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Tu says curriculum should be historically accurate

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝) wants a statement about Taiwan and the Cairo Declar-ation in history textbooks changed to make it more accurate -- and to help raise awareness of Taiwanese sovereignty.

"I will demand textbooks to be corrected according to the original documents kept by the Academia Historica," Yu said yesterday, without giving a timetable for the move.

Tu made the statement during a discussion with Taiwan Solidarity Union legislators yesterday on how to build an education system that emphasizes Taiwan's sovereignty.

"The Cairo Declaration was not called a declaration but a press communique, and while current textbooks say the document stated that Japan would return Taiwan to China, the original document actually said that Japan would return Taiwan to the Republic of China," Tu said.

Tu outlined his vision for the ministry, saying he would promote a contemporary education that championed an awareness of Taiwan's sovereignty, with a heavy Taiwan-related curriculum, in contrast to a China-centered one.

"It is the Taiwanese people's misfortune to have one side saying it's country is this, while the other side saying it's country is something else," he said.

"To fortify the awareness of Taiwan's sovereignty means to return to the time and the space that everyone lives in," Tu said.

As a Taiwanese person in Taiwan, being aware of Taiwan's sovereignty should be natural as breathing," he said.

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