TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Culture (MOC) submitted a planning report for the revision and transformation of Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Memorial Hall to the Executive Yuan today.
UDN reports the plan suggests the monument be transformed into something akin to the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance in California, U.S., which focuses on the holocaust but examines racism and prejudice around the world.
The MOC wishes to openly exhibit Taiwan’s struggle with human rights over the course of its history. The plan does not suggest any part of the monument is to be demolished.
KMT legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖) criticized the plan, saying it was pre-discussed by the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC), which he referred to it as “dong chang”—a secret spying agency during the Ming Dynasty. The KMT frequently calls the legitimacy of the TJC into question and referred to it by the same name earlier this month when members violently disrupted a TJC review.
Since the plan involves cross-ministerial matters, representatives from all relevant government departments will be invited to discuss the matter. The MOC pointed out that revisions must be conducted in line with the value of transitional justice and future national development prospects.
Speaking on its biannual progress report earlier this month, TJC chairman Yang Tsui (楊翠) said five suggestions had been offered regarding the transformation of the monument. Included were the removal of all authoritarian characteristics from the CKS Memorial Hall grounds, and the cancellation of the guard-changing ceremony.