A well-known poet and essayist in Taiwan, Mr Min-yung Lee, often writes opeds in the major Chinese-language newspapers in Taiwan, with the Liberty Times daily paper being his most popular platform. I've been following his work for years and now his columns are reprinted in English in the Taipei Times newspaper, the sister publication of the Liberty Times.
Expert translators do the translations and the final product in English is important to share worldwide, so that the rest of the world learns the truth about Taiwan.
Taiwan is not part of Communist China, and never was and never will be. It is an independent, sovereign nation 100 or so miles off the coast of Communist China. For Taiwan's 23 million people, Taiwan is home, Taiwan is their nation.
In a recent oped in English in the Taipei Times, Mr. Lee explained to international readers some of the details of Taiwan's long and complicated history.
''Taiwan’s modern and contemporary history dates from more than a century ago," Lee wrote. "During the early period between 1895 and 1945, it was subject to Japanization. The middle period from 1945 to 1995 was one of sinicization, and the late period, since 1995, has seen an unfinished process of Taiwanization."
He added: "Starting from the nation’s native inhabitants, the Aborigines, Taiwan has passed through various stages, including Dutch colonization, followed by the Kingdom of Tungning founded by Cheng Cheng-kung better known as Koxinga, and then by the Qing Dynasty. In the process, it has formed a cultural profile that is different from China’s and manifests itself in daily life.''
For most people in the world, Taiwan remains ''an invisible island'' in some alternate sci-fi universe, and sadly most nations in the international community have cosied up to Communist China's propaganda and say along with brainwashed and mindcontrolled Beijing that there is only ''one China.'' But in fact, there are two Chinas: one is the brutal and dark Communist China, and the other is the free, sovereign, democratic Taiwan. Taiwan is not part of China and never was and never will be.
Just today, the Taipei Times published a news story that goes into some of this confusion here, that echoes the oped that Mr Lee wrote.
If you want to know more about the real history of Taiwan and the real propaganda of Communist China's dictatorship, read the news article here and the very good oped by Mr Lee as well at the link below in the last sentence.
And if you have any questions or comments about all this, please feel free to use the comment box below this article to make your opinions heard. All views are welcome on my blog.
To read the entire Lee oped essay, see the Taipei Times link here.