TSU calls for new national anthem

‘RIDICULOUS’: The national anthem was adopted by a non-democratic government, TSU leader Lau I-te said, adding that singing it was enough to drive people crazy

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 14, 2020
By: Hsieh Chun-lin and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Lau I-te, center, is accompanied by Taiwan Society chairman Chang Yeh-shen, left, and Taiwan New Constitution Foundation executive director Lin Yi-cheng, right, as he speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday at a news conference called for replacing the national anthem.

The current national anthem was based on the words of Republic of China (ROC) founder Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙) in 1924 for use by the ROC Military Academy (then known as the Whampoa Military Academy), and was later adopted by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) as its party song, TSU Chairman Lau I-te (劉一德) said.

The song was then adopted as the ROC national anthem by an executive order in 1930, he said.

“Singing this anthem is enough to make people crazy. [President] Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has been in office for five years now — it is ridiculous that we are still singing this anthem,” he said.    [FULL STORY]

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