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Presenting Dr. Yang’s Poem, “The Martyred Spirits of Democracy Preside over Taiwan 228 Holy Mountain”

Dear President Obama:

In this very special year, the 20th anniversary of the June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre, I like to submit a poem commemorating this event by the Chairman of Taiwan Tati Foundation: Dr. Yang Hsu-Tung, who had been a long-time advocate of human rights, liberty and democracy…


2009, June 4th, rain and gusts awash in abundance…
The Chinese people crave democracy.
1912, the Manchurian Ching Dynasty expired.

Sun Yet-San established the Nationalist government.
Yet, the Chinese folks, some died, others fled;
All the same, unable to escape the fate of “despotism and dictatorship.”

1945 to 1948.
The warlords obsessed in internecine; the two parties preoccupied with purging each other;
All the same, some died, others fled.
KMT reached Taiwan;
Killed the Chinese, also killed the Taiwanese.
Death toll hit 50 million,
Afflicted hundreds of millions.

That old Mao became the leader of China.
Cultural Revolution,
Revolved around the death toll of 80 million.
The entire China, too, afflicted with hundreds of millions.

KMT plus PRC equals to “death.”
From the violent struggles of wutou, violent internecine of neitou, to vicious penmanship of wentou;
Yet today’s A-Jeou schemes to sell Taiwan to the Chinese Communists.

KMT germinated elites,
To schematically turn them into “high-class ex-provencal;”
To seize Taiwan’s political estate.

Red China grew sidekicks and privileged princelings,
Also to become “high-class Chinois/e;”
To grab Chinese Communists’ political power.

Foolish, adrift Chinese become PRC’s slaves.
Foolish, adrift Taiwanese become ROC’s slaves.

All of us are slaves.
Fine to just to eat till satiation, to live with security?
Discussing “human rights,” “democracy,” “liberty,” “lawfulness;” what good is it?
People who live in servitude, are they serene and safe?
That sort of mentality and cattle, what’s the difference!

Since the old days, the Taiwanese people passed days with hardship.
Since the old days, the Chinese people chased foods till satiation.
The meaning of life,
Is to “eat till full.”

Now, the Taiwanese people,
Possess the ability to think independently,
Possess the notion of right and wrong,
Possess the knowledge of human rights.
Aside from “eat till full,” they also demand democracy, freedom, human rights
- Taiwanese people finally woke up.

In China, the tidal wave of democracy gushes with gusts and gather with clouds.
The student democracy movement, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre,
With tanks and machine guns,
Chinese soldiers obeyed orders,
Killed China’s finest without a show of mercy.

Yet A-Jeou daydreams about signing peace treaties with the Chinese Communists.
A father of two with US passports,
A-Jeou’s conscience is retarded.

Those self-proclaimed descendants of Yan and Yellow emperors - the A-Shek’s minions -
Should really be ashamed to face,
Those rolled into meat loafs and grounded into patties, China’s Martyred Spirits of Democracy.

Now They Choose Taiwan 228 Holy Mountain as Their base.
The Faith in Taiwanese Spirits,
Is now shaping China’s growth in democracy.

The 1,875 China’s Spirits of Democracy,
Joined the ranks of 228 Taiwan Divinities.

Goals, principles, objectives,
Are all the same;
To build, with the world’s core values, democratic nations.

Thereupon my writing ends.
Ye who have faith shall remain so.
Ye who lack faith shall remain naught.
It’s all “sealeth in our hands.

Dear sir, please don’t let those brave souls, who rallied for democracy and freedom twenty years ago, die in vain.  In this year of 2009, with the protests in Iran, detainment of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, shut-down of Globovision by Venezuela’s Chavez administration, the struggle for an independent and democratic Taiwan,…just to name a few global events; the fight for democracy must go on.

We at Tati will continue to support and advocate for the values so important to continued prosperity of humankind: democracy, freedom, and human rights.

Yi-Chang (Leo) Wang
Taiwan Tati Cultural & Educational Foundation

Note: Letter was written on Monday, June 22, 2009

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