Call for change to academy song criticized

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 07, 2016
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Former military leaders denounced a proposal by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) to modify the Republic of China Military Academy anthem, saying that the lyrics are a legacy to be preserved.

The pro-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lyrics — “party flags flutter” — should be changed to “national flags flutter” — to make it politically neutral, Liu said on Thursday during a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

Asking which party was referred to by the term “party flags,” Liu said that the lyrics might not be appropriate today as it is a reminder of the KMT’s decades-long party-state regime.

The song, written in 1926, was banned in 2006 during former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) administration, but reinstated in 2008 when the KMT regained power.    [FULL  STORY]

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