Late President Lee Teng-hui archive items donated to Academia Historica

07/30/2022 11:11 PM
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A hand-annotated copy of a send-off speech given by Lee to a delegation led by Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Koo Chen-fu that went to Shanghai to meet with Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chairman Wang Daohan in 1998 (Photo courtesy of Academia Historica)
A hand-annotated copy of a send-off speech given by Lee to a delegation led by Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Koo Chen-fu that went to Shanghai to meet with Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chairman Wang Daohan in 1998 (Photo courtesy of Academia Historica)

Taipei, July 30 (CNA) More than 2,000 items documenting the presidency of the late Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) were donated to Academia Historica on the second anniversary of his death Saturday.

The items, including excerpts from Lee's diary, speeches, and other publications, were donated to Academia Historica by the Lee Teng-hui Foundation.

At a news conference in Taipei marking the donations, Academia Historica President Chen Yi-shen (陳儀深) thanked Annie Lee (李安妮), Lee's daughter and the chairwoman of the former president's foundation, for "documenting history for the nation."

Among the donated items was a hand-annotated copy of a send-off speech given by Lee to a delegation led by Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Koo Chen-fu (辜振甫) that went to Shanghai to meet with Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chairman Wang Daohan (汪道涵) in 1998.

The news conference also marked the publication of a collection of 17 seminar papers on Lee's contributions to cross-strait and foreign relations, the economy, national defense, constitutional reforms, transitional justice and highlighting Taiwan's identity during his time as president from 1988 to 2000.

Speaking at the news conference Saturday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) expressed hope that a Lee Teng-hui memorial hall or library could be established, so that documents about the former president could be displayed for all to see.

Acknowledging her hope as a "lofty goal," Kuan encouraged the Academia Historica to do its best to study the donated documents and make history an integral part of people's everyday lives.

Annie Lee told reporters that after she attended two seminars held by former transportation minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) on her father's teachings, she realized that her father's legacy was "public property."

She also expressed hope that a planned Lee Teng-hui memorial library on the site of National Taiwan University's (NTU) former law college could be part of a larger "democracy park" where events could be held commemorating the nation's history.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Sean Lin)

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