Don’t worry about China trying to attack or take over Taiwan. Han people wouldn’t fight Han people.
Chiang started killing his opponents in China, not in Taiwan. The Chinese government estimated Chiang had put to death over 400,000 people during the ‘communist purges’ in China [during the 1920s].
Families of Taiwan’s 228 victims said the total people killed by the KMT troops was around 20,000. So when you compare 400,000 to 20,000, what we have here is a small case.
The 228 Incident was not a conflict between Taiwanese and Mainlanders, but of oppressed people rising up against oppressors. Why did the Nationalist military go on an arbitrary arrest and killing spree of Taiwanese? That was because you opposed the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] government.
When Mainlanders escaped to Taiwan in 1949, their leadership regime was the KMT government. At the time, whomever the government branded a communist had to be killed. So the 228 Incident resulted from the Chinese Civil War.
There are no heroes in a civil war. What is the big deal about Chinese people killing fellow Chinese? Real heroes should fight against foreign invaders.
Therefore we should come together to build up China as a peaceful, free, equal rights, and neutral nation. That is the unfinished business following the suffering of victims from the 228 and the White Terror period.
You tell those pan-green historians to come up with 100 questions, and let us see who is better at coming up with answers. History studies are divided into Taiwan’s history, Chinese history, world history and the history of civilizations. Although the history group on the task force only has two members, and their specialty is Chinese history, they still have a background in Taiwan’s history. Nobody can encompass the entire field of history.
[…when asked why the task force removed the phrase “White Terror era” from the high-school civic and history curriculum guidelines] … the change had been requested by high-school teachers. Teachers complained the section was too lengthy and too demanding for their students. We want to prevent high-school students from encountering discussions about the ’White Terror’ here, there and everywhere. It would cause them too much aggravation.
National Taiwan University professor of Philosophy Wang Hsiao-po (王曉波), who also served as the convener of the Ministry of Education’s curriculum adjustment task force. Wang, was born in China in 1943.
1. Minimises the pain and suffering of hundreds of thousands of people? Check.
2. Refers to Taiwanese as ‘you’? Check.
3. Blames the victim for resisting oppression and treason against the KMT? Check
4. Revises historical narrative to fit with ideological agenda? Check.
5. Calls for ethnic and political ‘unity’ using the ‘devil foreigner’ card? Check.
6. Posits internecine slaughter as mundane? Check.
7. Proudly partisan in openly stating political agenda? Check.
8. Makes spurious claim that changes to curricula are in interests of, and called for by, teachers and students? Check.
9. Thinks it unproblematic that one quarter of the history curriculum regards Taiwan yet two conveners are both China specialists? Check.
10. Openly calls for a form of censorship and political indoctrination through the revision, rewording, and deliberate absenting of the entire 1949~1987 KMT Martial Law Dictatorship Period from the curriculum? Check.
… and this is the man who
… served as the convener of the Ministry of Education’s curriculum adjustment task force.
… oh and almost forgot …
11. Inadvertently admits that 20,000 Taiwanese were murdered during 2-28 then immediately trivialises it? Check.
[Ed. note: debate over the exact number of people killed during the 2-28 massacre has been a site of political struggle in Taiwan. Broadly speaking, those closer to the ends of the blue-green political spectrum tend to argue either a, respectively, lower or higher number.]
A respected Asian website hosted by Hi-on.org has published a listing of the ammunition expended by the Republic of China during the 228 Massacre in March 1947
According to the ammunition inventory the ROC Army 21st Division, approximately 6,000 strong, fired 179,944 rifle bullets between March 1 and March 31, 1947. Another 14,166 bullets were used in hand-held machine guns. Pistols shot 4,574 rounds. There were 1,242 hand grenades exploded and 354 rifle grenades used. There were also 371 mortar shells expended.
Since Taiwanese armed ‘resistance’ to the 21st Division was all but non-existent these figures immediately call into question the claims of ROC apologists that only a few hundred were killed. Instead, what we can see is that this was a full blown military campaign to ‘cleanse’ the country of anyone who protested against Chen-Yi’s administration.
The Taipei 228 Memorial Museum commemorates the 228 Massacre and provides a solid introduction to the worst mass killing in Taiwan’s modern history. However, the museum fails to fully conceptualize the significance of the event and how it continues to divide contemporary TaiwanBy Ketty W. Chen / Contributing reporter
Today is 2-28
Let us take a moment to remember on the 66th Anniversary of the massacre and bloody repression of Taiwanese on the orders of General Chiang Kai-shek of the Republic of China.
To this day, Taiwan remains a Chinese colonial acquisition run by a corrupt party-state oligarchy in exile. Taiwan democratised but has yet to free itself from the shackles of occupation or to achieve transitional justice.