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3236 Edition

March 3  -  March 9, 2014

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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: A Memorial Service Held To Commemorate The 34th Anniversary Of Lin Family Murders

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

When it comes to the 67th anniversary of 228 massacre since 1947, Lin Family Murders also has passed 34 years from 1979. At 9:30 p.m. on February 28th, a memorial service for Lin Yi-hsiung's mother, Yu A-mei, and Lin's twin daughters, Lian-jun and Tin-jun, was held to commemorate the 34th anniversary of this hideous family murder. Not only all the families of Lin Yi-hsiung, including his wife Fan Su-ming, his daughter Lin Huan-chun, son-in-law Joel Linton and five grand daughters, had attended this memorial service, former DPP chairwoman Tsai In-wen and DPP lawmaker Zeng Li-chun also took part in this assembly.

 

Rev. Zeng Hsin-jen, session moderator of Gi-kong Presbyterian Church, gave the sermon titled as "Love Your Neighbor As Yourself". Based on the bible verse, Luke 10: 25~37, Rev. Zeng encouraged the audience to learn the spirit of good Samaritan loving our neighbor as ourselves. He paised the charity groups, like the medical care offered to Taiwan's leprosy patients by Dr. George Gushue-Taylor's Happy Mount Sanatorium and current social service provided to the poor by Grace Home Church Association, who are true witness to the spirit of loving our neighbors.

 

My Bonnie, a most loved children lyric by Lian-jun and Tin-jun in their innocent life, was also arranged to be sung by the audience. Many people wept in the song. And the couple of Lin Yi-hsiung and Fan Su-ming dropped their emotional tears in a deep remembrance.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

The only survivor of Lin Family Murders, Lin Huan-chun(left most), with her husband Rev. Joel Linton and their 5 daughters, attended a memorial service of the 34th anniversary of this hideous murder at Gi-kong Presbyterian Church, Taipei.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3236 Edition

March 3 - March 9, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

New Translation Of Formosa Betrayed Is Published With Annotation

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

On February 27, a new translation of the renown historical book Formosa Betrayed with detalied annotation was published by Taiwan Association of University Professors(TAUP) at Taipei. Formosa Betrayed , written by George H. Kerr who was Vice-Consul of US Government to Chiang Kai-sheik regime at Taiwan in 1940s, is the first book describing the 228 massacre. The draft of Formosa Betrayed was completed in 1965 and published in Chinese in 1974. For this book will help the public to learn correctly about the history of 228 event, many historians were invited to re-translate this book with detailed annotations.

 

Prof. Chang Yen-shien, a very famous historian in Taiwan history, commented that this [ Formosa Betrayed ] is a very important writing which has a very deep influence on Taiwan. Chang said, why so many Taiwanese were and still are touched by this book, the reasons are: it told the story of KMT bloody massacre, emphasized to the US authorities that Taiwan should not be betrayed, and the Taiwanese should stick to the cause of ideals and independence.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

A Book Launch for Formosa Betrayed, brand new translated and annotated by a group of academic historians, hosted and published by TAUP at Taipei.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 
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Taiwan Church News

3235 Edition

February 24 - March 2, 2014

Editorial

 

 

Editorial: This Is Called Teng Tek-Chiong Park!

 

 

What is this place? This is Teng Tek-Chiong Memorial Park to commemorate Lawyer Teng Tek-Chiong who was murdered in 228 massacre happened 67 years ago in 1947. This is a place he was brutally executed as a criminal and publicly shot to death, after he tried his best efforts to keep this city in order. This is the place of dead valley, a cleansing and bleeding ground for Taiwan's elite, becoming a memorial park with a wish to bring forth justice and peace.

 

 

What is this place? Initially it was called Ming-shen Green Park, but its name was changed into Teng Tek-Chiong Memorial Park by Tainan City Government in 1998. Henceforth, people called it Teng Tek-Chiong Park for brevity. Due to his high reputation, Lawyer Teng Tek-Chiong was recommended as the police chief to supervise the order of Tainan city after the 228 civil unrest started from the end February of 1947. Yet, out of everybody's expectation, Teng was charged in the crime as traitor and given a public execution in this park on March 13th 1947. His families were not even allowed to take his body back home. Teng's body could only lied down on the ground with a cover of blanket. Though Tainan Local Court changed the previous verdict and sentenced Teng's innocence, it is too late to mean anything.

 

 

Since this park is named as Teng Tek-Chiong Park, where can people find any symbol to stand for him? Yes, there is a half bronze statue located on the place where Teng was executed. If you came to pay your tribute to Lawyer Teng Tek-Chiong, before 1:30 pm February 22nd 2014, you would probably  think the gigantic bronze standing at the center of this park is him. Yet, when you go closer, you would find this standing piece is Sun Yat-sen. What an absurd picture it is! The authoritarian stuff standing high in the center of this memorial park, while the person who deserves our respect and commemoration has to be placed at the humbled margin in this park.

 

 

A long term PCT partner not yet baptized, Professor Tsai Ding-quei, who also had been trained in Urban Rural Mission(URM) and collaborated with PCT in many social movement and justice action, pulled down the bronze statute of Sun Yat-sen inside Teng Tek-Chiong Memorial Park in the afternoon on February 22nd. Tsai expressed that last year Tainan City Government was requested by the original donor, Tainan First Lions Club, managing to remove Sun Yat-sen bronze to other solid place as its foundation has been seriously damaged and could be collapsed down anytime. Alas, this proposal was strongly opposed by KMT City Council members due to a political antagonism. Confirming the safety of Sun Yat-sen bronze is seriously endangered, Tsai and his companions pulled it down within a very short period of time. Is such pull down action barbarous? Give us the name list of all the killers in 228 massacre first, and then this peaceful action that nobody get hurts could be condemned.


 
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3235 Edition

February 24 - March 2, 2014

Headline News

 

228 Massacre Victims Families: Lord Will Not Break A Bruised Reed, Nor Will He Snuff Out A Smoldering Wick

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

 

On February 23, a musical memorial service, to commemorate the 67th anniversary of 228 massacre event, was held at Gan-san Presbyterian Church jointly hosted by PCT Church and Society Committee, Sho-san Presbytery and Kaohsiung Presbytery. The famous Male Adolescent Choir, Taiwan's Old Grocery Shop, was invited to sing several hymn and lyrics, like Disdain Not Taiwan, Voice Out The Name Of Taiwan, Taiwan the Formosa and Flames of Fire From Within the Bush which was written by Rev. Kao Chun-ming and composed by Rev. Dr. Lou Wei-dau. The 228 Massacre Victim families were also invited to share their thoughts and reflections on this special day.
Elder Tu Seh-wen, who served in Gu-san Presbyterian Church and the son of 228 massacre victim, recollected that his father Tu Kwan-ming was one of the seven representatives who naively went to Sho-san's KMT military base with peaceful white flags to negotiate with the vicious Kaohsiung military commander Peng Men-qi then. But, Tu was instantly captivated into cell without reasons and brutally abused to death with the other three representatives. After that, Kaohsiung city was bathed in a bloodshed rampage and cruel killing under three bands of Peng's army. It was estimated that the death toll ran up above a thousand.
Tu lamented that his father's body is still missing now, since he drove away from home tying that peaceful white flag on his car in his adolescent youth of 35 years old. His grandmother was heartbroken to cry with tears everyday. In addition to the tragic death of his father, his house was further robbed and confiscated by the KMT army and police. At this stage, nothing could be more important to keep the descendants of Tu family alive, so his mother decided to bring Elder Tu, who was five years old then, and his brother to hide in a hog farm no more used in Hamasen area (now Gu-san).
Tu, who is over 70 years old now, still clearly remembered how hardworking her mother endeavored to raise up his brother and him after 228 event, especially when she knocked the door midnight calling them to "Open the door!" after her taking two jobs as midwife and accounting clerk. Although Tu had received the certificate of restorative reputation for 228 massacre victims from former President Chen Shuei-bian in 2003, which made him feel somehow history had given justice to his father, his greatest sorrow now is that his mother had passed away too early to be comforted by this restorative justice.
Finally, Tu expressed his thanksgiving to God for their becoming Christian during their family's most difficult time in Hamasen hog farm. If not Gu-san Presbyterian church preached the gospel in the market and invited people to church, their grandmother wouldn't have the chance to receive the good news and then to serve the Lord with our whole families. Quoted from the book words of prophet Isaiah, "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out", Elder Tu firmly believed God always accompanied their families in the hardest times and will lead them to walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
Translated by Peter Wolfe
Elder Tu Seh-wen, Sho-san Presbyterian Church, shared his stories and witnessed God's compassionate love in the 67th anniversary memorial service of 228 massacre held at Gan-san Presbyterian Church, Kaohsiung.
Photo by Simon Lin
Elder Shau Chiong-jen, from Gan-san Presbyterian church, whose father was the 2nd pastor since Gan-san Presbyterian church established yet got a cold-blooded shot to death due to only accommodating several students deterred by train delay in 228 event, attended the 228 memorial service with her husband.
Photo by Simon Lin
 
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3235 Edition

February 24 - March 2, 2014

Church Mnistry News

 

Sharing His Historical Novel in Taiwanese, "Sounds Of Gunshot", Novelist Hu Chang-song Urged Implementing Transformative Justice For 228 Massacre To Absolve Hatred

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

On February 21, the eminent Taiwanese novelist Hu Chang-song, whose creative novel - "Sounds of Gunshot"- was praised as the most rigorously fact-based fiction on 228 massacre since martial law lifted, was invited by the citizen conference of Cafe Philo to share his thoughts and novel at the Teh-seng Presbyterian Church Kaohsiung.

 

Hu expressed that, in order to write the "Sounds of Gunshot", he had spent many years to study kinds of historical files and oral histories about 228 massacre and then wrote in Taiwanese. He said this is the responsibility of a literary writer, speaking for the voiceless in this hideous massacre, and building up an important piece to spell out the historical truth and transformative justice.

 

To describe the absurd human existence without meaning and order, Hu illustrated the satirical story of Dentist Hsu Kuo-shiong inside Sounds of Gunshot: Dentist Hsu thought he was to put death absolutely as his father had been executed by KMT army; yet his life saved, due to the mother of then KMT military commander at Kaohsiung, Peng Men-qi, had a toothache.

 

Contrasting the way that German government handled the Nazi atrocities after WWII, Hu concluded that transformative justice has never been done even a little bit in Taiwan on 228 massacre, because there has not any murderer being convicted, no return of those improperly confiscated properties now belonging to KMT, not any involved personnel got fired off his title or position, and no disclosure of the official files of this event.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

Eminent novelist Hu Chang-song, sharing his book Sounds of Gunshot and urging transformative justice for 228 massacre to be implemented, with the audience at Cafe Philo at Teh-seng Presbyterian Church Kaohsiung.

Photo Simon Lin


 
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February 24 - March 2, 2014

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The 67th Anniversary Of 228 Massacre: We Can Forgive, But Would Never Forget

 

Reported by Chen Yi-Shuan / Chu Kuo-rong

 

[Cha-yi]

To commemorate the 67th anniversary of the tragic 228 massacre, happened across Taiwan island in end February of 1947, many PCT local churches, affiliations, presbyteries and even local governments held memorial services in different cities, urging Taiwan public stick to the ideals of restorative justice to absolve the longstanding hatred within ethnic groups and bring forth the truth and peace one day.

 

In the night of February 23rd, the 228 memorial service around Cha-yi area was held at Shaing-Her Presbyterian Church. Rev. Chao Jen-er, pastor of West Gate Presbyterian Church in Cha-yi Presbytery, pointed out that the Taiwanese people have to take up history seriously, which meant to analyse and understand the 228 event in details, then we Taiwanese can become an awakened people. Just like the event of Corporal Hung's abuse event last year, 200,000 people poured out of street to demonstrate against the government. This is not a contingent and emotional event, but a kind of conscientious awakening.

 

Many victims of 228 massacre and their families also attended the memorial service, including Mr. Kao Yi-sen, a famous musician of Tso aboriginal, who was brutally killed in 228 massacre when he endeavored to fight for the rights and autonomy for his aboriginal people. His son, Kao Yin-Jeh, and families played his famous lyric, Haru no Sahohime which meant the goddess of spring, commemorating him in the service. Kao Yin-Jeh, representing Kao's families, expressed his deep appreciation of PCT's long term accompaniment, which is earlier than any other Taiwan social groups, incessantly comforting and standing by their families in the past 67 years. Kao believed, though justice and peace are not fully realized, more and more people would come to care and concern this tragic event like PCT.

 

Tsai Min-hsein, former Defense Minister, delivered a speech emphasizing Taiwanese should abide by the teachings of the Bible as Prophet Micah said: to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God, since our forebears had done a great sacrifice in this bloody massacre. Tsai sharply criticized the cowardice of KMT authorities, still afraid to publicize the related documents and persecute the criminals of the 228 event, contrasting America's apology to the America-born Japanese captive in concentration camp during WWII and German government's apology for the Nazi Holocaust genocide. Quoting an advise from the German theologian Bonhoeffer, who reminded his contemporary German people to avoid pursuing "cheap grace": personal health, good family, prosperous business and etc, Tsai urged Taiwan Christians to realize God's Words by participatory actions.

 

Cha-yi Magistrate Chang Hwa-guan, who attended this service by herself, remarked that current Taiwan politics seems chaotic and backslide into the days of white terrorism. "Except commemorating (228 massacre), we should stop to figure out what is the next stop of Taiwan. We should move forward again for the fairness and justice!", Magistrate Chang said.

 

At the end of the memorial service, every attendant was given a rice ball and a sweet olive sprout. The rice ball is to remember those young students' brave action who sent food for the civilians standing off with the army and police during the 228 conflict; the sweet olive sprout is originated from the poem, This Day Let Us Plant A Tree, written by Taiwanese poet Lee Ming-yon recited to commemorate at the 50th anniversary of 228 massacre.

 

[Taipei]

Associated with Chi-shin Presbytery, Taipei Presbytery and West-Amis Presbytery, PCT Church and Society Committee held a musical memorial service at Taipei East Gate Presbyterian Church in the afternoon of February 23rd to commemorate the 228 massacre.

 

Rev. Chang Chau-tong, Moderator of Chi-shin Presbytery, gave his sermon titled as "Build Up A Society Of Justice And Peace". Since it has passed 67 years, Chang questioned why there is still no truth revealed? No murders prosecuted? If no murderer is to be convicted, how to make the victims and families of 228 massacre and Taiwan society to forgive? This equals to no peace, no justice! "If the government could not publicize the related documents of 228 massacre and brutally political assassination cases clearly, like the murder cases of Lin Yi-hsiong's families and Dr. Chen Wen-chen, how can it protect and the people?", asked Rev. Chang.

 

Mr. Lee Hsin-chan, son of the 228 massacre victim - Lawyer Lee Rei-han, pointed out that the Taiwanese have to unite and stand together to break the colonial ruling of KMT. Besides, the Taiwanese have to speak the mother tongues, as this is the vessel carrying the spirit of Taiwanese. "I can speak Mandarin. But, after the occurrence of 228 massacre, I swore not to speak Mandarin in my life anymore. I would only speak the Taiwanese and the English, as I am a Taiwanese", said Lee.

 

The Youth Choir of Chung-san Presbyterian Church was also invited to sing some lyrics to commemorate the 228 event. On performing their last song, There Is Love In This Land , a banner of "I Love Taiwan" was raised up behind this youth choir. At this moment, the audience were touched and the applause exploded into the climax.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

Former Defense Minister, Tsai Min-hsien, admonished the audience about the danger of the "cheap grace" and urged the Christians to realizel God's Words by participatory action.

Photo by Chen Yi-shuan

 

Youth Choir of Chung-san Presbyterian Church offered their most wonderful sound and wish to God with a banner of "I Love Taiwan" raised behind them.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 


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