A student named Lin Guan-hwa committed suicide by burning charcoal at home. Lin was one of the student activists against the revision of high school history curriculum guidelines who broke into the minister of education’s office in the middle of the night on last Thursday. Lin and others were arrested by police but was released on bail pending for further investigation.
2016 is Taiwan’s election year, so it is not surprising that all political parties are trying their best to mobilize any resources, tangible or intangible, to call people’s attention. It does not take one having Nobel prize winner’s IQ to see that those students groups protesting against the history curriculum guidelines are actually peripheral organizations of the opposition political parties on this island. They do not seriously care about how students should learn modern history in the school. They only want to manipulate more people to turn against the incumbent ruling party.
Students are just too good to be used because they are pure, innocent, and of idealistic mentality. At home and abroad, ancient and modern, all who have political ambitions would never hesitate to take advantage of students and use them as pawns to bump against the existing institutions to achieve their political goals. The examples are very easy to find.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s overthrow of Qing dynasty; Mao Tse-tung’s defeat of Chiang Kai-shek; the anti-war protests against Vietnam war; the protests against NATO deployment of nuclear weapons (but never any protests staged against same thing done by Warsaw Pact); Iranian militant students against the US; Japanese and Korean students against American troops stationing on their soils. The list will go on and on.