Business as usual: Solidarity.tw translates/writes on how the Taoyuan County culture bureau hurriedly signed $NT 30 million in contracts to renovate incoming KMT Chairman Eric Chu's ancestral home as a cultural/historic site, before the DPP could get in and stop the silliness. What a coincidence! It was declared to be a historic when Chu was the County Chief. Chu is a reformer? This is business as usual, in which high-ranking KMTers treat the government and the nation as a combination ATM and game preserve. From the piece:
Councilor Huang Ching-hsi pointed out that not only was the villa was named a historic site when Chu was county magistrate; it is the estate of Chu’s grandmother’s family. If the government “has too much money,” it could instead renovate county-owned historic buildings, like the Japanese-style police dormitories, Huang suggested.Too right. Not only does it make Chu look bad -- and Chu should have stopped it -- but it also shows the way the KMT has distorted Taiwan history by making it, not a history of things that happened in Taiwan, but a history of things that the Han did in Taiwan. This anti-Japanese approach to history is also slowly erasing Japan in Taiwan. All over Taiwan Japanese-era buildings rot, with no one to preserve their tales. Sad.
The cultural bureau’s rush to finish refurbishment tendering procedures before the county is promoted to a special municipality is inappropriate and aimed at making everyone feel that “the rice has already been cooked” [what’s done is done], Huang said. “Not only is the bureau slapping the buttocks of Eric Chu’s horse; it’s making Chu look unethical.”
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