Date: September 24, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou said Sept. 23 that the Lin family from Taichung City’s Wufeng
District played a significant role in the development of Taiwan’s democracy during the early 20th century.
“Several of the Lins made invaluable contributions to defending Taiwan and promoting democracy on the island,” Ma said. “Their sacrifices serve as a salient reminder that the freedoms we enjoy today did not come easily.”
According to Ma, some of the standout members of the family are Lin Chao-Dong, who took part in the Sino-French War (1884-1885), as well as Lin Cheng-heng and Lin Tsu-mi—both staunch supporters of the revolution led by ROC Founding Father Dr. Sun Yat-sen against the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
“In particular, Lin Hsien-tang was a pre-eminent figure of the nonviolent opposition to Japanese colonial rule [1895-1945] and a pioneer of Taiwan’s democracy,” Ma said, citing his organization of the Taiwan Culture Association in 1921 and a petition establishing Taiwan Council the same year. [FULL STORY]