Saturday, April 25, 2009


A really good piece today in David's blog at David on Formosa. I'm linking here because I know my blog has several readers who are friends and family of friends who might not know that David's blog exists, as they don't live in Taiwan.

How the KMT Constructs History

For anyone who reads this and wonders why I get all het up when talking about politics, things like this are why.

Only a party who instigated human rights abuses (ahem, the KMT) would be so daft as to try to close down a human rights museum discussing and exhibiting the crimes they perpetrated.

And only a party who seems to think they have a right to re-write history would attempt to excise two important pieces of their own history - the first being their former human rights abuses, the second being to ignore Lee Tung-hui (the first elected President of Taiwan - I am so sick of my Shi-da instructor pretending that Chiang Kai-Shek was a "President" - he was a dictator). Why? His political views are, shall we say, inconvenient. From reading up on things he's said recently and politicians he's supported, you'd think he was a member of the DPP.

It makes you think about why this particular, and entirely unacceptable, belief that they can control the writing of history, seems to be shared between the KMT and the Communist Party of China right across the strait.

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