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The Landscape of Historical MemoryThe Politics of Museums and Memorial Culture in Post-Martial Law Taiwan$
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Kirk A. Denton

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528578

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528578.001.0001

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Memory of the Chiang Dynasty

Memory of the Chiang Dynasty

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and The Two Chiangs Culture Park

(p.143) 6 Memory of the Chiang Dynasty
The Landscape of Historical Memory

Kirk A. Denton

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter looks at two sites dedicated to the memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the former KMT leader whose legacy in Taiwan today is rife with conflict. The focus of the first part of the chapter is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂‎), built in 1980 to honor the leader who died in 1975. But the green camp, when it was in political power, sought to “de-Chiang-ify” the site and transform it into a National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall, which mounted exhibits decrying the violence and repression of the Chiang regime. The second is the Two Chiangs Culture Park (兩蔣文化園區‎), a site born of a marketing strategy to combine the Chiang Kai-shek Mausoleum (which Chiang’s body is entombed) and the Chiang Ching-kuo Mausoleum (where the son of Chiang is entombed) to attract more tourists, in particular tourists from the mainland.

Keywords:   Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Two Chiangs Culture Park, legacy of Chiang Kai-shek, Cihu Mausoleum, Chiang Kai-shek Sculpture Park

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