Chiang Kai-shek idol falls downHey, somebody was listening to me after all!
A bronze equestrian statue of the late dictator Chiang Kai-shek lies on the grass next to a monument reading "Our national savior" in Ilan, Taiwan.
PHOTO: CHIANG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES
Do you still recall that in 1989 the statues of Lenin were knocked down all over the world in the bloodless revolution as the Berlin Wall came down? That same summer, students and faculty of Beijing University attempted a peaceful revolt for democracy, only to be crushed by the army in one bloody night at Tiananmen Square.
Meanwhile in Taiwan, life went on as usual, that is to say, business. The numerous statues of the Capitalist-Leninist dictator Chiang Kai-shek were left standing in full view, where even kids can see them daily. As of today, December 14, 2005, this is the only case I've heard about where his statue somehow fell down.