The Three Formal Bows by the Chairman – Lung Ying-Tai (龙应台)

From The China Youth Daily, translated by EastSouthWestNorth:

On October 30, for the first time ever, Chinese Kuomintang chairman Ma Ying-jeou appeared as party chairman to attend an autumn memorial service for the “political victims” of the 1950’s. On that day, he represented the Kuomintang and apologized thrice to the victims of the “White Terror.”

According to Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po citing Taiwan media reports, Ma Ying-jeou pointed out that even though he was just a small boy during the “White Terror” era, he is now the chairman and he must bear the past responsibility of the Kuomintang. According to the report, on October 30, Ma Ying-jeou attended an event titled “Autumn memorial of the political victims of the 1950’s.” In his speech, he pointed out that he had attended this event four times in the past, but this was the first time that he came in the capacity of the Kuomintang chairman. He wanted to apologize to the families of the victims on behalf of the Kuomintang. Ma Ying-jeou apologized thrice to the victims. He was also the first Kuomintang chairman to openly apologize about the “White Terror” episode ever since the Kuomingtang moved to Taiwan in the 40’s.

Author Lung Ying-Tai (ÈæôÂ∫îÂè∞) is the Chair Professor of arts and humanities at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. China Youth Daily is one of China’s largest daily newspapers.

December 3, 2005 7:44 AM
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