May 1, 2017 § Leave a comment
This 1956 Cadillac is one of two Chiang vehicles within the huge memorial hall at Taipei.
A still photo on the wall partially shows WH Donald (behind CKS and wearing glasses) the Australian journalist who was a huge help to CKS and credited with saving the life of his wife Madame Soong.
With connection to newspapers and magazines in USA, WH Donald was able to promote CKS to the world. Time and LIFE magazines survive today with his articles on the Chiang (Republic of China) and Mao’s Chinese communists joint war effort against Japan.
TRIVIA: WH Donald would not eat Chinese food – which must have been interesting. Upon his death Chiang gave him a state funeral – how much of his grave would be left today after the Cultural Revolution? Donald is therefore almost forgotten yet in his era was known as “Donald of China”. (See Wikipedia link below which contains his some of interesting story).
Meanwhile in Taiwan the numerous statues of the former dictator are regularly vandalized by students with many already removed and in storage. The name of CKS Memorial Hall may be changed before long, the big question is what will become of the huge bronze statue of Chiang inside the upper hall where there is a changing of the guard every one hour watched by hundreds of tourists?
Years ago I could not help comparing CKS Memorial Hall with Gracelands in Memphis USA where there should also be a couple of Cadillacs from the same era.
January 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
We have a copy of Linda’s book in Australia and frequently read sections. It has helped us grasp the recent history of Taiwan and some of the brave efforts young Americans made in the martial law era to alert the world as to what was happening secretly in Taiwan.
Modern Taiwan owes much to these people. The struggle continues as book distributors are unwilling to handle the recently published collection of short stories by various authors.
Ex-pats will particularly gain a better understanding of Taiwan from the recorded events of the past.
The cover illustration shows an artist’s impression of the former political prison on Green Island.
More recently Linda Gail Arrigo has been involved with the anti-nuclear power campaign. Taiwan is to decommission all nuclear power stations – three in operation and a fourth mothballed.
Earth below a former nuclear power station remains contaminated for 200 to 300 years. Nothing can be built on it. An important argument in tiny Taiwan where space is scarce.