Se­nior home in Kaoh­si­ung un­veils re­stored CKS statue

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A se­nior cit­i­zens’ home in Kaoh­si­ung held an un­veil­ing cer­e­mony of a bronze statue of the late Pres­i­dent Chi­ang Kaishek ( 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.

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