70 , 2016-03-03
The Taipei 228 Memorial Museum was originally a radio station called the “ Taipei Broadcasting Corporation” in prewar times. During the 228 Incident, civilians occupied this building and used it to broadcast rallying cries around Taiwan. I visited this museum in September 2012 on unrelated research. There, I noticed a Chuo University cap on display. What relationship did Chuo University have with the 228 Incident? Actually, among those who were executed or went missing during the 228 Incident, there were many Taiwanese elites who had studied at Japanese universities. People who had studied at not only Chuo University but also the University of Tokyo,Waseda University, Nihon University, and other universities, and became lawyers and doctors on their return to Taiwan, were executed as dissidents who were deemed to have been poisoned by Japanese imperialistic education. After seeing the cap, me and my students started the project, the “228 Incident in Taiwan and the Chuo Graduates”; we gathered testimonies from eight victims’ families. This article outlines the testimonies and shows the attitudinal changes of students who engaged in the project. Almost all of the students acquired new perspectives on Japanese–Taiwanese historical issues and meanings and agree that there is a good reason why most Taiwanese are pro-Japanese.