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2008.0410

Removed or Not, CKS Statue Still Hot

<p><font face="Arial">By Astrid Chiu<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Graduate Institute of Performing Arts Associate Professor Jerry Hsia (夏學理) climbed up to the Chiang Kai-shek (CKS, 蔣介石) statue on the main campus this morning, put on a pair of fancy shades and a shopping bag in the statue&rsquo;s hand as his students organized a promotion activity in front of the statue for their opera <em>Hansel und Gretel</em>, which will be shown at the auditorium on May 16 and May 17.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Students took advantage of the statue and the hottest issue on the campus &ndash; whether the statue should be removed &ndash; to promote their debut opera.&nbsp; They also took advantage of assonance of Chinese language.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Tseng Jhin-yuan (曾志遠), an actor of the opera and a student from the Graduate Institute of Performing Arts, explained that the Chinese title for <em>Hansel und Gretel</em> is &ldquo;candy house.&rdquo;&nbsp; The pronunciation of &ldquo;candy&rdquo; happened to be the same as &ldquo;hall,&rdquo; as CKS Memorial Hall was also a hot political issue because it was re-named as Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">At the statue, students established a huge promotion construction and decorated it as the CKS Memorial Hall.&nbsp; Under the concept of assonance, students replaced the name &ldquo;memorial hall&rdquo; with &ldquo;remember candy,&rdquo; now that the Chinese title for the focus of the promotion &ndash; <em>Hansel und Gretel</em> &ndash; is &quot;candy house.&rdquo;</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Hsia explained that it was a combination of installation arts and promotion for the opera.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;This statue is a political issue.&nbsp; But we would like to tell everybody that there are more important things rather than green or blue,&rdquo; Hsia said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">A walk-by pedestrian who identified himself as Chen Lin (陳林) and claimed himself a veteran, a retired associate professor and a National Taiwan Normal University graduate, interrupted Hsia&rsquo;s addressing.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;What you have done is just making fun of CKS,&rdquo; he yelled.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Graduate Institute of Performing Arts Director Susan Lin (林淑真) immediately tried to explain the concept of the promotion activity to Chen.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;We are more than happy to tell you what it is all about since it seems to me that you have no idea of it at all, yes?&rdquo; Lin said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Instead of responding to Lin, Chen immediately left without any further comments.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>