensure peace, security, cooperation and human rights on the heels of the world’s deadliest conflict, World War II. Racism fueled the cruelty and suffering of the Nazi regime, particularly in the genocide known as the Holocaust. Racism also drove major atrocities against Chinese and other Asian peoples at the hands of the Japanese imperial regime, which also adopted an ideology of racial superiority. In the 1940s, the Chinese delegation was especially forceful in advocating that the new UN take on racism as the world set out to create a new order and a new day.
Racism had already been affecting millions more people of color living under the control of World War II’s Allied Powers. Colonialism and segregation maintained a system of White supremacy in every corner of the world. Social movements mobilized for self-determination and freedom from discrimination. These groups saw in the UN hope for a world order that could eliminate racism and not just armed conflict.
Delegates, you have a lot of important work ahead to make our world a more just and humane place. We know you will approach your committee’s resolutions with a passion for creating global solutions. Your generation is especially sensitive to issues of discrimination and shows little tolerance for it. We look to your leadership! We thank you for your thoughtful engagement in issues of critical value.
MUN Coordinator, AST
Honorable Chairs and Most Esteemed Delegates and Guests,
I am James Lai, a current junior at the American School in Taichung, and it is my utmost honor to serve as Secretary General in the nineteenth session of TAIMUN. For the past year, we have seen tremendous changes in the world we live in. From the COVID-19 pandemic to growing tensions in the Taiwan-China Strait, our lives have all been transformed in one way or another.
However, one issue has, in particular, been the subject of great outrage and protest around the world—racism. Sparked by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, amongst others, racial discrimination has been at the heart of the many social issues affecting our world today and should not be an issue we neglect and be indifferent to. In the nineteenth session of TAIMUN, we hope to provide a platform where Taiwan’s youth can come together in unity to discuss such an issue at length and devise solutions to work towards genuine change on our island of Taiwan and the world.
Through this conference, we hope to bring students together in solidarity and be United Against Racism. Through this conference, we urge all participants to strive for advocacy and hold true to their hearts that staying quiet about racism permits violence and even death to happen. Silence is Compliance. So let’s speak up together!
Taiwan Model United Nations, 19th Session
Hello! My name is Felipe Dombkowski, and I am your Deputy Secretary-General for this year’s Taiwan Model United Nations! This year, the TAIMUN team selected the topic of being “United Against Racism: Silence is Compliance”. The issue of racism is a pressing issue worldwide, and impacts each and every single person in one way or another. We as human beings must all come together and look past the physical and cultural differences we have with one another to eliminate the discrimination, persecution, and oppression of people due to racism. TAIMUN XIX will be a place for the brilliant youth of Taiwan to share our ideas and solutions regarding racism. I am highly looking forward to seeing all of you at TAIMUN XIX, and witnessing the youth community of Taiwan get involved as global citizens! See you in April!
Deputy Secretary General
Dear Directors, Student Officers, Delegates, Press, Admins, and Guests,
Welcome to the nineteenth annual session of TAIMUN! I am Han Tseng, now a senior at Hsinchu County American School, and it is my utmost honor to serve as your Deputy Secretary-General this year.
Ever since beginning my MUN career back in seventh grade, I have actively participated as a delegate, chair, and secretariat for six years and attended twenty conferences– with fourteen of those as a student officer, including THIMUN Singapore, CISSMUN Shanghai, and TAIMUN’s GA6 last year. Furthermore, I am also serving as one of the student advisors of my school’s MUN program, a Diplomat of East Asia for MUN Impact, and a Mentor for MUN@Home.
Model United Nations has provided me and other like-minded students a perfect stage to demonstrate our passions for current events and international relations. Through collaborating, debating, and solving the world’s most pressing problems, we have acquired valuable skills useful in many aspects of life and potentially improve the lives of billions across the globe.
This year’s TAIMUN revolves around the theme of “United Against Racism; Silence is Compliance”. Though the coronavirus has dominated headlines, racism has been at an all-time high– with the United States’s police killings of George Floyd, China’s re-education camps for the Muslim Uighurs, and Israel’s strong sentiment against Arabs happening all within the same year. Discrimination in Taiwan also exists towards African Americans, Southeast Asians, and indigenous people, thus making racism and other forms of discrimination a crucial and impactful issue that must be solved.
In my spare time outside of MUN and academics, I enjoy traveling to remote corners of the world, tasting world-cuisines, and capturing remarkable moments through photography. I am also a fan of multiple American television shows– namely Chicago PD and Fresh Off the Boat.
I hope you all will enjoy this year’s conference, and I look forward to meeting everyone in April 2021!
Deputy Secretary-General of TAIMUN XIX
Deputy Secretary General