Monday, August 22, 2005

Maybe it sounds more convincing in Mandarin

Opponents of the KMT often characterize the party as "alien" to Taiwan. A vile slander, of course -- and KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou is sick and tired of it. To show just how unfair the stereotype is, Ma told a story the other day about Sun Yat-sen passing through Taipei in 1913 on his way to exile in Japan. Apparently a Taiwanese painter named Liao Chin-ping donated some money to Sun, and Sun reciprocated the gift with a bottle of whiskey. The whiskey was so meaningful to Liao, and indeed the entire Liao family, that Liao's son treasured and safeguarded it even after his father...

...was put to death by the KMT!

"Those who claimed that Kuomintang is an alien regime are just ignorant of the history," Ma said.

That's the kind of logic you can't argue with.

4 comments:

David said...

Classic! I suppose it does at least prove that the KMT have got a long and glorious history of fleeing to Taiwan when they lose China :)

Feiren said...

Liao's son gave Ma the treasured bottle just the other day. Ma also claims that the KMT has archival material showing that Jiang Weishui and other pro-democracy figures active in the 1930s were actually secret KMT members.

Jason said...

After being handed the whiskey, Ma was heard saying "Suntory...??" before downing the entire bottle.

Taiwan's Other Side said...

Does anybody know why the father was executed? Was he a secret child molester, a murderer, or do we just assume that he was an innocent because he was killed under the KMT regime?