This year sees the 70th anniversary of the February 28 Incident in 1947. The 2017 Overseas February 28 Incident Victim Relatives Group comprising of 28 relatives of victims Wang Yu-lin, Shi Jiang-nan, Li Rui-han, Wang Pyng-shoei, KuoC.Y., Lin Guang-qian, and others, returned to Taiwan recently. The group’s itinerary was planned with the assistance of the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC). On the evening of February 21, OCAC Deputy Minister Tien Chiu-chin hosted a dinner for the group. Their return to Taiwan to mourn their relatives does not only commemorate them but will also pass on the history of the people of Taiwan’s pursuit of democratic freedom to the young generation overseas, she said.
Tien passed on greetings from OCAC Minister Wu Hsin-hsing who was visiting the US, pointing out that the members of the group have lived overseas for many years and have undergone many hardships but they still love Taiwan. Taiwan was assisted by many overseas Taiwanese to become a democracy. The incident was a tragedy for Taiwan and also the starting point for reflection, she said. Only by facing up to the facts can Taiwan see real reconciliation and achieve sincere unity. As relatives of victims of February 28 Incident, the group’s return to commemorate the Incident is especially significant in terms of passing on and reflecting on this historical tragedy, she stated.
Tien also stated that Taiwan faces a difficult situation internationally and can only stand tall and make itself heard in the world with the help of overseas compatriots in promoting citizen diplomacy. The OCAC adheres to its mission to serve the overseas community, holding various events to allow its young generation to learn about Taiwan and develop feelings for the place where their parents were born and grew up.
OCAC Deputy Minister Roy Yuan-Rong Leu also received the group at the OCAC on the afternoon of February 21 and thanked group leader Wang Wen-hong for the effort he put into organizing the visit, saying that the OCAC will pass on their demands in full.
During the stay in Taiwan, the group met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Premier Lin Chuan and paid their respects at February 28 Incident memorials and scenes across Taiwan, and took part in the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Feb.28,1947 Incident at Taipei’s 228 Memorial Peace Park on February 28.