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INTERVIEW: Deng Nan-jung widow resists comparisons to suicide bomber, teens

By Lee Hsin-fang and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Yeh said another example is the Referendum Act (公民投票法), which is described by many as the “bird cage” law because it has created a referendum system so structurally flawed that leaves the government plenty of room for maneuver.

Yeh said her daughter, Deng Chu-mei (鄭竹梅), exemplified the younger generation’s spirit of tolerance by extending an invitation to Wang and the school’s other historians to visit the Deng Nan-jung Memorial Hall and calling for mutual understanding among “all inhabitants of the island.”

“Taiwan may appear rather democratic in the eyes of some youngsters because, once they turn 20, they are entitled to cast the votes that decide who becomes president of the country,” she said.

“However, the naming incident could risk reducing young people’s interest in participating in public affairs as it showed that democracy is vulnerable to manipulation,” Yeh added.

Yeh called on the younger generation to join the discussion on the events involving her husband, while urging Wang to conduct some soul-searching for making remarks that could undermine the nation’s democratic achievements.

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