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Kaohsiung woman selling cheap meals to help poor remembered

Kaohsiung woman selling cheap meals to help poor remembered

Kaohsiung, March 4 (CNA) The funeral of a woman who sold meals for only NT$10 (US$0.32) for decades to help low-income people was held in Kaohsiung Wednesday, with several people who have enjoyed the meals showing up to remember Chuang Chu Yu-nu.
"She was so selfless, merciful and just like my mother," said Chen Chin-chang, who choked up when spoke of Chuang Chu while attending her funeral. Chen, a native of the outlying island of Penghu, came to Kaohsiung to make a living as a worker at the southern city's harbor about five decades ago. At that time, he recalled, many impoverished workers would buy lunch from Chuang Chu, who sold cheap meals near the city's Gongyuan overpass.
Chen recalled that for only NT$10, they could eat fish soup and vegetables, and as much rice as they wanted.
Chen said that he and Chuang Chu knew each other well and often chatted when he went there to eat.
A lot of people would flock to the site for Chuang Chu's food during lunchtime, even bachelors who ate without paying for their meals, but she would not mind, Chen said.
In order to keep the service up and running, Chuang Chu had to sell her family's houses to cover her expenses, a close friend of her son said. Although Chuang Chu's son had tried to talk her into stopping the service, she remained committed to charitable acts to care for port workers and other people in need, said the friend, identified only by his surname of Huang.
Chu died Feb. 13 aged 96. Many politicians and businessmen sent wreaths to pay their respects to the woman who had received the honor of "City Hero" from the Kaohsiung city government for her dedication to helping the disadvantaged. (By Wang Shwu-fen and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-20 13:46 GMT+08:00