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Taiwan Church News

3393 Edition

6 - 12 March, 2017

Church Ministry

 

Be Imitators Of Rev George Leslie MacKay As He Is Of Christ

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

To commemorate the first Christian church, established at Tamsui of northern Taiwan by Rev George Leslie MacKay, Rev Hugh Ritchie and Dr Matthew Dickson on 10 April 1872, Tamsui Presbyterian Church of Taipei Presbytery plans to hold a thanks-giving service for the 145 anniversary of the church's mission on April 9.

In the meantime, People Rule Educational Foundation, a former pro-plebiscite group against the 4th nuclear power plant of Taiwan Electricity Company, launched its 100th itinerary parade, entitled "March forward to be a master!", a referendum-appealed pilgrimage of 23 kilometers from Tamsui to Wang-hua on March 9. Specially noteworthy is that this pilgrimage parade, initiated by a anti-nuclear group, stressing to imitate the evangelical spirit of Rev George Leslie MacKay to preach the good news to all Taiwanese people.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Stressing to imitate the evangelical spirit of Rev George Leslie MacKay, People Rule Educational Foundation, a former pro-plebiscite group against the 4th nuclear power plant of Taiwan Electricity Company, launched its 100th itinerary parade, entitled "March forward to be a master!", a referendum-appealed pilgrimage of 23 kilometers from Tamsui to Wang-hua on 9 March 2017.

This 100th parade started from the place where Rev George Leslie MacKay first arrived on Taiwan (i.e. Tamsui) and his knelt down and prayed statue was set up.

Photo by People Rule Educational Foundation

 
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3393 Edition

6 - 12 March, 2017

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Taiwanese Churches and Communities Commemorate 228 Massacre Event Across Northern American Cities

 

Reported by Chen Yi-fan

 

In the afternoon on 25 February, a Memorial Service for the 70th Anniversary of Taiwan 228 Massacre was held by Association of Taiwanese Organization in Toronto(ATOT) at Taiwanese United Church in Toronto, Canada.

Mr Edward Chung, president of ATOT, expressed that one of three daughters (Anna, Isabel, and Margaret) of Rev George William MacKay, whose father Rev George Leslie MacKay is the famous Canadian missionary in 19th century's Taiwan, bravely wrote an overseas letter describing the heinous 228 massacre occurred to Taiwan in 1947. Rev George William MacKay had also personally witnessed the brutal killings of the 228 massacre in this great havoc of Taiwan.

In a sober and commemorative mood, wishing the families of the 228 massacre victims can be comforted and Taiwan to march forward to a brigh future, many Taiwanese emigrants and Christians in Toronto area attended this memorial service of the 70th anniversary of 228 Massacre.

In the meantime, many Taiwanese groups across US and Canada cities, including Washington DC, New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angles, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, and Vancouver, also held memorial services or musical concerts for the 70th anniversary of 228 massacre event.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

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New York Taiwan Center held a musical concert to commemorate the 228 massacre event in Taiwan and one of the 228 victims, Mr Wang Ming-kai, on 26 February 2017.

Photos from New York Taiwan Center's website album

 
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3393 Edition

6 - 12 March, 2017

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A Delayed Justice Finally Came For The Families Of Foreign Victims In 228 Massacre

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

Few people know that, since KMT troops arrived Keelung harbor on 8 March 1947 and started the rampant shootings toward the innocent citizens at harbor side, there were also Koreans got executed in this massacre. Mr Park Sun Chong, a Korean sailor lived at Keelung harbor city and went to market to buy fish for celebrating his second son's one-year-old birthday next day, was randomly kidnapped by KMT soldiers on 11 March 1947 and hence not knowing his where about.

After Mr Park's missing, his wife, three sons and one daughter survived this heinous massacre. Mr Park's eldest son, Park Shin-Tai, and one of his grand daughter, Ms Jo Yong hee, were both ordained pastors graduated from Tainan Theological Seminary and College.

Several years ago, due to his distinguished expertise in modern Taiwan history, Mr Amae Yoshihisa, an associate professor of the Graduate of Taiwan Studies at Chang Jung Christian University, was commissioned by Park Sun Chong's families to find out the truth of Park's missing and apply for the compensation from the 228 Foundation of Taiwan government.

Now, justice finally came after a long run, though delayed. In January 2017, the case of Park Sun Chong is decisively recognized by the 228 Foundation as an authentic case of 228 massacre victims. Mr Park Sun Chong thus became the second foreigner compensated for 228 massacre since 2015.

The first 228 foreign victims' case, filed to Taipei High Administrative Court and finally got compensated for 228 massacre two years ago, is raised by Mr Aoyama Keisho for his father Aoyama Esaki from Okinawa, Japan. This historical verdict paved the way for the approval of Mr Park Sun Chong's case, which was once rejected in a 1995 application but finally succeeded via professor Amae Yoshihisa's detailed report with evidences.

Stressing justice is blind to nationality, professor Amae Yoshihisa affirmed Taiwan government's courage and determination to apologize for the historical mistake of the 228 massacre. Professor Yoshihisa also paraphrased the words from Ms Park Yong Sim, the only daughter of Park Sun Chong, that she felt comforted to see this compensation case settled smoothly and hoped to see his father's name could be inscribed on the 228 monument in the future!

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

A family photograph of Mr Park Sun Chong(standing), with his wife, three boys and one girl.

Photo by Rev Park Shin Tai

 

Ms Park Yong Sim(holding white rose), Mr Park Sun Chong's only daughter, and Professor Amae Yoshihisa(center in glasses) attended a 228 memorial service.

Photo by Suzuki Leko

 


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