CHAMPON: A SPECIAL PRESENTATION

it is great that we have a few venues.

as you may already have known, Takuro san was here to do a presentation to introduce Champon. i must say that i am personally not a media activist, let alone an activist but i really enjoyed listening to his very honest presentation and i think the idea is awesome.

so you have seen the pictures so let me just tell you how it went.

basically, his presentation, to put in a nutshell, was to call for particpants to join champon. champon is a new news/video portal. it is really simple. all you have to do is sign up and then you can post your news or video there. it is that simple. put up whatever radical news that you have there. to me, this is great cos then you will have this sorta solidarity among the Asian countries. we can keep outselves updated with what is goin on in the region.

we had two presentations on champon. the first one was done at the sky bunkers community or in bahasa melayu komuniti bunkers langit. this community –  i was told that it is a community and it is not a collective – is in the ghetto setapak and the amazing thing is the presentation there was organized in just one day. yeah, one day. seriously. a friend from sky bunkers smsed everyone and invited everyone to come and listen to the presentation. it was a good different crowd. it was a small crowd. good q&a and a lot of the questions revolved around the languange as materials in champon will only be in english, korean, japanese, mandarin (i suppose) and also the issues that champon is focusing on. they were suggesting that other languages should be added and considered as well.

then two days after that, we had another presentation at PONYO. here we had a few media activists from engage media and an independent film maker. so this was kinda more relevant to them because we hardly write anything or produce any videos. so the questions were pretty different here. they questioned if champon is really necessary since there are already so many other alternative medias. so there was a fairly good discussion goin on. the same questions were asked – language and common issue -the common theme which ties all of us together and the focus of champon. after the discussion, this was the same at both the venues, we then watched if not all, most of the videos with subtitles from the  Action in Asia DVD. this is dvd is a compilation of  clips/documentaries in Asia. and as for action in asia, if your interested, you can submit your documentaries there. they are looking for documentaries from malaysia. so good luck!

i am glad that it was done two different places because Taku got to spread the idea to different groups of people. i can bet you that those who went to sky bunkers would have not gone to PONYO for the presentation and vice versa. so i am really glad. the food was great. both the sky bunkers and fnb are really good at this. preparing food for any event. we had awesome mexican food at PONYO and great snacks at sky bunkers. after the presentation at sky bunkers, we left to this “awesome” nasi padang place. so i was told. clearly, this persun, overplayed on the awesome part. dont get me wrong it was good but not awesome. but i think everyone should try the nasi padang. its open 24 hours.

kudos to the sky bunkers community cos they did a great job. and it was organized in just a day. so really. great work!

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