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Group bids to foster democracy with Lu Hsiu-yi’s mementos

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang, center, accompanied by late DPP legislator Lu Hsiu-yi’s widow, Tchen Yu-hsiu, right, and Lu’s son, left, presents flowers at Lu’s tomb in New Taipei City yesterday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his death.

Photo: Yu Chao-fu, Taipei Times

The Egret Culture and Education Foundation intends to donate mementos related to former legislator Lu Hsiu-yi (盧修一) to the Academia Historica tomorrow.

Lu was a highly respected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator from when he started serving in 1990 until he succumbed to lung cancer on Aug. 6, 1998, at the age of 57. He was noted for advocating democracy in Taiwan.

Lu’s death was a heavy blow to members of the then-fledgling DPP, and his ideals and broad circle of friends in the party mean he is fondly remembered by many party members, Tchen Yu-hsiu (陳郁秀), Lu’s wife and former chairperson of the council of cultural affairs, said in an article yesterday marking the 15th anniversary of Lu’s passing.

“Hsiu-yi played a big part in making Taiwan more democratic and became one of the first-term legislators in 1989. He retained a social conscience though he was one of the few lucky enough to be well-educated,” Tchen said, adding that Lu had also started the process of creating a Taiwan-centric political system.

Lu was an advocate of democracy and also a skilled statesman, Tchen said, adding that he had left behind many historically valuable mementos.

During the past 15 years, the foundation has organized Lu’s letters, diaries and other documentation from his time in the Legislative Yuan, Tchen said.

“We hope this can help preserve the history of Taiwan’s struggle for democracy,” Tchen said, adding that the foundation also hoped that the donation to Academia Historica could inspire the government and the public to place more importance on preserving the nation’s culture and history.

The foundation is to donate all of Lu’s personal correspondence and notes to Academia Historica at the Regent Hotel Taipei at 2pm.

Meanwhile, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday visited Lu’s grave at the ChinPaoSan Cemetery.

Su and Lu first reportedly first crossed paths in 1997 when Lu, then a legislator, was planning to run for Taipei County commissioner on the DPP ticket.

 Su, who had lost his bid for re-election as Pingtung County commissioner in 1993, reportedly told Lu that “If it suits you, you run for county commissioner and I’ll be your executive officer for the elections,” a source said.

 However, Lu was forced to withdraw from the race after doctors discovered he had advanced lung cancer and Su ran for the Taipei County post instead..

 Lu’s backing for Su in that race — including kneeling down and asking voters to support Su at an election-eve campaign rally for Su —put the two on the path of friendship, the source said, adding that Su had always been thankful to Lu for his backing.

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