■ SocietyLien heads to New York
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) left for New York yesterday to attend a memorial service for the late Soong Mayling (宋美齡), who died at the age of 105 on Oct. 23. Prior to his departure, Lien said that he will pay his respects to Soong, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, during the memorial service slated for Nov. 5 at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan and deliver a speech in remembrance of her outstanding contributions to the nation. In addition to being a devout Christian, Soong was also a wise, brave and benevolent woman, Lien said. Lien said that he will also present a KMT flag to the Chiang family.
Reward offered for Chu news
The National Police Administration (NPA) will offer a reward for any information leading to the arrest of Chu An-hsiung (朱安雄), fugitive former speaker of the Kaohsiung City Council, Minister of the Interior Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) said yesterday. Yu said the exact amount will be decided in the next two days. Yu made the remarks while he was fielding questions in the Legislative Yuan about the whereabouts of Chu. The disgraced former speaker was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment on Sept. 25 for buying votes during council elections in Kaohsiung last December. He had been ordered to report to the prosecutor to begin serving his term on Oct. 16, but failed to show up. He later reportedly emerged in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province in southeastern China after sneaking out of Taiwan. Yu said law enforcement agents are still verifying recent reports that Chu had appeared in Australia, although he said that "according to various clues, Chu should still be in Taiwan."
Hero calendar unveiled
A unique calendar depicting Taiwanese luminaries was unveiled to the public yesterday by the Union of Taiwanese Teachers (UTT) in Taipei. The calendar marks the memorial days of important Taiwanese figures, such as the first doctor, Lai Ho (賴和), writer Yang Kui (楊逵), artist Chen Chen-po (陳澄波), democratic pioneer Deng Nan-jung (鄭南榕) and others. Some events that affected Taiwan's history, such as the 228 Incident, Kaohsiung Incident and 921 Earthquake, are also included. The oil paintings printed on the calendar are by artist Chen Lai-shing (陳來興). Taiwan Solidarity Union legislative leader Chien Lin Whei-jun (錢林慧君) said the calendar increased Taiwan's self-identity. UTT director-general Wang Shou-kuo (王壽國) said the calendar deepened Taiwanese consciousness from the aspect of education.
The Council for Cultural Affairs yesterday published the 2001 and 2002 Taiwan Literature yearbooks (台灣文學年鑑). The two books were compiled by the Chinese Literature Department of Providence University and records the literature activities and events of the past two years chronologically, which will benefit the researchers. The Taiwan Literature Almanac puts literary events into three sections -- overview, profile and publication. Following the opening of the National Museum of Taiwanese Literature in Tainan last month, the museum will take over the compilation of the yearbook in the future, according to council official Huang Wu-chung (黃武忠).