The News Lens
By: Matthew Geason
Matthew Geason is an intern with the Truman National Security Project, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, and a student at National Taiwan Normal University. Views expressed are his own.
‘For those who believe that this debate was laid to rest, recall that if there was
severance with the past, there would be no need for a truth and reconciliation commission,’ argues Matthew Geason.
In recent weeks, Taiwan has seen two statues beheaded as a result of decades-old ideological differences. After the beheading of a statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta, individuals outraged by this action reportedly responded with the decapitation of a statue of former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣中正).
This was followed by the introduction of a bill in Taiwan’s parliament, the Legislative Yuan, proposing repurposing the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and removing all statues of the former president from around the country. [FULL STORY]