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3235 Edition

February 24 - March 2, 2014

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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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3235 Edition

February 24 - March 2, 2014

Church Mnistry News

 

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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February 24 - March 2, 2014

Church Mnistry News

 

The Power Of Women Missionaries Move Taiwan Forward

 

Reported by Chen Yi-Shuan

 

Four years ago, when the oldest college student in Taiwan, Shen Jen-yi in his 84 years old, graduated from Chang Jung Christian University(CJCU), Shen's wife - Mrs. Zeng Jiao-chu - was also granted an award from the CJCU's Principal dubbed "P. H. D." which meant "Put Husband to get Degrees", because she drove as a chauffeur and accompanied her husband going through 4 year's time of study.

 

Just like Zeng Jiao-chu, who strenuously accompanied her husband to get the college degrees with 4 years time, in the past 150 years of PCT missionary history there were also many respectable women accompanied their missionary husbands, co-workers, and the institutes to move Taiwan church forward. Some famous examples, like Lillian Dickson who founded the Mustard Seed Mission, Marjorie Learner in the reknown story of the Love of Skin Donation, Chiwang Iwal - the Mother of Faith for the Taiwan Aboriginals, Mrs. Dr. Elisabeth Christie Ferguson and etc.

 

Many more women missionaries, like Miss Jane Kinney and Miss Hannah Connel, had also done a great service to Taiwan society yet their names are gradually forgotten by people now. These women missionaries, facing the under-development and poverty of the pre-modern Taiwan, stood firm in faith and oath to serve Taiwan society with love and hope. Submitting their best support in various missionary and ministry, the destiny of Taiwan women were changed henceforth.

 

In an essay of The Destiny-Changed Taiwan Women by Women Missionaries, written by Su Wen-quei, a grass-root amateur historian, the biographies of Miss Jane Kinney and Miss Hannah Connel had been briefly introduced: Miss Kinney was born in New Brunswick, who majored in Arts; Miss Connel was born in Ontario, who was a musics teacher. Both of them were very excellent educators even from the the contemporary Canadian standard. Joined by Miss Mabel G. Claize, they started their ministry for women education from 1907 in Tamsui Girls' School and Tamsui Women School. Since then, the destiny of Taiwan women were greatly improved and Taiwan society was moved forward!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Women missionaries sacrifice all their best to the church and the people they are called to serve, enduring kinds of challenges and hardship in different cultures, only to witness the love from God.

 

Photo by Chen Yi-shuan

 
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3235 Edition

February 24 - March 2, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

Elder Tsai Wang Li-hwa Donated Her Land And House in Taitung For PCT's Youth Ministry

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

PCT's Youth Ministry in Taitung, a East Taiwan Prefecture, was given a great boost by a generous offer from Mrs. Tsai Wang Li-hwa, an Elder from San-ming Presbyterian Church of Sho-san presbytery, donating her inherited land and house located at Zhiben to PCT. This donation is to facilitate the youth ministry there, anticipating to become a missionary operation center in Taitung.

 

On February 21st, a donation and thanksgiving service was held at San-ming Presbyterian Church, the 90 years' old Elder Tsai Wang Li-hwa and her families were invited to witness this honorable and historic moment. Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong, General Secretary of PCT, represented PCT to accept this donation in this service. Rev. Lyim expressed that the youth ministry became very urgently demanded since Taitung University set up her campus on the Zhiben, Taitung. "After some repair and maintenance, the land and house donated by Elder Tsai will be used as a youth ministry center and minister's dormitory", Rev. Lyim said.

 

Rev. Tsai Fon-zhe, who is the second son of Elder Tsai and also a long term missionary in Europe and China, remarked that the faith is composed of inheritance and proclamation of God's good news. And this donation is also the heartily wish from Tsai's families, through the give away of land and house, encouraging people to carry on the faith and proclaim the gospel.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

Elder Tsai Wang Li-hwa (left) shook hand with Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong (right), PCT General Secretary, donating her house and land located at Zhiben in Taitung to PCT for the youth ministry.

Photo by Simon Lin

 
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3234 Edition

February 17 - February 23, 2014

Editorial

 

Editorial: A Cold Weather Is Better Than A Cold Heart

 

Within this precarious weather and sudden cold temperature, lots of precious lives still could not be saved back by the alarming ambulances shuttling in the chilling streets. From the end of November 2013 up to this month middle, the weather bureaus repeatedly forecast the arrival of cold streams, the official statistics of the abrupt death due to cold weather had reached 200 people more. As a matter of fact, the real death toll due to cold climate is beyond the numbers reported.

 

We felt so happy that Jehovah so abundantly blessed us to eat full and dress warm, even though there were old ladies, wearing raincoat and begging on the street, kept starving and freezing in the hunger. We still kept making good friends with the rich, who knew how to please their gods and kings with offerings to exchange the benefits. We enjoyed the luxuries, dressed the fashion coats and let our stomach filled with nutritious foodstuffs. But, there always existed an unchanging call that we should walk with the melancholy, the suffered and the poor!

 

Regarding the injustice, experienced by the Taiwanese in the past legal verdict that "You are innocent if you were rich, guilty if poor", would it also happen to our present medical care system when we are reminded the sirens of ambulances roaming on the chilling streets? The real cause why our medical care system is alienated and her egalitarian spirit destroyed, except some selfish minority just see the medical service as a business, is due to our mind was too cold to feel the hot blood and heart beats of our fellow citizen. As the laissez-faire policy of Ma administration forced the health care to become an second-rated service, no public condemnation on this injustice is to blame. Even worse, the blind preference for the self-cost or private medical service of the Taiwan society deteriorates the bipolar medical market phenomenons: the poor go to the public health care system; the rich flock around the private health care.

 

This schizophrenia of health care policy could bring in predatory mindset to plunder our community resources. Recently, a true story revealed by a famous physician blog writer, Dr. Liu Yu-zhe, reporting an oversea Taiwanese to enjoy the full benefits of Taiwan's health care to gave birth yet disdaining her own Taiwan identity. This sad and rapacious stance to rob the Taiwan resources, without a bit of thanksgiving sense to feedback, anticipates a breakdown of our economic community.

 

Free Economic Pilot Zones, an official starter to boost Taiwan's economics, could be a catalyst to push up the aggressiveness and plunder within Taiwan society, as the prophet Isaiah had lamented: How is the faithful city becomes an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

 

The contemporary cold heart of Taiwan society is just like the hardened heart of Pharoah, which will only bring in more disastrous calamity. What we Christian should do is to engage and sacrifice more of ourselves toward this society, in order to offer more glory to God, forging more peace and warmth to this freezing and dying Taiwan. When the sirens of the alarming ambulances roaming on the chilling streets, remember it is a call to our consciousness from God!

 

 
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3234 Edition

February 17  - February 23, 2014

Headline News

 

Free Economic Pilot Zones: A Conspiracy To Lock Taiwan Into China

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

On February 15, a press conference titled "Whose Free Economics? Whose Pilot Zones?" was held by Taiwan Association of University Professors(TAUP), blasting the so-called Free Economic Pilot Zones(FEPZ) was actually a conspiracy to lock Taiwan's economics into China.

 

Professor Lu Jin-chong, President of TAUP, questioned that FEPZ's real content and its related policy packages were still unclear. Lu pointed out, as a matter of fact, after the launch of ECFA, Taiwan's economics and export was kept falling. Installing FEPZ, by alluring local governments to establish Pilot Zones, could only be a further measures to step into a unification policy.

 

Chen Chon-ji, an Economics Professor from the Applied Economics Department of National Central University, predicted that the future Taiwan's agricultural loss could reach up to NTD 173.9 billions as income tariffs for these FEPZ are zero and volumes of China agricultural raw materials could be imported and re-branded as MIT.

 

Teng Si-hua, speaker of the Health Care Watch, commented the spirit of health care system could be severely deteriorated into bankruptcy when the special medical care system is practiced within FEPZ. According to the installment experiences of international medical care, practiced by the countries with free trade zones, the cost of domestic medical care would increase 25% to 126%. In addition, the quality of medical service and personnel expertise would drop drastically. Teng questioned how Taiwan's health care system could benefit from such FEPZ?

 

Hong Jin-su, Director of Taiwan Labour Front, feared that once FEPZ is installed the rights of labor inspection and labor safety would be automatically detached from the Ministry of Labor(MoL). As both these rights are not practiced by MoL inside the scientific park, industrial district and exporting zones, in order to serve the capitalism-inclined state, they were transferred to the Ministry of Economics.

 

Lai Chung-chian, Speaker of the Cross-Strait Agreement Watch, pointed out FEPZ's deregulation of the flow of human resources, material goods and capital is actually to fulfill the slogans from the China leaders - "Integration of Cross-Strait Economics" or "Cross-Strait Common Market".

 

Many respected economics scholar or renown activists also attended this press conference to voice their worries and protest, including Economics Professor Lin Shia-kai from Taiwan University, Assistant Professor Tsai Pei-huei from Social Development Graduate Studies of Shih-Hsin University, Wei Young from Black Island Nation Youth Front and Assistant Professor Luo Chen-zon from Finance and Legal Affairs Graduate Studies of Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

Taiwan Association of University Professors held press conference and seminar to warn the negative impacts of the unification-inclined framework of Free Economic Pilot Zones.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 


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