Wed, Nov 28, 2007 - Page 8 News List

Time to recall the Beipu Uprising

By Yang Ching-ting 楊鏡汀

In 30 years of looking into historical materials regarding the uprising, I have found a story worth pondering: the son of the Japanese head of the Beipu Subprefecture was ordered to kill captives during the Second Sino-Japanese War, when his superiors said: "Your father was killed by the wicked Chinese. Now the time for revenge is here." But he refused to follow the order because killing captives was against the law and he did not want revenge.

We should remember this when we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Beipu Uprising. Although the resentment and animosity might disappear with the passage of time, the historical facts remain.

Yang Ching-ting is director of the Hakka Taiwan Culture Academic Society.

Translated by Ted Yang

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