National Chung Hsing University associate professor Shen Jian-de believes the number of Han immigrants is overstated
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
100,000 is the number stated in Taiwan’s new senior high school history textbook, but former National Chung Hsing University associate professor Shen Jian-de (沈建德) strongly disagrees, Liberty Times reported on Wednesday (July 10). He believes the number of Han is exaggerated and the textbook is fabricating history.
Shen said some versions of the history textbooks for senior high school students state that before the Dutch left Taiwan, the population of Han immigrants in Taiwan reached 100,000. Various historic documents, however, say there were only 3,200.
Shen added there are documents that state at the end of the Koxinga family rule (1662-1683) era, the population of Han immigrants in Taiwan exceeded 200,000. He also disputed that number, saying that there were about 40,000, citing two authoritative historic sources.