Yuwen Chen

Life activist and continuous learner.

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

During my college years in Taiwan (later 1980’s and early 1990’s), I was a pretty enthusiastic activist in student and social movement. It was a time that any protest in or out of campus needed permission from the authorities. I realized that changes in Taiwan would not happen without rebels’ activation. Voices for changes have to be roared and be heard. If the rule is not right, it is waiting for you to break it.

When did you first realize that you were a rebel?

Since I was a kid.  I know I am and will be a rebel for my whole life. Adults have to persuade me with reasonable and valid arguments; otherwise, they will be flooded with my challenges or questions. I might be forced to be silent or accept their arrangement but my will would not surrender.

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

Trust your instinct and follow your own guidance.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I knew I am Jonathan the first time I read this story (in Chinese) when I was eight or nine years old.

What’s your favorite question?

Too many.

What tells you you’re effecting positive change?

When I see people start taking actions, which they didn’t have courage to do before, and whichmake a difference in their life.

What do you think is most important for people to understand about rebels?

The world is continuously changing and rebels are vibrating sounds presenting the directions about where the changes should be made.

What’s your one sentence piece of advice for rebels?

Love and be truthful to yourselves.

What’s your one sentence piece of advice for non-rebels?

You can make a difference in the world you live.

Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Creating a holistic vision and a series of executable action plans.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Dalai Lama: wise, humorous and compassionate.


What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

Go get a job.