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Kaohsiung seniors' home unveils restored Chiang Kai-shek statue

Kaohsiung seniors' home unveils restored Chiang Kai-shek statue

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) A senior citizens' home in Kaohsiung held an unveiling ceremony Sunday of a bronze statue of the late President Chiang Kai-shek donated by a local university, a move in stark contrast to a campaign advocating the removal of statues of the late leader from campuses around the country. "Those who don't want statues are welcome to send them here," Chang Ya-ling, chairwoman of the privately run Ren-ai senior citizens' home in Daliao, said while presiding over the unveiling ceremony. The bronze, which is 4 meters high and 1.8 meters across at its widest point, had been stored in a warehouse since being removed from the campus of Cheng Shiu University in Kaohsiung's Niaosong District in 1997. On March 10, it was sent to the seniors' home and then renovated before being installed in the garden of the facility, according to Chang. "If it weren't for him, Taiwan would not be as it is today," Chang said, adding that she feels heart-wrenching pain seeing Chiang's statues being disposed of and moved away by dump trucks at night. Chang said that if people have difficulty handling the statues, the seniors' home is willing to provide assistance. She said she wants to take over all the unwanted statutes of the late leader. The unveiling ceremony attracted about 60 people, none of whom were political figures. Most of the statues of the late president removed from campuses around the country have been moved to the Chiang Kai-shek Statue Park in Dashi (??) Township, Taoyuan County, where the tombs of Chiang is located. (By Chang Che-fon and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-19 13:54 GMT+08:00