Fri, Mar 30, 2007 - Page 4 News List

DPP wants to change date and focus of `Youth Day'

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun yesterday criticized the government for failing to join the party's efforts in establishing a Youth Day solely dedicated to celebrating young people in the country.

As part of its name change campaign, the DPP is pushing for changing the date and title of National Youth Day, which falls on March 29 in commemoration of 72 people involved in the Huanghuagang uprising led by Sun Yat-sen (孫中山), who attempted to overthrow the Qing Dynasty.

Addressing a press conference in the DPP headquarters yesterday focused on changing it to "Taiwan Youth Day," Yu urged the public to join the party's efforts to push for a new date, as the current Youth Day belonged to China and celebrated nothing related to Taiwan's youth.

"Taiwan's Youth Day should be on a day that is relevant to the country and that celebrates the achievements of outstanding young Taiwanese," he said.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Youth Commission of the Executive Yuan, the commission is planning to establish a new "Taiwan Youth Day" within the next six months.

Yu, however, stressed that it was a difficult task, blaming the government for not being cooperative enough.

"The DPP has been trying very hard to promote the issue, but we didn't see any positive response from the government," he said.

The DPP is conducting an online poll for the new date, encouraging the public to cast their votes for 12 suggested dates -- including Feb. 28 (the 228 Incident), May 20 (the inauguration day of the president) and March 22 (the day on which Chou Chun-hsun [周俊勳], the only Taiwan-nurtured go player won the LG Cup in Seoul, South Korea).

For more information on the poll, visit www.y-stage.org.tw.

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