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I was told the Japanese have a good reputation over there. Which confused me at first. Japan, China there was something, wasn't it? Apparently not on Taiwan though. The Japanese invested heavily in the place and behaved themselves. That's pretty good as far as foreign overlords go. And afterwards there were tensions between the 'native' Taiwanese population and the KMT after the Communists had won the civil war, making the Japanese times look good.

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Chiang Kai-Shek himself was an officer in the service of the Imperial Japanese Army.


Whether Taiwanese/Nationalist Chinese think highly of Japan and Japanese is a matter of debate. Just ask the Republic of China Air Force F16 pilots and armorers who scrawled "The Senkaku Islands belong to us" in large characters Mk 82 500lb bombs how they feel about Japan.

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Should be noted then that Air Force there still has a recent example. A few days before an Air Force parade was to be held on September 1st of this year, it was leaked that they were planning on including Japanese army song (song link from article link). The Air Force responded to the leak that they will use their own songs instead. The Taiwanese article also notes that over 10 years ago, a Japanese military song was used to welcome President Lee Teng-hui at a ceremony.





參演的軍中網友對此反應兩極,有人抱怨「用日本歌礙到你了是不是?大家練的那麼辛苦因為你換歌爽了沒?」「你這篇靠北,換了一首歌,九百多人因你重新適應一首歌有比較好嗎?」但也有人認為,「不知道典禮當天 ,受邀前來的記者聽到,標題會怎麼下,半個月的辛苦就毀在一首歌。」「自己人發現總比到時候被網友跟媒體發現來的好(那個時候才真的是白走了)」認為這個建議很好。









By the way, any pictures of the bombs and when?

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Not about the temple but same kind of general theme.



A Taiwanese historical drama has managed to offend both sides of the Taiwan Strait after it was pulled amid an uproar over its glorified portrayal of a local nurse who defied her parents to serve in the Japanese army during the second world war.


And the controversy has continued even after the shows cancellation, as Taiwanese authorities this week announced an investigation into whether the broadcaster discontinued the series under pressure from Beijing.


Jiachangs Heart, produced by the local Da Ai TV station, debuted on May 10 and was scheduled to run for 35 episodes during a prime-time slot at 8pm on weekdays.


But the broadcaster halted the series after just two episodes, after its politically sensitive theme touched a raw nerve in both Taiwan and on the mainland.


Da Ai TV denied that pressure from Beijing played a role in the cancellation, saying worries that the shows theme might re-traumatise some viewers led to the decision.


The drama meant to be the broadcasters major blockbuster this year, portraying the protagonists Florence Nightingale-like selfless dedication was based on the real-life story of Taiwanese nurse Lin Chih-hui during the second world war.


Lin was 17 when, over her parents objections, she left her well-to-do family on then-colonised Taiwan to serve as a nurse for the Imperial Japanese Army in Hong Kong.


Soon after the first episode was released, the series was criticised on mainland social media. Nationalistic internet users posted trailers and screen grabs of the show, lashing out at it for attempting to win favour with Japan while denouncing China.


Taiwan has filmed a Japanese-boot-licking drama Jiachangs Heart, and you will be mad after watching it, wrote user eva88219 at Tianya Club, one of Chinas most popular online forums, in her widely viewed post on May 11, a day after the show first aired.


These people showed their loyalty to the Japanese imperial emperor, read the post, which came with nine screen grabs attached, illustrating how the protagonist kowtowed to her Japanese overlords.


Lin failed to differentiate between friend and foe to the point of reacting in grief when she learnt that the Japanese had surrendered in the war, the user wrote.


If the drama was allowed to be screened on the mainland, she would spend the money to take the case to court, she added.


The post saw about 40,000 views, with many commenters agreeing with her views. The attacks focused on the pro-Japanese theme of the drama, the irrationality of pro-independence sentiment on the island and inappropriateness of the TV station in filming such a subject.


Their ancestors would have risen from their graves, user Guilixi said, and called on Beijing to use force to take back Taiwan.


The Chinese tabloid Global Times joined the fray, panning Da Ai for the show.


It is obvious from the 15-minute trailer that the first half of the series is kissing up to Japan, it said in an opinion piece published on May 11.


The following day, the series was pulled.


After the sudden suspension, rumour had it that Beijing had sent officials to Hualien, where the TV station is based, demanding that the broadcaster discontinue the show for favouring Japan.


The action prompted angry Taiwanese to cry foul and assail Beijing for stifling artistic freedom, even though Taiwan is not under its jurisdiction, and to accuse Da Ai of giving in to Chinese pressure and helping Beijing suppress democracy in Taiwan.


The Da Ai network is a subsidiary of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, a large NGO based in Taiwan.


It is extremely regretful for Tzu Chi to bow to pressure from the other side of the Taiwan Strait by pulling Jiachangs Heart off the air, said lawyer Yeh Ching-yuan, a former legal affair director of the Taipei City Government, on his Facebook post on May 14.


It is terrible and heinous for [TV stations] to air only the shows favoured by the ruling authorities, he said.


Wang Ding-yu, a legislator of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, criticised Beijing for using its powerful online troops to heap scorn on the TV drama that was based on actual events.


It is part of history and no one can deny it, he said, adding just like the production of the Steven Spielberg film Schindlers List, there would be no movie if the producer did without the Nazi element in the film.


Chen Ming-chi, a sociology professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, said Tzu Chi should not have given the impression of bowing to pressure from Beijing, which has suppressed the democratic freedoms and human rights of others by expanding its censorship of speech across the Taiwan Strait.


In a May 14 press conference in response to the controversy, Da Ai TV development manager Ou Hung-yu apologised for pulling the show, but stressed that Beijing played no role in its cancellation.


We wanted to produce a show to purify human hearts and encourage social harmony but stopped short of noticing that this kind of theme might re-traumatise certain viewers, he said. We dont want to create any controversy, and this does not serve the purpose of our TV.


Wang Kung-yi, a professor of political science at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, said the issue was Da Ais self-censorship, unlike other incidents in which Taiwanese entertainers or shows were barred on the mainland because of their apparent independence-leaning statements, actions or themes.


There may have be good reasons for Da Ai to pull the show, such as consideration of the vast future market on the mainland or the supposedly non-political status of the networks owner. Wang said that angry as Beijing might be, it must keep the bigger picture in mind.


Mishandling would only result in a backlash of Taiwanese people, serving to undermine Beijings keen efforts of winning the hearts of the Taiwanese public, he said.


The National Communications Commission said on Monday that it would investigate the cause of the cancellation and demand that Da Ai submit a report to explain its decision.


Observers, however, said what was worth pondering was not the shows cancellation, but what lay behind it a serious divergence in opinion about Japan between people on opposite sides of the strait.


Fan Shih-ping, a professor of the political institute at National Chengchi University, pointed out that Jiachangs Heart depicted the reality of the Taiwanese mindset and thinking, but because it was contrary to the way Chinese internet users interpreted the Chinese resistance against Japan or the popular anti-Japan fairy tales, it had created an uproar on the Chinese side.


This has reflected a long-existing huge gap in the conceptual values between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, he said.


Lin was born when Taiwan was colonised by Japan, so she identified as Japanese. Serving in the Japanese army fit her goal of not only being loyal to her country, but also helping provide medical treatment to her wounded compatriots.


Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895 by the Manchu government during the Qing dynasty after the first Sino-Japanese War. It returned to the Chinese fold in 1945, after Japans defeat in the second world war, after 50 years of colonisation.


When the island returned to China, Lin experienced an identity change, especially after witnessing the 1947 massacre of Taiwanese by the Chinese Nationalist forces, Fan said. Many of Lins peers went through the same experience, and naturally remembered the good things during Japans colonisation and the bad things brought by the Nationalists after Taiwan reverted to the Chinese fold. These feelings were typical generation to generation, Fan noted.


Asked what he thought about the issue, Bruce Chiu, a Taiwanese sporting goods operator, said: As Chinese people do not understand why Taiwanese are so supportive towards Japan, Taiwanese are also in the mist [about] why Chinese people hate Japan so much.


The Taiwanese had not suffered from the Japanese atrocities, during which thousands of innocent Chinese were abused and killed in Japans war with China, and thus they dont understand that kind of hatred passed down generation to generation, Chiu said.


Actress Liao Yi-chiao, who played the role of Lin, wrote in her Facebook page that she felt extremely sorry the show ended despite so much effort by so many people. What I can learn from this incident is to understand others thoughts in order to broaden my empathy for others, she said.


After the war, Lin returned to her hometown of Tainan from Guangzhou. She then went to Taipei and worked as a nurse for more than three decades before retiring in 1984. She was later hired by Tzu Chi Hospital, where she worked for about 10 more years, and where she serves as a volunteer worker to this day. The hospital is run by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, which also owns the Da Ai TV network.


Lin, 91, has not commented on the controversy about Jiachangs Heart, and her hospital says she is declining interview requests.

Intro ad of the drama in the link.



Globaltimes response


Will someone who was colonized be saddened by their colonizers being finally defeated? The answer is "no." But there are exceptions. In the TV series Jiachang's Heart recently aired on Taiwan's Da Ai Television, the heroine - a Taiwanese nurse serving in the Japanese army during World War II - burst out weeping when she learned that the Japanese emperor declared the surrender of Imperial Japan in August 1945.


The series is based on a true story. In the two episodes that have been aired, the heroine born to a well-off Taiwanese family, decided to be a nurse despite family opposition to serve the Imperial Japanese Army that was invading the Chinese mainland. She considered this a way to serve her "country," which apparently referred to Japan. As the trailer shows, the TV series put a gloss on the aggressors while the fighting Chinese troops were depicted as gaunt and ugly enemies. This of course drew criticism.


The TV drama shouldn't have been allowed to be produced. This is not about freedom of speech, but respect for history.


Taiwan was brutally colonized by Japan for half-a-century until the latter was defeated and surrendered in 1945. During this period, Japanese rulers plundered the island's resources and treated Taiwanese as second-class citizens. During Japan's attempt to assimilate Taiwan, the Taiwanese were not even allowed to use Chinese language and culture, uprooting them from their origins. In this context, some locals were brainwashed to instill a sense of belonging to Japan. But there is no way that such a subjugated life can be publicized in such an affirmative way because it would otherwise send a wrong message.


Few under colonization would forget such suffering, humiliation and bewilderment. The pain of being colonized and the resistance of Taiwan natives against the Japanese rulers was powerfully depicted in the film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, which was directed by Taiwanese film director Wei Te-sheng and often compared to the Hollywood production Braveheart. This is a model for anyone who wants to reproduce the mortifying history.


On the other hand, the TV series may cater to the increasingly unbridled calls for Taiwan independence, deliberate or not. Although Da Ai Television soon took down the production after two episodes saying it found the plot may cause misunderstandings, Taiwan authorities and pro-independence activists attributed this to intervention from the Chinese mainland.


In recent years, there have appeared some people, on both the mainland and in Taiwan, who consider Japan perfect and aspire to become Japanese citizens. Underlying this is an ignorance and a lack of respect for the bitter history. It is especially dangerous in Taiwan given the island's colonial history, rising pro-independence forces and endless revision of history books by the authorities.


Any attempt to glorify the Fascist aggression and colonizing history must be dealt with sternly. South Korea has always been firm on this and use of the Nazi salute is a criminal offence in European countries. Some people may have become too used to slavery and forgotten how to stand up. They must learn to.



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Heh, two birds with one stone. If Venezuela is able to recognize Taiwan as a state, then that might be enough to seal the deal :)

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Survey on college students taken in 2017 asking about past colonial times.



Against the background of renewed interest in Taiwan’s history, I surveyed 1054 high school and college students in Tainan from January to March this year and asked them their views on the periods of Dutch rule (1624-1662) and Cheng Cheng-kung (鄭成功, also known as Koxinga) family rule (1662-1683). In order to have a measure of comparison, the students were also asked to give their opinion on the Qing Dynasty rule (1683-1895) and Japanese colonial rule (1895-1945).


Overall, the percentage of those who didn’t know enough about a particular period of history to say whether it had or had not been good for Taiwan varied around 25 percent for the Dutch, Koxinga and Qing Dynasty periods, and dropped to 15.5 percent for the Japanese period.

These numbers (25 percent “don’t know”) still indicate a significant lack of knowledge about the earlier periods. This is probably due to the still minimal amount of time spent on these periods in the current history curriculum. Several students complained about the lack of sufficient time spent on history as compared to Chinese history and classical Chinese texts which have little relevance to present-day Taiwan.


One of the key characteristics of the survey is the relatively high percentage of students who consider themselves Aboriginal (177 out of 1054, or 16.8 percent). This enables us to compare the views of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

For the period of Dutch rule (1624-1662) both the Aboriginal respondents and those who identified themselves as “Ethnic Taiwanese” consider it to have been good for Taiwan, 54.2 percent and 56.4 percent respectively.

For the “Others” category — (those who identified themselves as Hakka, Mainlander and others) — it drops to slightly below 50 percent, but this is probably due to the fact that this group included a number of foreign students who had had no exposure to Taiwan’s history, and responded “I don’t know.” For all three groups, the respondents who had a negative perception of the Dutch period hovered around 22 percent.

For the period of Koxinga family rule (1662-1683) we see a very different picture. Among Aboriginal respondents, his rule is disliked by 43.4 percent while 32.6 percent agreed that his rule was good for Taiwan. Twenty-four percent say they don’t know. However, 67.6 percent of Ethnic Taiwanese had a positive view of him, with 9.6 percent disagreeing. Among the Others category, the positions are somewhere in between: a slight majority (53.0 percent) is positive while 12.5 percent is negative, with a relatively high percentage (34.5 percent) saying they don’t know.

The period of Qing Dynasty rule is worst off. Aboriginal respondents are overwhelmingly (58.5 percent) critical, with 18.8 percent having a positive image of the period. For Ethnic Taiwanese respondents the picture is slightly better, with 42.9 percent positive and 33.9 percent negative. For the Others category of respondents, the pictures is quite similar: 38.3 percent positive and 27.3 percent negative.

The period of Japanese rule (1895-1945) is generally considered most positive by all three groups of respondents, but again the Aboriginal students are most critical with 44.6 percent positive and 39.0 percent negative. The Ethnic Taiwanese group is overwhelmingly positive, with 70.5 percent agreeing it was good for Taiwan, and only 16.8 percent disagreeing. The Others category again come down somewhere in between, with 54.9 percent agreeing it was good for Taiwan, and 23.9 percent disagreeing.



Why are the different periods of Taiwan’s history valued so differently? In their responses to “Give a reason why,” the students wrote in a large number of opinions.

On the Dutch period, the positive comments included “improving the lives of the Aboriginal people,” “bringing in new agricultural products,” and “introducing water buffaloes to improve agriculture.” Others stated that the Dutch “brought Taiwan into the world trading system,” and also provided schooling and developed a written language for the Siraya Aborigines in an area northeast of present-day Tainan. On the negative side, respondents criticized the Dutch for their colonial exploitation, and for trade practices that led to the extinction of the Formosan sika deer.

The period of Koxinga family rule was seen positively by those who felt that he had brought new immigrants from Fukien province to Taiwan to develop agriculture, laid the foundation of a new Han Chinese society and for introducing a preliminary schooling system at the site of the Confucius Temple in Tainan. Those who viewed the Cheng period negatively emphasized that Koxinga and his family had killed many Aborigines. They also felt he exploited them, destroyed their culture and stole their women and land. A number also criticized Koxinga for using Taiwan as a base to regain control of China.

The period of Qing Dynasty rule was seen negatively by Aboriginal respondents because they oppressed Aboriginal people, taking away their land and forcing them to accept Han culture. Other students stated that the Qing marginalized Taiwan by restricting development and impairing contacts between Taiwan and the outside world. Many respondents also mentioned widespread corruption among Qing government officials, starting with Shih Lang (施琅) — the first official to rule Taiwan on behalf of the Qing. The only positive comments about Qing Dynasty rule related to the efforts of governor Liu Ming-chuan (劉銘傳) in the late 1880s, who started to develop railways and a telegraph system.

The period of Japanese rule was overwhelmingly considered positive because they initiated a major expansion of modern infrastructure, such as roads, railroads and other public works. The Japanese were also credited for starting a public health system, an education system up to university level, irrigation systems and tap water. A number of people also mentioned that the Japanese introduced the Western system of keeping time, and “taught Taiwan to be law-abiding and punctual with time.”

The detractors of the Japanese period mentioned racial discrimination against both Taiwanese and Aborigines, and a number also mentioned the killings that took place during the “pacification campaigns” in the early years of the era.


These early events in Taiwan’s history laid the foundation of present-day Taiwan: a multi-cultural society with many different historic roots.

The fact that the social origins are clearly rooted in the Aboriginal population is finding increasing recognition, as seen in President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration ceremony and apology to Aborigines last year.


But this new multi-cultural Taiwanese identity also cherishes the Hoklo-speaking part of the population (70 percent), the Hakka-speaking population (15 percent) and the descendents of the Chinese mainlanders, who came over to Taiwan with Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) after 1945.

One point of broad agreement among all these groups is that they would like to see an end to the political and diplomatic isolation into which Taiwan has been pushed by its recent history, and broadly support Taiwan playing a more prominent role internationally.

The fact that at several points in its long history Taiwan was already connected to the world, both to the Pacific Islanders through cultural links as long as 3,500 years ago as well as to Japan and Southeast Asia through the Dutch trading system in the 17th century is supportive of the broader narrative that Taiwan has long been an “Ocean nation” that survived and thrived.

Thus, as Taiwan prepares to play a fuller and more integral role in the international community and be a part of globalization in the 21st century, it can look back at — and make use of — a long history with strong connections to the outside world.


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Nearly 60 percent of Taiwanese pick Japan as favorite country: survey

2019/11/14 21:18:30


Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) Japan remains the favorite country for Taiwanese, with nearly 60 of respondents picking the Northeast Asian country, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the de facto Japanese embassy in Taiwan in February 2019 and released Thursday.


Fifty-nine percent of people in Taiwan preferred Japan over any other foreign country or region in the world, up 4 percent from 2016, when the survey was last conducted, said the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA).


JTEA represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.


China and the U.S. picked up 8 percent and 4 percent of votes to rank as the second and third favorite countries of Taiwanese, the poll showed.


People aged 30-39 most favored Japan (66 percent), according to the survey.


Japan was also the favorite country among Taiwanese in previous surveys conducted by the JETA in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and 2016.


In addition, Japan remained the top pick among Taiwanese when asked which country they would prefer to visit, with 44 percent picking Japan, 18 percent Europe, 12 percent Australia and New Zealand, 9 percent the U.S. and Canada and 8 percent China.


The same survey also shows that 37 percent of respondents believe Japan is the country or area with which Taiwan should have the closest relationship, followed by China with 31 percent.


However, the survey indicates that only 15 percent of respondents believe Japan has most influence over Taiwan, with the top two picks being China at 45 percent and the U.S. with 33 percent.


The survey was conducted by market researcher Nielsen from Feb. 14 to Feb. 27 2019 via the Internet and computer-assisted telephone interviews. A total of 1,003 samples were collected from Taiwanese aged 20-80 nationwide and the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.



Ther survey itself



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The alleys and lanes around Qingtian Street in Taipei City’s Daan District belie their location at the heart of one of the capital’s busiest areas, with quiet back streets, lines of trees and unassuming Japanese-style houses. It is these components, however, that give the neighborhood its special ambience.


Built in the 1930s during Taiwan’s period under Japanese colonial rule (1895-1945), the buildings on and around Qingtian Street were once homes for Japanese professors teaching in the city. As time passed, and as urban development continued apace, the old houses slowly faded into the background. Many were abandoned and became dumping grounds for rubbish, with their facades obscured by overgrown grass.


Rather than leave the community to its fate, a group of enterprising citizens in 2002 set about trying to earn protected status for the buildings. This involved collecting historical documents and making two trips to Japan for interviews with former occupants. Their efforts helped unearth the story behind the structures and ultimately led to Taipei City Government proclaiming Qingtian Street a conservation area on May 2, 2006.


Although many of the traditional wooden structures were replaced before this status was granted, some 30 still remain, serving a variety of functions including as residences, bookstores, antique shops and tea houses. Qingtian Street’s revival has caused an economic uptick founded on an energetic brand of urban renewal spurred by cross-sector collaboration among TCG, private enterprises and nonprofit organizations.


One of these buildings now hosts a Japanese restaurant called Qingtian 76. Completed in 1931, it was designed and built by Masashi Adachi. In 1945, ownership was transferred to Ma Ting-ying, then chairman of National Taiwan University’s Geoscience Department, and it remained under the Ma family’s care until 2007 when it was reclaimed by TCG and officially designated a municipal relic.


In 2011, the Goldenseeds Education Organization took over responsibility for maintaining Qingtian 76. According to its manager Yang Ching-ming, her team is proud of the work done restoring the municipal relic. “Right now this building is 80 years old. If it had been torn down, it’d never get a chance to be 100 or 200 years old for people in the future to enjoy,” Yang said. “Once we lose our historical heritage, we can never bring it back.”


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In the mid 1970s, CKS ordered all left over Japanese shrines to be removed/destroyed when Japan terminated official diplomatic relations with Taiwan while switching to the PRC. A few seem to have been spared though. One shrine was spared from that due to local opposition as well as academic reasoning that Tang dynasty architecture was incorporated into the shrine's design. As a result it's basically the only remaining fully intact Japanese shrine in Taiwan. It was originally built in 1938. The shrine was restored in the late 1980s. In the mid 1990s, it was added to Taiwan's Class III historical site list in the mid 1990s. It went through another round of restoration in 2019 and 2020.

A video of it uploaded in 2018

Another with some footage of the recent round of restoration work

A video of it uploaded in late July this year

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