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Confucius' centenarian descendent in Taiwan receives Double Ninth Festival gift

Confucius’ 76th generation descendent Kung Lin-hsin celebrated his 100th birthday in 2020

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Centenarian Kung Lin-hsin is Confucius' 76th generation descendent. (Youtube, CNA screenshot)

Centenarian Kung Lin-hsin is Confucius' 76th generation descendent. (Youtube, CNA screenshot)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kung Lin-hsin (孔令鑫), founder of Chiayo Electronics and 76th generation descendent of Confucius, received Double Ninth Festival gifts including NT$12,000 (US$430.57) in cash at his home on Thursday (Sept. 30).

According to CNA, Chiayi City Mayor Huang Ming-Hui (黃敏惠) personally delivered the gifts to Kung, which also included a celebratory plaque, golden medal, lucky bag, longevity peaches and noodles, apples, and a nutrition cash gift of NT$5,000. With an additional plaque and gold medal from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the 10 items bear the meaning of “completeness and perfection” (十全十美) as a blessing to Kung.

Confucius' centenarian descendent in Taiwan receives Double Ninth Festival gift
Kung Lin-hsin receives 10 gifts for Double Ninth Festival. (CNA photo)

Kung was born in Henan, China, and joined the youth army at the age of 18, reported the Chiayi Veteran Service Center. After serving in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War, he arrived in Taiwan in 1948, and in 2020 celebrated his 100th birthday.

Having built a family and a successful career in Taiwan, Kung now sees Taiwan as his homeland, per UDN. Mayor Huang is cited as saying that Kung is healthy, and spends his time collecting stamps as well as sculptures and drawings of Confucius.

According to UDN, the Chiayi City Government gives cash gifts to elders over the age of 65 to celebrate Double Ninth Festival, which honors elders and ancestors. Elders in Chiayi City between 65 and 79 of age receive NT$3,000; between 80 and 89, NT$6,000; between 90 and 99, NT$9,000. Centenarians receive NT$12,000.