University to remove Chiang statues

REMINDER:The head of a student group said honoring Chiang Kai-shek with statues constitutes an attack on students who are descendants of White Terror victims

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 14, 2017
By: Wu Po-hsuan, Hsiao Yu-hsin and William Hetherington / Staff reporters, with staff writer

National Chengchi University yesterday passed a motion at an administrative affairs meeting that called

A bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek is pictured yesterday in the main lobby of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Library at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

for statues of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) to be removed as part of efforts to promote human rights and transitional justice.

The decision was in response to protests last year, when students plastered a statue of Chiang with fliers containing the names of people killed in the 228 Incident and called for the statue’s removal.

The university was established in Nanjing, China, in 1927 to train people to serve in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and was moved to Taiwan when the party fled China.

Chiang was president of the institution from its establishment until 1947 and was given the honorary title of “perpetual president emeritus.”

Two large bronze statues of Chiang were erected at the university: one in a sitting position in the library and one on horseback at the rear of the school’s campus.    [FULL  STORY]

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