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Museum celebrates contributions of late democracy activist

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The donation of a collection of late Control Yuan member Chiang Peng-chien's (江鵬堅) books, papers and writings to the Historica Sinica is a valued contribution to the museum, said Control Yuan President Frederick Chien (錢復).

Chiang's widow, Peng Feng-mei (彭豐美), donated the collection of books, research materials, certificates, letters, newspaper-story albums, notebooks, drafts and an autobiography to the Historica Sinica for display.

"Historica Sinica is actually a museum for Taiwanese people," Chien said.

"My late colleague Chiang was an outstanding and respected politician. He has devoted his entire life and fought for his motherland, Chien added. "It goes without saying that a museum for Taiwanese people should display and introduce important figures in Taiwanese history."

The president of the Historica Sinica had additional praise for Chiang.

"We welcome all kinds of donations related to Taiwan's history," said museum president Chang Yen-hsien (張炎憲). "There is no question that what Chiang did for Taiwan has been recognized as important historically to Taiwan's democracy movement."

Chiang (1940-2000), a former Control Yuan member who was also the first chairman of the DPP, began his devotion to the nation's democracy movement after defending Lin I-hsiung (林義雄), later to become a chairman of the DPP, and Yang Ching-chu (楊青矗), a writer, in connection with the Kaohsiung Incident (美麗島事件) in a 1980 court case.

The incident, which occurred on Dec. 10, 1979, was a state crackdown following an anti-government parade organized by Formosa magazine -- a front for a broad alliance of the so-called "tang wai" (黨外),or "outside the party" activists.

In 1983, Chiang was elected to the Legislative Yuan. He decided not to run again after finishing his term three years later.

Chiang established the DPP with his "tang wai" comrades in 1986 and was elected the party's first chairman.

He left the DPP in 1998 when he became a member of the Control Yuan.

In 1999, a doctor diagnosed Chiang with pancreatic cancer.

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