Tue, Feb 22, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Culture

Aboriginal games coming

The nationwide Aboriginal games are slated to be held from March 25 until March 28 in Kaohsiung County, with more than 3,000 Aboriginal athletes from 24 cities and counties taking part, the games' preparatory committee announced. A total of 3,078 male and female athletes are expected to compete in 14 events during the games, which will be held at 10 venues around Kaohsiung County, the committee's executive director Su Hui-yueh (蘇慧月) said. The torch run marking the opening of the biennial games is scheduled to start at the Maolin National Park on March 16. President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is expected to attend the opening ceremony, to be held at the Kaohsiung County Stadium on March 25, Su said. The events comprising the games are: track and field, relay racing, road running, tug of war, weightlifting, judo, traditional archery, Aboriginal weightlifting, wrestling, dance and worship rituals.

■ Charity

Wheelchairs donated

The Taiwan Association in the Philippines donated 50 wheelchairs to the city government of Pasay on Sunday. The donation was presented by John Lu (呂秀男), chairman of the group of Taiwanese businesspeople operating in the Philippines, to Pasay Mayor Peewee Trinidad at a ceremony at Pasay City Hall, in which Taiwan's Representative to the Philippines, Wu Hsin-Hsing (吳新興), as well as more than 300 city officials and police officers took part. Pasay is one of 17 satellite cities in the Great Manila region. With a population of 500,000 and active economic activities, the city is known for its entertainment and convention centers. The Taiwan Association has regularly supported charitable activities in the Philippines since its founding 23 years ago to promote friendly and cooperative relations between the Taiwanese and Philippine people, Lu said.

■ Agriculture

Chen gives farmers awards

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) honored 34 farmers with "Shen Nung" or "farm god" prizes, as well as naming 18 "model farmers" yesterday in recognition of their contributions to agriculture. Speaking at the ceremony, which was sponsored by the Council of Agriculture, the president expressed hope that the awards will persuade more people, especially the younger generation, to enter the agricultural sector. The president noted that small-scale farmers are the mainstay of Taiwan's agriculture but that they are relatively uncompetitive in terms of operation costs.

■ History

Lesson from Guatamala

A researcher at Academia Sinica recommended yesterday that the govern-ment take a leaf from Guatemala's book and compile a report on the memories of the victims of Taiwan's period of autho-ritarian rule. In a speech at the Presidential Office, Aca-demia Sinica Researcher Wu Nei-teh (吳乃德) said turning the political legacy of past authoritarian rulers into a democratic asset is a diffi-cult challenge. Guatemala has set up a historical cla-rification commission to collect the testimonies of more than 20,000 victims who suffered at the hands of that country's past military dictators and compile them into a book. Given that Taiwan is plagued by the different ethnic groups' different perceptions of the past government, Wu sugges-ted that we follow the Guatemalan model in dealing with the country's past.

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