Claiborne Pell died of Parkinson's this week. He was 90. The Senator of the Pell Grants and the famously lesbian daughter was also an important Taiwan supporter in Congress. He introduced resolutions calling for an end to martial law and acceleration of democratization in Taiwan, and worked on behalf of the island along with Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, and Alan Cranston in the Senate, as well as with Congressmen Jim Leach and Stephen Solarz. In 2006 the government here honored the Senator with an award for his work on behalf of the people of Taiwan. Pell's death is a reminder that caring for human rights and democracy in Taiwan is not a Republican monopoly, but rather has been traditionally a bipartisan effort.
Sleep well, friend of Taiwan.