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A statue of late president Chiang Kai-shek, which has become the “door god” and signpost for a recycling depot in Minsyong Township, Chiayi County, pictured on Aug. 19.

Photo: Yu Hsueh-lan, Taipei Times

On Jianguo Rd Sec 2 in Minsyong Township, Chiayi County there is a statue of late president Chiang Kai-shek, which was placed inside the main doorway of a recycling depot after having been reclaimed. Because the statue reaches over 3 meters tall, the head reaches above the top of the door in an eye-catching manner and so has playfully been named as the “door god.” An employee of the recycling depot surnamed Wang says some children don’t know who Chiang is and mistakenly thought it was a statue of Sun Yat-sen. It has turned into a signpost for the recycling depot, says Wang.

A year ago, the depot purchased wooden building materials from a demolition contractor which had demolished a disused village for military dependents in Yunlin County’s Huwei Township. It was then that Wang discovered the abandoned statue of Chiang made from fiberglass, although the paintwork was already peeling off badly. However, Wang decided there was a value to a commemorative statue of Chiang, since he was the first president of Taiwan. Wang therefore agreed with the contractor to purchase the whole lot together. After giving the statue a fresh coat of paint, it looked like new again.

Wang says she was worried the statue would be blown over during the recent typhoon that ravaged Taiwan, so used ropes to tie it down.

The statue appears somewhat out of place, surrounded by piles of assorted recycled materials and seems a world apart from Chiang’s powerful image while in power. Wang says a passerby walked in to inquire whether they could purchase Chiang, offering NT$30,000, but she hopes to be able to sell the statue for an even higher price.

(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)


1. eye-catching adj.


(xing3 mu4, yin3 ren2 zhu4 mu4)

例: I really love the cover design of this book, it’s incredibly eye-catching.


2. abandon v.

遺棄 (yi2 qi4)

例: The enemy abandoned large quantities of supplies.


3. out of place v. phr.

突兀 (tu2 wu4)

例: Surrounded by a large group of women, John seemed really out of place.






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