2/01/2007

Chiang Kai-shek is Still Kicking Around




There are still a lot of these around. This one is at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Library 中正記圖書館 (the main library at National Chengchi University). Even though Chiang Kai-shek rubbed out a portion of the island's scholars in the 2-28 Massacre and had even a larger portion jailed during the White Terror days of the fifties, he is still associated with learning.
Since 2000 (when Chen Shui-bien 陳水扁 became president), there has been an effort to remove his name from buildings. Many of his statues have been carted away.
The airport, which was named Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in remembrance of all those that left Taiwan because of Chiang Kai-shek's policies, was renamed the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport last year:



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