Wednesday, February 28, 2007

2-28 events

The Mountaineer collects events related to 2-28.

This year, the 60th anniversary of the massacre, a group of local artists is set to commemorate 2/28 Peace Memorial Day with the staging of a music concert under the theme, "With justice we cure this nation." Renowned international rocks bands such as "Plastic People of the Universe," "Strike Anywhere," "Muse," "Akiakane," "Pan Gu," and local independent rock bands "Chthonic," "Tizzy Bac," "Loh Tsui Kweh Commune" will be among the groups performing live on February 28.

In USA, there is also a commemoration march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C for five days (2/24-2/28).

On internet, Taiwanese bloggers first held 'the 228 Show Taiwan Writing Marathon' last year. It also drew major Taiwanese media's attention. Because of the success, they hold this event again this year.

If you like music, there are some music used in the Peace Memorial Day (228 commemoration day) concert: 'Taiwan the Green,' a poem written by John Jyigiokk, adapted by Tyzen Hsiao in his '1947 Overture', Je-Lin Hsieh singing 'Taiwan Lily', music by Anjamama and lyric by Kufao, and Hui-Ju Chen singing 'The Spiritual Day of Taiwan', music by Lynn Huang and lyric by Tu-Pan F. G.

If you like drawings, you can check the print 'horrid exam-228 incident in Taiwan' by Jung-Tsan Huang (in the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama), 'Massacre in Keelung harbor on 3/8/1947' by Bing-Shyi Shih, and an oil painting by Wen Ouyang, who is also a survivor of 228 Massacre.
Via Portnoy

UPDATE: According to AP, The PRC says 2-28 was actually a democratic uprising aimed at liberation of the island, commie style. What they don't tell you is that one of the leaders of the revolt, the Communist Hsieh Hsueh-hung, fled to mainland after leading a ragtag army in central Taiwan fighting the KMT, where she was eventually executed by the Communists in 1957 (or thereabouts) for her "splittist" leanings. One of those tough-as-nails women that Formosa produces in droves, Hsieh had been arrested by the Japanese in the late 1920s after the Communists had snuck her onto the island, and packed off to prison, but got let out early due to her being in the advanced stages of tuberculosis. Despite being severely ill, she survived and led fighters against the KMT, then escaped from the island in July of 1945, according to Kerr, only to be killed by her "allies." One thing about authoritarians is the regularity with which they murder their supporters. Glad I lean toward the democracy side. UPDATE: Anon below says Hsieh died naturally in the 1970s.


Anonymous said...

Hsieh died of illness in 1970 (during the Cultural Revolution) and indeed suffered beatings for being a "rightist."

Anonymous said...

Acutally democratic nationals i.e. USA also kill or arrest our allies turned enemies. Do you wnat me to name names...let's see, Saddam Hussein (our allies during the 80s; we all know what happened to him), Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno (died in the US jail), Osama bin Laden (trust me he is died if we could actually find him), all Talibans (when Russian invaded Afghanistan).

Michael Turton said...

Difference Arty, is that we don't arrest them when they support us.

Thanks anon, I have her in a couple of different histories as being executed in the late '50s. Do you have a source?


Anonymous said...


I highly doubt CCP still think that Hsieh is a support by late 50s.

Anonymous said...

For Hsieh's death,
is one fairly reliable online reference.

If you want a scholastic reference, check out the best of them: Chen Fang-ming 陳芳明 (1991): A critical biography of Hsieh Hsueh-hung, 謝雪紅評傳. Taipei: Avanguard 前衛出版社.