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Taiwan Historica commemorates Taiwanese resistance to Japan's rule

2015/10/25 19:17:03

Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) Taiwan Historica held a symposium Sunday to observe the 70th anniversary of Taiwan Retrocession Day, marking the return of Taiwan to the Republic of China after Japan's colonial rule (1895-1945).

Addressing the symposium, Taiwan Historica Director Chang Hong-ming (張鴻銘) said some of those present were descendants of Taiwan Volunteers (台灣義勇軍 ) who fought against Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), while others were the offspring of Taiwanese intellectuals who preserved Chinese culture during the 50 years of Japanese occupation.

Seventy years after the Sino-Japanese War ended most of the individuals who joined the nationalist China's fight against Japan have passed away, so historians now hope to learn more about the era from family members, Chang said.

This information provides proof of the role Taiwanese played in the anti-Japanese struggle, Chang said, adding that resistance to Japan's rule in Taiwan was persistent - from revolts in the early years to non-violent efforts that preserved China's culture by intellectuals from 1910 onward.

He specifically lauded the contributions of Lin Hsien-tang (林獻堂, 1881-1956) and Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水, 1890-1931) in leading Taiwan's resistance movement against Japanese subjugation.

(By Y.L. Wei and Lillian Lin)
Enditem/Jules Quartly