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Taipei Air Raid: a forgotten tragedy

Seventy years after the US bombed Taipei City, various organizations and scholars are working to spread awareness of this oft-ignored piece of history

By Han Cheung  /  Staff reporter

Hung said this preparation against airstrikes wasn’t limited to buildings. Many residents were evacuated as well, as in Chen’s case. Hung’s own family was evacuated to Tamsui.

“By May 31, there weren’t as many people in Taipei anymore,” he said.


Meanwhile, Hsu and TAUP plan on bringing their exhibition, which will be on display at the 228 Memorial Museum until June 14, all over the country. The exhibition consists of historic photos printed on a horizontal strip that stretches across four walls, along with a few historical documents.

Hsu said the organization “hurriedly” put the exhibition together after noticing that the government’s events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat didn’t cover what happened in Taiwan during the war.

“Taiwanese people didn’t choose to become Japanese citizens,” he said. “It’s just the truth of history.”

Hsu added that the exhibit is completely funded by TAUP, so production funding was limited. TAUP chose 144 photos from the US National Archives for the exhibition in Taipei. After June 14, the exhibit will be moved to Aletheia University in Tamsui, and will remain there from July 1 to Aug. 30.

Hsu hopes to eventually take the exhibit throughout the country, modifying the contents of each edition to reflect the destruction in the city of exhibition.

“Hopefully, one day we can turn this exhibit into a book,” Hsu said.

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