For most of my first six months in Taiwan, which began in July of 1976, I was powerfully lonely. I was the only foreign person living in a church-run off campus dormitory with about 35 students of National Cheng Kung University in Tainan. Among my coping mechanisms was an almost word for word reading of the 12-page English newspaper to which the dormitory management had subscribed on my behalf. That newspaper, published by a member of the Nationalist Party’s Central Committee, reflected the ethos of the single party that controlled Taiwan under martial law. When meetings of the central committee or its military commission were held, these were reported in detail, including, “Plans for retaking China under the Three Principles of the People are well under way,” and “Military Strategy is Nearly Complete.”
I hadn’t thought about those articles for years. Then, in the news from May 30th, I saw basically the same thing from another single-party-run nation.
“Chinese general says an attack on Taiwan necessary last resort”
If you’re interested, you can read more about it here.
David Alexander remembers better days in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.