Saturday, October 22, 2005

CCTV on Taiwan's 60th Anniversary of Leaving Japanese Rule

China Central TV, a station from China, had a hilarious little blurb today on the 60th anniversary of Taiwan's freedom from Japanese colonial rule.

This is sixtieth anniversary of Taiwan's recovery from Japanese colonial rule. The island has kicked off celebrations with a month-long photo exhibition. The show opened at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum in Taipei.

It shows how people in Taiwan resisted the Japanese invasion, fought for survival, and won the final victory. Many veterans of the war have visited the exhibition. Eighty-five-year-old Hsu Li-nung, the head of Taiwan's New Nation Alliance, was among them. He praised the bravery of the ill-equipped Chinese troops during the war, and expressed hope that people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits can carry forward the brave spirit, and accelerate the country's peaceful reconciliation.

Did people in Taiwan fight for survival in the 1920s and 1930s? Resistance was pretty much over among the Taiwanese after 1910. Ironically, the real resistance, the aborigines, don't appear to rate a separate mention here.

No, the real fighting done by the Taiwanese was done by the 200,000 who served in the Japanese Army. Somehow that little embarrassment was left out of CCTV's presentation. Nor does it mention that the vast majority of older Taiwanese would probably rather be ruled by Tokyo than by Beijing, if those were the only two choices available...Also, the blurb doesn't mention who the Japanese handed Taiwan over to. HINT: their capital wasn't in Beijing.

1 comment:

Sun Bin said...

Nanking? :)

p.s. Beijing really needs to send a number of interviewers and talk to the people in Taiwan. There is really a lack of understanding.