Two postwar broadcast mics will go on display together for the 1st time
Two microphones used by late Republic of China President Chiang Kai-shek for two significant wartime broadcasts will go on display together in Taiwan for the first time beginning Aug. 3.
The two microphones — separately preserved at the Taipeibased Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC) and Radio Taiwan International (RTI) until now — made their first appearance together on Friday at a RTI event held to announce the exhibition.
The microphone preserved at BCC was used by Chiang to make his famous 1937 remarks at Lushan in China’s Jiangxi Province.
During the speech, which marked the beginning of the R.O.C.’s eightyear (1937-1945) War of Resistance against Japan, Chiang said China had reached the limits of its endurance of Japanese aggression.
“Let our people realize the full the meaning of ‘the limit of endurance,’ for once that stage is reached, we can only sacrifice and fight to the bitter end,” Chiang said in the address.
The large initials “XGOA” can be seen on the metal microphone holder. “XGOA” was the call sign for the radio that RTI and BCC both used to belong to.
The other microphone, preserved at RTI, was used by Chiang when he announced the defeat of Japan to the Chinese people and the world in 1945. The Chinese characters for RTI can be seen on the microphone holder.
After the R.O.C. government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 following its defeat at the hands of Chinese communist forces in the subsequent Chinese civil war, the two microphones were brought to Taiwan, but they have never been showcased together until now, RTI said Friday.
The exhibition was launched to celebrate the 87th anniversary of RTI this year, and the 70th anniversary of the end of the war against Japan.
In addition to the two microphones, the exhibition will highlight RTI’s role in the war, the radio station said.
Admission to the exhibition is free of charge. It is open to the public every Monday morning at the RTI’s office in Taipei until the end of December.
Visitors can call (02)2885-6168 ext. 722/723 to make reservations.