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Lee Teng-hui


Politician in the Republic of China.
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Lee Teng-hui
I am more than seventy years old. Having lived under different regimes, from Japanese colonialism to Taiwanís recovery, I have greatly experienced the miseries of the Taiwanese people. In the period of Japanese colonialism, a Taiwanese would be punished by being forced to kneel out in the sun for speaking Tai-yŁ. The situation was the same when Taiwan was recovered: my son, Hsien-wen, and my daughter-in-law, YŁeh-yŁn, often wore a dunce board around their necks in the school as punishment for speaking Tai-yŁ... [Taiwanese peoplesí] lives are influenced by history. I think the most miserable people are Taiwanese, who have always tried in vain to get their heads above the water. This was the Taiwanese situation during the period of colonialism; it was not any different after Taiwanís recovery [that is, the rule of the Chiang-era KMT]. I have deep feelings about this.
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