POLITICAL REFORMER:The ‘Taiwan Minpao’ founder has been described as a pioneer of social activism who was committed to helping the nation’s poorest people
Date: Oct 17, 2015
By Chien Hui-ju and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Institute of Yilan County History on Thursday unveiled a memorial
dedicated to Taiwanese democracy pioneer and nationalist Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水) at the site of the activist’s former Yilan City residence.
Born in Yilan in 1891, Chiang was an anti-colonialist who contested Japanese rule and was also the founder of the Taiwan Minpao newspaper, the Taiwanese People’s Party, a labor union and other pro-democracy groups.
The ceremony was presided over by Yilan County Commissioner Lin Tsung Hsien (林聰賢), Yilan Mayor Chiang Tsung-yuan (江聰淵), and Chiang Wei-shui Cultural Foundation executive director Chiang Chao-ken (蔣朝根), who is also Chiang Wei-shui’s grandson.
The memorial consists of a plaque and a colonial-style wooden door, behind which historical information about Chiang Wei-shui is displayed over a photocopy of an issue of Taiwan Minpao. [FULL STORY]