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Regarding renaming the CKS memorial - Is this really an important issue for the Taiwanese? C'mon are you guys promoting this name change really so interested in this? If you are so friggen interested, why in the hell did you and every other person in these pro-dpp NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO blogs not say a friggen thing about it until an election year popped up? You and every other foreigner should go talk about re-naming the lincoln memorial ok! Lincoln has his own 228 - its called FORT SUMTER, Charleston South Carolina. He ordered federal troops into the city to basically line up the rebels and kill them - JUST LIKE CHIANG! This was BEFORE the civil war, it was unprovoked! Why dont you talk about this? Because your an idiot DPP puppet. My feelings about the CKS Memorial are in my blog.
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Whether or not a democracy worships dictators IS important. Certainly, not as important as defending that democracy against a nearby predatory communist country - but important, in its own way.

(I note, in passing, that the KMT blocked votes on the special arms bill for two years, while sending party luminaries to kowtow to Beijing. Obviously then, the highest priority for the KMT isn't de-Chiangification or defending their own country. It's holding hands with Bolsheviks from across the strait.)

You want to know why I don't talk about Lincoln ordering Charlestonians massacred before the Civil War? Well, um, maybe it's because as far as I know, IT NEVER HAPPENED.

See, I've been to Fort Sumter, Tyrone. A few times, actually. Read a little 'bout the place, too. Oddly enough, I never ran across the events you described. From HistoryNet:

"The Southern victors did not hold [Union commanders and soldiers from Ft. Sumter] captive for long. At noon the following day, the Northern prisoners were transported out into Charleston Harbor aboard the Southern steamer Isabel. There, Anderson and his men were transferred to Baltic for the voyage north with Fox and his expedition."

http://www.historynet.com/magazines/american_civil_war/3032636.html?page=4&c=y

Hard to believe Southerners would've just LET THOSE UNION SOLDIERS GO if they had, in fact, been guilty of massacring people in Charleston. Despite what you may have heard about Southern hospitality, it doesn't extend quite THAT far.

With regards to your complaint that the de-Chiangification issue only comes up during election years, I'd like to point out that I was writing about this issue well over a year ago.

http://foreignerinformosa.typepad.com/the_foreigner_in_formosa/dechiangification_name_rectification/index.html

Many apologies for not blogging on it earlier - but I only got started in October of '05.

May I ask how long you have lived in Taiwan?

Also where did you first become informed about Taiwan's political scene, its history etc. ?

By the way you mention Chiang and SON as dictators - Bud you are way, way of the mark! Granted, Chiang was a Dick. An Asshole, murderer, whatever - he was it! But Chiang Ching Kuo was the exact opposite. Were you here in Taiwan during Chiang Ching Kuos rule? The Place was paradise. Everybody including all but a tiny number of racist Taiwanese loved him. Chiang Ching kuo has ZERO blemishes on his rule - When he died, I saw with my own eyes folks from keelung to Kaohsuing crying. Taiwan stood still for 3 days.

I think you should read up on Chiang Ching Kuo before you stick him in the same pigeon hole as his Dad.

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I've been here a few years. As for my knowledge of Taiwan, I can sum it up as Will Rogers once did: "All I know is what I read in the papers." (Which is to say, I've read all three English newspapers almost every day during the time I've been here.)

Nothing to brag about, really. No PhD. in Taiwanese Studies or anything like that.

As for Chiang Ching-kuo, well, yes, I DO have a *somewhat* more positive view of him than his father. Though that opinion is a bit beside the point, seeing how the post was mostly about his father, not him. What I DID say was that Taiwan didn't have freedom and democracy under Chiang Ching-kuo, and I don't think that's arguable. During his rule, he wasn't popularly elected, the 10,000 year legislature was still seated, Taiwan still had political prisons, and its press was unfree.

Political liberalization DID begin on his watch however, so his record isn't all black. It's just not as blemishless as you say.

Regarding CCK...

http://www.cwcmf.org/html/cwcmf_about.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Nan

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