Wed, Mar 09, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Taiwan bigger than Chen

By Chen Ming-chung

It appears that the legacy of most Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairmen passes fairly quickly ("Taiwan the biggest loser after Chen-Soong tryst," March 6, page 8).

So Chen Shui-bian's legacy, like those of Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) and Shih Ming-teh (施明德), will pass.

Yet the Taiwanese struggle has to continue, and more from the younger generations than the old. Not even former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) can carry the torch forever.

Taiwanese consciousness cannot be denied, nor delayed. It's a flood already let through the floodgate, a train that has already left the station. It will wait no more.

Last year's legislative election was an aberration. Compared with only a few years ago, changing the national title has become a common topic -- and not the sacred cow it once was.

Taiwanese will fight on, and the goal is near.

Who will be the true leader of the DPP and the Taiwanese after Chen? My guess is former premier Yu Shyi-kun, not Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), nor DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).

Chen Ming-chung

Chicago, Illinois

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