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Huang Hsin-chieh and Democracy Exhibition Kicks-off in Taipei

Mayor Ko and former vice president Lu at the exhibitionOrganized by the Department of Civil Affairs (DCA), the Huang Hsin-chieh and Democracy Memorial Exhibition kicked-off in Taipei on November 30. Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked that the Immortal Hsin-chieh dedicated him life to the pursuit of freedom and democracy for Taiwan.
The mayor cited an exert from Huang’s speech: “I am Taiwanese, and I love the people of Taiwan and my homeland Taiwan, and because of this I dedicate myself to politics. Through politics, I wish to let the people of this land to live in safety and work fruitfully, enjoying prosperity and good fortune.” Even though the forerunner of Taiwan’s democracy has left us, his spirit will always be with us.
Pointing out that the year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Taipei’s establishment as a city, Ko noted that as a city with history, Taipei has great potentials for the future. Heavily involved in the prodemocracy movement during Taiwan’s martial law period, Huang was a key figure in the Formosa Magazine Incident. In 1979, Huang founded the Formosa Magazine, which has a significant impact upon the future development of Taiwan’s democracy. Former President Lee Teng-hui described Huang as the true embodiment of Taiwan’s spirit, and the beloved ojisan of younger politicians.
Ko pointed out that many of his political beliefs are in line with Huang’s principles: Politics should be enacted within our daily life. In March 2020, Taipei City Council passed the resolution to designate the floral wall area at the Taipei Expo Park’s Yuanshan section as “Huang Hsin-chieh Plaza.” The site of the former Zhongshan Football Stadium happens to be Huang’s favorite place to enjoy a leisurely stroll. Unfortunately, the motion failed to receive the green light from the central government due to the Council for Cultural Affairs’ reservations about an archaeological site in the vicinity.
In addition to Huang’s surviving family members, former vice president Annette Lu was also invited to the event. During her speech, Lu recalled that Huang threw his support behind former president Lee, noting that “success does not have to hinge on me.” Huang Huang-hsiung, founder of Taiwan School of Economics and Political Science, expressed his regret about the central government’s differing opinion on the establishment of Huang Hsin-chieh Plaza.