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Re: 2-28

Postby hansioux » 09 Feb 2015, 17:06

Hokwongwei wrote:I showed that to my wife (well, 酥餅's translation anyway) yesterday and she was shocked to see it from an outside perspective. I think the UN should require students of every country spend a certain amount of time reading about how other countries view them and their historic events. That would be a real eye-opener for Japan.


A long while ago I came across Kenneth W. Dowie's letters documenting what he witnessed, that was indeed an eye-opener. The letters were addressed to George William Mackay (son of George Leslie Mackay). I also learned a lot more about the Mackay family and developed a great respect for the Taiwanese Presbyterian church.

Letter from Kenneth W. Dowie
http://www.fahrusa.org/original.htm

I think I originally saw it on Michael Turton's website:
http://michaelturton.blogspot.com/2009/ ... count.html

Chinese translation of that letter
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Re: 2-28

Postby hansioux » 10 Feb 2015, 14:15

Also recently came across the case of Walis Wumi (林明勇 Lin Ming-yong).

http://www.gikong.org.tw/f2/index.php?load=read&id=41

Walis Wumi became the leader of a Truku tribal village during the Japanese era. Walis Wumi celebrated the KMT's arrival, and became the first KMT appointed head of Xiolin (秀林) rural townships in Hualian. Immediately after the outbreak of the 228 incident, Walis was appointed to the special 228 crisis handling committee in Hualian, he was one of a total of 5 members.

Walis' grandson Nanan Dadaw have always been told that his grandfather committed suicide by hanging himself. Nanan always found it weird since the site was lacking trees for the hanging ritual. Nanan later became a local religious leader (pastor). Since the ending of the martial law period, Nanan have always attended 228 memorials with a sense of penance. Nanan felt his family was responsible as collaborators of the incident, since his grandfather was so supportive of the KMT.

It's not until his uncle, Lin Guoliang (林國樑), son of Walis Wumi, seeked help to gain access to the 228 national archive, did Nanan figure out that his grandfather was also a victim of the 228 incident. His family had just been protecting his generation by not telling them the truth. Walis Wumi was listed in the 228 Treason files for inciting savages to kill.

Lin Guoliang, also a pastor, saw his father dragged away from home on a vehicle marked with the KMT emblem when he was 5. His mother stopped him from chasing after the vehicle. Lin never saw his father again. It's not until 3 year later that his family were informed of someone discovering a body in the wild, and they identified the remains by Walis Wumi's golden tooth.

Lin Guoliang was never sure if his father was indeed killed by the government, but 60 some years later, the document proved his father was indeed a victim of Chiang Kaishek's Qingxiang (清鄉) order. Lin's mother subsequently refuse to talk about the incident, and Lin said losing his father left an irrevocable impact on his life. Lin founded Home for Aboriginal Youth and Children in part due to his own experience of losing his father.

In 2012, Walis Wumi was certified by the government as a 228 victim. Pastor Lin said going to receive that certificated felt like reuniting with his father. Pastor Lin Guoliang unfortunately passed away last August.

http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/focus/paper/564251

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Re: 2-28

Postby hansioux » 27 Aug 2015, 15:46

I also wrote about Ông Thiam-ting (王添灯)'s story here: http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 2&t=150610

As I was trying to clarify the political positions of Chiang Wei-sui (Tsiúnn Ūi-súi 蔣渭水) and what happened to his brother Chiang Wei-chuan (Tsiúnn Ūi-tshuan 蔣渭川) during 228, I came across an US department of state's document about CWC.

Basically, on March 5, 1947, Chiang Wei-chuan used the name of his political organization to ask the US embassy to forward a message to Chiang Kai-shek, begging CKS not to send troops to Taiwan.

Interestingly, Chen Yi (陳儀), the KMT official in charge, asked CWC to make a radio broadcast on behalf of the KMT government on March 2. CWC could have simply have Chen Yi to deliver such message, but obviously CWC had little faith in Chen Yi's resolve to deliver his message, so he chose to go through the Americans.

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The document reads (I retyped it so might not be 100% correct):

INCOMING TELEGRAM

RESTRICTED

Control 2292

Rec'd March 8, 1947
1:12 a.m.

FROM: Nanjing
TO: Secretary of State
NO: 479, March 7, 4 p.m.

Following is 36 Mar 5 from Taipei.

"Following is translated text of letter handed to Consulate today by delegation of Political Reconstruction Promotion Assn of Taiwan, an established responsible organization, taking large part in mediation for settlement of present situation.

'March 5, 1947.
'The US Consulate Taipei Taiwan
'Sir:

'For the protection of the lives of the six million and more Formosans, we cordially request you to forward the enclosed letter to Ambassador Dr. Leighton Stuart for transmission to the National Govt of the Republic of China.

'From (chopped) the Political Reconstruction Promotion Assn of Taiwan'

Following is translated text of enclosure : 'To His Excellency, President Chiang of the National Govt of the Republic of China through the kindness of Ambassador Dr. Leighton Stuart of the American Embassy in Nanjing:

'Your Excellency:

'This civil commotion in Taiwan Province is purely in protest against corrupt officialdom and a demand for political reformation with no other purposes whatsoever. We entreat you

not to dispatch troops to Taiwan in order to avoid further provocation of the people. We also earnestly beg that you immediately send a high official to Taiwan to settle the incident for the sake of the nation.

'From (chopped) the Political Reconstruction Promotion Assn of Taiwan Province. March 5'

"Consulate has agreed to forward this communication to American Embassy for its discretionary action".

STUART

JMS:ABC

A Youth League of considerable potential significance came into being. Stressing ...
as basic principles a desire to make Taiwan a model province of China and to ...
hasten Dr. Sun Yat-sen's program of National Reconstruction. The founder, ...
former president of the Chamber of Commerce, Chiang We-chuan, said:
"We absolutely support the Central Government but will eradicate all currupt officials in this province. This is our aim which I hope every one of you fully grasp." (Ching Wei Jih Pao, March 6, 1947)


The Political Reconstruction Promotion Association of Taiwan is also known as Taiwan People's Association (台灣民眾協會), founded by Chiang We-chuan. CWC wanted to revive Taiwan Culture Association (台灣文化協會) and Taiwan People's Party (台灣民眾黨), both founded by his brother.

As mentioned in the previous discussion, Chen Yi sent troops to CWC's house on March 10, 5 days after the above telegraph was sent. The troops announced they were on orders to kill CWC, and then failed to capture CWC, but killed his daughter and mortally wounded his son in the process. CWC went into hiding for a full year, before someone in the KMT vouched for him. Immediately after coming out of hiding, the KMT assigned a high political position to CWC, trying to prove to the Americans that the KMT is committed to political reform.

Many Taiwanese people were upset that CWC made that radio broadcast to urge for peace, while Chen Yi used the confusion to kill and defeat Taiwanese efforts. An ad was ran on a Taiwanese paper congratulating CWC's new found position and was signed "All the deceased and victims of 228." CWC promptly resigned his new position the very next day.

However, it seems like CWC was simply fooled by Chen Yi and used as a pawn. CWC really did have Taiwanese' best interests at heart.
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