Two microphones used by Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) for significant wartime broadcasts are to go on display for the first time starting today.
The two microphones — which had been preserved separately at the Taipei-based Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC) and Radio Taiwan International (RTI) — were shown together on Friday at an RTI event held to announce the exhibition.
The microphone preserved at BCC was used by Chiang in his famous 1937 remarks at Lushan in China’s Jiangxi Province.
During the speech, which marked the beginning of the Republic of China’s (ROC) eight-year War of Resistance against Japan from 1937 to 1945, Chiang said China had reached the limits of its endurance of Japanese aggression.
“Let our people realize the full meaning of ‘the limit of endurance,’ for once that stage is reached, we can only sacrifice and fight to the bitter end,” Chiang said in the address.
The other microphone, preserved at RTI, was used by Chiang when he announced the defeat of Japan in 1945. The Chinese characters for RTI can be seen on the microphone holder.
The two microphones were brought to Taiwan after the ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 following its defeat by Chinese communist forces in the Chinese Civil War, but they have never been on display together, RTI said on Friday.
Admission to the exhibition at RTI’s Taipei office is free and is open every Monday morning until the end of December.
Visitors can call (02) 2885-6168 to make reservations.
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