Unknown heroes vs. Well known dictators

Tân Tì-Hiông 1916, Feb. 18-1963, May 28

The unknown hero, Tân Tì-Hiông, who graduated in Japan and ended up working in Indonesia as interpreter during Pacific War, hence involved in the independent movement there. Mr. Tân Tì-Hiông was willing to help Indonesians to fight against Dutch colonization by the weapons left from Japan army, hoping that one day they would help Taiwan. However, they did not make his dream come true. Though one of the Indonesian presidents awarded him as an honored citizen, under the pressure from Beijing the president jailed and banished him from Indonesia. By the assistance of Swiss government, he was back and forth between Japan and Switzerland. One day, he was kidnapped by the agent from KMT (Chinese) government from Taiwan when he was in Japan and ended up his life on May 28, 1963.

His posthumous papers were kept from the agency by the time, his daughter was only able to see and understand him better after 50 years.

Taiyuan independent incident. 1970, Feb. 8

The five men from above the picture were all young people under the age of 33. They were in jail because of supporting Taiwan independence. Although they were soon to be released, they chose to make a big plan after horrified massacre in 1947. They well planned for many days with hundreds of people outside, including local churches and aboriginal people. They had prepared different versions of languages for the independent announcement. But from the beginning of action, they failed to kill the police in charge and ran away to the deep mountain. After two weeks searching and painful tortures from the general, these five heroes were still unwilling to snitch others who were behind this revolution. Their sentences were changed to death by the hand of president Chiang Kai-shek, who was defeated by the CCP and landed on this island. In the year of 1970, they were shot together on May 30, leaving their uncompleted mission behind.

The charges for these five men.
The Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall with which inscriptions of discipline, democracy and theory behind his statue.
The tomb of Sun Yat-Sen, who is commonly known as Nation Father for Replubic of China.

The president of Chiang Kai-Shek and Sun Yat-Sen are two common figures among Taiwan, whether in schools or money bills. The first street from each train station was named by Chiang Kai-Shek road, and other street names were mostly from the provinces or cities in China. Even both of them died, some of their supporters are still here to memorize their coffins with national subsidies. The memories for those supporters, especially Chinese with ages, are still remained at the civil war with CCP.

It is hard to tell the same story here because different ethnic groups are living in Taiwan, but I do believe the unknown heroes are many. We did not have the same story in the past, but we could build the future together. I wish.

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