PigBloodCake wrote:Well, imagine you're a Jew still living under Nazi rule Germany but without the Hitler mantra/ideals.
Perhaps the sentence above is somewhat of an extreme comparison but, trust me, ask any older gen folks of what they think about the generalissimo and the comparisons to Hitler would be quite close from their perspectives.
A little more concretely, a lot of old Taiwanese folks personally know people who were killed or jailed by the KMT (a friend, a cousin, a brother, etc.) Ain't much that can change someone's mind about the KMT, with that as their backdrop. And they have passed these stories on to their kids, so their kids now know about grandpa's friend, cousin, or brother, etc who was killed by the KMT. If you go out to 6 degrees of separation, pretty much everyone on the island would have a connection to someone who was killed. I'm guessing the level of familial KMT contempt is probably highly correlated to the closeness of the connection to someone killed.
Though I have to say that the level of hatred in Taiwan is much lower than one would expect to see. Maybe it's the chabuduo culture people keep talking about. Or maybe enough time had passed by the time the KMT gave up power. I don't recall hearing of anything like war crimes commissions after the DPP took power. As a comparison, after WWII, a lot of people deemed Nazi collaborators in Europe were rounded up and shot or punished in myriad other ways. There wasn't a whole heck of a lot of forgiveness.