Date: Feb 25, 2016
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall should be converted into a museum because of Chiang Kai-shek’s (蔣介石) culpability for the 228 Incident, Academia Sinica associate research fellow and 228 Incident historian Chen Yi-shen (陳儀深) said yesterday.
“Situating a massive memorial of Chiang in a prime real-estate district of Taipei is not a respectful way to deal with the historical perspectives of all ethnic groups,” he said.
Chiang bore “primary responsibility” for the 228 Incident, and the government should establish a museum of all the Republic of China (ROC) presidents to replace Chiang’s memorial, Chen said.
The 228 Incident refers to massacres beginning on Feb. 28, 1947 that were carried out by the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government troops to quell a popular uprising. The massacres marked the beginning of the White Terror era. The number of people killed and missing remains unknown, but some historians have put the figure in the tens of thousands. [FULL STORY]