Two post­war broad­cast mics will go on dis­play to­gether for the 1st time

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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