Early morning campaign at Longtan, Taoyuan. This is the hometown of the prominent and distinguished writer, Chung Chao-cheng, who should be the pride of his birthplace. However, a few days ago, [when going over spending on preserving Chung’s old flat as a museum and holding relevant activities] in a budget review, a local councillor challenged: ‘Who’s Chung Chao-cheng?’ I can’t help but lament about the failure of our literature, history and community education. Someone once said: ‘the highest achievement is when one has left the frontline, people still talk about their stories and the society is still influenced by their words and deeds.’ The influence of Mr Chung’s contribution in literature will still exist after 100 years but the councillor who questioned his standing will be forgotten in about 100 days after losing an election.
‘Councillor never heard of one of the most influential Taiwan writers. Our history & community education needs work.’
‘Chung Chao-cheng’s influence will last for generations. Councillor who questioned his status will be forgotten soon after losing an election’