A police station in Nantou County’s Yuchih Township (魚池) was renamed on Wednesday after complaints from residents that its previous name was offensive to Aborigines and was a holdover from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) authoritarian era.
The station in the Ita Thao area, near Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), had been called Dehua (德化) — a term originating from the phrase “civilizing the Aborigines with virtues” (以德化番).
The area, famous for its Thao community, was known as the Dehua area during the Martial Law era.
Photo: Liu Pin-chuan, Taipei Times
Although the area was renamed Ita Thao in 2000, the police station had kept its original name.
The name Dehua was a historical burden that reeks of colonialism and authoritarianism, and has long irritated the Thao people in the area, Rihyue Village (日月) head Shih Chun-hung (石春鴻) said.
To back their calls for a name change, residents sought support from county councilors and held a vote at a meeting, before submitting an application to the county government, he said.
Nantou County Councilor Shih Ching-lung (石慶龍), a Thao, said that in the past, place names were typically determined by the central government and the lack of democratic procedures had led to unnecessary conflict and misunderstanding.
He had backed the name change in the hope of bringing about transitional justice for the Thao community, he added.
On Wednesday, a new plaque bearing the name “Ita Thao Police Station” was unveiled.
The name will hopefully bring residents and police officers closer and enable them to cooperate in combating crime, said Jiji Precinct, whose jurisdiction covers the station.
FOSSIL CLUES: The bushfires resulted from a positive Indian Ocean dipole event, when the region east of the ocean becomes drier, professor Shen Chuan-chou said The bushfires that swept through Australia last year were connected to a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean dipole (IOD), which is expected to become more frequent due to climate change, a geologist studying coral fossils said yesterday. National Taiwan University Department of Geosciences professor Shen Chuan-chou (沈川洲) since 2001 has been working with Australian and US researchers to study climate systems in the Indian Ocean. Led by Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences professor Nerilie Abram, the team published a paper on IOD in the journal Nature on March 9. The bushfires resulted from a positive IOD event, when the
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
Instead of hating the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), help change it, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said, as he urged young people to join efforts to reform the party. As the nation marked Youth Day on Sunday, Chiang said in a Facebook post that he wanted to remind people that “the KMT used to be very young.” Now, when people think of the KMT, they equate it with older people, he wrote. “Even if [the KMT] is a 100-year-old party, it must maintain a young mentality, and understand what young people want and what they want the KMT to do,” Chiang wrote.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain