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Sunday, March 1, 2009

The 228 Incident in 1947 being remembered

The 228 Incident is also known as the 228 Massacre because the massacre of Taiwanese by the KMT troops followed soon after the incident on February 28, 1947.

Yesterday marked the 62nd anniversary of the 228 Incident of 1947 in Taiwan (Formosa), for the Greek spouses of Taiwanese who are not familiar with the recent history of Taiwan, this link will give you a glimps of what happened in 1947.

There is a touching short video with English subtitles about a 228 victim’s story,

And, there are 2 books about the 228 Incident, the
Formosa Betrayed by George H. Kerr and the Formosa Calling by Allan J. Shackleton.

We hope this kind of tragedy will not repeat in Taiwan or elsewhere again.

The latest development about the 228 Day:

The 228 (meaning February 28) was designated as Peace Memorial Day since 1996, but recently a KMT legislator was trying to
propose a change of legislation to remove this day as a designated national holiday (currently with a day off) while keeping it as a national memorial day (becoming without a day off). I havn't heard of a designated national day without a day off before, here a designated national day without a day off will spark a riot for sure.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government's plan to change the name of National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall back to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a severe insult to Taiwanese. Read the entire news.

228」紀念餅發明者的現身說法 (an interview in Taiwanese on Mr. Lee about his invention / idea of using a traditional bean cake to commemorate the 228 Incident)

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