Saturday, October 14, 2006

Taiwan IV

Military guard in front of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall on Saturday.

They went through their steps and marched for the audience - largely tourists.

Inside the Memorial Hall is a Lincoln Memorial-sized seated statue of Chiang Kai-shek. Despite having taken a course in Chinese history in college, I don't have much of an opinion about Chiang. The Taiwanese seem to see him as a "father of our country" type figure, but his rule was dictatorial and often extremely cruel, especially in the early years after he lost mainland China.

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